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)
Pandora's Star the first book in the Commonwealth saga, is one of my most frequent recommendations. If you have any passing interest in the science fiction genre, this is not one to miss.
The characters, the settings, the conflicts, the romance..
Ozzy Isaacs, may be my favorite.
I'll leave this to the marketing degrees.
Peter F. Hamilton "He really knows how to spin a good yarn, man!" The story is really think and meaty, and really well thought out. It is not a children's book. It is a good study on how humans can evolve into the future. Peter does not just tells a story, he is creating a whole universe. People complain about it being to long, I felt like there could be more story that could be told. I wanted to know more of Ozzy's stories and adventures.
The only bad part about this book and its following books, is that it has ruined me with any other book. I can not find another book that is as good and enjoyable. Peter really created a enjoyable universe to read about. I look forward to his upcoming books.
I would put this book up against the Star Wars universe any day, because of the depth of characters and plot density in this universe. Peter F Hamilton sets up a good history timeline so you feel like the story is really happening somewhere. I feel like there can be tons of other stories that can be told in this universe.
Ozzy has to be the best character and story. There is room for more books just about this character.
People had said the book was slow to start, I thought it was because there is so much of this new universe the writer is trying to set up. He is setting up a base for a series of books to follow, that are equally amazing. He even wrote a short book just to setup up the history for this book. It was a fun read.
I though the reader was really good. It was the guy who mixed and mastered the recording who was lazy and did a sloppy job that could have been easily fixed. But it is still far better than most other audio books I have heard. I felt it was a lot of bang for my buck.
I like to listen to a good book. Mostly Sci-Fi but some others. I listen to them while on the road or before I go to sleep. Thanks Audible!
Personally I can't keep my attention on this book. I don't know if it's the readers voice or the story it's self. I have tried and tried but I have no idea what this book is about. Things are dragged out in the story and the readers voice, no emotion to it. I have stopped this book so many times because I lose interest in it.
Not to me. Too long, too confusing and boring.
I really like Peter Hamilton. One of my favorite series.
I like that they have a detective thing going and a space navy thing going and another guy exploring other planets ... etc. all at the same time. It all fits together.
Not sure if I listened to this guy before.
The best thing since Avatar.
Must read / listen.
I found the book had a good story line but the author really drug things out in very detailed descriptions of things. Too detailed and I found myself saying, "ok let's get on with the story". As for the narrator, he is very distinct in reading but very little differentiation between characters and you had to really try to concentrate which character was really speaking. Overall I found both tedious.
The book started out with some really good character hooks, the discriptions of locations and the technical gadgets were well written and easily visualized. A large part of that was from the high quality and profesionalism of John Lee. My major complaint, and it greatly damaged my appreciation of the story, was by the ending. You fall off the end of the World! In a word it is STUPID!
I love the original ideas about faraway worlds, and distinctive characters, and the tension that builds and is finally released to great effect.
I like the scale of the story and the unique perspectives, from larger-than-life characters, diverse venues, and bizarre aliens.
My favorite scene was the Prime first contact on Dyson Alpha.
Definitely was hard to put down.
Looking forward to the subsequent books in the Commonwealth series!
If the story had been coherent and flowed at a reasonable pace.
A fantasy novel
I would have cast anyone else! John Lee didn't leave enough pauses between character changes, so it was hard to keep up with the story.
Honestly, I found it to be boring. The story was decent, but the pace and narrator were sub par.
What was expected, what was hyped, and what I got were very different things. This just wasn't a good listen.
First of all, the book has the worst ending I've ever witnessed. A peripheral, deceased character magically re-appears and inexplicably murders his best friend, then two of the main characters simply fall off the edge of the world and... that's it. What!? Yes.
Secondly, this book suffers from verbal diarrhea. Hamilton never met a sentence, paragraph or few hundred pages that he didn't like. It just goes on and on and on. His core plot is decent enough here and there, but repeatedly chases so many irrelevant side stories and characters that readers/listeners struggle to keep up with who's who, where and when and what their mini-plot happens to be. And most of them fail to tie back into the main plot in a meaningful way. I kept hoping it would get better and be some sort of pulp-fiction, it all comes together at the end sort of experience, but no. Stupid ending to a unnecessarily long and schizophrenic, jumbled mess.
Hamilton should have hired an editor and had somebody teach him how to write an ending, or at least a bridge to entice readers to want to pick up the next tome.
I would have cut 700 pages from this rambling odyssey.
That being said, the narrator did a good job with the voices and characters. It was a spirited reading to a sub-par and unworthy text.
reader needs to pause after a change in areas. some many times he reads after a break with our breaking. difficult to follow. Peter F hamilton did a poor job at making breaks then starting again and not introducing the start of a new part!
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