At the center of the galaxy is the Void, a strange, artificial universe created by aliens billions of years ago, shrouded by an event horizon more deadly than any natural black hole. In order to function, it is gradually consuming the mass of the galaxy. Watched over by its ancient enemies, the Raiel, the Void's expansion is barely contained.
Inigo dreams of the sweet life within the Void and shares his visions with billions of avid believers. When he mysteriously disappears, Inigo's followers decide to embark on a pilgrimage into the Void to live the life of their messiah's dreams - a pilgrimage that the Raiel claim will trigger a catastrophic expansion of the Void.
Aaron is a man whose only memory is his own name. He doesn't know who he used to be or what he is. All he does know is that his job is to find the missing messiah and stop the pilgrimage. He's not sure how to do that, but whoever he works for has provided some pretty formidable weaponry that ought to help.
Meanwhile, inside the Void, a youth called Edeard is coming to terms with his unusually strong telepathic powers. A junior constable in Makkathran, he starts to challenge the corruption and decay that have poisoned the city. He is determined that his fellow citizens should know hope again. What Edeard doesn't realize is just how far his message of hope is reaching.
Into the Void? Listen to more in the Void Trilogy.
©2007 Peter F. Hamilton; (P)2008 Tantor
"Broad in scope and panoramic in detail." (Library Journal)
"A real spellbinder from a master storyteller." (Kirkus)
First of all, this book is best read as a continuation of Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. Once you have read those, the rich tapestry of complex plot lines will make perfect sense.
This is a terrific book, but it is one that demands concentration. It has many overlapping plot lines that converge and interlock. Hamilton is a terrific author, and the narration is superb. The one "problem" with this book is that it is the first in a trilogy, and the next 2 books are not yet available. Audible, please give us the next installment of this series (called The Temporal Void") when it is released on March 24, 2009!
Although the author has created a wildly imaginative universe, this book was difficult to follow because characters and situations carried over from previous works.
So, look folks...
This is part one of a Space Opera. It's going to be long. There are going to be a ton of characters. There will be plotlines and themes that will develop slowly. You'll have to wait till 2010 to see how it all ends.
It will, however, be magnificent when it's done.
For folks unable to deal with the naritive realities of a space opera, I'd suggest a title by Franklin W. Dixon.
And please, writing a review that insists a yarn is "too hard to follow" says less about the book than the reader.
Took me awhile to figure out what was going on...once I did I really this book. If you are the type of person whom listens to audio book without giving your full attention, you might get annoyed.
Can't say I am surprised this book was good. Hamilton weaves a tale that thrills and grasps your heart fully. Sure all his book require a little dedication, it is always worth it.
I don't like so much description.
Many of the characters are not good people and I don't like them. The rest is pretty damn fun.
The task of coming up with so many voices is daunting but achieved splendidly.
I listen to these while doing other things and it's tough to keep these " war and peace" sized chunks straight. The way to think of it is as 5 novels in one. I sometimes wish I could listen to each novel separately in series rather than parallel.
As a subscriber, 1credit for this has to be the best bargain around. On to book 2.
good grief, it sucks you in and won't let go! amazing plotline, heads and shoulders better than anything Hollywood can come up with! go to bed dreaming about the story and wake up to hear some more. I am going to have a withdrawal
Dang. He doesn't just focus on one technology. This is a rich imagining of all the evolutionary advances I pray humanity makes. This universe contains a complete spectrum of technologies, histories, xenobiologies, and societies. A visionary painting of our future.
John Lee's versatile voicing pulled me in and made it easy to follow each character in the rich tapestry.
A story that wasn't insanely boring.
This might have been a great book. I'm not really sure, I kept drifting off during this book. Thinking about groceries, work, my to-do list at home. When I would go back into the book there would be some new character I had never heard before doing or talking about something in their world I didn't really care about.
There is some pilgrimage, there are a lot of characters, you learn about a lot of strange religions and theoretical jumps in human evolution.
This void is out there, where people have some dreams or something.
Then you lose interest, and find yourself rewinding the same chapter over and over again to figure out what the heck is going on.
Your quest is futile, it's just too boring. Your consciousness is in and out with only 5 minutes of listening time randomly per 30 minutes of content.
bla bla bla bla bla .... some description of a brand new character talking about uploading their brain to the internet... bla bla bla bla bla... some lady is shopping for robots with a sales clerk who is 6 people at once... bla bla bla.... we are on a ship where some people dream a lot.... bla bla bla...
I'm 60% into the book and I literally have no idea what is going on.
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