A continuation of "The Commonwealth Saga", the void trilogy does tie in enough nostalgic characters and places to remind you of the well-written universe in Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. Unfortunately, the technology in this series has moved a little too far ahead, and it's hard to really believe that society itself is so far behind when the technology is so far ahead. The dreams of this series could be a story themselves, and are very engaging. But like the technology, the advancement of the psychic talents in the Makkathran world have progressed too much, ultimately just becoming a let down... like the end of the book also is. The first book in the void trilogy was the best of the three, but Hamilton should have just ended the commonwealth with Judas Unchained.
I didn't like John Lee's reading of "A Feast for Crows" but his narration style seems much better suited for Peter F. Hamilton's characters. As a 2 book series, Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained continue to ramp up the tension and conspiracies, and keep you locked on the page to see what happens next. The characters are well written, and you will find yourself cheering for them. His "Night's Dawn" trilogy is better than this one, but this new universe he has created is one you can believe in, and Hamilton has an uncanny talent for making technological innovations real.
I can't decide if it is Robert Jordan's plot finally coming together again or if Brandon Sanderson found a way to inject new life into the book with his ideas, but the last two books in this series have been excellent. It sounds like Jordan's first books in the series. Both michael kramer and kate reading are always a pleasure to listen to, and things move at a quick pace. A lot loose ends have been tied up and knowing the rest will all be taken care of in the next book sets the stage of anticipation for things to come!
I've read so many fantasy series now, and with my long commute, that has moved towards listening instead of reading. In an audiobook, if the narration is bad, the audiobook is painful to go through... in this cause, the reader sounds juvenile. Instead of using a mysterious voice, Mr Sharian sounds like he is "trying" to be mysterious... not once did I get into a character with him. On top of that, the story was different than most, but that doesn't mean it was good. George RR Martin, Robin Hobb, Robert Jordan, Joe Abercrombie, Stephen R Donaldson... they know what they are doing for characters, and they all have excellent narrators. I wouldn't listen to this again if I was paid. Worst audiobook I've purchased so far.
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