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Pamela

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  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4208)
    Performance
    (2520)
    Story
    (2559)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Slugged through it - not worth it"
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    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It might have become a 3 star experience if either the author or the speaker or audio producer put some pauses or effects in to show when characters were changing mid chapter. For that matter, even a chapter heading might have been useful to indicate what was being furthered in the story. I have no idea what triggered a chapter as many different subplots might be covered in on section. It felt that at random points I would be informed that a chapter had started.


    What could Peter F. Hamilton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There are numerous characters that get introduced over the course of the story. However, the character may not come into play again for some time. Even then, the change might come after several sentences of description of new time and place befroe the reintroduced character is made identified. I constantly had to go back and listen to a section over again due to the sudden shifts. I wish I had kept a cheat sheet of characters as they were introduced. That might have helped. Truly, there are lots of characters.


    Did John Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    John Lee was fairly good in changing voice and accent to assist in keeping the characters straight.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    After all the praise, I was disappointed. I have read some books that go in a series, that only set the stage in the first book. I couldn't say this even sets the stage well. At the end, I had no desire to listen to the next book to try to make sense of this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy listening to long books and books in a series. I listened to the whole book. I spent more time in going over sections several times than usual. I had hopes that the ending would be worth the time invested. In the end, I was disappointed.

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