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)
Reading and listening goes straight into your medulla oblongota and you learn through thought memory. It's like being programmed into intelligence. If you read this, you just learned that the best gifts are free. Or One Credit... and that's kinda free.
Man... epic and bouncy...as in all over the place. If you don't follow the story closely you'll end up walking from planet to planet for some reason you won't even remember.
Names, story lines, this, that....all gets a bit to complex and other worldly thorough. Don't get me wrong, for someone who has a lot of time spend mapping this out, you'll come to enjoy it - that's if you can remember who's doing what and why.
The reviews did indeed warn me about the depth of this space opera.....I was just looking to get off this planet and take in some new technology.
First no go for me on Audible....but I'm pretty sure it was the listener and not the story. Nah, that wasn't it...but there I go again getting all bouncy! Now where are my glasses?
I like Sci Fi on the Hi Fi
The story was sweeping and engaging. I enjoy it when an author creates a future that I would want to inhabit. The threats to the human race not withstanding. However drawn out, the individual story lines become relevant and/or intertwine in the end. The characters in the story are believable and well thought out. Looking back the story slowed down at times but I wasn't actually reading it, so it was fine. All in all it's a great listen.
Not to long ago I finished reading the Absolution Gap series by Alastair Renyolds. I would say that this story compares to that saga in its broad sweeping format. However, the future that Hamilton creates is much more relatable to present day pop culture and society in general.
The narrator had some issues. There were times that the storyline would change and he would just keep right on talking like it hadn't. This didn't bother me too much, it was just hard getting used to at first. Another problem was he made it difficult at times to discern which character was speaking. I understand how difficult it must be to narrate a story with so many people in it, but there were times when two characters would be talking and their accents would merge into the same sounding voice. Despite his flaws, he has a lovely voice and most of the time does a wonderful job. He narrates the next book in the series and I will definitely buy the next one.
Pandora's Star is both a hard book and an odd book to review (my bazaar star rating shows that as well). The writing is very good but the author really needed some editing - this is a 15 hour book in a 37 hour format. There are so many subplots that I lost count and many never lead to anything and none were resolved.
Some of those subplots would have made good standalone books but the characters were never developed and the story lines were just teases.
And then there is the end --- I have books that were leads to a series that resolved a story better than Hamilton did in this book. It was as if he had both a deadline and serious lack of interest when he hit the last chapter.. it just ended. Nothing was resolved, no satisfaction at all.
The story dragged on but was good enough that I wanted to see how it resolved in the end. Then I got to the end and phefffffft.
This is the first time in years of reading and listening to Audio books that I felt cheated. I really would like my 37 hours back because the author stole that time as far I'm concerned.
. The very young with excellent hearing
Found a narrator that would offer this book in a manner anyone could hear it.
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
No - I don't read books twice. I like to discover the story as it unfolds.
The ice castle.
Life is a bitch, then you rejuvenate and live it again.
Don't mind traffic jams and add 4k to any run just to listen longer.
Long, Detailed, Good
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.
I like the way the reader has a different voice for each character. I became confused at times when the
I would recommend this book, though I would preface the recommendation with an emphasis on the length of the story.
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.
John Lee does a great job of narration with only a few exceptions where a longer pause would have been appreciated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Could not get past the first couple of hours despite several attempts.
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