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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
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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.
Excellent interweaving storylines.
The full reveal about Angela's worst night is pretty spectactular.
Excellent vocal characterizations helping me tell the people apart. Similar to his work on the Mendel Files. Excellent inflection, especially at moments when characters are surprised or ironic.
The denouement with the characters was emotional for me -- probably because I have daughters.
The resolution of the main conflict isn't quite as satisfying as it was in Pandora's Star/Judas Unchained but I the personal storylines were /more/ satisfying. Toby Longworth's reading is supurb, adding depth and idiosyncrasies to the characters that layered some additional texture onto the text.
I'd just the whole thing is somewhere between Fallen Dragon and PS/JU, and a great read overall.
First off: I'm a Peter F Hamilton fan. I've read or listened to everything he has produced. This novel, at least in audio book form, just doesn't measure up.
In a word: forgettable.
You'll want to read/listen to it if you are a fan, but if you are new to Hamilton and are well read in regards to modern sci-fi, you won't be impressed by this. Save your credits.
yes - I've read/listened to everything currently available through Audible and read everything else by PFH. Would love for Fallen Dragon to be Audibleized.
er...it's classic Hamilton world-building. There are wormholes but they're a lot more problematic than in the Commonwealth...tech isn't as far along etc.
Probably Detective Hurst, but I just love Mr. Longworth's portrayal of film noirish characters. If you liked him in the Mandel books (and I DID) then you'll love him in this.
yes, for sure. I've often thought that Hamilton's writing would lend itself well to the screen - big OR little!
Not his best work but thoroughly enjoyable cop procedural cum alien weirdness story. if you're jonezing for some PFH, this is your ticket.