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Mindstar Rising Audiobook

Mindstar Rising: The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 1

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It's the 21st century, and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they're calling the shots now. In a world like this, a man open to any offers can make out just fine.

A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state-of-the-art weaponry – and late of the English Army's Mindstar Battalion. As the cartels battle for control of a revolutionary new power source, and corporate greed outstrips national security, tension is mounting to boiling point – and Greg Mandel is about to face the ultimate test.

©2011 Peter Hamilton (P)2011 Audible Ltd

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    Scott 04-30-12
    Scott 04-30-12 Listener Since 2010

    Great Scott!

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    "Couldn't get into the story"

    After about 3 hours I just couldn't enjoy this story. I've read several books by Hamilton and loved all the rest, but this one just couldn't get my interest. I may be biased by my dislike for psychic abilities in stories. If you want Hamilton at his greatest try Pandora's Star, but be warned you might get addicted to a series of long books. ( the kind I look for most)

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Millbrook, New York, United States 04-06-14
    Ken Millbrook, New York, United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Excellent first book in top-notch trilogy"

    Peter Hamilton's first trilogy already displays the vivid descriptive writing and complex character development that are hallmarks of his later, more ambitious work. You won't find a better example of the mystery-meets-science-fiction hybrid, and every major character is post-human yet remains profoundly human at his or her core. Fascinating read, great suspense, satisfying resolution.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 02-17-14
    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 02-17-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm a Hard SF & Space Opera-loving, alien android from the future. I bring gifts of SciFi eBooks & accessories for your leader's Kindle. Take me to him/her/it.

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    "Gritty Psy-cop takes on white collar CEO's"

    The key to my enjoying this PFH novel was to disassociate everything I’d previously read by the author in the Commonwealth Saga series. Here there are no alien threats or exotic stellar locations to explore. This story takes place in a far less optimistic, multi-point dystopian future where twin environmental and political disasters have stratified the class differences in society. The gritty tone is exemplified in the protagonist, psychic freelance mercenary Greg Mandel, a two-dimensional tough guy who uses the phrase “no messing” to end far too many sentences. The strength of this story is in the unraveling of a corporate mystery with turns and twists which explore most corners of Hamilton’s dark future. It’s a bit like watching a police procedural with psychic cops and some minor near-future SF tech peppered in. It compares quite similarly to Hamilton’s other, separate, story- Great Northern Road- which features a similar investigation but has the added element of off world alien settings and more examples of action scenes. Much of the crime and conspiracy here are strictly white-collar, and it was hard to identify with the Mandel character or even sympathize with him during the only truly high-stakes, dangerous moments he endures in the climactic ten percent of the story, no messing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Oberhardt Home with my wife and cats 04-13-13
    Michael Oberhardt Home with my wife and cats 04-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Finally, A Hamilton Audiobook I Can Follow..."

    Finally, a Peter F. Hamilton audiobook that I can follow without taking copious notes.

    I love a good, meaty sci-fi series, like Dune, Simmon's Hyperion, and got all the Peter F Hamilton Commonwealth series on audiobook, but honestly I didn't like them. They were too disjointed, and too many characters involved. One of his Commonwealth trilogies was like sitting down and reading about 5 separate _unrelated_ novels concurrently, and then 50 hours/1000 pages in, these seemingly unconnected stories would "sort of" link up. But by that time, you couldn't remember who they were at the beginning. So the second trilogy I listened to I started taking notes when I was listening (WTF?) on who each person was, which I'd update as I went along. It was better but too much work.

    Peter F Hamilton trilogies are honestly the best books for showing the limitations of audiobooks. I wish that the actual audiobooks had a notes page, where you could click to read synopsis up to where you are, or even a character list. In an audiobook, you can't just like a paper book flip back looking for words/paragraphs.

    But I digress. When I picked up the Greg Mandel ones and started listening, I was more than a bit surprised, and very happy with it. The cast of characters was manageable, and the characters really well rounded and felt real. It wasn't like a commonwealth series book were you'd be reading the story from some persons point of view, and wondering what it had to do with anything. It is great also to have a sci-fi crime novel, with a lot of conspiracy, action, and intrigue.

    Toby Longworth does a real nice job of narration. He's probably one of the main reasons I've stuck with the series.

    And on the series as a whole, I really enjoyed the feel of the universe. in short, a damaged earth, where it is rebuilding slowly, with some really good corporate people actually thinking of the world rather than themselves. You hear the constant doom and gloom on global warming, and this story I felt had a nice background non-apocalyptic vision of what the world could be like after.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ashwin Kelkar 04-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing world and a very intelligent plot !!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mindstar Rising to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The extremely logical predictions about how technology and humans would integrate and the changes the global climate. Extremely believable and lovable characters. Phillip Evans just warms the heart. Loved the spikes of humor in the story as well


    Have you listened to any of Toby Longworth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first performance I have heard by Toby Longworth but I must say he has done a fantastic job ! It is not easy to emulate the throaty gruff voice of Mandel and the feminine voice of Julia Evans in a single conversation but Toby has done a wonderful job of it !
    He has the best vocal range I have heard so far in any story teller.


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

    Get ready to have your mind blown !


    Any additional comments?

    As is the case with other stories by Hamilton, there is detail about characters and small aspects of the story which is too much and the story would be more streamlined if all of this were to be removed. Too much scene description for example bogs it down if it is an action scene that is going on. But I guess it might be needed for world building. All in all this is the only problem I had with the story, otherwise it is fabulous !

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    M. R. Leavitt Lansdowne, VA USA 04-23-15
    M. R. Leavitt Lansdowne, VA USA 04-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Peter Hamilton wins again"

    Hamilton is a contemporary master of building future societies that make sense and contain amazing surprises. And then the stories he sets within them are great fun.

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    Christopher Leigh 03-29-15
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    "B+"

    Great story, excellent author. Odd pauses that are disconcerting. Buying the next book in a few moments.

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    Simon Fraser NYC 01-15-15
    Simon Fraser NYC 01-15-15 Member Since 2010

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    "competent cyber-thriller"

    I didn't hate this book, but I found myself reading it just to get through it. The writing is adequate, occasionally clunky, especially when describing women. The book is full of near-future ideas, some of them rather hackneyed, some of them quite interesting. I enjoyed the depiction of England, post environmental shift. The characters are broadly sketched, not particularly interestingly . The reader made a big difference here though, his command of idiom and accent is very impressive. Unlike many male narrators, he also does convincing women. I'd be inclined to listen to other books read by Mr Longworth. I doubt that I'll bother with the rest of the Greg Mandel Trilogy however.

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    Ryan Centerville, UT, United States 01-11-15
    Ryan Centerville, UT, United States 01-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A Promising Start to a Promising Trilogy"
    Where does Mindstar Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to a lot of audio books, but Mindstar Rising is easily in the top 10% of them.


    What other book might you compare Mindstar Rising to and why?

    Comparing Peter F. Hamilton to any other author usually leaves that other author looking like an amateur. In terms of compelling storyline and characters I'd compare it to The Lies of Locke Lamora. In terms of quality and care of writing I'd compare it to The Name of the Wind. In terms of page turning action I'd compare it to a James Patterson or Brad Thor novel.


    Have you listened to any of Toby Longworth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, this was my first experience with Toby, and it was a great introduction. He's a quality voice actor.


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

    I don't typically have extreme reactions to books. I don't typically laugh out loud or cry. This book was no exception. But it did have me listening well into the night when I should have been sleeping.


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    Jimmy 07-14-14
    Jimmy 07-14-14
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    "Incredibly rich and detailed, and an absolute bore"

    I made it through all of Pandoras Star and the sequels. The thickness of the prose was daunting in those books, but the universe created was fascinating.

    This book has the same dialogue-heavy blandness with no story or characters. I listened for 8 hours and gave up.

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  • Kim-John
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    6/4/12
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    "buy the follow on books"

    bought this as a reduced price audio book liking sci-fi detective/thriller type books, the narrator is absolutely brilliant with a great range of voices and great character portrayal the pace of the story is easy and i found myself stopping what i was doing to listen as this book totally absorbed me, I have bought books 2 and 3 and have enjoyed the whole series. this is the first time I have felt compelled to write a review

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • D. Carver
    8/28/16
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    "Fortunately I know things get better"

    This book has weathered quite well with only the slightest of telltales of it's age. It paints a perfectly believable and engaging view of the near future but is really more of an action adventure (Clancy more than Ludlum). The book is lifted by Toby Longworth's narration and the highlight for me is that he seems to have given the book's despicable prime ,minister Tony Blair's voice.
    The book isn't great but, if you like the mix of genres, a worthwhile and entertaining read and everyone tells me the series gets better

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  • Edmund
    Chirk, United Kingdom
    7/27/16
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    "A soild first offering for Greg Mandel"

    This audiobook is good and as a start into the Greg Mandel series this is well done.

    Toby Longworth is an exceptional reader for audiobooks and for Peter Hamilton this seems to work exceptionally well. I've heard Toby read The first of Hamilton's Void series and was gutted when he was unable to read any more. He just seems to have the right voice for this universe.

    The characters are good and as with any Hamilton book I've come across at this point it has something unique. In this case the glands that Greg and others in the story possess giving them some extra unique ability beyond normal human capability. This adds an extra zing to the story and I did enjoy it.

    The only thing that I will say about this was that it felt "rough" compared to the Night's Dawn or the Void series. Not to say that it is bad, but I didn't think that this was as up to par with those. Did this mean I didn't enjoy it? HELL NO! I thought it was great and I savoured the moments I had to listen to it. Just perhaps check those ones out first if you're looking for an into to Peter Hamilton and his work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    Leamington Spa
    1/8/16
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    "Mr Hamilton never disappoints"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Peter F Hamilton creates civilisations and characters that are totally believable.then he takes you to places you didn't really expect to go.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mindstar Rising?

    the moment Greg and Gabriel are snatched. It's memorable because it is so unexpected, as is the revelation of the true mastermind behind the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a read,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tamlyn Kemp
    10/30/15
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    "Paper thin characters"
    What did you like best about Mindstar Rising? What did you like least?

    The main character was moderately likeable and the plot was okay.


    What was most disappointing about Peter F. Hamilton’s story?

    The adolescent descriptions of women's bodies gets tiresome. I lost count of how many times I rolled my eyes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David B.
    8/4/15
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    "Peter Hamiltion has become one of my favourates"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The expansive world in which the characters are introduced and evolve really makes you care are about them and allows you to loose yourself in a future that is plausible.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ron
    7/28/15
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    "Probably the best sci-fi i've read in years"

    The genre has been missing this quality of story for years. The world created by Peter Hamilton is highly believable and he works the story well. I only hope the characters have the legs to be developed fully in future book - can't wait to find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nj Van De Weyer
    6/3/15
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    "Hamilton's Genesis"

    I came to this in reverse order - seeking out the work of an author I have grown to love.
    It's all here - a proto-cyberpunk, British setting with silly action and ridiculous female characters. Good fun for sci-fi and Hamilton enthusiasts. For the perfected and crafted work go immediately for the Commonwealth or Void Sagas. If you know what that means - enjoy this for what it is

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ssbsts23
    11/27/14
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    "Fantastic, A great intro to the world of Peter H"
    What did you like most about Mindstar Rising?

    the characters and how believable they were, each character has there own personality and they mix together brilliantly


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mindstar Rising?

    the part where Greg and Julia were in his car, nearly brought tears to me eyes


    Which character – as performed by Toby Longworth – was your favourite?

    Greg, Julia and well all of them each given a different voice and brilliantly delivered


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

    If i could I would have yes


    Any additional comments?

    its a great book if you wanting to start in Peter F. Hamilton worlds, the detail he puts in is amazing and I almost immediately fell in love with all the characters even the villains and scumbags

    defiantly worth your time by my account, fantastic read... now for the next book in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Ritchie
    Scotland
    10/30/14
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    "Good story with twists and turns"
    Where does Mindstar Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good start to the series


    What did you like best about this story?

    The start was a little slow but overall the pace was good and the final scenes were great.


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

    Enjoy Toby's enthusiasm and characterisation. Audio books are a good hybrid between film and printed media.


    Any additional comments?

    Shame I could hear the pages being turned, but didn't really distract from experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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