The Pandora's Star/Judas Unchained volumes are instant science fiction classics, as readers know. I was blown over by John Lee's voice characterization of such a multitude of characters. His gangster voice for Morton is perfect, and his crude, humorous, and matter-of-fact accent for Clouddancer, the utterly unexpected adult winged Silfen, is delightful. I immediately searched through Audible for more John Lee readings and either bought them or put them on my Wish List: he's that good, like the great, late David Case/Frederick Davidson but without the taint of cynicism.
The character development, the action, the space opera ought to satisfy us in themselves, but I was continually pondering the ideas. Ideas is what science fiction is for, and Hamilton's got them. If you can be "re-lifed" from a memory chip when you die........are you REALLY the same person alive again?? The entire Commonwealth has talked themselves into this, but....... How about genocide: if an alien species is determined to annihilate every other life form in the universe however long it takes, is it morally justified to destroy them? If someone erases all his memories of a murder he did during his periodic regenerations, can he still be guilty of a murder?
Ozzie is the most charming character, a Wild Child of Leonardo-quality genius, whose idea of solving the problem of invasion of the Commonwealth of human civilizations by implacable murderous aliens is to ask, well, the elves. It is not clear that this works, precisely, but it does expand human knowledge exponentially, which seems to be Ozzie's life speciality. "Elven" Clouddancer's last speech at the end of the book is well worth waiting for.
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I love a long book, but I need to be able to stay interested in it the whole time. I found this very hard to do. I also love sci-fi, but again, it needs to be intersting. So I am not sure who would want to listen to this. I guess the characters were just hard to care about, so then who cares what happens to them.
I am going to try to finish Noble House.
none, it wall all one long lonlg long grey monotone.
The leader or president or whever he was that asked Melanie to mary him out of the blue. What in the world was he needed for? NOTHING
I did not really hate it, but that is the best I can say. I forced myself to finish it.
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.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!
This is one of those rare books, which is part of one of those rare series, that actually gets you so involved in the story that you'll miss the characters when you finish "reading". I was Bleary-Eyed for days from non-stop listening when I should have been sleeping.
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.