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)
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.
I'M MALE NOT FEMALE, BUT IT'S ASKING TO MUCH FOR AUDIBLE TO CORRECT THERE RECORDS, THERE NOT SMART ENOUGHT
5 ON ATABLE1 TO 10
BATTLE SECENES TO MANY TO LIST
NO CHANGES NEEDED
BOOK COULD BE BETTER READ WITH THE PLAYERS IN ORDER RATHER THAN JUMPING BACK AND FORTH
A better production.
Yes, just to give this author a second chance.
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...
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.
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.
The story isn't the problem. I found the way it was read boring and mind numbing.
Nick Sullivan or Richard Poe
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.
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.
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.
36 hour single session? No way. :)
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.
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).
The book was terribly boring and predictable and I feel like I already know how the story will end.
The constant volume changes and took far too long to read the book.
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.
Guess I'll possibly listen to the second novel in this series, but I doubt I'll intentionally spend money on this author again.
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.
Hard to define; for me, the narrator didn't "own" the story.
Boredom; it was too flat for me to evoke much emotion
I am sure this book is great for some, but I simply had no interest in listening to the rest of it.
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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