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!
Say something about yourself!
It takes a lot of hours of listening to get to this concluding volume of Hamilton's epic, multi-threaded tale (a rare reason to be thankful for a half-hour commute and otherwise boring yard work to do every week), but I was actually sorry to come to the end. The complexity and scope of this story is vast beyond describing (just about every contemporary SF trope is here in some clever form or other). You will just have to listen to it (or read it) yourself. Contrary to some other reviewers, I thought Hamilton did an excellent job of bringing all of the complexity to a satisfying conclusion even while making it clear that the universe will go on being complicated and mysterious, just like life itself. In that sense, no good story ever has a hard-stop ending. One story arc reaches its end, but others go on as long as life, in whatever form, remains. I've commented on various aspects of this series in reviews of the previous volumes, but let me add here that Hamilton is not just writing a story of "things that happen" in his imaginary universe. He is making very abstract, high-level comments on the nature of humanity, of morality, of the universe itself across the whole series. He is never obvious or in your face about this; these deeper questions are embedded in the story itself, and if you take the time there is a lot to ponder. You may not like this series if you aren't prepared to really commit your thought and attention to it (this is not for casual listening), but if you invest the effort you will be well rewarded.
As I said when I reviewed book one of this series, a reader really should read the first series (Commonwealth) before reading this series. (Read my review of the first book in this series (The Dreaming Void). Unlike many series it covers many, many decades of the people in the story. As this book ends it ties up many loose ends and gives an understanding of the entire group of stories. I feel this book is an ending and doesn't leave much room for a sequel.
An introverted computer nerd who likes to zone out and listen to books whenever.
This is one of my favorite audio books so far. I plan on re-listening to it much like I would re-read a great paper book. Peter F. Hamilton has written a space saga that has you guessing what will happen until the very end. If you like SciFi then you will love this series.
John Lee was phenomenal and captured the energy and voice of each character so you always knew who was talking.
Since this is the end of the series if finally brings together all the elements that have been setup along the way. The ending climax is energetic and I could not stop listening until it was over. The dénouement is heart warming and finishes just where you need it to.
I am on the last book and feeling "anxious" as it nears the end.
Creative vocabulary to describe futuristic society. Entertaining plot that gets better with every book.
Peter F. Hamilton is now one of my favorite writers. Very solid characters. Compelling story. Excellent presentation. Look forward to more from him.
I am a huge sci-fi drama fan and when I came across the Void series after listening to the other Peter F. Hamilton books. I listened to this book when it came out but I just relistened to the entire void series to hear them as one book.