But to be perfectly honest, I enjoyed the first 2 books of the Commonwealth saga and the Nights Dawn Trilogy books of the Confederation saga much more. The Void Trilogy was good...it just didn't knock me out like the other story lines written by Hamilton. I think it's because the "bad guy or thing" wasn't that "bad". In Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained we have some seriously scary bad guys (The Prime and the Starflyer)...and in Nights Dawn Trilogy the dead come back to life and terrorize the living. Really good stuff!! But in the the Void Trilogy the Void itself just isn't that scary and the I missed having that be part of the story. Took some of the edge and adventure away. I'm hoping he continues with the Commonwealth saga...he seemed to hint at it when one of the characters in the end sets up business to find out what happened to the Ark ships. Hope so...
I know...I know...Pandora's Star, Judas Unchained, and then The Void Trilogy. That equals almost 150 hours of time. However, this is, by far, the best collection of deeply developed characters, interesting plot, and well-thought out technical explanations of far-in-the-future technology ever rolled together into one story. You won't regret listening to a minute of it. Actually, you'll be upset that the story is over. Peter Hamilton is the God of Science Fiction (if science fiction allows such a thing). My kids will listen to these books. John Lee is the God of Narrators, too. Doesn't get any better than this!
The book is definitely worth the time (especially if you've already heard the other books), but the plot seemed to be a bit wangled.
I really enjoyed the book. Wrapped up nicely!! I would recommend the book to any one who likes space operas
Hard Sci-Fi Connoiseur.
One of the most incredible series I've ever read. It's at the top of my all time sci-fi greats list along with Hyperion and the Revelation Space saga. Incredibly detailed. Plenty of hard sci-fi for those that love the stuff (like me). Rich, diverse characters. An absolute treat for sci-fi fans.
I truely enjoyed this trillogy. The characters were engaging and the story detailed and interesting. This was a great conclusion with lots of excitement and twists. Well worth the hours put into listening.
Personally, I found this book to be very confusing compared to the other books in the Void series or the Commonwealth Saga. There are a lot of 'high' theoretical concepts that the reader is meant to grasp but that coupled with the frequent character story-line changes made it difficult to follow for me. Granted I listen to audiobooks all day long while at my office job so my attention isn't always 100% on the story. However, i do go back and relisten to hours of books if i find a part confusing but even that didn't help much this time.
The way Hamilton writes and integrates the story-lines is borderline genius but not using an actual name for a character and instead using an occupation (the delivery man) confused me from the very first book in this series. I thought two story-lines were the same character until they clearly weren't at the end of this book and that is not a spoiler in any way, i was just confused. The first book i listened to in this 'universe' was Pandora's Star (so i skipped misspent youth) but i found the beginning of that book to be very confusing b/c of all the character jumps and seemingly random events that happened. I felt about the same way in this book (but Pandora's Star turned out to be one of the best books i've listened to on Audible).
Not really a follow up book but a new series in the same universe would be nice, preferably with all new characters.
If you like Space Opera and enjoy the twists and turns of a complex and well-written story this is the book for you.
The consistency of the characters and plot from Book 1 - Book 3 and actually the books leading up to this series as well. The characters were fairly well developed and the plot, while complex could be understood even after taking long (several days) breaks between listens.
The depth and range of characters. I could feel them coming alive in my head.
The initial meeting with the Void
John Lee's voice takes a little getting used to. I heard a lot of him when I listen to all of Alastair Reynold's books. But, once you do, his voice is great.
All loose ends are tied up and there is closure for the characters
If you are into soap operas with their focus on human emotions and reactions to other humans actions and deceits AND you're a Sci Fi buff then you'll love this. It's All My Children 1000 years from now. I didn't care for the sex scenes as much as the science - call me boring!