Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)
I listened to this book in a non-stop Listen-Fest, something like 37 hours! I spent the first part of the book being confused, then I was sure I knew where it was going, but it didn't go there, it also didn't go to the next place I was sure it would go, or the next... I literally couldn't sleep until I'd finished it!
I would put this book in the same category as Reamde by Neil Stephenson. It is a bit better in terms of preserving mystery throughout the book, but it is a long haul. The narration is great with good pauses and decent voice characterizations, though the female voices are a bit sad.
The biggest issue I had was trying to keep track of which clone was which, but I guess that is part of the story.
Absolutely; it was a lovely listen. I enjoyed the story, and really enjoyed the narration. Anyone who's read some of Hamilton's other epics will likely enjoy this one; he has the ability to make a reader understand the technology he's writing about without a lot of explanation, and builds characters who are interesting and flawed and fun, all at the same time.
Some parts of the book drag out a little, as is wont to happen in a Peter Hamilton novel, but you take the bad with the good.
No comparisons spring immediately to mind.
Excellent narration, great pacing, great characterization.
Absolutely worth the credit, particularly for people who liked the pacing of the Commonwealth Saga.
I'm a Hard SF & Space Opera-loving, alien android from the future. I bring gifts of SciFi eBooks & accessories for your leader's Kindle. Take me to him/her/it.
Had all the fun and wondrous tech of a PFH story, but I felt it was a good bit longer than necessary. It also has a larger percentage of the story grounded in a terrestrial detective case which drags on slowly for both the characters and the readers. This story was at it's best when it took to the stars and the off-world settings.
Stupid question Audible. But, if you are a fan of Peter F. Hamilton, you will not be disappointed with another sci-fi suspense story that combines the mystery and intrigue of a detective story and the often novel but always interesting sci-fi themes that together form a tantalizing space-epic whodunit. Satisfying ending.
Angela Tramelo, but I can't tell you why without giving too much away.
Toby did a great job, as always. He is certainly up in my top five favorite performers. In each series there is always one that comes off as core to the performance, for me, in this series, it was the pragmatic Detective Sidney Hurst. I love the way he says, "okay."
Another stupid question, Audible: No way, this book is over one and half days long; 36.5 hours is too long to sit for one reading... But, if the question is less literal, than yes, I would enjoy going from start to finish in one act of entertainment.
I look forward to Peter's next book, and hope Toby is there to perform it.
I don't usually re-read books, so no, probably not.
Along the lines of the Commonwealth and Void series, Great North Road fits right into Hamilton's unique take on the future. I would personally recommend the Commonwealth and Void series books over this, but I still loved it.
Great reader - I am a fan
Avatar with a bad attitude.
I am living proof that the universe has a sense of humor.
I have heard some authors being compared to J.R.R. Tolkien. All of them falling far short in my opinion. Peter Hamilton however IS the Tolkien of SciFi. Having read the Commonwealth Saga and the Void Trilogy, this Novel is smaller in scope but still delivers a great story.
The story is set in the not so distant future and centers around a bizarre murder which is almost identical to another murder of 20 years ago. Hamilton creates a great story inclusive of future tech, intrigue, murder, sex, distant planets and aliens. This is SciFi CSI at its best.
Great Science Fiction
I loved the down to earth characters Peter has created for this book. Even though the story takes place around 150 years into the future, you are still able to relate closely with the characters and the situations they find themselves in.
One of the best Narrations I have heard yet. I rank him up there with Roy Dotrice from Game of Thrones.
I originally had some reservations regarding this book as it takes place 150 years before the events in Pandora's Star and was worried that he might roll back the tech tooo much.
After 5 minutes of listening to the story, all my fears were proved false. The story instantly grabs you and refuses to let you go. The Tech is only used as a means and not the focus of the story, thus allow you to revel in the beautiful drawn characters that Peter creates. The universe is still a fantastic, futuristic place that does connect with our world.
One of the best books I have read period.
I love the way he can take what appears to be bunch of disparate plot threads and weave them into an single piece of tapestry that is just amazing to behold, and he does this yet again in Great North Road. He uses science fiction to create another rich universe, weaves a mystery through it, and comments on the importance of taking care of our environment. In my opinion Peter F. Hamilton is one of the greatest authors of our day.
I have read many of Hamilton's books and am familiar with his slow start-up and build into the story approach he takes. Unfortunately the Great North Road "buries the lead" right near the end of the book. In a word, I got bored.
If you are already a fan of Hamilton, go ahead and give this a listen - there are some very interesting ideas being played with here. If you are new to Hamilton try starting with Fallen Dragon or Pandora's Star.