One of the things I love about Hamilton's books are the fact all the characters are smart, even the bad guys. It seems in most books there are always a range of characters that are stupid without cause and you have to wait three books for them to finally get killed off. His future seems to consist of technology that while seemingly impossible now, seems completely likely then. The way Hamilton truly thinks about the social impacts of future societies makes these books a real find. He is my new favorite author. Well thought out story and smart characters make for a great read (or listen).
This is the worst sound quality of an audio book I've ever heard. The narrator is awful and it sounds like they used a cheap microphone in a spare bedroom at his apartment. Really hard to listen to, which is a shame since Hamilton is one of the finest sci-fi writers of our time. Don't bother buying this audiobook, go buy the paper version instead.
I got sucked into these books and was a little annoyed when I realized book 3 wasn't going to wrap everything up. I now find out there are 8 books planned for this series, with the last one planned for 2008! My advice? Wait until all 8 books are out. I'm really not looking forward to waiting two more years to finish this sucker up, even though it is an interesting story that never seems to end.
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