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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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    Amazon Customer Tucson, AZ, United States 08-11-13
    Amazon Customer Tucson, AZ, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2010

    Its like some is telling me story. Better than TV or Movies.

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    "Poor Pandora"
    Would you try another book from Peter F. Hamilton and/or John Lee?

    The different story lines must tie together at some point. But I'm 2/3 through the story so far it does not. I don't think I'll be able to finish it since I can't seem to stay awake long enough listening to this. Poor Pandora.


    Has Pandora's Star turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No I still love this genre.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from Pandora's Star?

    There where characters?


    Any additional comments?

    I was thoroughly bored.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 06-05-13
    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 06-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant Sci Fi"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Colorado Springs, Co 06-03-13
    Amazon Customer Colorado Springs, Co 06-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow, what a story!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pandora's Star to be better than the print version?

    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.


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    Matt Manchester, NH, United States 03-11-13
    Matt Manchester, NH, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "bad bad bad"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HAROLD WELCH Salem, VA United States 07-18-12
    HAROLD WELCH Salem, VA United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Way too long"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is way too long. The author has stretched this book out way too much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carleton Torrance, CA, United States 03-15-12
    Carleton Torrance, CA, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Great ideas in search of a plot"
    What would have made Pandora's Star better?

    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


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Relief that I'd finally finished it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Connor North Carolina 02-22-12
    Connor North Carolina 02-22-12 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy the adventure

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    "Time For Some Anger"

    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.

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    "Audio Quality unacceptable"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Soddy Daisy, TN, United States 01-02-12
    B. Soddy Daisy, TN, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "LONGGGG winded"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    While I liked the story line, the author rambled on about unimportant details.


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    "Slugged through it - not worth it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


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

    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.


    Did John Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    John Lee was fairly good in changing voice and accent to assist in keeping the characters straight.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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