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Great North Road Audiobook

Great North Road

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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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    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 02-11-13
    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Don't judge Hamilton by this book!"

    As a huge fan of Peter F. Hamilton's other works I was greatly looking forward to his latest epic. Of the 10 Hamilton books I've listened to or read, this was not even in the same league. The characters are boring and lacking in depth, the plot is ridiculously slow and the unnecessary story lines make up more content than the relevant ones!

    Great North Road is comprised of 2 related story lines; one an extremely long winded police procedural and one about a supposed elite military unit on another planet looking for a scary alien. The police procedural plods along at a snails pace, lacking direction and substance. Hours are spend on the main character's search for a new home or other inconsequential elements that bring the plot to a screeching halt. The military unit section is basically a very bad lost-in-the-woods horror movie about a bunch of inept soldiers who go in unprepared and make one bad decision after the next. Implausibility is the rule for this section so don't expect it to be realistic.

    Throw this all together with a bunch of ill-timed flashbacks to explain plot holes, a narrator who does such strong accents they are at times incomprehensible, repetitive phrases and a book that should have been edited to 8 hours and you get Great North Road, all 36 hours of it. I never thought I'd say this about a Peter F. Hamilton book but you should spend your credit elsewhere.

    3 of 5 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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    Pedro A. Z. T. Aragão Belas, Portugal 09-14-16
    Pedro A. Z. T. Aragão Belas, Portugal 09-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story- not so good narrative"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Great North Road to be better than the print version?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Toby Longworth’s performances?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No (its a 36h long book...)


    Any additional comments?

    The story is a good Peter F. H. story, his style, epic and slow. But the narrative takes away a bit of the pleasure. While in written book you a visual clues that we changed sets, locations, no such clues on the audio, many times i found my self lost, not understanding what happen, why some character was speaking, until i got it, we have changed scenes, a complete new character set is now speaking.
    Finally, the lack of voice differentiation made the book some times hard to follow. With a bunch of characters named Nord, it was hard to understand which Nord was talking. (but, this was my first audio book with a single narrator, so this might be the "norm")

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Aliso Viejo, CA, United States 08-11-16
    John Aliso Viejo, CA, United States 08-11-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Get the abridged edition"

    If you like listening to grass grow, this book is for you. There are a few exciting moments and ideas here and there but having to mow through 36 hours to get them is not worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kent Springfield, VA, United States 06-27-16
    Kent Springfield, VA, United States 06-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than expected...and highly creative"

    It's more a 3 1/2, but I'm limited by this system - so, I'll round upward. This book was quite a bit better than I expected. The sci-fi wasn't too overboard, the intrigue/drama level was sufficiently high, and the police-procedural was just the right amount of ballsy - cumulatively, it was a well-done balance. It may have dragged on a little bit at times - but not overly much, and certainly not enough to ding the rating. After all, the main plot was intricate and unique, and it kept me transfixed and interested most of the time. All in all, it was an interesting listen - the audiobook narrator, Toby Longworth, did a wonderful job with the voicing, the inflections, and the overall tone and feel of the characters. This being my first Hamilton novel, I'd be strongly inclined to try another of his works in the future.

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    Ron A. Parsons 06-04-16
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    "Reasonable performance"

    Disliked all the religious dogma The author tends to put forth, the narrative is unique

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 04-06-16
    Tom 04-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty good Who-done-it"

    The story was pretty good, the events and flow of the story line proceeded very well. The ending was drawn out, as the reader would know the most probable ending. overall, the performance was good, a few annunciation hurdles to overcome, but entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    anthony millersville, MD, United States 03-15-16
    anthony millersville, MD, United States 03-15-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I love Peter's work. but....."

    sloooooow to get moving. I've read most of his work. this is exceptionally slow. painfully so. I'm halfway through and I'm losing interest fast. the story line is blah. although the tech aspect is as impressive as I'd expect from this author the meat and potatoes is not here. the story line could have been developed better. the subject and ideas were great but I don't think they warrant 40ish hours to get the thing told. the narrator was his normal great self. the performance was the savior here.

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    Amazon Customer 02-13-16
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    "Lovely"

    I love the depth and colour in this story. I think the pain of loss and fear that all the characters suffer do help them grow. And I'm pleased with Toby's characterisation of women.

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    Amazon Customer 12-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great all around listen"

    Great voice and great story. It was well worth the 35+ hours of listening. Let the story develop and you won't be disappointed. I will be listening to more Hamilton and longworth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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