This book is fantastic. A total immersion into a new world, a new Universe for that matter, that Hamilton describes so well. The characters, the settings, and the intertwining of all the various stories is just superbly done.
If you are a fan of science fiction then this book is for you. It is a long, stretching narrative across centuries as the Human Race expands across the galaxy telling the lives of many different characters. I was skeptical at first, but before I was even halfway through with Pandora's Star, I'd already paid for and downloaded Judas Unchained... which is even better.
I enjoyed the story. it seems the plot kept me listening despite the lack of pause between characters and chapters. Seriously one moment your involved in a characters life and the next your trying to figure out how they got to the new environment or situation. there is no pause between chapters or sections of the chapters where the author takes up a different topic or character (another reviewer stated the same thing and it's true - drive you crazy). sometimes you can pick it up but other times not so much even though you know there is no pause and you're waiting for it - still catches you off guard.
the story was good - a little long and at times the description of events such as conflict scenes was slightly overdone. seems the author almost tried too hard to get in as much science as he could. it was a fine line between just enough science and too much as too hinder the pace of the action ( no one has mastered this as well as B. Sanderson - that guy can describe a fight scene!)
I usually listen intently but this book i found myself not listening as intently and letting it flow not worrying about every little detail as the author tends to lean to excessive description...but as I said it was a fine line and the author rode that ever so carefully and the plot kept you listening.....the only thing stopping me from listening the the second book is the lack of a pause between sections.
I would also say the book has a lot of characters and I dont feel the characterization was what kept me interested - it has characterization but not so much so that I necessarily felt anything for any of the characters. Maybe others would feel different - I am no expert - just my opinion.
I would recommend it if there was an abridged version or if the narration was done a little differently.
The ending was very abrupt and you find it continues in a second book.
At times, though there were several times that the story had changed to a different side story but it took a while to figure it out. The narrator and/or director didn't put a great lot of effort into distinguishing when the story lines were changing.
There are lots of side stories in there and they are slow to tie into the main story line. The main story line is also slow to gain steam. If there was an abridged version of this book I doubt you would miss much and would be probably be a lot easier to follow.
There are several story lines that develop in this book. You have to pay attention to keep them straight. But, the way they interweave makes you want to just keep listening. Hamilton develops a complex universe that somehow all works together.
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.