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.
lots of fun hours listening to this to thi marvelous universe unfolding.
great storyline an characters and a great adventure to boost.
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.
Complexity, idea levels
Toby Longworth sounds like he's having a really bad day narrating this. Grating voce, no modulation. His idea of having anyone not a main character speak in a heavy accent is really jarring. It spoils lots of the narrative for me.
The idea of using terrible mock russian or indian accent for anyone not presented as sympathetic is not endearing.
Overall, he'd be better narrating Tom Clancy.
No. It's 1½ days long ..
I'd love to hear this story given justice by a decent narrator.
King of France and Buccaneer. Or maybe I'm just a farm brewer....
I did recommend it to a friend, even though the editing was dreadful. The narrator and author were both great.
The editor needs to be taken out back and given 50 lashes. Nothing worse than hearing dead space for a while, then have the narrator just cut into a paragraph halfway thru. It would often take a full chapter to figure out the parts that were clipped out, or where I was in the story. The story literally bounces around in time and space. That's not that bad, as the author has written in dates and times to start the scene, so you know where you are. But when the first part of a new chapter or scene starts with a time and date, and that portion is clipped off, then you are lost. This is extremely frustrating, to say the least.
The scope of the story is massive; the character list alone is hard to keep track of. And while everything ties together a little too neatly at the end, there are a couple really compelling story lines (and characters). Also, a very fine performance by Longworth makes listening to this quite enjoyable.