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The Void series takes a LOT of concentration; it has many threads, timelines, dreamlines, and characters (several with multiple instances). Some of the themes are so wild that they cross from science fiction to fantasy then to philosophy. The author writes very intelligently and many of the characters are interesting and well developed. I enjoyed some of the themes and some of the characters but it is just way too much for three novels. By the end of the series quite a lot of stuff had happened, but due to the abstract nature of some subthemes I found it difficult to really care. This is a talented writer but I really prefer a little less. Judas Unchained was complex, but Judas was simple minded compared to the Void.
Like so many stories, I felt like the ending here left you wanting more. The majority of this book I felt was very good, but the final few chapters seem to overly rush events and after the conclusion of the main story arc I do not think enough time was spend on what happens to the main characters after. This is especially true with Edeard. Given the events that bring him into the final act, I would expect there to have been more about what he plans for his life. Also I was not a fan of what was done with Gor in the closing chapter. Other than that, I think this is still a great listen and if you have made it this far in the series then you own it to yourself to experience the ending.
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.
First, I've disliked the narrator's reading style throughout the trilogy. John Lee's method of reading, to me at least can only be described as "funereal". His voice deflects downward at the end of each sentence, and indeed, at times, if feels as if it's at the end of each phrase, a style of reading that I immediately found extremely annoying. Still, through the first two books, and into the thrid, the story carried me along, despite the reader.
Until the very end... The story became so contrived it seemed that Mr. Hamilton just wanted to end it. For maybe the third time in my life I failed to complete a book. Between the annoying narrrator and the deteriorating story line, I just simply couldn't get through it. It's really too bad. The trilogy was great up to the end. I'm sure the narrator's style didn't bother others. But for me his "style" was very annoying. In the end, I could only give this volume a 3 rating, and that was based more on the greatness of the over all trilogy, than this book standing alone.
I have to say, Peter Hamilton's writing style is very immersive. My complaint however, after waiting months and months, is that the ending is just plain crap. With all three volumes I listened to 70+ hours of storytelling. The ending felt as though it were thrown together in a ramshackle fashion. It seemed as though the author was looking at the word count and realized he had to wrap things up rather too quickly. He threw in the ending as a magical farce to an otherwise fun and fulfilling story. Surely Hamilton could have done a better job putting the final touches on this story rather than ending it with the abrupt surprise solution that he did. I was very disappointed and felt that I wasted my 70 hours getting to the end.
The series was simply terrific. So much to learn about and comprehend. At times it is enjoyable to stop and playback the story in your mind to make sure you are ready for the next chapter.
The universe that has been created is one I love to return to in stories like this. While the first book left me hanging, the second and third accelerated me to the summit. Bravo!