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
"The depth and clarity of the future Hamilton envisions is as complex and involving as they come." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
I am completely new to this author, but after audio-bookihg through Pandora's Star, I have to say that I am completely blown away. This book has literally got it all:
* space exploration and combat
* a head-scratching "whodunit"
* multiple love stories
* Stephen King-esque scope and character development
* A "on the edge of your seat" thriller
WOW, I am totally hooked on this series now, and look forward to devouring the other stories of this author as well. Brilliant, brilliant stuff.
Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained comprise an epic tale of our universe after the discovery of wormhole technology, the ability to regenerate our broken bodies, and the discovery of possible hostile aliens. The audio for these two books is over 77 hours of complex, integrate story telling involving many different people on a host of planets who's various stories are woven into a single story about life as it might become.
i was forcing myself to listen to this story in the hope to get my moneys worth
it was so bad i couldn't finish.
This book is way too long. The author has stretched this book out way too much.
This book and its sequel (really the second half of the story) are 2000 pages or 80 hours of setting and character sketches in search of a plot. I don't wont to spoil the story for those that want to slog through this, Hamilton had some great ideas for settings, technologies and characters and tried to string them together with a plot that was a variation on the
Relief that I'd finally finished it.
Enjoy the adventure
Decided to listen to a more traditional Science Fiction book, and by one of the current popular writers. The 2nd half of this book consumed me and I definitely will listen to the next book in the Commonwealth Saga; “Judas Unchained”.
My favorite theme from “Pandora’s Star” is the anger caused when an innocent person is victimized and harmed by another person (or in this case a being). Especially when the he/she/it defends their actions by saying, “it’s not my fault, it’s what I do”.
I had to adjust to the narrator’s style. He modulates his voice from quiet to loud and had me constantly reaching for the volume control.
The audio quality prevented me from listening to the book. The narrater starts out loud and each sentence trails off to very soft. I couldn't hear the end of sentences unless I kept my hand on the volume control.
While I liked the story line, the author rambled on about unimportant details.
It might have become a 3 star experience if either the author or the speaker or audio producer put some pauses or effects in to show when characters were changing mid chapter. For that matter, even a chapter heading might have been useful to indicate what was being furthered in the story. I have no idea what triggered a chapter as many different subplots might be covered in on section. It felt that at random points I would be informed that a chapter had started.
There are numerous characters that get introduced over the course of the story. However, the character may not come into play again for some time. Even then, the change might come after several sentences of description of new time and place befroe the reintroduced character is made identified. I constantly had to go back and listen to a section over again due to the sudden shifts. I wish I had kept a cheat sheet of characters as they were introduced. That might have helped. Truly, there are lots of characters.
John Lee was fairly good in changing voice and accent to assist in keeping the characters straight.
After all the praise, I was disappointed. I have read some books that go in a series, that only set the stage in the first book. I couldn't say this even sets the stage well. At the end, I had no desire to listen to the next book to try to make sense of this one.
I enjoy listening to long books and books in a series. I listened to the whole book. I spent more time in going over sections several times than usual. I had hopes that the ending would be worth the time invested. In the end, I was disappointed.
Good story line in early parts. I think almost too many sub plots. The major battle an outcome perhaps explained then book just stops.
Very adult in language and content. Not for anyone under 30.
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