It's rare that I get so hooked on an audio book that I don't mind being stuck in Seattle's horrible commuter traffic. With this one, the longer the traffic jam, the better. Great balance of action, characters, social/political commentary, and just plain good science fiction. More please!
This is not a scifi book for the first time reader. Many threads to the story that originated in Pandoras Star and are continued in this book. You need to read Pandoras Star to even have a chance at following the plot thru Judas Unchained I found it difficult to follow all the different threads to the plot (call them "mini stories") that are unfolding and the complexity of them often make it hard to figure out how they relate to each other. Some improvements that would help are to; Make the transition from mini story to mini story more distinct. I often had to back up to figure out where the change happened. Different voices for each character that are character, gender correct and distinctive. John Lee is good but there are so many characters that any narrator would have trouble getting enough variations in his voice to make each character really distinctive. I like the book because it has what I like in scifi. Aliens, galactic travel, suspense, who-done-it, spy vs spy, human intrigue, many different cultures (rich to poor, sophisticated to simple), high technologies, etc. but I found it difficult to follow and enjoy at times and often had to back up to rehear a passage. I don't know that I would recommend this book to anyone except a hard core scifi reader.
I loved loved loved this series. Great science fiction. Great characters. I could not wait to listen to this book each day.
The narration is very good. This is classic hard science fiction that is totally believable. Some characters die and it's like 5-6 of the finest Star Trek episodes intertwining and then finally coming together in a hard core military style. It has spy thriller, romance novel, military science fiction, weird aliens, hookers and a little too much detail on the sex scenes. I don't really care to read Sci Fi for the sex scenes. But nothing can deter from the 5 star review. The end dragged out a bit, but it was worth it.
cant follow stroy line if their is one jumping all over from one plot to another way to many things going on and too many diffrent places would not recomend it
Well worth the 40 hours it takes to listen through this novel. You must listen to Pandora's Star first as this one is the sequel. I don't find myself wishing this book would end already...
The characters and plot of this scfi epic are fun and believable as long as the reader is willing to turn off all preconceptions as to how life should be, but is a requirement shared by all lovers of this genre. Hamilton is a master of taking nuggets from present science possibilities and extrapolating these into ifinite realms. How does it feel to live in a world of worm holes spanning the galaxy, a world where we can live for millenia and our lives are closely interwoven with machines and aliens live among us. His possible answers are always engrossing and exhillerating.
Hamilton has redefined the Space Opera genre, mainly by taking it beyond the limit of what was thought possible before. Sometimes in this, the second of a two part book, the strain shows. As an incredibly expanded number of plots come screaming to their end, one senses the seams showing. The ease of Ozzie's theft of the starship almost made me derail, but the momentum of the story carried me on. Still, audible could well improve Hamilton's work with some better transition points, given how many stories there were, just a chapter marker would help. Hamilton himself could use a little editing. I for one tired of the phrase enzyme bonded concrete, and the amount of fill on some characters (Mark for instance) was excessive. Still, this is a powerful conclusion to an incredible story, and I could barely wait for my download date to roll around to download it. That the ending at times seemed rushed despite its length testifies to the book's depth and quality.
I loved this book it is a masterful telling of an epic adventure and with the addition of the rest of the books in the series this Space Odyssey will go down in SciFi history and should be made into multiple Movies.
This long, complex sequel to Hamilton's earlier novel has too many sub-plots, too many people and names, to be understood as one listens along.
However, I would have given it a rating of 4 except for the miserable job of reading by John Lee. He has the highly irritating, totally unnecessary habit of omitting the final S in many words, especially when reading conversations. Not only plural words, but others like "us" or "essence" or "excess", etc. I had the impression he feels it lends a tone of sophistication; but the habit is deplorable.