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
Enthralling, gripping, brilliant
all of it
All the characters are portrayed brilliantly
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.
The story develop into a mess of loose threads and the character become less and less convincing.
The voice, the characterization, the overall sense of drama
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Void series. It is based in the same universe and has a very similar feel to the story line.
Where the Motiles are trying to interrogate there prisoner and are faced with defiance and resistance. (From the Alien's perspective)
If I had the time... Absolutely
I really enjoyed this book, full of action, suspence and a constant sense of anticipation. John Lee is a superb Narrator (Firts class)
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.
Towards the end there is an entertaining scene where the majority of the cast come together, with amusing dialogue
I I doubt I would
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.
"great book well worth a listen"
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.
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.
Strong performance by Mr Lee
"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.
"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.
"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!
A truly fantastic read, brilliantly read by John Lee. A wonderfully deep and believable space opera. A must for any and all scifi fans
A Distinct improvement
Poor characterisation is a weakness of these books. They all seems much the same.
impossible to listen to in one sitting as too long. Good for that reason.
I was most disappointed in the first vol, which seemed to go nowhere. This one is better as plot lines come together.
"Great story spolit by a terrible narration"
I've read this before and heard John Lee read other books so I was hoping for a good experience. However, there nay have just been too many characters for him and the book may have been too long for him to remember but it was often hard to know who was supposed to be talking. On top of that it was obvious when editing had taken place because it must have been done in a different studio and sounded different. Such a shame. Unfortunately Pandora's Star is just the same...
"A satisfactory if somewhat drawn out conclusion"
Overall, yes it was worth listening but only to get towards the final third, where the action picked up, although we could have done with more action from Morning Light Mountain. The overall arc (continued from Pandora's Star) is pretty good and the universe is well fleshed out.
Yes, I think the two books could become a miniseries - there's too many sub plots for a movie and the overall arc isn't long enough for an ongoing series...maybe 10 episodes?
"I don't generally 'do' sci-fi, but"
I drive a lot of miles for work, so I was looking for a long, engaging story that would well and truly pull me in. I got that and more with this book and its forerunner, Pandora's Star. I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi and I've never been one for chewing through space operas, but the way Hamilton unfolds his story and builds his characters is remarkably compelling and you can't help but get involved. How would I sum this story up in three words? Epic, compelling, and unmissable.
The thing I particularly enjoyed was the number of sub stories and plots that Mr Hamilton weaves through the fabric of the main storyline. There's also an air of the hero and the anti-hero in all the primary characters, leaving the listener with gripped with uncertainty about their overall purpose one minute and rooting for them the next. This makes for complex and very real characters, even though they are operating in a world very far removed from our own.
John Lee's delivery is superb. Even the long descriptive sections (Mr Hamilton seems to suffer from the same long-winded prose that often riddled Tolkien's work!) are delivered well enough to stop me veering off the road. John Lee's mastery of the voices and his consistency throughout the whole saga is also very impressive - you're never left in any doubt as to who is speaking or thinking.
In the race to survive it's kill or be killed and human race is losing.
"Amazing Sequel Thus Far"
Definitely. Although, don't be mistaken as this is an epic work which can dizzy your mind. Well worth the tangents and variables in every sense.
The insane level of detail across so many spheres of possibility. This tale is a modern day epic, comparable, for me, to The Iliad.
I listened to Pandora's Star before this, and Lee has a fantastic ability to perform and maintain many different voices. Tens of them, if not hundreds.
Anything and everything involving the Hive-born Chief Investigator, Paula Myo.
Listen to Pandora's Star first, then get this. You won't be able to help yourself.
Be prepared to get lost among the myriad worlds of the Commonwealth.
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