Bad to good
Toby's English accent makes for perfect setting of this English story
This book starts with a couple of chapters like a bad soap opera but after that it switches to a very good thriller. The book reminded me of British sci fi of times past. It is an early work of the author so you can see the characters do not have the depth of his later works but as a thriller with neat plot it works.
I would listen to this book again. The story was a little slow to start, but it captured me in the end. Towards the end I did't want to stop listening.
The story line about the gland enhanced main character. The story starts slow but becomes a murder mystery that draws you in.
Like Isaac Asimov Peter weaved a mystery and SifFi. Great story!
Perfect reader with enough voice inflections to sort out the charterers.
One must ignore the focus on man causing global warming crap unless you are a global warming pin head
Finally, a Peter F. Hamilton audiobook that I can follow without taking copious notes.
I love a good, meaty sci-fi series, like Dune, Simmon's Hyperion, and got all the Peter F Hamilton Commonwealth series on audiobook, but honestly I didn't like them. They were too disjointed, and too many characters involved. One of his Commonwealth trilogies was like sitting down and reading about 5 separate _unrelated_ novels concurrently, and then 50 hours/1000 pages in, these seemingly unconnected stories would "sort of" link up. But by that time, you couldn't remember who they were at the beginning. So the second trilogy I listened to I started taking notes when I was listening (WTF?) on who each person was, which I'd update as I went along. It was better but too much work.
Peter F Hamilton trilogies are honestly the best books for showing the limitations of audiobooks. I wish that the actual audiobooks had a notes page, where you could click to read synopsis up to where you are, or even a character list. In an audiobook, you can't just like a paper book flip back looking for words/paragraphs.
But I digress. When I picked up the Greg Mandel ones and started listening, I was more than a bit surprised, and very happy with it. The cast of characters was manageable, and the characters really well rounded and felt real. It wasn't like a commonwealth series book were you'd be reading the story from some persons point of view, and wondering what it had to do with anything. It is great also to have a sci-fi crime novel, with a lot of conspiracy, action, and intrigue.
Toby Longworth does a real nice job of narration. He's probably one of the main reasons I've stuck with the series.
And on the series as a whole, I really enjoyed the feel of the universe. in short, a damaged earth, where it is rebuilding slowly, with some really good corporate people actually thinking of the world rather than themselves. You hear the constant doom and gloom on global warming, and this story I felt had a nice background non-apocalyptic vision of what the world could be like after.
I had already read the entire Mindstar trilogy on Kindle before receiving this audio book as a gift. I already had a general sense of how things would unfold, yet the amount of detail in the story meant that most of the time I was once again swept up in it. Peter Hamilton created scenes that are full of action and let me enjoy the story at different levels.
I liked the way that Toby Longworth modulated and pitched his voice differently for most of the characters. He was very consistent in this and it made it easier to get pulled into the story.
Hamilton has created characters in this book that I really cared about. He spent enough time developing them as 'real' persons that I got invested in them and wanted things to work out for them.
I am looking forward to hearing the other two audio books that follow this one.
Yes. It's a good story. Industrial espionage and attempted murder (in a way) in a world dealing with climate change and the fall of a fascist political party. It was a solid, entertaining read.
In this story, set several decades in our future, Hamilton and fused some science fiction technology with fantasy-based intuition and empathic abilities raised to new height with an experimental program. The product is now a private eye contracted to solve a simple case. Of course, it's not so simple.
This is not nearly so epic in scale has Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga or Void trilogy. And the novel very knowingly and explicitly violates some rules of science as we know them so far as well as postulating possibilities.
A good read.
Reading Mindstar Rising, the first book in Peter F. Hamilton’s Greg Mandel Trilogy will cost you three credits because I guarantee you will be purchasing the second and third volumes, A Quantum Murder and The Nano Flower in quick succession.
I have to admit to liking a good long story. The problem with that is sometimes long stories are filled with so much superfluous verbiage that you wish you had committed the ultimate of audible sins and purchased the abridged version. Some books although possessing a great premise and promising storyline just seem to waffle.
It is for that reason that Peter F. Hamilton is, and will remain, one of my favourite fiction authors. Because not only does he provide some of the best value for money in the world of audio books he also weaves a compelling and believable story no matter how fantastic the underlying premise. Peter F. Hamilton’s books are the ones you tend not to read in bed because when you nod off letting slip the paperback might break your nose and the hardback will cause concussion. Mindstar Rising is typical of Mr Hamilton’s books in this regard. At 14 hours long it is one of his briefer works. Yet frustratingly this book in common with his other works seems to be far too short as his masterfully crafted characters and compelling environments hold you entranced for every one of those 840 minutes. I recollect starting this book on a Friday evening and I am told that over the next two days I prepared two family meals, mowed a lawn, walked the dog and basically ignored my family and the world. I have no recollection of that weekend because for 14 glorious hours I was transported into a near future Britain where Greg Mandel, an ex-British army paratrooper who back in his service days had been drafted into the Mindstar Battalion due to his ESP potential, now earns his living as a security consultant come private eye. With psi enhancements the legacy of his time in service and Britain coming out of the economic ruin of years of Marxist government on the back of some truly cool tech the story that unfolds could have been predictable and plastic. But it’s not, most definitely not, plastic. This was Peter F. Hamilton’s first published novel and every sentence is carefully layered and finessed into place. Peter F. Hamilton doesn’t write he sculpts. The level of details he puts into his work is one of the reasons that his novels are weighty tomes. But unlike many other authors that detail is almost unnoticed as it creates an incredibly multi-dimensional landscape upon which is then delived a plot that propels you to the end in what feels like a fraction of the 14 hours required to get there.
No sooner had Audible hoped I had enjoyed this programme, I was downloading the next two books. If you like intelligent science fiction, gritty characters and are not afraid of a couple of days of productivity loss buy this book. Now as an undeserved afterthought let me please throw Toby Longworth into the mix. Mr Longworth must be one of the best narrators on Audible. He makes an amazing book incredible. No messing!
Up there with the best
Picturing Greg's gland doing it's thing
The bar at the start when the religious fool was made to look as small as he truely was.
Yes, the concept had me hooked.
Recommended for Sci-fi fans.
I liked the action , but the corporate setting, and scaled back technology was a disappointment. Less epic than I expect from the author.
Maybe, pretty dull sometimes
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Well I have read all of Peter F Hamilton's books on Audible and some that aren't, I was not sure what I was expecting when I started reading this but I have loved PFH's other stuff so I figured this is probably good - just a few years after these 3 books made him really famous he wrote "The Nights Dawn" (come on Audible get this one in audio format, not here as of 7-9-12) and its just a great set of books, maybe better than these I will know when I finish these so check my review of the last book The Nano Flower when I finish it
There are 3 books and the stories are set in a near-future England, centered around "Hamilton's" own home county of Rutland. Mandel is a former officer of the 'English Army', who fought in the 'Mindstar Brigade', a tactical psychic unit. He was given the psychic powers of intuition and detecting emotions, skills he uses for his new profession of psychic detective.
What I found pretty cool is that there is a "credit crash", "housing market crash" and "global warming" as well as some other things that have either happened already or are likely to happen soon in the future in the real world we live in today and this was written in 1993!
It is good but not in the way his latter works are, this being written in 1993 has some "dated" things in it namely a "Peoples Socialist Party", when is the last time you herd that stuff being spouted since the Berlin Wall fell? - there are some "hacking" that's reminiscent of the movie "Hackers" (1995) how it was not really much like actual hacking is like but made it look cool, in this book its sorta like people thought it would turn out to be until the internet came so big, many methods of attack do work but the way its executed is as bad as Hollywood is today and we should know by now how hacking works - other than that mostly its a great book that doesn't show its age in many other ways than the Socialist thing.
Greg can detect emotions which is pretty cool and one would think that you could get ahead pretty well in life with those powers, and he does pretty well for him self - but he's got this friend who can predict the future, and she doesn't seem to "Rule the World" as someone with that ability should likely be doing, she doesn't do much at all from what is made clear and this is really strange if you can predict the future at least the future around you (don't work far off) why aren't you rich as hell, I don't know but other than that everything makes sense in the book