If it weren't for Audible I'd never get any reading done.
There are plenty of interesting characters and cool ideas in this book, but at the end of its 1000 pages, you're only going to be half-way through the story. Many of Hamilton's long descriptions of new planets and societies are worth reading, but some are just boring. Don't get me wrong, I'm reaching for the sequel very soon.
John Lee is a good reader, but he mixes up his accents sometimes.
A great BIG slice of galatic life. The author has DEFinitely created a very interesting world and is intent on showing it off through the eyes of the many, many, many characters that he has also created. I don't mind a couple of viewpoints and tying it all together at the end... but at some point it just gets to be too many and too much and you have nothing to attach to.... you're just on some big ol' merry-go-round that won't stop. The story described on the book page is just one of many, many... and SOME of them obviously tie together ...but... The author really is SO interested in detailing EVERYTHING that tension and character building are kind of left in the dust. I don't know, I only got 20 hours into it ....when ANOTHER character was introduced and my patience just QUIT on me. I kind of wish the author had taken one or two of the very interesting plotlines and just developed them in...detail. LOL. Anyway. Very well written...if you are into a tremendous amount of creatively imaginative detail and don't want to get bored with just one storyline. The creative muscle was FLEXED here...I just wish the storytelling muscle had seen similiar action. Again with the "anyway". My opinion, hope it's helpful :)
A lot of this book is description of characters and characters dialog. It makes the story move so slowly that I have lost interest in it.
I love sci-fi, but I just couldn't get into listening to this book. Not sure if it's the reader's delivery, or the writers words, but I felt like I was listening to a technical manual.
What an amazing thing a book… to step out of our lives, if just for a moment, to a different world of fantastic new ideas and possibilities.
Great SciFi when you can get to it. The excessive foul language and obsession with sexual content really detracts from the book. I also found myself frustrated with the extensive detail on things that simply don’t matter. At one point I actually yelled out loud while listening “Who cares?!” I would love it if someone would carve out the language, sex and stuffing. Do that and this book would really great SciFi book!
The narration is horrible. The narrator mumbles at the end of each sentence, It made it impossible to listen too. It's to bad because I understand it is a great story.
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 enjoyed listening to the reader. His voice was easy to listen to for long periods of time which is good because this is a very long book. Too long in my opinion. There were several times my attention drifted as yet another office full of gadgets is described in minute detail. I got tired of listening to the description of model numbers of vehicles and their wheels as they roll over "enzyme bonded concrete" and the minute details of their motion. This kind of over-description makes the plot move far too slow for my taste. Once the device or technology has been described once, I don't need to hear a detailed description every other time it appears in the story.
However, the story was compelling enough that I listened through the sequel, too.
I seriously doubt it.
The is the same question I answered above.
The narrator consistently gave no clue when jumping from one scene to another. Often leaving the listener scrambling to figure out what had happened.
Maybe half of them...
The author is in love with his world, that much is clear. However the degree to which he goes in trying to describe that world is distracting and tedious. He has clever ideas and a clear vision (overly clear) but there is way too much description and, as a result, a watered down story. The book is further marred by continuous scene hopping that never gives you the chance to connect with any of the overabundant characters.I only got four hours in and I'm sorry to say this will be the first audiobook (of over forty in the last year) that I refuse to finish. My time is just too important to me.