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Judas Unchained Audiobook

Judas Unchained

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Publisher's Summary

Peter F. Hamilton's superbly imagined, cunningly plotted interstellar adventures are conceived on a staggeringly epic scale and filled with fully realized human and alien characters as complex as they are engaging. No mere world builder, Hamilton creates entire universes - and he does so with irresistible flair and intelligence.

His previous novel, the acclaimed Pandora's Star, introduced the Intersolar Commonwealth, a star-spanning civilization of the 24th century. Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.

Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life. Twenty-three planets have already fallen to the invaders, with casualties in the hundreds of millions. And no one knows when or where the genocidal Prime will strike next.

Nor are the Prime the only threat. For more than 100 years, a shadowy cult, the Guardians of Selfhood, has warned that an alien with mind-control abilities impossible to detect or resist - the Starflyer - has secretly infiltrated the Commonwealth. Branded as terrorists, the Guardians and their leader, Bradley Johansson, have been hunted by relentless investigator Paula Myo. But now evidence suggests that the Guardians were right all along and that the Starflyer has placed agents in vital posts throughout the Commonwealth - agents who are now sabotaging the war effort. Is the Starflyer an ally of the Prime, or has it orchestrated a fight to the death between the two species for its own advantage?

Caught between two deadly enemies, one a brutal invader striking from without, the other a remorseless cancer killing from within, the fractious Commonwealth must unite as never before. This will be humanity's finest hour - or its last gasp.

©2006 Peter F. Hamilton; (P)2008 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"For flat-out huge widescreen all-engines-at-full I-dare-you-not-to-believe-it space opera, there is no one quite like Peter F. Hamilton." (Richard K. Morgan, author of Market Forces)
"Richly satisfying.... In more ways than one, this...work is monumental." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Rebecca 06-22-15
    Rebecca 06-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good, but not as good as book 1"

    Drags in places, but overall a satisfying conclusion to the storyline. It could have been 1/2 the length. Needed a better editor!

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    Skip Sanders PC, FL 06-19-15
    Skip Sanders PC, FL 06-19-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great look at the future"

    The story provided a very possible future for mankind. The characters make you like them and the plot keeps you intrigued.

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    CHARLES 06-18-15
    CHARLES 06-18-15
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    "Another great story from Hamilton."

    I burned through this book and the predecessor. Loved the rich detail and sweep of the tale.
    The narrator was a perfect fit

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    Alan Tracy, CA, United States 06-07-15
    Alan Tracy, CA, United States 06-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Needs editing"

    Many interesting ideas, but WAY too long. Many scenes didn't further the main (or even secondary) plots or the characters in any way and seemed just self indulgent, included only to add unnecessary complexity. SERIOUSLY needed editing. Computers and munitions were invulnerable when the plot demanded it and completely vulnerable to hacking/destruction when the plot demanded it. No sense of scale in these matters. The ending just fizzled out. After all of the exorbitant buildup of intrigue, many threads weren't resolved very satisfyingly, if at all. And if I never hear the phrase "enzyme-bonded concrete" again... (What's wrong with just "concrete"?)

    By the way, John Lee was superb.

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    Robert Ross 05-29-15
    Robert Ross 05-29-15
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    "I misjudged the first book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Judas Unchained to be better than the print version?

    I gave the first book in the series a lukewarm review mostly because I did not realize there was second book and after 28 hours, I wanted a resolution. Hamilton goes to great lengths...like Turtledove...to develop his characters. They are so complex and the story line so twisted that you never really know where the truth is at any one time. Nothing is as it seems and after finishing this 2nd book, I can appreciate why the author took us on this convoluted route to the conclusion. My advise is to sit back and enjoy the landscape that Hamilton creates for you. His attention to detail is amazing....so much I am not sure how he keeps it all straight. Every scene is painted in detail, which could be seen as annoying but really ends up immersing you in the characters and the storyline.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ozzie.....hands down....and the clone detective


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Wilson's awakening with the Sylvan


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    Fredrik 05-26-15
    Fredrik 05-26-15
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    "Great story, ok narrator"

    Loved the book and story, although some things didn't add up and made some parts less "belivable".

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    Andrew 05-22-15
    Andrew 05-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great immersion in this future he created."

    A fantastic and deep look at a strange possible human future that didn't start out with a spaceship! If you like alisdair Reynolds, this is for you.

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    Alison 05-18-15
    Alison 05-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "This book is so good, every time."

    This book gets better every time I listen to it. As a serial re-listener, I love the complexity of Hamilton's books. You can feel free to just lose yourself in the twisty plot lines the first time through, then over another few listens, focus on the masterful ways you and the full cast of characters were deceived. Love, love this two-book set (Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained) and I love the follow-up Void trilogy just as much, maybe even more. Write more books, please, Mr. Hamilton! And make sure you always have the unparalleled Mr. John Lee to narrate them! Listening to anything read by Mr. Lee is a joy.

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    BRET 05-17-15
    BRET 05-17-15
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    "so good."

    my second time through the whole series in the last year, including the latest. enough said.

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    Barry 05-16-15
    Barry 05-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    Good hard core Sci fi but way too many characters to keep track of. The story was sometimes hard to follow but overall it was a good book. you definitely get your monies worth. I feel like I just conquered mount everest.

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