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
Hamilton is truly in a class of his own. The plot twists, character development, and tech in his books are second to none. So this review is comparison of this work to Hamilton's other work. The book started off strong and then it drifted in the middle and became somewhat predictable. It was somewhat of a letdown after strong finishes for the prior 2 books in the series, but still a good listen. Towards the end it picked up again, but it was too little too late.
The Ozzy scenes were a bit disappointing. I was expecting him to be less wishy washy and more hands on like in Pandoras Star or Judas Unchained. It was a bit anticlimactic after all the build up. I also would also have liked to see some conclusion to the SI's story, some sort of punishment for Alanthi, and a larger role for Adamenta at the end. I guess that's what happens when there are too many superstars in one place. They all have to share the limelight. I don't think Troblum even had a speaking part in the Void. That said, the bit with Macathran and Gore and everything about elevation was pretty cool. Also it would have been cool if the Sol barrier had been broken at the end.
Well I'll just hope for something more in Hamilton's next series. I really like the characters and worlds in this one though. I hope it is not the last we see of them.
The first books can be a little confusing but by this one you know every character and are completely consumed by their actions. The only tough part is wanting to know what everyone is doing at all times because you love all of them equally and having to wait.
Yes! John Lee's performance is excellent, with variation of character voices and rock solid narration with inflection and emotion.
It is epic in scope and polishes off the series very similarly to the way in which The Return of the King concludes that particular story. And given the nature of the Silfen, it's not an unwarranted comparison--I was especially pleased with the Silfen "roads", reminiscent of Tolkien's elves taking their journey out of Middle Earth. A not-so-loose tie-in.
I haven't finished the entire book yet but so far my favorite has been the flight of Araminta to escape the dreamers with the Silfen after the barrier goes up around Sol.
Humanity's Imperial Future Put To The Test
This is, without a doubt, the best of the series, including the two previous novels leading up to it. Starts off fast and continues at a breakneck pace without slowing down, and all sub-plots are dealt with masterfully. I can't recommend Temporal quite as much as this one, although I definitely would not skip any in the series. I was pleased that Hamilton did not re-explain everything. This book is for a fan, not a new reader. I am also glad that there's less time given to Edeard in the Void--though that is essentially the main thread of the book. I don't know how it ends yet, but looking forward to it.
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.