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)
Futuristic, Detailed Sci-Fi
Good variety of voice/characters. A bit contrived and limited at times, but overall well done.
Solid sci-fi, well thought out and in depth. Long progression, but worth it in the end. Invest some time and the characters obtain depth and interest.
Once alien contact was made, the book picked up and the main plot became very interesting. I also really enjoyed the side plot of the guardians and their leader Johanssen vs. the enigmatic starflier. Their claims were unaccepted so they were labled cultists/terrorists and hunted by the rest of civilization, yet they fight their invisable war. Fantastic plots and sub-plots here. Characters relationships to each other were entangled and not apparent to them, created many complications and moments of dramatic irony for me, the listener.
Morning Light Mountain. Seeing human beings through the eyes of an super-rational and hostile alien being was great. I loved those parts when the book switched to that perspective the most.
I have listend to John Lee before. He has done Alistair Reynolds books which I am also a fan of. His performance in this series is outstanding, with a much wider range of voices, each personality was well delivered.
All life is in competition...
The first few hours are very slow and confusing with the many characters that get introduced. Hang in there as it is necessary to set the stage for a rich universe and epic space opera. At the mid-point, when alien contact is made, the book will picked up nicely and I became addicted to the plot and characters. By that time, my confusion had dissapated and I knew who each of them were and what their relationship to the plot and each other was. Bye the way, the sequel to this book, Judas Unchained picks up without pause and without the long intros normally found in sequels and is exciting right from the beginning. The two books combined could easily be combined into one super-book. I highly recommend this series.
No , it is far too long. This book could have conveyed everything in 8 or 10 hrs. By the end of the book I felt that I had wasted my time. There were interesting portions but...
Perhaps, because the chances are it would be over in 3 hrs or less.
The longest audiobook I've ever heard, by far... not unexpectedly, the prose is dense and the story is richly detailed. The universe is very believable, largely due to the complexity of the human characters...
If you like political sci-fi, this is worth your time. Like most political sci-fi, there are some boring parts.
The big problem with this book is the performance. The narrator has a habit of starting sentences loudly, and finishing them at a whisper. Perhaps this is "dramatic" but it makes selecting a volume level impossible. In order for me to hear the end of the sentence, the beginning of the sentence needed to be so loud that the speakers would distort.
I couldn't follow the scene shifting, characters etc. while driving. The British narrator's voice also made this somewhat difficult for this dumb Southerner.
Pandora's Star ranks well in the audiobooks I've listened to, but I listen to far fewer books than I read, so that is already a highly filtered selection.
Pandora's Star reminds me a lot of Vernor Vinge's book "A Fire Upon the Deep" as it plays with themes like communal consciousness, super-sentient AI, and has a similar story telling style. Hamilton, however, writes much lengthier tomes!
I don't know. I might have, but I don't normally pay attention to who the narrator is. I did feel like this book was particularly well narrated!
As the human commonwealth slowly expands via its networks of wormholes between worlds, they discover a mystery of frightening scope. Some entity has encased two solar systems in Dyson spheres. Why would they bother? Are the shells to contain some hostile force, or to keep it out?
A fun ride for those who can enjoy a weighty space opera.
I have to say, the authorship here is outstanding. Everything shows a great deal of creativity.
The only thing to note is that at the beginning the book is very difficult to listen to. For the first couple of chapters it seems like the studio is using sub-standard equipment or maybe John is too far away from the microphone. In addition, in several chapters we change character viewpoints several times. For whatever reason the director decided to not place a pause between these points, so the change is sudden and a little disorienting.
That being said, I would still highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in science fiction. After listening to this book, I can say it easily makes it into my top five favorites.
Wow! This was a huge story that had everything... very weird aliens, heroic moment, sensuality, murder, intrigue, etc. I really enjoy the full circle experience, as things at the start of the book made sense at the end of the book. John Lee did a great job on Narration... but I held back one star on performance because I found little of no gap in the recording when switching between plot lines within a chapter.
Regardless, I loved the book, and I immediately ordered the next one in the series. There are just so many plot lines that I just need to know how they will turn out!
Remove all of the profanity and explicit sex then improve the story.
The ending is in the 2nd book "Judas Unchained" and this whole review pertains to both books. There was too much action at the end and it was drawn out far too long.
He was very good except that he seemed to relish the profanity and pronounced it a way that would have made it far more vulgar if that had been possible. In short, I did not like his performance overall.
The story was interesting but not great.
The author has a very sick outlook on life. He doesn't believe marriage can or should last very long. He thinks people should get what satisfaction they can from a marriage then move on and that nobody will be hurt by this and that anyone who expects more is not realistic.
He also obviously believes that everyone wants casual sex as often and with as many partners as it takes to satisfy and that almost everyone uses extreme profanity in almost every sentence or at least that they don't mind hearing others use it.
I have been married for 48 years and our marriage just keeps getting better. Many of my personal acquaintances feel the same way. If the author were interested, I would be happy to help him set his life on a happier course.
Why have none of the other reviewers on this entire website mentioned profanity and sex? If they think nobody cares they couldn't be more wrong! I am convinced that those who do care are a vast majority! Almost everyone I have ever known belongs to that majority. I can tolerate and even love those who do not belong to that majority but I would never choose to spend a great deal time with them.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
For me this was a very rough experience. This book sounded great and has great reviews here. I am a Science Fiction reader from way back. I enjoy Space Opera and grand scale future histories with faster than light travel, such as the known space series of Larry Niven. This one had memory recording and longevity that reminded me of the great 8-Worlds stories of John Varley and the Takeshi Kovacs novels of Richard K. Morgan so I thought I would give it a try. And I did try. I listened for the first four chapters, nearly five hours, and I couldn't get interested. This book is just a bunch of SF elements cobbled together in a mechanical fashion. I am very disappointed.
The narrator has a fine voice that I would like to hear reading another novel. I think the material he had to work with did not allow him to shine.
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