The reader begins his sentences loudly , then fades and speeds up half way through. It gets maddening after a few chapters.
I can't believe how much is going on in this book. Besides humans, there are at least 4 other types of developed sentient species and all are very different. There is genocide. There are hundreds of developed planets, and they are quite different. Earth still exists and it appears to be less crowded and under strict environmental regulation. There is genetic manipulation. There is resurrection and reliving. There are individuals with 1000 years of memories, as well as "first-lifers." There is murder. There are terrorists/resistence fighters. And you really have to pay attention, as there are a lot of characters and, at first, seemingly unrelated characters and events. But, you quickly learn that no one appears and nothing happens that is not going to be important later!
The technology is quite impressive and used for transportation, education, reproduction, and just about anything you can think of. I was quite envious of the e-butler - the PDA of the future!
I did not realize this was a series so was quite shocked at the ending and ready to give the book a 3 for leaving me hanging. But having discovered there is more to come, I am relenting and going back to the 5 stars it had just before the last sentence and buying the the next installment! For a more detailed review, see my review on Goodreads.
Great details, compelling story, lots of interesting characters. Ridiculously long, but entirely worth the listen. Can't wait till the second book in the series.
Futuristic, Detailed Sci-Fi
Good variety of voice/characters. A bit contrived and limited at times, but overall well done.
Solid sci-fi, well thought out and in depth. Long progression, but worth it in the end. Invest some time and the characters obtain depth and interest.
Once alien contact was made, the book picked up and the main plot became very interesting. I also really enjoyed the side plot of the guardians and their leader Johanssen vs. the enigmatic starflier. Their claims were unaccepted so they were labled cultists/terrorists and hunted by the rest of civilization, yet they fight their invisable war. Fantastic plots and sub-plots here. Characters relationships to each other were entangled and not apparent to them, created many complications and moments of dramatic irony for me, the listener.
Morning Light Mountain. Seeing human beings through the eyes of an super-rational and hostile alien being was great. I loved those parts when the book switched to that perspective the most.
I have listend to John Lee before. He has done Alistair Reynolds books which I am also a fan of. His performance in this series is outstanding, with a much wider range of voices, each personality was well delivered.
All life is in competition...
The first few hours are very slow and confusing with the many characters that get introduced. Hang in there as it is necessary to set the stage for a rich universe and epic space opera. At the mid-point, when alien contact is made, the book will picked up nicely and I became addicted to the plot and characters. By that time, my confusion had dissapated and I knew who each of them were and what their relationship to the plot and each other was. Bye the way, the sequel to this book, Judas Unchained picks up without pause and without the long intros normally found in sequels and is exciting right from the beginning. The two books combined could easily be combined into one super-book. I highly recommend this series.
No , it is far too long. This book could have conveyed everything in 8 or 10 hrs. By the end of the book I felt that I had wasted my time. There were interesting portions but...
Perhaps, because the chances are it would be over in 3 hrs or less.
The longest audiobook I've ever heard, by far... not unexpectedly, the prose is dense and the story is richly detailed. The universe is very believable, largely due to the complexity of the human characters...
If you like political sci-fi, this is worth your time. Like most political sci-fi, there are some boring parts.
The big problem with this book is the performance. The narrator has a habit of starting sentences loudly, and finishing them at a whisper. Perhaps this is "dramatic" but it makes selecting a volume level impossible. In order for me to hear the end of the sentence, the beginning of the sentence needed to be so loud that the speakers would distort.
I couldn't follow the scene shifting, characters etc. while driving. The British narrator's voice also made this somewhat difficult for this dumb Southerner.
Pandora's Star ranks well in the audiobooks I've listened to, but I listen to far fewer books than I read, so that is already a highly filtered selection.
Pandora's Star reminds me a lot of Vernor Vinge's book "A Fire Upon the Deep" as it plays with themes like communal consciousness, super-sentient AI, and has a similar story telling style. Hamilton, however, writes much lengthier tomes!
I don't know. I might have, but I don't normally pay attention to who the narrator is. I did feel like this book was particularly well narrated!
As the human commonwealth slowly expands via its networks of wormholes between worlds, they discover a mystery of frightening scope. Some entity has encased two solar systems in Dyson spheres. Why would they bother? Are the shells to contain some hostile force, or to keep it out?
A fun ride for those who can enjoy a weighty space opera.
I have to say, the authorship here is outstanding. Everything shows a great deal of creativity.
The only thing to note is that at the beginning the book is very difficult to listen to. For the first couple of chapters it seems like the studio is using sub-standard equipment or maybe John is too far away from the microphone. In addition, in several chapters we change character viewpoints several times. For whatever reason the director decided to not place a pause between these points, so the change is sudden and a little disorienting.
That being said, I would still highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in science fiction. After listening to this book, I can say it easily makes it into my top five favorites.