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make sure you have finished Pandora's star before you start this book. Once I got past the character development in PS I couldn't stop listening to this series.
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Continues the story of the Commonwealth that began in Pandora's Star. Read Pandora’s Star first. The Commonwealth is an interplanetary futuristic society where interstellar travel is possible. Great story with lots of action and intrigue. The books contains numerous subplots, and the biggest issue to come to grips with is the swapping between the numerous subplots without a break. Fantastic characters. John Lee continues his great narration. The books are long and can be confusing and difficult to get into. I dropped Pandora's Star the first time I tried to read it. Stick with it. You will not be sorry.
The audio production shifts in volume and timber with rather jarring transitions. Voice level becomes difficult to hear over background noise.
The story and detail to mechanics, and other inanimate objects are great, but I think it really lacks character development. I just don't feel connected to very many of the characters.
Reading Fantasy and SCI-FI on audible.
The author does a great job on the second and final book of the series. The story brings a long and exciting story to a close while allowing no the evil agent and the main advesary to love on. very well done.
There were many times I couldn't see where the story was headed, but I thought it came back together very nicely. Each character was developed with detail and a few surprises.
I thought this narration was much better than the audio of the first book. I have read all of Alastair Reynolds and I enjoyed Hamilton as much as those operas.
Started simple, developed into intrigue, then became a fun action tale as the story evolved into a running battle to the end.
Great use of language, very little bad language. The storyline is tight and holds together in a believable series of events.
The sci-fi elements were well described. Made up words were self defining. The battles were compelling.
Missing sweeping epics like Frank Herbert's Dune but want something more modern with characters that resemble those you'd find in the Expanse or Old Man's War? This sequel to Pandora's Star is every bit as good as its predecessor and engaged me on an intellectual and emotional level of equal measures. Hamilton pays enough attention to both character and plot to create a believable universe while keeping the pace enjoyable.
I've never actually listened to a book narrated by a Brit before but it fit well since Hamilton is a Brit himself. John Lee is perfect for this book. His deep but audible baritones bring contextual information across quite clearly, but his characterization is even more impressive. Every character from the gruff military commander Wilson Kimes to the perpetually happy Tiger Pansy is delivered flawlessly. What a voice this man has.
So many good things for both the hard science and speculative fans to enjoy. Looking forward to continuing with the Void Trilogy. Please let it be just as good!
I actually got 'helpful' votes?
Clearly there were a lot of production issues -possibly due to a story this long. As others have noted, it's very difficult to know when your are switching between events without so much as a breath for a pause.
The last third of this story was painful to me. Poor attempts at red herrings and only giving closure to certain characters was more of an insult to me. Not to mention the uneven treatment of details, forcing certain events to unnaturally extend out. The end of the star flyer itself being ridiculously resolved and so quickly.