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The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1 | [Peter F. Hamilton]

The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1

AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.
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AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

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

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"Broad in scope and panoramic in detail." (Library Journal)
"A real spellbinder from a master storyteller." (Kirkus)

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    Root Dorn 06-28-11
    Root Dorn 06-28-11 Member Since 2014
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    "READ PANDORA'S STAR FIRST"

    Hamilton's vision of the future is amazing. I love the characters in these stories but to get a real sense of who they are you should read the Pandora's Star books first.
    This is humanity at it's finest and worst. Terrific vision of the future. I want to go live there.

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    David 06-18-11
    David 06-18-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow start"

    If you have not read Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained, you will be lost in this universe. Even after reading them, technology and the socio political structure of the commonwealth has changed so much that it can still be confusing. The transition to the dreams is somewhat jarring almost like a separate book, but I found myself more interested in the dreams than the 'real world.'

    This book sets the scene for the Void books, so (understandably I suppose) it was really slow. I remember thinking the same thing about Pandora's Star. So if you liked it, this one will probably not bore you too much. The second book makes this one worth the read.

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    C. D. Mitchell Kansas City, MO USA 03-11-11
    C. D. Mitchell Kansas City, MO USA 03-11-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A fine and rich work"

    I am not normally a science-fiction reader, though I've liked a few in the past and tried this book on a whim. I ended up becoming engrossed in the novel and the subsequent parts of the trilogy. The story is thrilling and the depth of Hamilton's characters kept me listening every chance I could. I was honestly sad to leave them all at the end of the story.

    John Lee is the perfect reader for this and Hamilton's Commonwealth Trilogy. The characters seem to come alive even more through his very attractive accent and precise diction. Consequently, the production was excellent.

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    Ian Burnaby, BC, Canada 01-07-11
    Ian Burnaby, BC, Canada 01-07-11 Member Since 2014
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    "A snowball of Entertainment"

    I started listening to this book just to get out of my normal rut of old school fantasy novels. Sci-Fi usually is never my thing. The book started a bit slow for my taste though the character description and development were good. The book started to move in it's events in a snowball effect, each event having a greater impact than the last. They also started becoming more frequent. Before I new it, I was engrossed into the book, almost unable to turn it off.

    The way John Lee narrates this enticing book adds great effects to the compelling nature of the book. I will most definitely be purchasing the second book of the series and I applaud the job John Lee did to bring this book to life.

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    Colin Detroit 01-06-11
    Colin Detroit 01-06-11 Member Since 2015

    Thanks Audible for your continued support of "This Week in Tech" over at TWiT.tv

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    "must read book 1 first and then 3 after this one"

    you have to read the first book for this to make any sense at all, there is no point to make a detailed review because if you read book 1 you know what you are getting into - think about this as if its a book that was split into 3 parts and sold separately, you have to get all 3 for it to be complete so go do that and be happy

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    Silvano Toronto, ON, Canada 12-31-10
    Silvano Toronto, ON, Canada 12-31-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Long and rambling"

    Wow it has been a while since a book deviated so much from it's main theme. I love scifi but most of the time I was lost and confused as to what was happening. I think this author need a strong editor. It was a real chore to finish it and I will pass on the next 2 books of this series. I am starting Fallen Dragon from this author and I hope for much better. His writing is style is very good but this book was all over the place as far as where the storyline went. Narration was very good.

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    Tracey Schaumburg, IL, United States 12-12-10
    Tracey Schaumburg, IL, United States 12-12-10
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    "Don't bother!"

    Please don't bother! This has to have been one of the worst books I've listened to. The story line was all over the place and made it hard to follow.
    The characters were never developed and 90% of them I either didn't care about or disliked. Nothing to hold on to throughout the book.
    The story ended abruptly. Even in most trilogies there is at least something of an ending even if the story is to continue.
    Save your money for something good.

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    Old Hippy PA 12-29-09
    Old Hippy PA 12-29-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing after Judas Unchained"

    (First of two-part review; see "The Temporal Void" for second half.) Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained together were one fantastic yarn. I was so looking forward to The Dreaming Void and The Temporal Void, especially since it sounded like a nice follow-on with some of the same great characters. Sadly, IMHO, these latest two novels disappoint greatly. They are slow and plodding. The few characters that are carried over appear infrequently and add little interest. Perhaps 75% of the narrative is given over to the accounts of Eddyard <spelling?> and his friends and enemies, as relayed in "dreams" projected by first one and then another dreamer. Through some magic, everyone in the universe receives these dreams and fall under their spell. Indigo, the first "dreamer", uses his dreams as the basis for for founding a religion of sorts, but then he goes AWOL. All the key competing good and bad factions go searching for him. The second "dreamer" doesn't realize that she's picked up where he left off until everyone then starts chasing her. After she stops broadcasting, there's actually a third "dreamer" near the end, but his dreaming contributes little. The dreams about Eddyard & Co. become EXCEEDINGLY boring ... by the time I heard the narrator (who valiantly struggles on with this tripe) announce the start of "Indigo's Tenth Dream" I thought I was going to run into the head and slit my wrists. Eddyard is some sort of orphan on a world inside the "Void" who develops magical <read: increasingly unbelievable> telekinetic powers. He reshapes embryos, stops speeding bullets, is more powerful than a speeding locomotive, ... well, you get the picture - Harry Potter with a touch of Superman. It gets real old. Eddyard and his friends live in a midieval Iron Age world, with no electricity and barely have running water and toilets. (Jump to second half.)

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    Harold raleigh, NC, USA 05-29-09
    Harold raleigh, NC, USA 05-29-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Space opera at its best!"

    An imaginative story with wonderfully detailed settings and engaging characters.

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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 05-28-09
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 05-28-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Worth Reading"

    I liked this better than his first trilogy. Hopefully book two will be released soon.

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