This is by far the longest series of 2 books I have ever listened to. I normally prefer non-fiction, but I love science fiction in film so I thought I would give it a shot... WOW! Never in my life have I enjoyed listening to any books more... The author is AMAZING!... IF YOU LIKE SCI-FI... YOU MUST LISTEN!... ENJOY THE RIDE!...
The story is great! I couldn't wait to get back to it once I put it down. The people, places, and aliens are well thought-out and highly detailed. You can easily get engrossed in this great book - and picture yourself right there in the middle of the action. I CAN'T WAIT for the next one!!
Unfortunately, the worst part about this book was the narrator. His constant change in volume required me to get out my sound-cancelling head phones just to listen to it in my vehicle during my commute because of the constant need to turn the volume knob up and down! He would go from a normal speaking tone down to a whisper for no apparent reason - making you crank the volume - then he would speak normally again causing the speakers to pop and crack because they were maxed out! I also had a hard time following the change in speakers. From man-to-woman - or man-to-boy, I would have to do some quick calculations of what was said to assume who said it.
If you have a quiet room or some nice noise-cancelling headphones this is good audio-book of a great book!
I have been waiting for Audible to have something from Peter Hamilton for some time. I was completely sucked into "Reality Dysfuntion" after only eighty pages. I woke up five or six books later.
"Pandora's Star" has to be looked at as only a small portion of the whole picture. At the end of the book we still do not have a full grasp of the universe nor do we have an idea how the story will unfold. So I would not be too critical of the ending of the first book. It is difficult to end a book when the story is just beginning. I would blame the editor for the ending of this the first book because I am sure that the author just continued on with the story until the end. The editor was left with the job of determining the break points for each book in the series.
I really enjoyed the discription and evolution of the alien life form MorningLightMountain. I would agree that some of the haute couture was over the top.
Narration was good for the most part. I have 183 books in my audible library and this one definitely worth the credit. Enjoy.
I'm a politically conservative, technologically inclined, open-minded, all American citizen of this great terrestrial ball we call home. I keep my head in the clouds, I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels but I keep my feet on the ground, I stay informed on news and current events, and I love the fact that I can still form and express my own opinions in this great nation we call The Untied States.
I am glad that I took the time to read and find out what order these 3 books come in... I found this book to be very engaguing and really enjoyed the story line... The author uses imagry really well and the narrator uses his voice to give each character his or her own "voice" and personality. I enjoyed this book so much that I immediately started listening to the sequel "Judas Unchained" also a wonderful book.
It took me a couple of chapters to get into this story but I soon realized that this is among the best epic sci-fi books that I have read. Each chapter is almost a short story in itself with its own cast of characters and locations, very similar to George R Martin's Song of Fire and Ice. The universe is vast and complete with its own technology and alien races. The Aliens are particulary well written, there are no throw-away generic aliens like in many books but instead a hand full of fully detailed non humanoids that feel very alien. I havn't enjoyed scifi this much since the Hyperion.
Hamilton creates yet another great futuristic world and gives his trademark "epic" sci-fi stories wih great writing. The narration is good, not great, but the audiobook gets a 5 anyway. The story is just too awesome :)
I don't normally put sci-fi on my list but I found this intriguing and I have enjoyed listening to John Lee read other audio books. This seems to be another John Lee sounding totally bored with what he is reading and the monotonous timbre of his voice is driving me nuts. Also, as others have mentioned, the sound volume seems to be up and down and up and down and up and down. I can see how the story could be a fascinating read but listening to it is kind of like water torture. Sorry Mr. Lee but it's a no go for me. I could easily see picking up a copy of the book and reading it. In fact I probably will. I'm finding this was a waste of a credit. I wish Audible would have am exchange program so I could trade it in for something else.
I'd have cast anyone with an American accent. If the intended market for this is the USA, casting a Scott as the narrator is risky. Casting a Scott with a truly cringe-worthy 'American' accent is worse. That Scott only using his 'American' accent when a cop is shouting at a suspect is even more cringe-worthy.
You can also tell when a recording session was starting, because he has a bad habit of letting each sentence trail off in volume, so that it's easy to miss the last word of every sentence until he gets warmed up.
There are so many readers without these issues. The performance reminds me a lot of various performances of "Hitchhiker's Guide" in which the Brit actors put on their 'American' accent for any character written to be an ass.
Please, please stop. I'll sign a petition demanding American actors quit faking British accents, if the Brits will please quit reading like this.
The hyperglider scene. I want that half hour of my life back.
It starts glacially slow. Really, really slow. New, unconnected characters are introduced for hours while you wait for any threads to connect.
What an amazingly well written story with well developed characters! I just could not get enough and have since gone through all the Peter Hamilton stories on Audible and have enjoyed them all but I will always remember my first.
The writing and narration are well matched and it is thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end. I do have to say that I found the antagonist incredibly well developed in the sense that the author went well outside of the proverbial box and created a unique and even if incredulous, believable perspective on the development of intelligent life independent of our own lifeforms and devoid of human sensibilities and morals. Bravo! Can't wait to get my hands on more books from the author.
This has been one of the richest, greatest epics of sci fi I have ever read. I WANT MORE OF THIS AUTHOR, UNABRIDGED! This author thinks believably out of the box, creating surprising but plausible aliens, characters, scenarios. This is rich stuff, unequaled anywhere else. GIVE US MORE!