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  • Great North Road - Part One

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    In Newcastle-upon-Tyne, AD 2142, Detective Sidney Hurst attends a brutal murder scene. The victim is one of the wealthy North family clones - but none have been reported missing. And the crime’s most disturbing aspect is how the victim was killed. Twenty years ago, a North clone billionaire and his household were horrifically murdered in exactly the same manner, on the tropical planet of St Libra. But if the murderer is still at large, was Angela Tramelo wrongly convicted? Tough and confident, she never waivered under interrogation - claiming she alone survived an alien attack. But there is no animal life on St Libra.

    Simon says: "A very Peter F Hamilton book!"
    "A very Peter F Hamilton book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Great North Road - Part One the most enjoyable?

    Peter F. Hamilton has been exploring worlds via wormholes for years and this is yet another universe where the earth has expanded into the local area space with wormholes. This story is an exploration of "what might be" when corporates go interstellar and cloning is understood and if not widespread, certainly well accepted. Enter Sid, a detective living in Northern England in the great city of Halifax. Sid is asked to investigate a murder conducted, possibly, by an unknown kind of alien. The story, despite its ENORMOUS length and word count, paces along nicely. There are very few slow parts and the detail and unravelling of the crime are completely believable. As usual, Hamilton has his heros and anti-heros and in this case some really original aliens.

    The story is satisfying and completely contained with an interesting twist. The characters are interesting and mostly believable. Peter F. Hamilton is living up to the high expectations of his fans. I remain one of them.

    Toby Longworth maintains a passable performance in reading, he does the accents without over doing them (trust me this is good, Halifax accents are IMPOSSIBLE to understand if you aren't english) and he does a great job on separating the characters.

    Overall, this is a great buy and very enjoyable.


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