The audio book was light years ahead of the book, the performance was so good, it seemed to be an audio theater. I drive 62 miles each weay to work and rack up a lot of audio book time, and next to Honor Harrington, this has been the best series yet. The whole universe Mr. Hamilton has built is detailed, his characters real and emotional and the story line is riveting throughout.
The moment the story climaxes you wonder through 2 books who the Starflyer agent is that is passing the detailed Navy information along, and you get down to just a few possibilities, and then it hits. The story builds to this moment in a wonderful way.
That is really hard to call, He does such a great job of making each character unique and you never lose track of any characters at all, male or female. Ozzie is a joy to hear, you know that that is exactly what Mr. Hamilton must have intended for him.
I always hated to stop it at the end of my trip. This book would be a great evening entertainment.
Awesome story, that picks back up 1000 years later in the Void series. All 5 books make a great long listen, I most strongly recommend them.
That it continued on with the fantastic worlds of Pandora's Star
If you enjoyed Pandora's Star, then you'll love this... Aliens, wormholes, fights in space, sex, lies and all things in between! I honestly just wanted the book to keep going... but alas, all things must end.
I'd completely listen to it again because it complex and clues to the story leak out in dribs and drabs that explain earlier incidents. Going back and listening to it again will complete that circle and I'll pick up on stuff I almost certainly missed on a first listen.
Toe Chi. Because he (it?) was a very unusual and creative alien. And a calming/zen influence over otherwise chaotic events. Also, he made me laugh.
John Lee is probably my least favorite Audible narrator. His voice is very monotone and I have trouble paying attention to what he says. Also he recycles the same character voices for everyone of his books, which is quite annoying. I'm now looking for books that he does not narrate and will get books he narrates in actual book form and read them that way so that I don't end up hating the story just because he's the one reading it.
My one complaint about this book, and Pandora's Box remains that the female characters are pathetically two dimensional. I wish Hamilton had spent even half as much time on his female characters as he did the male characters and the intricate plot. This and Pandora's Box are the first Hamilton books I read so I don't know if he just lacks interest in painting fully developed women in his books or it's just a failing of this one series. But it did drive me crazy that the women were so poorly developed and existed only as male fantasies of what women are like - the porn star with the heart of gold, the ball buster, the sexy career girl who really just wants a good f*ck, and so on. Given the length of the book, this got quite annoying. But this aside, the book still was a fun, creative, complex endeavor.
In ‘Pandora’s Star’ we learned about the ‘Commonwealth’ and how it came to be and ultimately that it isn't much different from what we would call our society today. The author picks up right where he left off in the first book following the multiple story lines. The second book reads as if it was written with the first book and intended to be released as one book. In most series you can tell where the author wrote the first book and then waited to do a second book. Here you can’t see that gap. I enjoyed the whole story line and I can say that no one online saying they've read the book as accurately put the true ending online. I won’t spoil it for you. I will say that Steve Gibson was right and the story is worth the read. At no point does the author gloss over any part of the story. Each story line is played out to it’s fullest and its end. I will say that the author could take one part of the story and spawn a whole new series the would be worth reading.
I listen and read books for entertainment. Just the joy of getting lost in that world provides an outlet from day to day stress.
Yes, it is quite long, but I feel that was necessary to build up characters, background on the aliens, and work through each scene. I know many have complained of the length of the saga, but I find that the most enjoyable. The worlds and characters are so well developed that I don't mind that its long. (Game of Thrones fan here.)
My favorite by all accounts has to be Paula Miyo(sp?) and Melanie. He explores their weaknesses and through both books takes us though their character development. This sci-fi has a detective story, love story and many triangles going on at the same time, besides the action that is occuring. I also enjoy the Ozzie character with all his quirky-ness.
Since I am still working on the second book - I can't give that detail yet.
There have been several moments that kept my mind racing even when I put the earbuds down. It makes you want to go back and listen more just to see what happens next.
Highly recommended. I have noticed its taking me time to get through both books, so the audible points keep adding up! I will be listening to more Peter Hamilton - he's a good storyteller.
Great book, great performance really, but I listen in my car and the transition between quiet and loud, esp in the treble range nearly killed my speakers a couple of times.
The characters from the previous book.
Ozzy of course, he's a natural genius who follows his own way to accomplish the greatest fetes of human kind.
Preferably not but since i really like this series, i'll be listening to him in the Void trilogy that follows this series. I don't like him b/c he trails off at the end of some sentences that make it very hard to understand. He usually does this during dialog and it makes him seem as if he is unsure that's how it should have been said.
Peter Jackson could make 9 movies out of each book in this series!
One of my favorite parts of this book and Pandora's star is the length. Its nice to have a book take a week or so to get thru in the Sci-Fi genre. Fantasy stories are always about that long but i'm more into science and technology and the Sci-Fi stories typically run 10-15 hours whereas Hamilton's stories average 35 hours.
Yes, this is one of the most enthralling stories i have ever read, yes i read the book first and liked it so much i had to get the audio version as well, every time i listen to the book now i rediscover this world that the Peter F. Hamilton has spun over and over again!
Ozzy, read the book and you will know why.
Makes you want to live in this world. Gripping story.
Paula Myo - she cant help herself being so strict. I am like this...
Reading it with different voices.
Yes - if I had time. I did start liking traffic jams and made my runs longer.
Cant wait to listen to the void trilogy.
I admit I'm a fan of Peter F. Hamilton. His writing and the worlds he generates are extremely believable. I wish he wrote more books.