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Pandora's Star Audiobook

Pandora's Star

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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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    Robert Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 03-11-13
    Robert Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 03-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Story"

    I usually don't listen to fiction, so this one was a bit of a leap for me. Well written, well read. The story line is a bit predictable but Hamilton does it well, and seems to base his story line on a "factual" basis, in that he stays within most of known physics. For an SF writer his characterizations are pretty good. Worth the listen on long drives, for sure.

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    S. Johnson 03-10-13
    S. Johnson 03-10-13

    I'M MALE NOT FEMALE, BUT IT'S ASKING TO MUCH FOR AUDIBLE TO CORRECT THERE RECORDS, THERE NOT SMART ENOUGHT

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    "LONG BOOK WITH ALOT OF PLAYERS"
    Where does Pandora's Star rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    5 ON ATABLE1 TO 10


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

    BATTLE SECENES TO MANY TO LIST


    What aspect of John Lee’s performance would you have changed?

    NO CHANGES NEEDED


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    NOT REALLY


    Any additional comments?

    BOOK COULD BE BETTER READ WITH THE PLAYERS IN ORDER RATHER THAN JUMPING BACK AND FORTH

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    Francois United States 03-09-13
    Francois United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing"
    What would have made Pandora's Star better?

    A better production.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Peter F. Hamilton? Why or why not?

    Yes, just to give this author a second chance.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I usually love John Lee's work, but I couldn't finish this book due to the poor quality of the narration. I don't know if it's a technical problem or the way the book was read, but the sound keeps going up and down. I got so bad that I got completely frustrated and stopped listening after a few hours. Too bad. The story itself seemed promising. Maybe I'll just buy the kindle version and pick up where I stopped...


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    richard MIDDLETOWN, OH, United States 02-26-13
    richard MIDDLETOWN, OH, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The reader ruined it for me."

    I'm sure the story is much better than 3 stars, but the reading was horrible. Either that, or I am just spoiled by Frank Muller! The reader's accent and inflection made it very difficult to understand what was going on in the story, and I found myself needing to replay whole chapters just to figure out what was going on. Way too much work just to keep up.

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    Phyllis Sacramento, CA, United States 02-26-13
    Phyllis Sacramento, CA, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Very boring reading! The cadence is bad."
    Would you try another book from Peter F. Hamilton and/or John Lee?

    No if read by John Lee. I found myself drifting off or my mind wondering and have to replay a section to find out what I missed.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story isn't the problem. I found the way it was read boring and mind numbing.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    Nick Sullivan or Richard Poe


    What character would you cut from Pandora's Star?

    As I said before; I have no real problem with the story, but for a novel 37 hours long the reader should have been a performer rather than just an accurate reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't finish this book because I continuously fell asleep on it. I would like to know how it ended, but I'll wait to read the book.

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    Cullen 02-26-13
    Cullen 02-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I haven't enjoyed a story this much in a long time"

    This was my first Hampton book, but now I'm hook. I absolutely love his vision of the future. This might be my new favorite space opera.

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    Allan San Jose, CA, United States 02-25-13
    Allan San Jose, CA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Listen"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    36 hour single session? No way. :)


    Any additional comments?

    If I had one complaint about this production it was regarding John Lee's knack for not pausing when the narrative POV changed. A couple times it threw me off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Nixon Phoenix, AZ 02-25-13
    Aaron Nixon Phoenix, AZ 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Entertained"
    What disappointed you about Pandora's Star?

    I couldn't but barely wait for this novel to finish, not yet certain if I'll continue, I couldn't find myself being attached to any of the characters, none of them believable.

    The narrator keeps speaking louder and quieter the entire book making it a strain to listen to (especially in the car).


    What was most disappointing about Peter F. Hamilton’s story?

    The book was terribly boring and predictable and I feel like I already know how the story will end.


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

    The constant volume changes and took far too long to read the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pandora's Star?

    One could probably combine both novels into one decent Sci-Fi novel, since all of the characters are complete crap, you might as well skip all the parts where you're learning about them.


    Any additional comments?

    Guess I'll possibly listen to the second novel in this series, but I doubt I'll intentionally spend money on this author again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miss DIckens SAN RAMON, CA, United States 02-21-13
    Miss DIckens SAN RAMON, CA, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2016

    Miss Dickens

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    "Couldn't Hold My Attention"
    What would have made Pandora's Star better?

    I listen to recorded books almost daily, and I have heard books I didn't especially like, but this is the first book where my attention constantly drifted; I'd be listening for twenty minutes and realize that I had no clue what had happened. I have listened to the entire first segement (about seven hours of it); and restarted it several times, and I still have no clue what this book is about, and I have no interest in any of the characters. In my ears, the narrator was only reading, not creating a story with his voice, but to be fair, the material seems cumbersome.


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

    Certainly not


    How could the performance have been better?

    Hard to define; for me, the narrator didn't "own" the story.


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

    Boredom; it was too flat for me to evoke much emotion


    Any additional comments?

    I am sure this book is great for some, but I simply had no interest in listening to the rest of it.

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    donald MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 02-20-13
    donald MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "World class scifi"
    Any additional comments?

    I am sure i will listen to all the Peter Hamilton books available, because he writes world class science fiction, his books are on the longer side which I like. The narration on his books have so far been very good. If you are a science fiction buff give Peter Hamilton a try he is as good as anybody out there now that i've come across.

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