no more peter hamilton - still love John Lee
He is the best narrator
This story was very hard to follow, I really tried to hang in there but in the end had to hit the stop button. It was poorly written, the world created was not expressed clearly and I was constantly wondering what was going on?
I listened to the first 2 hours 3 times and had no idea what the storyline was. No idea why the police were interviewing at apartment and it was never explained exactly what was going on. new characters were introduced without seeming to have a reason.
DISAPPOINTMENT big time
You have to listen to Pandora's Star first otherwise much of the book would be meaningless and I would provide a warning that it goes on forever.
This book would probably be better in a Reader's Digest condensed version. There is just a bunch of subplots which while they get wrapped into the over all plot, they don't really add anything to it other than to make in unreasonably long.
When they finally blew up the bad guys!!
I'm not sure how you would do over 80 hours of a book into a movie and it does'nt really lend itself to being split into multiple movies.
... an endurance test. I should have quit this series after the first volume! But I muddled through. All my comments in the review of Pandora's Planet apply, except the narrator lost some of his annoying sing-song cadence. I believe that was mostly the author's writing style.
I tried once listening to this Peter Hamilton science fiction novel but did not like it.
It’s been quite a few months since that attempt, and I thought I’d try it again. Sorry, but after a second try, it was still terrible . . . especially the narration by John Lee. Reading the book myself might have been much better than listening to John Lee's narration.
It was like a grand space opera that I couldn’t stand to sit through any longer.
I could not find interest in any of the characters at all. They didn’t have personalities. Then you add John Lee’s narration to it and it goes downhill quickly. It was so unsatisfactory, that I just could not force myself to even finish the book.
I do NOT recommend it.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
I have got the sequel, but I've not been able to finish it yet. This story has some really great moments, but there's a lot of really boring (at least to me) moments. There are times that I am enthralled by it and there are times that listening to it is a chore. I want to finish it because I want to know how it ends, but right now I have a lot of other audiobooks on my plate.
Oh yeah, and the story was good too. Seriously, this is one of Hamilton's best stories. Exploring several possible outcomes of emergent technologies, and keeping my interest level consistently high. Very good stuff.
Pandora's Star and this, its companion tell the story of the human Intersolar Commonwealth, a future civilization of 600 worlds connected by wormholes. Wormholes are theoretical connections between two points in the universe (or perhaps metaverse). In the story, they connect the many planets of the Commonwealth in a future civilization where people are nearly immortal. They can be made young again if they have the money. These near-immortals can even be downloaded into a clone body if they are accidentally killed. Be advised that the author is prolific, sometimes too much—his novels are long. These two novels together tell an amazing story with several complex plot strands through 1700 pages! Yes, you'll have to prepare yourself. If you have the patience to read or listen, you'll be rewarded by a complex and often pulse-pounding narrative. One of the reasons Hamilton makes the story so long is so that the reader becomes invested in this great civilization and its colorful characters only to introduce a powerful, heartless alien villain who threatens to stomp humanity into its component parts.I'd call this semi-hard Sci-Fi. Many of the elements of the Commonwealth may someday be plausible scientifically. One major issue with using wormholes is that the amount of energy predicted to be required to create one is enormous. Other parts like the Silfin paths seem like magic. But remember that famous quote attributed to Arthur C. Clarke . . .
I have more than one favorite character, certainly. Wilson Kime, ex-astronaut and elder statesman of the Commonwealth is seemingly at the center of everything important, including the disastrous first-contact event with the antagonist aliens. He is a tough, capable leader, a well-intentioned individual who does everything he can to protect humanity. Ozzie F. Isaacs, co-inventor of the wormhole is another favorite, though he's a definite hedonist. Justine Bernelli, a member of one of the most powerful families in the Commonwealth, is strong-willed and powerful but decent, unlike many of the other children of the rich in the story.
To me it was fine. I enjoyed John Lee's rich baritone reading. Some reviews of Pandora's Star complained about the audio production, but I think they fixed the recording. It should be fine now.
My pulse quickened near the end of Pandora's Star so much that when it ended on an unexpected both figurative and literal cliff-hanger, I cried out in frustration. Quickly ordering a paperback copy of Judas Unchained (and later the audiobook), I gave it my undivided attention because I wanted to know what would become of this amazing civilization and all those interesting characters.
Ozzie's story *does* have a purpose despite what some reviews say. To explain why might be considered a big spoiler so I'll ask a couple innocent questions: Did the Sylfin really do nothing to help the Commonwealth defeat the baddies? What was Ozzie looking for when he set off on his journey? What did he ultimately discover? Besides friends and very cold feet.If you enjoy the story, listen to these novels more than once. They're complex enough where you likely won't catch everything the first time through.The Void Trilogy that follows was very good and the prose was much more polished, but it didn't grab ahold of me, slap my face and shake me quite like the Commonwealth saga did.One of my very favorite authors.
I'll listen to it again, because the story is so good. The narrator should never read another audio book ever again though.
John Lee is an awful narrator. One of the worst I have EVER heard. The volume levels are all over the place - the audio is either too low to hear or in some parts it blows your ear drums. His voice is VERY boring and lacks emotion. The production quality of the recording is very bad also. At one point there was so much background noise I thought the narrator was doing dishes or something. John Lee sucks.
Dune meets Firefly
Please please please never let John Lee narrate anything...... EVER. He took such a fantastic book and made it mediocre. Shame on you John Lee. You read this book like its an obituary.
University administrator. Commuter cyclist. Dad, husband. Loves books of course. Aspiring Jedi Knight and Warder.
This review will cover both novels. They are epic! The sheer size of these things is itself a huge achievement. That the author is able to interweave several stories and bring it to a satisfying conclusion at the end is equally tremendous.
The story is top notch and the characters and the worlds that are described are fulsome and real. The only flaw is that there is some meandering at times, but these are bearable. Just requires you to be a bit patient. Don't worry it's worth it.
I loved the sci fi elements. These were well conceived. The future could look like what is being described. Unlike Star Wars, which is pure fantasy, the ideas in this book seem more "real". So that really appealed to me.
Loved the bad guy alien race too. The author didn't leave you guessing about their motivations, which I appreciated.
All in all, a fantastic listen. Well worth a credit for anyone who likes this genre. The narration is superb as well. The gentleman who reads this monster is a real pro!