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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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    Michael Riverton, Ut, United States 06-21-09
    Michael Riverton, Ut, United States 06-21-09 Member Since 2005

    What an amazing thing a book… to step out of our lives, if just for a moment, to a different world of fantastic new ideas and possibilities.

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    "Excessive language and sexual content"

    Great SciFi when you can get to it. The excessive foul language and obsession with sexual content really detracts from the book. I also found myself frustrated with the extensive detail on things that simply don’t matter. At one point I actually yelled out loud while listening “Who cares?!” I would love it if someone would carve out the language, sex and stuffing. Do that and this book would really great SciFi book!

    27 of 75 people found this review helpful
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    J. P. Price 08-02-14
    J. P. Price 08-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Inaudible"
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    The narration is horrible. The narrator mumbles at the end of each sentence, It made it impossible to listen too. It's to bad because I understand it is a great story.

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    Jason 09-21-13
    Jason 09-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Engrossing story, wonderfully narrated"
    Where does Pandora's Star rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Pandora's Star to and why?

    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!


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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!


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

    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?


    Any additional comments?

    A fun ride for those who can enjoy a weighty space opera.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Forney, TX, United States 09-16-13
    David Forney, TX, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Far too long, but a good story"

    I enjoyed listening to the reader. His voice was easy to listen to for long periods of time which is good because this is a very long book. Too long in my opinion. There were several times my attention drifted as yet another office full of gadgets is described in minute detail. I got tired of listening to the description of model numbers of vehicles and their wheels as they roll over "enzyme bonded concrete" and the minute details of their motion. This kind of over-description makes the plot move far too slow for my taste. Once the device or technology has been described once, I don't need to hear a detailed description every other time it appears in the story.

    However, the story was compelling enough that I listened through the sequel, too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brad TOPEKA, KANSAS, United States 08-21-13
    Brad TOPEKA, KANSAS, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2011

    Brad

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    "All the positive reviews CAN be wrong!"
    Would you try another book from Peter F. Hamilton and/or John Lee?

    I seriously doubt it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter F. Hamilton again?

    The is the same question I answered above.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator consistently gave no clue when jumping from one scene to another. Often leaving the listener scrambling to figure out what had happened.


    What character would you cut from Pandora's Star?

    Maybe half of them...


    Any additional comments?

    The author is in love with his world, that much is clear. However the degree to which he goes in trying to describe that world is distracting and tedious. He has clever ideas and a clear vision (overly clear) but there is way too much description and, as a result, a watered down story. The book is further marred by continuous scene hopping that never gives you the chance to connect with any of the overabundant characters.I only got four hours in and I'm sorry to say this will be the first audiobook (of over forty in the last year) that I refuse to finish. My time is just too important to me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 06-03-13
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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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    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.

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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"
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    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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