Superbly written and performed. Memorable, well developed characters. Toby Longworth is a top notch narrator giving each character their own distinct voice and accent. He flows from British to Cockney to American accents effortlessly. Well done, very well done!
Just get it! This one will stay with you!!
I was surprised that I just could not get into this one. I usually like Peter F Hamilton's books, such as Pandora's Star and the Void series. I started this book three times and had to quit.
The narrator was fine but the story did not grab my interest. Maybe there were just too many clones. The police in the story couldn't tell them apart and neither could I.
YMMV. Mr Hamilton is a good writer, but even a good one can't please all the people all the time. I look forward to trying some of his other books in the future.
Yes yes yes and no no no... Ah! I wish I had some friends that would like Mr. Hamilton's books as much as I do. But alas... I especially like the way he weaves the past history of Angela into the present. As her past unfolds I understand more about her motivations. But really, that style of writing is a way to use mystery to pull the reader along and then dole out the answers to the mystery bit by bit. The book intersperses the action perfectly. I did not want to put the book down once before it was finished.
I have listened to a lot of audio books and Toby Longworth has got to be, hands down, the best voice actor ever. His dramatization is just perfect. He can do a little girl or a tough guy believably.
The ride of your life!
Yeah, make a movie!
I have given this as a gift to my friends and have recommended it to strangers I've met. Yes it is that good.
Asimov's writing is the closest. But this is a fascinating history/ mystery. Love all the political angles - I love a fascinating mind- twisty turny is my favorite.
Too many for a single scene. You forget this is a "story" and start rooting for the poor slobs going through this.
sometimes nature is a bitch- think twice about messing with her
This is the first book by Peter F Hamilton I read. I admit it I am hooked. I immediately started reading the rest of his brilliant stories. His stories have the ring of truth to them and I'm waiting with bated breath for the next one.
Peter F. Hamilton has for years provided some of my most memorable and enjoyable reading experiences (here, I would highlight Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained as the best) by virtue of his Commonwealth Universe first and foremost, but also the Confederation Universe.
In this stand-alone book, as opposed to his normal multi-book series, Hamilton provides a captivating enough story--the characters are for the most part interesting and the plot has both predictable and surprising twists, but one is left feeling that the universe could and should be better developed. The kinds of stories Hamilton does best simply need more space. Furthermore, I'm just not a big fan of his "earth-centric" books. Vast space operas offer greater breadth and detail. This felt almost mundane by comparison, and not for lack of shock factor.
This is a good read, and should be read, but I would place it below any unread Commonwealth or Confederation books on my list.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
To enjoy this book, you have to enjoy a LONG story, a complex set of characters and at least three timelines. I would characterize this book as science fiction, so be prepared for LOTS of references to futuristic technology. Very cool.
I was initially concerned: Could I keep track of everyone? But I encourage you to hang on because the result is well worth the effort.
NO SPOILERS HERE:
This is a story about a family of cloned brothers that is prominent on several different worlds and that - in particular - controls fuel production, so they are wildly rich. It is also a story of ecological ethics and carries a Biblical theme (the Garden of Eden comes to mind), in my opinion. "Humanity" is a central character in this book and resurfaces throughout.
It is also a police murder mystery, a convoluted family drama, a commentary on politics, a monster-slasher story, a "who dunnit" and a morality play.
Be prepared for one thing: Author Peter Hamilton periodically thrusts the reader back 20 years, but not necessarily in the order that would immediately clarify certain details. So he will toss you a moment in a brand new character's life for what seems to be no reason at all. Ten hours of listening later, he will bring this character back, and you will think, "AH HAH! I am beginning to get it."
The only reason I gave the story 4 stars is because of the degree of complexity. It will discourage some readers and demands more effort.
As I stated earlier: hang on, and ENJOY!
Hamilton's vision of the future. I want to go to there.
I always enjoy the descriptions of the technology; how basic input/output and data collection devices are woven into society.
Geesh - Toby is amazing. Male, Female, British, English - any nationality; doesn't matter. Smoooth and flawless.
It is a 36 hour book - probably not an "all in one sitting" kind of book. And frankly, one needed a break here and there.
An easy 5 stars. First off, the narration by Toby Longworth is superb. I've listened to many audio books (pushing 200 now) and this guy has a command of characterization that is genuine genius.
And, while Peter Hamilton is a masterful story-teller, particularly of the space-epic variety, this mystery/sci-fi piece is one of his very best. How many of his books have I read? Five, six? Probably enjoyed this one the most.
If you like well wrought sci-fi and a bit of detective drama then this one will be a memorable experience for you too.