The book started out with some really good character hooks, the discriptions of locations and the technical gadgets were well written and easily visualized. A large part of that was from the high quality and profesionalism of John Lee. My major complaint, and it greatly damaged my appreciation of the story, was by the ending. You fall off the end of the World! In a word it is STUPID!
I love the original ideas about faraway worlds, and distinctive characters, and the tension that builds and is finally released to great effect.
I like the scale of the story and the unique perspectives, from larger-than-life characters, diverse venues, and bizarre aliens.
My favorite scene was the Prime first contact on Dyson Alpha.
Definitely was hard to put down.
Looking forward to the subsequent books in the Commonwealth series!
If the story had been coherent and flowed at a reasonable pace.
A fantasy novel
I would have cast anyone else! John Lee didn't leave enough pauses between character changes, so it was hard to keep up with the story.
Honestly, I found it to be boring. The story was decent, but the pace and narrator were sub par.
What was expected, what was hyped, and what I got were very different things. This just wasn't a good listen.
First of all, the book has the worst ending I've ever witnessed. A peripheral, deceased character magically re-appears and inexplicably murders his best friend, then two of the main characters simply fall off the edge of the world and... that's it. What!? Yes.
Secondly, this book suffers from verbal diarrhea. Hamilton never met a sentence, paragraph or few hundred pages that he didn't like. It just goes on and on and on. His core plot is decent enough here and there, but repeatedly chases so many irrelevant side stories and characters that readers/listeners struggle to keep up with who's who, where and when and what their mini-plot happens to be. And most of them fail to tie back into the main plot in a meaningful way. I kept hoping it would get better and be some sort of pulp-fiction, it all comes together at the end sort of experience, but no. Stupid ending to a unnecessarily long and schizophrenic, jumbled mess.
Hamilton should have hired an editor and had somebody teach him how to write an ending, or at least a bridge to entice readers to want to pick up the next tome.
I would have cut 700 pages from this rambling odyssey.
That being said, the narrator did a good job with the voices and characters. It was a spirited reading to a sub-par and unworthy text.
reader needs to pause after a change in areas. some many times he reads after a break with our breaking. difficult to follow. Peter F hamilton did a poor job at making breaks then starting again and not introducing the start of a new part!
I've read this book in paperback so many times that it finally came apart. I had to get the audible book so I could enjoy it again. Great narration! Makes me want to see the two part books turned into a movie. If someone actually bought the script for Jupiter ascending then surely...
I usually don't listen to fiction, so this one was a bit of a leap for me. Well written, well read. The story line is a bit predictable but Hamilton does it well, and seems to base his story line on a "factual" basis, in that he stays within most of known physics. For an SF writer his characterizations are pretty good. Worth the listen on long drives, for sure.
I'M MALE NOT FEMALE, BUT IT'S ASKING TO MUCH FOR AUDIBLE TO CORRECT THERE RECORDS, THERE NOT SMART ENOUGHT
5 ON ATABLE1 TO 10
BATTLE SECENES TO MANY TO LIST
NO CHANGES NEEDED
BOOK COULD BE BETTER READ WITH THE PLAYERS IN ORDER RATHER THAN JUMPING BACK AND FORTH
A better production.
Yes, just to give this author a second chance.
I usually love John Lee's work, but I couldn't finish this book due to the poor quality of the narration. I don't know if it's a technical problem or the way the book was read, but the sound keeps going up and down. I got so bad that I got completely frustrated and stopped listening after a few hours. Too bad. The story itself seemed promising. Maybe I'll just buy the kindle version and pick up where I stopped...
I'm sure the story is much better than 3 stars, but the reading was horrible. Either that, or I am just spoiled by Frank Muller! The reader's accent and inflection made it very difficult to understand what was going on in the story, and I found myself needing to replay whole chapters just to figure out what was going on. Way too much work just to keep up.