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Judas Unchained | [Peter F Hamilton]

Judas Unchained

The high-action concluding novel of the Commonwealth Saga from one of the world's bestselling Science Fiction writersAfter 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.
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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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    Riccardo Manzotti 09-17-14 Member Since 2013
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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 2010
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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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    Christo East London, South Africa 02-21-13
    Christo East London, South Africa 02-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story and consistent suspense.."
    Where does Judas Unchained rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What other book might you compare Judas Unchained to and why?

    Void series. It is based in the same universe and has a very similar feel to the story line.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where the Motiles are trying to interrogate there prisoner and are faced with defiance and resistance. (From the Alien's perspective)


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

    If I had the time... Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book, full of action, suspence and a constant sense of anticipation. John Lee is a superb Narrator (Firts class)

    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.

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  • 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
  • Matthew
    Frickingen, 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.

    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
  • A User
    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
  • Martin
    11/30/14
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    "A satisfactory if somewhat drawn out conclusion"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Could you see Judas Unchained being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    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?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ag Samson
    7/7/14
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    "I don't generally 'do' sci-fi, but"
    If you could sum up Judas Unchained in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    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.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    In the race to survive it's kill or be killed and human race is losing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 5th Mist Shade
    6/21/14
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    "Amazing Sequel Thus Far"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The insane level of detail across so many spheres of possibility. This tale is a modern day epic, comparable, for me, to The Iliad.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    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.


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

    Anything and everything involving the Hive-born Chief Investigator, Paula Myo.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    MENAI BRIDGE, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Excellent Universe"
    If you could sum up Judas Unchained in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, exciting fluffle


    What other book might you compare Judas Unchained to, and why?

    Pandora star :-P


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    When I was reading the first I didn't realise there was a sequel. It was a pleasant surprise


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

    Made me think more than anything about alternative universes


    Any additional comments?

    Quality lamb beefy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    11/11/13
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    "Excellent entertainment"
    What made the experience of listening to Judas Unchained the most enjoyable?

    Very well read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mostly complex characters and well described environments.


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

    No the length would have discouraged this. The story was compelling but also provided easy episodic listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Good blend of intelligent plot and action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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