As a huge fan of Peter F. Hamilton's other works I was greatly looking forward to his latest epic. Of the 10 Hamilton books I've listened to or read, this was not even in the same league. The characters are boring and lacking in depth, the plot is ridiculously slow and the unnecessary story lines make up more content than the relevant ones!
Great North Road is comprised of 2 related story lines; one an extremely long winded police procedural and one about a supposed elite military unit on another planet looking for a scary alien. The police procedural plods along at a snails pace, lacking direction and substance. Hours are spend on the main character's search for a new home or other inconsequential elements that bring the plot to a screeching halt. The military unit section is basically a very bad lost-in-the-woods horror movie about a bunch of inept soldiers who go in unprepared and make one bad decision after the next. Implausibility is the rule for this section so don't expect it to be realistic.
Throw this all together with a bunch of ill-timed flashbacks to explain plot holes, a narrator who does such strong accents they are at times incomprehensible, repetitive phrases and a book that should have been edited to 8 hours and you get Great North Road, all 36 hours of it. I never thought I'd say this about a Peter F. Hamilton book but you should spend your credit elsewhere.
Yes, interesting mix of detective story and scifi
Most other space Opera
Angela was the most interesting
It's more a 3 1/2, but I'm limited by this system - so, I'll round upward. This book was quite a bit better than I expected. The sci-fi wasn't too overboard, the intrigue/drama level was sufficiently high, and the police-procedural was just the right amount of ballsy - cumulatively, it was a well-done balance. It may have dragged on a little bit at times - but not overly much, and certainly not enough to ding the rating. After all, the main plot was intricate and unique, and it kept me transfixed and interested most of the time. All in all, it was an interesting listen - the audiobook narrator, Toby Longworth, did a wonderful job with the voicing, the inflections, and the overall tone and feel of the characters. This being my first Hamilton novel, I'd be strongly inclined to try another of his works in the future.
The story was pretty good, the events and flow of the story line proceeded very well. The ending was drawn out, as the reader would know the most probable ending. overall, the performance was good, a few annunciation hurdles to overcome, but entertaining.
sloooooow to get moving. I've read most of his work. this is exceptionally slow. painfully so. I'm halfway through and I'm losing interest fast. the story line is blah. although the tech aspect is as impressive as I'd expect from this author the meat and potatoes is not here. the story line could have been developed better. the subject and ideas were great but I don't think they warrant 40ish hours to get the thing told. the narrator was his normal great self. the performance was the savior here.
I love the depth and colour in this story. I think the pain of loss and fear that all the characters suffer do help them grow. And I'm pleased with Toby's characterisation of women.
Great voice and great story. It was well worth the 35+ hours of listening. Let the story develop and you won't be disappointed. I will be listening to more Hamilton and longworth.
I have read almost all of Peters work. starting with the nights dawn trilogy, including the Starflyers series ,fallen dragon and I have to say this was a little bit of a Departure from what I'm used to however Bravo!!! fantastic storylines I love how he writes kind of like watching a Tarentino movie it is fantastic. Give this a shot you won't regret it
Any fan Hamilton's other works will feel right at home.
A rich, aromatic blend of earthy, procedural detective work and heady space opera with a dash of zesty horror.