I had never read any of the author's previous works, so I came in with no previous perspective. At first, the story seemed very confusing and hard to follow. However, the more closely I listened, I began to understand the plot threads, and see the connections in the characters. I was almost ready to give up until the first scene where Aaron shows what he can do. After that, I didn't want to stop listening. I can't wait for book two!
(First of two-part review; see "The Temporal Void" for second half.) Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained together were one fantastic yarn. I was so looking forward to The Dreaming Void and The Temporal Void, especially since it sounded like a nice follow-on with some of the same great characters. Sadly, IMHO, these latest two novels disappoint greatly. They are slow and plodding. The few characters that are carried over appear infrequently and add little interest. Perhaps 75% of the narrative is given over to the accounts of Eddyard
I'm a politically conservative, technologically inclined, open-minded, all American citizen of this great terrestrial ball we call home. I keep my head in the clouds, I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels but I keep my feet on the ground, I stay informed on news and current events, and I love the fact that I can still form and express my own opinions in this great nation we call The Untied States.
I have been a huge fan of the two books prior to this one... It seems that this one takes place quite a while after the last installment of "Judas Unchained"... I really loved "Pandora's Star" and "Judas Unchained" and was relly looking forward to this continuation of the the story, but I found this one really hard to follow and even harder to hold my attention. It was a real let down until the very end when it finally got going good. Just as I finally got interested, the book ended, and I hear the announcer tell me that this was just the first in 3 installments for this story. Audible does not have any of the others listed. I really would like to give the next book in the set a try. After reading "Pandora's Star" and Judas Unchained" I feel that as the previous books in the series were slow to start, so would be this one ... It seems that I was right... I just did not figure that it would take the entire book for the story to get started... Audible... Please get the rest of the series!!!
The narrative is disjointed and poorly written. I started this book twice (around an hour and a half into it the first time, I realized that my mind was wandering); the second time I forced myself to listen carefully, and still my mind wanted to wander. It's supposed to be entertaining, not so much work. Skip this one.
Epic, as usual. I wish it told more of a story on it's own without leaving everything hanging for the next book. I like the narrator's voice and characterizations, but am put off by the lack of pauses between scenes. Not as bad in this book as some other books narrated by John Lee, but still annoying.
I really enjoyed the Pandora's Star trilogy. Sadly, The Dreaming Void reads like fan fiction. The characters refer reverentially to characters and events from the Pandora's Star trilogy. This is nauseating and lazy. I found the new advanced culture and the characters that inhabit it difficult to relate with. What does it mean that you give up your body and get uploaded into a computer? Why do people who live for centuries act every bit as petty as people today? Do they not have any personal growth, or anything that looks like wisdom (or even maturity)? The gratuitous sex also is sillier and more distracting than in the first trilogy.
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I enjoyed the Dreaming Void especially the performance by the narrator, Peter Hamilton, he handles the characters well. Overall the Dreaming Void Trilogy series is good reading for the ears it hold ones attention as the story progresses. That said the story is the same old theme and the same old lines, earthling’s tired interpretation of the future with a smattering of singularity (the long lived human machine) to give us enough time to repeat the same stupidity of the human race. I wish someone would write a truly original story of the future without the following: Earthling domination of space and other sentient beings; give us you planet’s resources or else and our all-time favorite, resist us and we will enslave you or wipe you out. Remember we only have one functioning planet in this star system and we have yet to change for the better. Would we be surprised if we came in contact with sentient beings in the multiverses that live multiple thousands of years, genetically heal their entire body; have acute five senses; they are living weapons with access to the whole multiverses and act as one. What will we do then? Please authors come up with better storylines.
Another rich and engrossing story from Peter F. Hamilton. Love the characters, imagination and the social/political complexity. Wish it had more science and less magic, which is why I dinged it a star. And it has a bit too much gratuitous sex for my taste - which I realize may be a selling point for many. I can't put it down nonetheless!
This is the first book in a trilogy for Hamilton and it is a winner. It illustrates the depth of his imagination, breath of his scientific knowledge, and his vast experience at story telling. I had to listen to the book twice before I felt that I really begun to appreciate the detail in this book. I look forward to the next book.