I like the story, I like the narration.
However, the book just stops leaving you literally on the edge of an abyss.
The next book Judas Unchained picks up the story without any background or setup.
You cant read Judas Unchained without Pandora Star, in a normal series there is some rehash this has nothing.
It???s like the giant novel was cut in half with little regard for the reader.
I???m still reading Judas Unchained (the second half) but I hope it ends at a point that makes some sense.
The sex and profanity give a gritty edge to the book. IMHO the novel could not withstand the excision. If you prefer a G-rated version may I commend the fast forward button to you?
Very fun! Excellent scale/action/sci-fi! Hard science fiction (after the wormhole concept) with a strategic & political focus.
Only real downside is the editing, as is common in audio books. The editing essentially eliminates pauses between scene changes to the point where they are non-existent. I wish an audio book editor would read these reviews or perhaps Audible could point them out to an editor. I know I'm not the only one writing this in these reviews: When you read a physical book or watch a movie, and the viewpoint changes, there is either blank space in a book, or an audio/visual queue in the case of a movie. This is there to indicate to the reader/viewer that there has been a change in scene and allow them a second to mentally adjust to the new scene. In this audio book and many others, a scene change is at least as brief or more so than the pause after a normal sentence end. This tends to cause one to lose track of the story and sometime I have to rewind. Why not just give us a couple of seconds of dead air?
Dr. Chip - Former Military Officer - love Sci-Fi & Thrillers!
Epic! Instant Classic! So many layers and intricate interwoven levels. It hooked me from the beginning and I couldn't stop listening! Hamilton penned a Masterpiece!
I just found this book when I was looking at what John Lee had narrated. I loved his narration in the Follett books. So I thought well for 1 credit and 40 hours of narration I would give it a try. I absolutey looooooooved this book. At first I was a little confused and had to just start over after a couple hours. But I am so glad I did. It is important to do a little research before starting this series. Therer is a nice list of characters on Hamiltons web page. Very helpful. I have never read any books about aliens or the solar system. But WOW it opened up a whole new world for me. Loved the characters. Especially Ozzy and O Ryan (ems). I have listened to this one twice now and second time was even better. I caught a lot of things I didn't get the first time around. I am very impatiently waiting for my next credit to kick in so I can get Judas Star.
Storytelling that reminds me of the first time I read Asimov or Herbert and was disappointed that I couldn't have that experience again.
Excellent story. However, it could probably be shorter. There is a lot of detail that has nothing to do with the plot or the characters, like the loving descriptions of train engines (Aren't there editors to catch stuff like this?). Also, the narration is just so-so. This narrator has a tendency to drop his volume near the end of sentences, so that I frequently found myself having to rewind a bit and turn up the volume in order to hear what he'd said.
This is good stuff - space opera that's smart but not TOO smart, fun archetypical characters, standard Doc Smith style tropes. The drawback to this book is that its climax is cut short, since the second volume in the 2-volume series has most of the action.
It's as if a great writer was paid by the word. I don't know if it was worth the time necessary to get through the unncecssary verbage.