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Great North Road | [Peter F. Hamilton]

Great North Road

A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family - composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone "brothers" have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies. Or maybe not so friendly....
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Publisher's Summary

A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family - composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone "brothers" have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies. 

Or maybe not so friendly. At least that's what the murder of a North clone in the English city of Newcastle suggests to Detective Sidney Hurst. Sid is a solid investigator who'd like nothing better than to hand off this hot potato of a case. The way he figures it, whether he solves the crime or not, he'll make enough enemies to ruin his career. Yet Sid's case is about to take an unexpected turn: Because the circumstances of the murder bear an uncanny resemblance to a killing that took place years ago on the planet St. Libra, where a North clone and his entire household were slaughtered in cold blood.

The convicted slayer, Angela Tramelo, has always claimed her innocence. And now it seems she may have been right. Because only the St. Libra killer could have committed the Newcastle crime. Problem is, Angela also claims that the murderer was an alien monster. 

Now Sid must navigate through a Byzantine minefield of competing interests within the police department and the world's political and economic elite...all the while hunting down a brutal killer poised to strike again. And on St. Libra, Angela, newly released from prison, joins a mission to hunt down the elusive alien, only to learn that the line between hunter and hunted is a thin one.

©2012 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"It's a perfect introduction to his gifts for character design, dialogue, and sheer, big-idea-driven storytelling." (Booklist)

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    Tim United States 04-23-13
    Tim United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2010

    My reviews are always pending.

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    "Daunting Read"

    Peter F. Hamilton is one of my favorite science fiction writers. I have to compare him with George R. R. Martin and "A Song of Ice and Fire." Like Martin, Hamilton writes without any editing. Every character in his chapters seems like the main focus of the plot and no detail is left untold.

    The "Great North Road" is a daunting read. I've read "Commonwealth Saga" before and that was an excellent series and much longer, but this recent title just seems to be bloated and long with every molecule being explained.

    It's an epic story by far and a great modern science fiction, but it's hard to tackle because there is so much detail to comprehend.

    I should had pace myself at listening to "Great North Road" because I finished 36 hours in a few days. I should had taken a break because I felt that I was being burned out with the story.

    The alien monsters and the revealing of the North is totally worth the listen, but there is a lot of reading before and even after.

    Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained in the Commonwealth are much more enjoyable and easier to follow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P Carnell florida 04-11-13
    P Carnell florida 04-11-13 Member Since 2012

    holiday

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    "Enough is too much"
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    An intricate story told in foreshadow and flashback, advancing the narrative ever so slightly over so very long in clock time of listening. The three stars is because of the abuse of my patience. The story is very good, the reader is amazingly flexible - all those different characters. I can't believe such an imaginative and capable author could not have crafted a more tolerable and less tedious length.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rudi OakPoint, TX, United States 01-06-13
    Rudi OakPoint, TX, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Great look at the near future"
    Would you listen to Great North Road again? Why?

    Yes, interesting mix of detective story and scifi


    What other book might you compare Great North Road to and why?

    Most other space Opera


    Which character – as performed by Toby Longworth – was your favorite?

    Angela was the most interesting


    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Frey 07-29-14
    Frey 07-29-14 Member Since 2014

    I brew beer!

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    "Good story. Horrible editing."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I did recommend it to a friend, even though the editing was dreadful. The narrator and author were both great.


    Any additional comments?

    The editor needs to be taken out back and given 50 lashes. Nothing worse than hearing dead space for a while, then have the narrator just cut into a paragraph halfway thru. It would often take a full chapter to figure out the parts that were clipped out, or where I was in the story. The story literally bounces around in time and space. That's not that bad, as the author has written in dates and times to start the scene, so you know where you are. But when the first part of a new chapter or scene starts with a time and date, and that portion is clipped off, then you are lost. This is extremely frustrating, to say the least.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John United States 06-22-14
    John United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Sprawling Multi-Planet Soap Opera (in a good way)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The scope of the story is massive; the character list alone is hard to keep track of. And while everything ties together a little too neatly at the end, there are a couple really compelling story lines (and characters). Also, a very fine performance by Longworth makes listening to this quite enjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Suffolk, VA, United States 06-11-14
    Phil Suffolk, VA, United States 06-11-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story - narration makes it tedious"

    I thoroughly enjoyed other books by Peter Hamilton so I decided to give this one a try. He puts forth a lot of effort in developing the characters through direct description or through the characters past memory of a particular event. It is in this manner that he weaves the characters to others so that the reader gets to know them and their place in the plot.

    Although the book does become a bit tedious as he tries to build this universe, the narration makes it tough to hang in there to the conclusion. Perhaps it is just me but I find the British accent hard to get accustomed to. In this case it makes the story not nearly as enjoyable. The narrator does well with mixing in a few different accents but the overall accent delivering the story diminishes the enjoyment, in my opinion.

    All in all, definitely a good listen. Especially if you like Hamilton's other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Alaska 06-10-14
    Jonathan Alaska 06-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as good as his other work"

    Hopefully you are familiar with Hamilton's other works like the 2 + 3 book commonwealth saga. I truly enjoyed how complex and deep those stories were so I thought I would give this one a shot too. Easily as complex but not as enticing as his other works. I use this as a filler between other audio books and am not sure when I will ever finish it but it just doesn't draw me in at all. Felt like it was building towards a grand climax and then just fell away so who knows.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Graham 05-16-14
    Josh Graham 05-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Hamilton'ed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No I would not - Hamilton and his enzyme bonded concrete...jesus christ, is everything done on enzyme bonded fucking concrete?!!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not bad


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The North's are my kind of twisted family


    Do you think Great North Road needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, this book is about 3 books in one


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nitin Dallas, TX, USA 01-31-14
    Nitin Dallas, TX, USA 01-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice book but not as good as the VOID trilogy"

    I loved Peter Hamilton's Common Wealth Universe. It is simply audacious and I always keep wanting more.

    This book is not set in the same universe. There are some similarities, but not on such a grand scale as the previous trilogy. This is mostly a suspense mystery novel set in future. Many of the characters are believable and one can relate to them.

    I am waiting for Peter's next book which is supposed to be set in the Common Wealth Universe

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jui Gig Harbor, WA, United States 12-11-13
    Jui Gig Harbor, WA, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2007
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    "What went wrong with the audio?"
    What made the experience of listening to Great North Road the most enjoyable?

    Long, complex, with ultimate resolution of the "Huh?" parts. I would give it 5 stars for the "overall rating" if the download would have let me continue where I left off.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Angela, of course.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio in the penultimate dowloaded part kept snapping back to the midway point when I turned off my iPod. Had to hunt around for where I left off. Hope this has been fixed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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