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Judas Unchained Audiobook

Judas Unchained

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Publisher's Summary

The high-action concluding novel of the Commonwealth Saga from one of the world's bestselling Science Fiction writers.

After hundreds of years secretly manipulating the human race, the Starflyer alien has succeeded in engineering a war which should result in the destruction of the Intersolar Commonwealth. Now, thanks to Chief Investigator Paula Myo, the Commonwealth’s political elite finally acknowledges the Starflyer’s existence, and puts together an unlikely partnership to track down this enigmatic and terrifying alien.

The invasion from Dyson Alpha continues with dozens of Commonwealth worlds falling to the enemy. The navy fights back with what it believes to be war-winning super weapons, only to find that the alien fleet has equally powerful weapons. How the aliens got them is the question which haunts Admiral Kime. Could it be that the Commonwealth’s top-secret defence project has been compromised by the Starflyer’s agents, or is the truth even worse?

©2005 Peter F Hamilton (P)2008 Tantor Media Inc

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    Paul Mount Merrion Ave, Ireland 04-26-12
    Paul Mount Merrion Ave, Ireland 04-26-12
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    "Great read"
    If you could sum up Judas Unchained in three words, what would they be?

    Enthralling, gripping, brilliant


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Judas Unchained?

    all of it


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    All the characters are portrayed brilliantly


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

    Bought more


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first science fiction read, Pandora's Star being Part 1 of the story. Well written story line, paced nicely, all the elements, plots and sub-plots along with the characters brought together perfectly. I would highly recommend this book, and have just bought another, The Void Triology. Really great from start to finish.

    The reading by John Lee is utterly brilliant, as usual. I lost count of the different characters, and John Lee gave each one a different distinguishable character and accent. Without being told which character was speaking, you knew.

    After many books read by him, I am still in awe of his talent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Antony Parletta 10-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic science fiction"

    Amazing story that really keeps you on the edge. The characters are amazing very well developed. Drama and science mixed together perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Riccardo Manzotti 09-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "loose story from bad to worse"
    What disappointed you about Judas Unchained?

    The story develop into a mess of loose threads and the character become less and less convincing.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Alastair Macreinolds


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    The voice, the characterization, the overall sense of drama


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I had high expectation for this story, especially after the first book of the miniseries (Pandora star) that, although not exceptional suggested interesting development. Sadly, this was not the case.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Cape Town, South Africa 07-29-13
    Mark Cape Town, South Africa 07-29-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome story written by a brilliant mind"
    What did you love best about Judas Unchained?

    The intertwined lives of the various characters and species, but most of all the complete escape from what we call normal, into a world (Sorry I should say galaxy) that just blows your mind.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were just too many really interesting and funny scenes to single out any in particular, I really enjoy Peter's sense of humour, and John Lee brings this across so nicely


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

    After listening to all of his books on Audible, I started all over again, this is the second time I've listened to The Commonwealth saga, and both books are excellent. This is most definitely a good listen


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to meet Peter in person, with a brain that can come up with all the amazing technologies and incredible places and people in the characters in the books as only Peter introduces in his work. He's amazing. Sounds corny but living in one of his worlds sound absolutely amazing, I love listening to his stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Perth, United Kingdom 11-26-12
    Robin Perth, United Kingdom 11-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Lengthy & detailed - worth it"
    Where does Judas Unchained rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quite highly


    What did you like best about this story?

    It managed the maintain a high degree of tension and suspense as the story unfolded, and managed a sci-fi setting that was interesting and consistent and not absurd.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Towards the end there is an entertaining scene where the majority of the cast come together, with amusing dialogue


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I I doubt I would


    Any additional comments?

    this book and it's first instalment both suffer at times from being over long and heavily detailed. some descriptions seem necessary. The counter point to this is that by the end of the two books you have a very good picture of the characters and events involved that adds to the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Matt
    Überlingen, Germany
    2/19/14
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    "Very detailed and compelling"

    Don't buy this unless you already have the first part. On the other hand, if you have the first part, then this is a must.

    Incredible detail - all the loose strings (and some you didn't realise were loose) come together in the end. Great story, told in a very matter-of-fact way tht is very believeable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shane Fitzsimons
    Ireland
    5/16/14
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    "great book well worth a listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    brilliant book, fantastic conclusion to the commonwealth saga. Hamilton books are full of interesting idea on how human society would be impacted by advance tech. The combines a detective story, planet spanning space opera.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paula moyo character is constantly brilliant. The calm logic which core of her character is a great foil to the craziness throughout the book universe.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Strong performance by Mr Lee


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Manchester, UK
    4/8/13
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    "Brilliant"

    I often judge whether a book is good or great by my willingness to revisit it. This book merits a revisit. In fact, so good was the audio book, I bought the paper copy too! The character development and pace of story is impecable and the author's description of 'his' future world is beguiling. This story carries on from Pandora's Star, which I have similarly read and recomend. I can recomend Peter Hamilton in general and this masterpiece in particular. It is well worth a credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    United Kingdom
    10/10/12
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    "Great story, well read, terrible editing!"

    I know it happens a lot at editing that sometimes sentences are squeezed together to cut the time down, but this is absolutely the worst case I have heard.



    Gaps at the end of sentences or paragraphs that are shorter than the words spoken in the sentence are not only confusing, but they do end up taking away from the enjoyment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kashif
    11/14/10
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    "A nice follow on to Pandora's star"

    The plot continues the story in Pandora's star and follows the various characters in uncovering one of the greatest conspiracies of the time.

    Don't want to spoil anything at all for anyone interested in listening to this book. One word: Wow! Peter Hamilton is one of the best (if not the best) sci-fi writers of our time and I've just downloaded his next installment. I hope it lives up to these two books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    gazeley, United Kingdom
    9/3/10
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    "Awesome"

    A truly fantastic read, brilliantly read by John Lee. A wonderfully deep and believable space opera. A must for any and all scifi fans

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wassim
    1/21/17
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    "Far, Far Too Long"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Definitely not. The first part of the series, Pandora's Star, really got the wheels in motion and raised questions you wanted to get to the bottom of. Who were the Primes? Who is the Star Flyer? Will they catch it in time, and what will happen to the key characters. Sadly, by the end of the story I was completely overwhelmed with events and characters, and had a hard time remembering who did what and where they fit in to the story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'd humbly submit that this needed to be far shorter and there was a lot that probably didn't need to be in there.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I've said in a previous review, great voice and a wide range for the characters. Some of them, like the one for Tigery Pansy, made me chuckle a few times.


    Do you think Judas Unchained needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I honestly can't say...I feel a little demotivated about the story, I feel asleep listening to the last hour and only woke up at the "This is Audible" blurb at the end. I haven't the energy or interest to go back and listen to what I missed anymore.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sintia
    1/4/17
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    "Good, but not great."

    Interesting book, with some great ideas. It was quite bulky, however. Quite a lot of empty descriptions of irrelevant things. Enjoyed it, but I won't be reading it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Cooke
    Manchester, UK
    12/18/16
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    "Difficult narration"

    This is a much poorer book than the first in the series, not the story but the narration. John Lee seems to have forgotten how to change his voice, it's hard to know which character is talking or if indeed it's just narration, and the voices he created for the first book seem to have gone.

    These books were made for a full cast audio and whilst the first book was ok in the narration dept this one is sometimes a struggle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leon Beattie
    8/31/16
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    "great story but long winded w/ needless filler."

    great story with really well developed characters and world's, societies you could picture effortlessly. very obvious outcome and not enough twists for my likening.
    still enjoyable and I'll probably listen to / read the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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