I'm sure the story was good. It had good reviews. But John Lee sucks as a Narrator. Big differance between reading a book and telling a story! I couldn't listen to it more then 30 min.
It's ashame because I really wanted to hear the story.
Incredibly lengthy book, with serious writing. Hamilton's descriptions are wonderful, and "Pandora's Star" is one of my all-time favorite books. I had a very hard time putting it away. The intricate relationships between characters, and the immense amount of detail provided on said characters is on par with the wordiness of detailed intelligence briefings. The universe is huge, and there are aliens who act like humans, and aliens who are nothing like humans and there are some that humans have not even met (until later in the book).
It may be difficult to get used to at first, and may require another listen, but there are many plots and sub-plots in this book. It's science fiction with action and a hint of realism. Politics, sexual scenes (both heterosexual and homosexual), assassins, spies, backstabbing, etc. In about 40 hours (after you have listened to it and had a break), you will definitely want the next book, Judas Unchained. Most likely, you will also want more from Peter Hamilton (unabridged).
I'm sure the story probably has a lot to offer but unfortunately John Lee's performance was so dreadful that I never got to experience it. After repeated attempts at listening to this I finally had to give up never having listened to more than the first half of part I.
Every single sentence is read in the same boring tone starting off way too loud and then drifting off into almost unintelligible quiet. His reading nearly put me to sleep. And then there's some other unpleasant sound that might be him bumping into the microphone or some other sort of technical glitch that added to the overall frustration with this recording.
Depends on the reviews. I wouldn't BUY another of Hamiltons books without checking it out from the library and reading it first. Mr Hamilton is an excellent writer, assuming he intended to write a story in which 99.9% of the characters are unlikable, all characters are annoyingly flawed (at best), or just plain old ugly (on the inside), and then rationalize their flaws or ugliness.
I don't judge any author by one book, but I'm not going to the library with a list of his works to check out.
John Lee is an excellent narrator. His narration is the reason I listened to 20 hrs of Pandoras Star rather than 2.
Mr. hamilton would have to change his entire philosophy about the future and humanity.
Their is one happily married heterosexual couple. Not everyone in real life is straight or happily married, but apparently, after 20 hours of listening, only 2 people in this future are. Everyone else in the story is, regardless of sexuality, just with their partner till the next one comes along, and don't even wait for their current relationship to end before starting the next one.
It's just an ugly future, not because of anyones sexuality, but because characters routinely betray their closest relationships. They go into "marriage" expecting it to fail. It's expected. It's just what happens.
It's a future in which I'd find it hard to trust anyone enough to love them. Perhaps thats what the Mr. Hamilton wanted to convey. If so, he does a depressingly good job of it.
PS I just read in an article that people who chose to marry are now a minority in the US. Perhaps Mr. Hamiltons perspective is irksome because it is relevant. Is humanity a species so intent on betraying those we "love" that we are slowly weaning ourselves of our closest relationships (Marriage)?
The African American genius (i forget his name) that wears his hair in an afro. He's a caring character, funny, and heroic. Especially how he looks out for that kid. I like his home.
It's not any one character. Books like this need a large and diverse cast. It's how the author chose to highlight and justify their faults. It's the authors point of view of the characters, rather than the characters themselves.
Everyone, myself included, is highly flawed. I don't define people by their flaws, nor do I enjoy reading about them ad nauseam. The characters in this story are defined by their flaws.
Talented writer. Depressing perspective of people.
An introverted computer nerd who likes to zone out and listen to books whenever.
Absolutely! There are nuances you have to hear to believe. It creates such a wonderful world in your head it feels like I am listening to a movie played out in my mind.
The intricate detail that is Peter F. Hamilton creates is superb. I loved the building of his future into a believable place in my mind that I loved to retreat to.
John Lee was phenomenal and captured the energy and voice of each character so you always knew who was talking.
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.