First, let me say that I will download and listen to the sequel, Judas Unchained. That says something about how engaging the story line and characters are. Having said that, not since 19th century British lit have I read an author who loves to describe everything in excruciating detail. I would often speed up the playback to race through long descriptions of an apartment or an office chair. I generally hate abridged versions, but halfway through this novel, I longed for one.
So many characters, civilizations, scientific possibilities with multiple plots. This is a great Si-Fi story worth the listening.
If ever there was a novel that screamed at you "movie" it would be this series !!! This is by far my all time favorite book EVER !!! Even the Void series is a must read. Peter Hamilton and narrator John Lee kept me with my headphones on all the time. Sad thing is that they do come to an end. His next book, the end to the Void series, is due out this Sept and I can't wait.
Please allow this to become a movie, or at the very least, an animated series.Hell....they made a direct to DVD out of the Halo video game...are you kidding me? This is by far a much better choice. Again...a must read.
Peter F. Hamilton is known for his immense and spell binding space operas. For fans, this series does not disappoint. It has all the complexity and intrigue of a great story with a variety of storylines developing and then merging together perfectly. I will say I like this series even better than the reality dysfunction series which I felt had a disappointing ending. Not the case here, all comes together in a logical and sequential fashion and is immensely satisfying. I highly recommend this book and its sequel "Judas Unchained." You will need to get both as this one does end on a cliff hanger.
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Very long and complex but worth the listen. This is so many books in one, it has a mystery, politics, sci-fi, adventure, and more. Perhaps too much, but I liked it. The author spends quite a long time with every character making the characters more than equal to the action (which is unusual in sci-fi). The narration is far from perfect and does not add to the story. Overall worth it, if you like long books with many characters.
The fact that you can get the books from this series for 1 credit each is ridiculous they are all 20+ hours long!
A huge cast of characters across an extremely well developed universe will draw you in and keep you engrossed the entire time.
First let me say that I haven't listened to more than a few hours of this book. Maybe I'll write a review about the story when I'm done listening, but it looks like it'll be kindof a trial. To me, it sounds like what happened is that a highly directional mic was used to record this -probably standard M.O. for recording audiobooks- but it seems that Mr. Lee couldn't stay within the mic's optimal pickup range! It's like he was speaking directly into the mic for a second or two, and then turning away for five or six seconds. The result? It goes from sounding almost clipped to almost inaudible (this site's called Audible, not INaudible). I found it nearly impossible to listen to this while driving, since I couldn't hear the quiet parts atall well over the sound of my car's engine. I can't believe that whoever was supposed to be engineering this didn't catch it or was too lazy to fix it. And if Mr. Lee is a professional narrator, shouldn't he know how to use a microphone? I'll try a lower quality format like another reviewer suggested, hopefully that will help. But seriously, these books are professional products, and they shouldn't be released until problems like this are resolved.
Best book I've read in a long time. Go ahead and pick up Judas Unchained and listen to them together. Peter F. Hamilton tells a deep and gripping story that will not disappoint.
It took me the better part of a year to finish this book. The first 35 hours or so were mostly boring. I purchased this and a couple other books by this author sight unseen on a 4.95 sale. I'll listen to them all eventually simply because I've bought them.
The premise of the book is good but there is way too much uneccesary detail bogging down the story and the build up takes much too long. An abridged version that trims most of the "gristle" would likely rate 4 - 5 stars
A really engrossing and intricate story that will have you counting the days until your credits reload. I blew threw this and the next three available books in the series in just a couple months. The introduction of characters and plot elements does start off a bit slow though understandably so considering the breadth of the story. A sense of connectedness is the reward for enduring the first few slow hours.
Regarding the narration; John Lee does an amazing job and I think his characterization are distinct enough as to be able to differenciate and identify individuals and yet subtle enough to not be annoying, though when he tries to flatten his accent to sound "American" (or whatever) it's kind of hilariously forced. Whoever produced/audio engineered it though did kind of a crappy job, the booming/fadding that a lot of people have mentioned is definitely present. I found it helped somewhat to get a lower fidelity version rather than the enhanced. In the end though it's a better listen in a very quiet car or at home. You'll blow your ears out trying to listen to this on the subway or train. I did not find this to be as much of an issue in subsequent books in the series.