too much jumping around in the stories, to many stories at one time. leaves you hanging on diffrent stories.
Honestly it took me several months to make my way through this one. It was very slow in the beginning with lot sub-plots that are seemingly unrelated. Many of them have no obvious connection to the main story line until the second book. Initially I would get bored and head to another book before coming back to this one. Once things started coming together it grabbed my interest and and I easily stayed with it to the end and really enjoyed it and moved straight into the second book ready to see what happened next.
John Lee's performance on this one didn't help me stay with it in the beginning and really made all of the sub-plot direction changes even harder to follow. It certainly wasn't what I have come to expect from one of my favorite narrators. He was fantastic in Pillars of the Earth, World Without End and Count of Montecristo but here he was just confusing. He didn't change his voice characterizations enough and he would move from one section to the next without a pause or a breath making really difficult to know when he changed the storyline. The only way I would sometimes know that he had moved on was a feeling of confusion where I felt that I had missed something. Once the sub-plots started coming together it got easier to follow but I would still prefer at least a few second pause between sections.
it's a good book but has a lot of wordy background(not bad if you like lots of small details but hard to know whats going on until later when everything falls into place)
yes it was but would be impossible its way to long
What a great story and Awesome reading!! The book is overly long but the details are needed to pull the characters stories together. Gets a bit racy towards the last 1/3 of the book which was not needed.
Overall was good enough to get the sequel Judas Unleashed, if for no other reason than to find out what happens to Aussey.
This story(ies) had no real point that I could find. With in this audiobook is at least 4 different stories. Some come together near the end while others never fit into the story line. Also the narrator off on the the way the story described how the characters of speaking. He would bellow out a line then follow it with a
Simplify the story. This one book could have been better if he took the time to explain each story. Maybe have written a whole series of book instead of cramming it into one.
I might listen to one of John's performances.
In most cases I believe the audio format is better than printed, as the performer is able to add inflection and change his tone or pitch for different characters. This performer is no different.
While the reading doesn't sound as professional as many Audio books do, the performance is unique. The reader is able to give the listener the impression that the Characters voice is raised without actually yelling into the mic. I haven't found that happening in many of these audio book readings before.
Overall the Story line is superb and the recording is excellent. I highly recommend.
Only con: The story and it's tracks could be broken up more. I haven't lost my place yet, but doing it 3.6 hours into an 8 hour track would really stink to try and find my place.
His voice and impressions.
I enjoy, epic and modern fantasy, science fiction, business, historical mystery, and technology books. Fav. series: Game of Thrones, Vampire Earth, Dresden, Iron Druid, Falco mysteries, Chris Anderson titles, Peaceful Warrior, and the Way of Kings (and more, of course;)
An engaging interwoven plot, with original and authentic characters, both loveable and despicable. An incredible start to a mini-saga similar to George Martin's
This work was fantastic. It is a true Space Opera: Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained go together as a two part work. Giving the sheer size of the work, and the nature of space operas some listeners may find it long. However, this work is trully great. I can't wait to start the Void Trilogy!
Additionally, the performance was on par for John Lee, and by that we mean great.
a good hard SF space opera - great ideas and a mostly believable technology/future universe. The narration is quite good.
Two problems prevent this book from being an excellent read:
1- this book needed much stronger editing; if it were shortened by 20% it would be an excellent space opera. as it stands, there are long stretches of the story that are peripheral at best, and often tedious (an entire chapter devoted to a bureaucratic debate on forming a navy? jeeez!
2- the book all but ends in mid-sentence, with no real resolution to the story at all: do not purchase it unless you are prepared to also purchase the sequel!
Pandora’s Star and Judas Unchained are considered one story, This review covers them both.
Having read all previous works by PFH I was delighted to see this epic being offered and with a well qualified narrator. John Lee did not narrate this book; he performed it like a well rehearsed poem. He has become a favourite of mine and is a perfect match for narrating British Sci Fi.
The story is fresh, new and like nothing that has been put forward before, Entire books worth of storylines and events are included and while often could be left as stand alone as a whole new dimension and supporting characters to a perfect mix.
This truly is an epic and yet still flows like a quick soft read, Amazing characters who start out as one thing and end up as another, A company CEO finishes as a HALO type Space Marine and yet I had no reservations as to how that would happen, it all fit’s into place and is natural. I forgot that complex and involved epics could be done with such ease and stlye.
The initial Prime invasion of The Commonwealth is almost terrifying to listen to and I have it book marked on my MP3 player just for the sheer performance Lee delivers. It is a stunning performance delivered (where required) as cold and calculating as the Primes themselves, Well done.
There is a gold mine of work by this author which should be recorded as soon as possible, Fans will not be disappointed if this level of effort continues.