This is a sweeping epic set 400 years in the future. A distant star disappears from sight and we curious humans must investigate. There is a huge cast of characters that are woven together towards the cliffhanger ending. This is not a stand-alone novel. Once you start this massive book you are in for the long haul with its sequel Judas Unchained.
This book is true Peter Hamilton style. There is a level of complexity as he goes to great lengths in describing every minute detail. Some may find the techno-jargon tedious but I find it creates a depth to scenery and characters that very few authors can match. The story is fleshed out to the point where I feel like I'm right there walking along the enzyme-bonded concrete with my friends from the Commonwealth
probably the next book. The ending was wanting, to say the least.
When Dudley was taken by the aliens....Maybe not favorite, but it was engaging
There were a lot of fillers. In retrospect, they helped develop a familial feeling that made you want to keep going, but it seemed like an abridged version would keep me wanting to turn the page. This book took me the longest of any audio book to complete and I usually enjoy unabridged versions. I am a Sci-Fi fan, so that speaks loudly.
Although it was a little hard to remember all the the characters in the beginning, patience pays off. You get to know each character in depth, which is a credit to Peter F. Hamilton. I really enjoyed every character, world, and story line. If you are looking for a really long and in-depth science fiction story that just gets better and better, this is your book!
I have been sampling and buying other sci-fi books, and nothing else has even come close. Either the stories are way too short, too simple, or just not even close to being as interesting.
I don't have any other books in my Audible library where John Lee is the reader. He is excellent in this performance. It must be very difficult to give life to so many characters and John Lee pulls it off flawlessly.
I listen on my 35 minute commute and it just wasn't enough. When I had time, I would listen to 2 or 3 hours a day.
I was extremely disappointed when Pandora's Star was done. I did not realize there was a second part (Judas Unchained). I was very happy Peter F. Hamilton continued the Commonwealth stories. As an end note, Peter F. Hamilton's "continuation" of this universe after 1300 years pass in his Void series, is not nearly as good. He has announced (June 2012) that he will return to the Commonwealth Universe in the years following Judas Unchained, with a planned release in 2014.
The alien encounters
By his weird pacing and volume
The most epic story ever told.
Please consider recording this book again. The story is so amazing but the narrator makes it very difficult to understand it.
At 37 hours this is a really long book, and only the first of the series. The action only starts in the last hour or two, with the rest being character introductions and plot development. Considering the scope of the book, there are a lot of characters to keep track of. The narrator is good enough to allow you to tell them apart.
The writing is good, as well as the performance, making it worth the listen. But it makes me wonder if this was a "pay by the word" assignment.
I love to be scared, does anyone write anything scary anymore? Maybe I have just become numb.
What I liked best? I managed to finish listening to it. Now, mind you, I like long books, with lots of characters and a broad story line, but. This book was disjointed to the point that when you reentered a part of the storyline, you spent several minutes of listening going, Huh!
I think I just answered what I liked least.
Kept it more together.
I don't really pay too much attention to the narrator unless they are really great or really bad, he was neither. He could have been more distinctive between characters, sometimes you would lose track of who was who, but that could have been part of the writing problem.
It's obviously part of a series. I didn't realize that when I downloaded this book, and for the first time in a long time, I won't listen to the other books in a series I started.
To much trivia, and character building
To Long and wordy, Difficult to follow. Good Reader
Probably not. It was VERY long to listen to. I have the physical book, so I'd likely go back and read that first.
The depth of the inter-twined characters and their back stories was great, even if a bit too deep.
I hard a hard time focusing on the narrator for the first hour or so. I kept having to skip back a few minutes. The tone, expression and voices are great, but it's very sedate. He didn't put me to sleep -- he put me at ease and my mind wandered to other things while he was talking. It wan't until the action picked up and the back story was partly filled in that the story gripped me enough to over come this.
No. I don't think I can pull all nighters any more, and this book would be well over my single-day waking capacity.
I was VERY annoyed that this book was not marketed as PART 1 of 2. The ending is not an ending. It just stops. I think the people in the cars beside me heard my frustration with the ending very clearly.Please amend the description to tell people this is a 2-book commitment ahead of time. You can't listen to just this one. There is no point. There is NO resolution at the end of this book.
The narrator may be great telling bed time stories in a small room, but for these recordings when he got to the interesting part he would whisper / lower his voice so I would have to crank up the volume then turn it down quick! This is not my first audio book; I’ve been listening to them for years on my long commutes. This is just the first time I’ve been compelled to warn folks. Just awful!!
I found out that there is a sequel which is the second half of the story. With that realization I can enthusiastically say that this is one fantastic story.