Dont get me wrong. I liked this story. the universe building was epic but that being said - it dwarfed the characters of the story. there really wasn't a character i could relate to intellectually or emotionally. the characters were interesting but none really grabbed me. He brings in an alien to help battle the enemy and in the end he's glossed over as if the last part of the action he wasn't involved - even so there were many characters and that alien played a small part but I still feel it's tale was lacking as well as the silfen alien was undeveloped. the story is so big that some of it's characters seem to get lost in the details and become unresolved. I did like the artificial intelligence but it played a second hand part in the story ( yeah i may have misread it...but my perception)
the plot is action packed and fast paced leaving not too much to be bored with. the descriptions of the action in battles was just ok......the new science at times wasn't described enough.....
the story though I though it lacked a bit in characterization was a tour de force - unbelievable.
John lee is not a bad narrator but the production left a lot to be desired. where there should have been a pause there was none and it left you thinking damn did i just miss something ....oh no they just dont pause in this reading....it happened in pandora's star and i was warned it happened here but i wanted to see what happens to the common wealth and who and how would the enemy be defeated.solid 3.5 stars all around.....
An introverted computer nerd who likes to zone out and listen to books whenever.
Awesome Space Saga
Of course this is the second of the two books so it brings together all the detailed elements Peter F. Hamilton has setup for the series into a fast paced and energetic climax.
The voices he brings to each character are phenomenal. My mind would not be able to get the tones and inflections he has to bring the true feeling to the words written.
The depth of details in each chapter is amazing! The descriptions of the environments is almost like a photograph or a painting. Characters and stories interweave in a truly amazing and enjoyable series.
Discovering with the characters that the Starflyer actually existed and was Prime.
Excellent voice representations. Very easy to recognize different characters from the book.
This book blew me away. The author did an incredible job of placing himself in the minds of his characters, both humans and non-humans. Additionally, John Lee does a spectacular job with the narration. Overall, it made for an incredible, entertaining listen.
This book concludes the story from Pandora's Star. So read that one first. The assumption of Judas Unchained is that you know what happened, especially since the first book leaves some of the protagonists at cliffhangers.
The Void Trilogy from the same author is set in the same universe, and has some of the same characters, but this book with Pandora's Star is its own space opera. I mention this because I have criticized other series that, while set in the same universe, do not need to be read in chronological order.
If you like books that describe the technology and science of the fictional universe, as I do, then you will enjoy this book. It has spaceships, cool sci-fi technology and interesting alien races. Best of all it stays away from science fantasy conventions.
The characters are not your typical sci-fi heroes, no space marines, super secret spies, or genetically created killing machines. Just very relatable people who attempt to solve their problems in logically consistent ways.
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The Commonwealth series is the best sci-fi that I've read so far. I already read the first book (Pandora's Star) last month, and I was a bit reluctant to start on Judas Unchained because you have to invest so much time on this novel, but I didn't wanted the journey through galaxy to end.
Judas Unchained is even better than Pandora's Star because the foundation of the story has been already set in the first novel, where you start daydreaming on the sequel, like rocket ships, different worlds, fighting aliens and having an E-butler.
Like a hyperactive kid being sent to the principle's office for not paying attention, all of these fantasies comes true in Judas Unchained.
If there were action figures in the Commonwealth series, I would be ripping up the packages and playing with the toys, as if I was eight years old again.
The Best Sci-Fi ever for grown ups.
Good characters that developed well within the story. At points there was a bit too much detail
Yes, entertaining story
Occasionally I become jaded when authors spend half their time writing minutia. This has plenty, but is well done...overall. I enjoyed many aspects and loved the way characters were written. It's easy to get lost in the sheer volume of words being thrown at you, but its fun opera.
This is a long, convoluted story spanning a large cast of characters and many worlds but it still manages to keep me sitting in my car after my commute completely enthralled. The Sci-Fi feels very plausible and the author seems to really understand how technology changes society. The reader does a great job, occasionally slipping up on an accent or doubling up several characters with the same voice but given the huge cast and great length that's not surprising.