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)
While you would not technically have to listen to Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained, I would highly recommend it. They are good listens, if somewhat long and drawn out.
That being said... YIKES!! This was SO much better written and pared down to a more essential story line. There is a little confusion at the beginning, and if you have not read or listened to PS or JU, then you will be lost for the first few hours. If you have made it through the first two books, then you will be pleased to hear references and tie-ins to characters you knew before.
There were times in PS and JU that I wanted to fast forward, there is really none of that in this book. I was unhappy that it ended and immediately downloaded the 2nd book and I'm already looking forward to the third. This is a big story, and there are a lot of players and sub plots to keep track of. However if you like your stories to have a huge story arc, then dig in and start listening, you won't be disappointed.
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.
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.
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.
Three tome story with such a weak ending that you are left wondering: Is this it? There was so much buildup and then 'pop'... I was left deeply disappointed by the ending. Many character arcs were just dropped, some important questions were never answered, some were resolved in extremely lame ways that did not make much sense to me.
It was very different from the Commonwealth Saga, which I loved. I was expecting more interesting sci-fi social and technological descriptions, but it went over the horizon to sci-fantasy. :(
No, the story just wasn't as entertaining as the Commonwealth Saga. I didn't like the fantasy aspect. It seemed like the author went so sci-fi it became fantasy in the real universe, and was actual fantasy in the void.
My problem isn't the acting, but there are zero transitions between scenes. It makes it confusing as you have to realize that he isn't talking about the previous character anymore.
Ask Hamilton to write more novels like the Commonwealth Saga and less like the Void Trilogy.
I wouldn't try another audiobook. The audio did not resume where I left off so I would hear the same portion over again. I still don't know what the plot or story line is supposed to be.
No, I like science fiction and fantasy. This particular book seemed to be written in the past and the future. Some of the future aspects were interesting and other aspects seemed to pick up OLD earth science.
Given a well written book, he would be fine to listen to.
I will be more selective when choosing a long book by listening to a recap first.
Enjoy the adventure
As “The Dreaming Void” ends, a voice rang out, “Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program”. I certainly did. The book follows two storylines; one includes cool futuristic tech and the other includes fantasy genre magical powers. Both have several action filled moments that tempt listeners to stay up late or sneak listens during the day. The two stories are interesting and linked.
A slow start and the large number of characters were my only negatives.
It was difficult to pick my favorite technology, but finally settled on “multiples”. In the distant future, people can purchase multiple selves and is based on the thought “If only there were more of me, I could get more done”. Each self is connected by a common mind and thus know what the other selves are doing. If I had that technology, I could be in 3 places at one time, and if I could afford more me’s, I could be in 9 places at once. I could get into a lot of trouble.
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