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Pandora's Star | [Peter F. Hamilton]

Pandora's Star

The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.
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Publisher's Summary

Critics have compared the engrossing space operas of Peter F. Hamilton to the classic sagas of such SF giants as Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert. But Hamilton's best-selling fiction - powered by a fearless imagination and world-class storytelling skills - has also earned him comparison to Tolstoy and Dickens. Hugely ambitious, wildly entertaining, philosophically stimulating: the novels of Peter F. Hamilton will change the way you think about science fiction.

Now, with Pandora's Star, he begins a new multi-volume adventure, one that promises to be his most mind-blowing yet. The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat. In command is Wilson Kime, a five-time rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot whose glory days are centuries behind him. Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, a cult that believes the human race is being manipulated by an alien entity they call the Starflyer.

Bradley Johansson, leader of the Guardians, warns of sabotage, fearing the Starflyer means to use the starship's mission for its own ends. Pursued by a Commonwealth special agent convinced the Guardians are crazy but dangerous, Johansson flees. But the danger is not averted. Aboard the Second Chance, Kime wonders if his crew has been infiltrated.

Soon enough, he will have other worries. A thousand light-years away, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery, the unleashing of which will threaten to destroy t...

©2004 Peter F. Hamilton; (P)2008 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"The depth and clarity of the future Hamilton envisions is as complex and involving as they come." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)

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    Kryton2725 Fort Wayne, IN USA 10-16-09
    Kryton2725 Fort Wayne, IN USA 10-16-09 Member Since 2007

    Kryton

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    "AMAZING!..."

    This is by far the longest series of 2 books I have ever listened to. I normally prefer non-fiction, but I love science fiction in film so I thought I would give it a shot... WOW! Never in my life have I enjoyed listening to any books more... The author is AMAZING!... IF YOU LIKE SCI-FI... YOU MUST LISTEN!... ENJOY THE RIDE!...

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Pleasant View, UT, USA 04-04-09
    Michael Pleasant View, UT, USA 04-04-09 Member Since 2007
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    "If only the narrator was as good as this book!"

    The story is great! I couldn't wait to get back to it once I put it down. The people, places, and aliens are well thought-out and highly detailed. You can easily get engrossed in this great book - and picture yourself right there in the middle of the action. I CAN'T WAIT for the next one!!

    Unfortunately, the worst part about this book was the narrator. His constant change in volume required me to get out my sound-cancelling head phones just to listen to it in my vehicle during my commute because of the constant need to turn the volume knob up and down! He would go from a normal speaking tone down to a whisper for no apparent reason - making you crank the volume - then he would speak normally again causing the speakers to pop and crack because they were maxed out! I also had a hard time following the change in speakers. From man-to-woman - or man-to-boy, I would have to do some quick calculations of what was said to assume who said it.

    If you have a quiet room or some nice noise-cancelling headphones this is good audio-book of a great book!

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    psnorb Northwest Chicago Suburb, United States 03-02-09
    psnorb Northwest Chicago Suburb, United States 03-02-09 Member Since 2005

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    "Quality Writing in a Science Fiction Setting"

    I have been waiting for Audible to have something from Peter Hamilton for some time. I was completely sucked into "Reality Dysfuntion" after only eighty pages. I woke up five or six books later.

    "Pandora's Star" has to be looked at as only a small portion of the whole picture. At the end of the book we still do not have a full grasp of the universe nor do we have an idea how the story will unfold. So I would not be too critical of the ending of the first book. It is difficult to end a book when the story is just beginning. I would blame the editor for the ending of this the first book because I am sure that the author just continued on with the story until the end. The editor was left with the job of determining the break points for each book in the series.

    I really enjoyed the discription and evolution of the alien life form MorningLightMountain. I would agree that some of the haute couture was over the top.

    Narration was good for the most part. I have 183 books in my audible library and this one definitely worth the credit. Enjoy.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon Barton SHREVEPORT, LA, US 02-06-09
    Brandon Barton SHREVEPORT, LA, US 02-06-09 Listener Since 2008

    I'm a politically conservative, technologically inclined, open-minded, all American citizen of this great terrestrial ball we call home. I keep my head in the clouds, I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels but I keep my feet on the ground, I stay informed on news and current events, and I love the fact that I can still form and express my own opinions in this great nation we call The Untied States.

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    "Very Good Book"

    I am glad that I took the time to read and find out what order these 3 books come in... I found this book to be very engaguing and really enjoyed the story line... The author uses imagry really well and the narrator uses his voice to give each character his or her own "voice" and personality. I enjoyed this book so much that I immediately started listening to the sequel "Judas Unchained" also a wonderful book.

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    Aerindel 01-08-09
    Aerindel 01-08-09 Member Since 2008
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    "One of the best"

    It took me a couple of chapters to get into this story but I soon realized that this is among the best epic sci-fi books that I have read. Each chapter is almost a short story in itself with its own cast of characters and locations, very similar to George R Martin's Song of Fire and Ice. The universe is vast and complete with its own technology and alien races. The Aliens are particulary well written, there are no throw-away generic aliens like in many books but instead a hand full of fully detailed non humanoids that feel very alien. I havn't enjoyed scifi this much since the Hyperion.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Houston, TX, USA 12-27-08
    Thomas Houston, TX, USA 12-27-08
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    "Breathtaking!"

    This has been one of the richest, greatest epics of sci fi I have ever read. I WANT MORE OF THIS AUTHOR, UNABRIDGED! This author thinks believably out of the box, creating surprising but plausible aliens, characters, scenarios. This is rich stuff, unequaled anywhere else. GIVE US MORE!

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan PASADENA, MD, United States 03-20-13
    Bryan PASADENA, MD, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Do you listen while driving? DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK"
    Would you try another book from Peter F. Hamilton and/or John Lee?

    I will NEVER get another book narrated by John Lee.


    What could Peter F. Hamilton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Picked a different Presenter.


    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    John Lee has narrated a lot of books, so he can't be a terrible narrator. That being said, this book is impossible to listen to in a car (I have not attempted to listen to this book anywhere else). The loud words are very loud compared to the whispers or low level words. Unfortunately it seems that every single sentence contains both very loud words and whispers.

    It's possible this is the sound engineer's fault; as there clearly was no pop-filter used, and definitely no auto-leveling audio compression. The level disparity between words in the same sentence is astonishing. If you set your volume at a level that is tolerable for the loud words you will miss half of every sentence. I could understand if this only happened once every 10 or 20 minutes; but this happens every sentence. I had to give up. I really want to read this book, but it will have to be on my kindle or in a very very quiet room. Do not attempt to listen to this book in your car.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey A. Norman Atlanta, GA USA 05-25-12
    Jeffrey A. Norman Atlanta, GA USA 05-25-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Wickedly addictive!"

    What an amazingly well written story with well developed characters! I just could not get enough and have since gone through all the Peter Hamilton stories on Audible and have enjoyed them all but I will always remember my first.
    The writing and narration are well matched and it is thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end. I do have to say that I found the antagonist incredibly well developed in the sense that the author went well outside of the proverbial box and created a unique and even if incredulous, believable perspective on the development of intelligent life independent of our own lifeforms and devoid of human sensibilities and morals. Bravo! Can't wait to get my hands on more books from the author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Albuquerque, NM, United States 06-18-11
    Alan Albuquerque, NM, United States 06-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Come back John Lee, wherever you are!"

    I don't normally put sci-fi on my list but I found this intriguing and I have enjoyed listening to John Lee read other audio books. This seems to be another John Lee sounding totally bored with what he is reading and the monotonous timbre of his voice is driving me nuts. Also, as others have mentioned, the sound volume seems to be up and down and up and down and up and down. I can see how the story could be a fascinating read but listening to it is kind of like water torture. Sorry Mr. Lee but it's a no go for me. I could easily see picking up a copy of the book and reading it. In fact I probably will. I'm finding this was a waste of a credit. I wish Audible would have am exchange program so I could trade it in for something else.

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    JCL Coarsegold, CA USA 03-24-09
    JCL Coarsegold, CA USA 03-24-09 Member Since 2004

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    "First Rate Story - First Rate SciFi"

    Destined to be a classic! In the same vein as "Dune" or "The Brothers Karamazov." Like a novel of novellas. Narrator should have paused a bit before going from one story arc to another, but I could still follow. If you like hard sci fi, this book should satisfy. One warning: The story will be completed in the upcoming sequel, "Judas Unleased."

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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