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Pandora's Star Audiobook

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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    Charles 01-12-13
    Charles 01-12-13
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    "Inaudible Narrator"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    . The very young with excellent hearing


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

    Found a narrator that would offer this book in a manner anyone could hear it.


    Any additional comments?

    While the story seems appealing, the level of the narrator's voice varies from a shout to a whisper during what should be ordinary conversation. The numerous whispers made it impossible for this senior listener to hear well enough to follow the story, even with a good set of Bose headphones. It actually seemed that the narrator would become bored and unable yo maintain a reasonably audible voice level

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    Yuval Drori Retvizer Moshav Talmey Menashe, Israel 01-07-13
    Yuval Drori Retvizer Moshav Talmey Menashe, Israel 01-07-13 Member Since 2013

    Yuval

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    "Great read."
    Would you listen to Pandora's Star again? Why?

    No - I don't read books twice. I like to discover the story as it unfolds.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pandora's Star?

    The ice castle.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Major Wilson.


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

    Life is a bitch, then you rejuvenate and live it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't mind traffic jams and add 4k to any run just to listen longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher South San Francisco, CA, United States 12-17-12
    Christopher South San Francisco, CA, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Good Story and a little hard to follow"
    If you could sum up Pandora's Star in three words, what would they be?

    Long, Detailed, Good


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is very well written. Maybe even a little too well written. It is long and there are a lot of mini plots to follow. When the reader changes from one plot to the next there isn't pause which makes it difficult to follow.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like the way the reader has a different voice for each character. I became confused at times when the


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    Lee 12-16-12
    Lee 12-16-12
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    "Great, but know what you are getting into"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book, though I would preface the recommendation with an emphasis on the length of the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm not sure if it would be my favorite character, but the Prime are as soulless a villain that could be imagined past Satan himself. The protagonists, whoever they might be, will not have an easy time of it.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John Lee does a great job of narration with only a few exceptions where a longer pause would have been appreciated.


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

    I have to give the warning that nobody gave to me. You have to get the second book, Judas Unchained, as well. This book ends so abruptly with a cliff hanger that I could believe that Mr. Hamilton called the book finished just because he ran out of paper.

    To the book's credit, the fact that I am willing to take on the second half of the story (another 40 hours!) is a testament to the intertwining depth of the story. This book is not for the impatient, but is worth the time.


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    Jeff Rosenberg Minneapolis, MN, United States 11-13-12
    Jeff Rosenberg Minneapolis, MN, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Made me a sci-fi fan"

    This was one of the first science fiction books I ever read, and it got me hooked. Dozens of books later, it's still my favorite. If I could live in any sci-fi universe, it would be Peter F. Hamilton's Commonwealth.

    The book does take a while to get going. It's so immense, with so many characters, that it takes quite a while to get introduced to them all and figure out what they're up to. It's well worth the time, as the story that unfolds is truly epic.

    The one problem with the audio version is the narration. John Lee is actually a pretty good narrator, but the pacing is horrendous. I don't know if this is how Lee performed the book, or if it was done in production, but the narration is a rapid torrent that never stops or slows, even in between chapters or changes in point of view. I often found myself wondering what he was talking about, until I realized that we had switched storylines without my even noticing.

    Despite the problems with the narration, this was a spectacular story -- and a great deal for a single credit.

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    It's.My.Life nc 11-13-12
    It's.My.Life nc 11-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Decent story with loooottttssss of bagage"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It was a decent storyline, yet hard to follow due to all the different side stories. If you can get past the Anti-capitalist pro-socialist message and all the ad-nausea-um descriptions of every last item it is fairly entertaining.


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    Amazon Customer Austin, TX United States 11-11-12
    Amazon Customer Austin, TX United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Horrible Narrator Performance"
    Would you try another book from Peter F. Hamilton and/or John Lee?

    Love Peter F. Hamilton's books, but I am furious with the poor narration--I will never purchase another audiobook narrated by John Lee. I often could not make sense of the writing because the audio cues offered by the narrator were so misleading. Additionally, the narrator used the same boring cadence throughout the text, no matter what his words were describing. Monotone, grating, and utterly devoid of interpretation is how I would describe John Lee's work here.

    Audible.com should remove this offering from its catalog.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Could not get past the first couple of hours despite several attempts.


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

    Never.


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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 10-12-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great SciFi will be one of the Greats!"

    When I heard of this book from Steve Gibson I thought Peter F. Hamilton was like Issac Asimov and gone form this world. However, Peter is very much alive and is writing one of the most in depth and richest stories that I've read in a long time. This book was a real pleasure to read. I will say have the next book in the series already in your library because you'll want to go right into it.

    Here we have Peter start with one main story line and then move to a sub story that gives background on the main story. Then weaves them all into one story line as a masterful work of art. I love stories that are based on in depth characters that we really come to care about. We're also not tied up with what has become so common and that is action, action and more action without a true story line (like most new movies and books released today). We also don't see one side of the story either. We are given the complete background on both sides which makes us the reader truly involved with story line.

    Here we also see that as humans we haven't given up our lust for greed/lust for power and how that hampers efforts to defend against invading aliens. We also see the government refusing to let go of control and not letting 'colonized' worlds form autonomous governments then having them join with the 'Common Wealth'. We see how this impacts the defense of the 'human worlds'. I guess no one really paid attention to 'Animal Farm'.

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    Jedi pleasant grove, UT, United States 10-04-12
    Jedi pleasant grove, UT, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The Swearing is Rediculus"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Take out the swearing. By doing that this book would be very good.


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

    No


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

    Reader was good. Book swears too much. I should have returned it.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Wish audible would tell you when it is a rated R, if not worse, book.

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    J Reed Keller, Texas United States 09-30-12
    J Reed Keller, Texas United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2014

    I have a very solitary job, so I have quite a few hours to listen to books every week. I try to rate this books fairly, as I hate the 1 star or 5 star trend. 5 stars shall be reserved for the best of the best. 3 stars is still a good book to me.

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    "Sci Fi at it's best"
    Where does Pandora's Star rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top tier


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pandora's Star?

    Not sure why, but I really enjoyed how fleshed out the back story on MorningLightMountain.
    Peter Hamilton lays just enough of a foundation for each of the players to let you know what they are about without it being exhausting. I also enjoyed Ozzie's journey.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Perhaps When Ozzie Meets Tochee.


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

    Yes, all 40 some odd hours. If I could stay awake that long, I could listen to this book straight through.


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