This book is over 30 hours long which is great for my long commutes. The book has many stories which at first seem unrelated, but slowly the tendrils start to wind together. I couldn't wait to get back in my car to hear more. I haven't read this author before but I will definitely look for more of his books.
The narrator is excellent but he does have an English accent if that bothers you.
My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine; (fortunately) everybody drinks water. - Mark Twain
Ayn Rand thinks this novel should be compressed. I've read (not listened to) Atlas Shrugged, The Stand, and several other long novels. I've listened to many long novels as well. Sometimes as you progress through a long novel you start to get the feeling of being cheated, you've invested the time and now the author is getting too far fetched. That is my feeling on this novel, it could be a lot better if it was considerably shortened and condensed.
Science Fiction World Building plus murder mystery plus family fortunes. This combination made the book a continuous wonder. Plus the characters are likable and sort of realistic.
There is a point, toward the end of the 30+ hours of audio, where a family secret is revealed. That caught me completely by surprise.
Game of Wonder.
Enjoyed enough that I will devote another 31 hours to listening to it again. Very rare for me. But there is so much here that I know I missed some details on the first cycle. Enjoy.
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 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.