Absolutely the best sci fi author since Frank Herbert. I can't say enough good things. I did almost fall off my treadmill during one of the goofy sex scenes I was laughing so hard. So I wouldn't let my kids listen to it, but I loved the book as a whole! Huge universe, immense cast, great dialogue, political intrigue, mysterious events. Amazing stuff. I'll be sad when I run out of Hamilton books.
STORY --- Five Stars.
Great sequel! I found myself unable to stop listening. I would listen for hours getting lost in the story and forget about the real world time. He describes the scene with so vivid detail it is like you are in slow motion capturing each and every piece of info. There are one or two sex descriptions that made me feel uncomfortable due to the detail but you quickly pass on to the next scene. Dove tailed perfectly from Pandora's Star. A must listen for the serious hard science, Sci-Fi fan.
NARRATION --- One Star.
John Lee's narration style needs some real work. He is EXTREMELY LOUD after he takes a breath then tails off to a murmur. Very hard to get a good volume that will not pierce my ears after he breaths so I can hear the later words in the breath. I wish there was a way to volume level the narration so his LOUD points don't break my speakers and ears while I can still hear the softer parts. Beware of the volume setting. The production could have addressed this.
I can't tell if this is a good book or not because John Lee uses pretty much the same voice for all the characters. I listened to the first download chunk three times before I finally gave up any hope of following the story.Arg. Now I'm just listening to the rest of it simply as background noise.
fantastic science fiction. This novels only detracting element is the romantic element which I feel detracts from the overall story
Extremely epic space opera here, very reminiscent of E.E. Doc Smith, but with more humor and sex. Titanic space battles, species ascending to godhood, space marines, alien menaces, and all your favorite stuff! Contrary to many people's opinion, this one is better than the first volume in the 2-book sequence. Still, the ending is a bit rushed and contrived...welcome to the world of Peter F. Hamilton.
I've been a Audible member since 2006 and the narrator John Lee is the worst I've ever heard. I will never purchase an audio book narrated by this man again. One of his worst offenses is not even a breath of space between chapters and sections.
The story is good, albeit long. I'll listen to other books by Peter Hamilton only if he fired John Lee.
John Lee does a fine job of narrating a long and complex story, working hard to keep his characters consistent throughout. I hope Audible will consider adding to the Peter Hamilton items in the library.
I didn't realize when I purhased this book that there was a prequil. I want to like this story but it has been hard to follow. This story takes up where the previous book, Pandora's Box, left off. Since I didn't read the first book I am having a hard time keeping characters straight, and the story line. I am lost much of the time because the story bounces around between groups of characters. I am about 10 hours into the 44, Im going to stop and wait for Pandora's box to become available so I can enjoy this book more fully.