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. Even death itself has been overcome. But at the centre of the Commonwealth is a massive black hole. This Void is not a natural artefact. Inside there is a strange universe where the laws of physics are very different to those we know. It is slowly consuming the other stars of the galactic core - one day it will devour the entire galaxy.
Inigo, a human, has started to dream of a wonderful existence in the Void. He has a following of millions of believers and they now clamour to make a pilgrimage into the Void to live the life they have been shown. Other starfaring species fear their migration will cause the Void to expand again. They are prepared to stop them no matter what the cost.
And so the pilgrimage begins....
©2008 Peter F. Hamilton; (P)2008 Macmillan Digital Audio
I'm a huge fan already and can't wait for the rest of these great books to be recorded! I'm refraining from reading the next one in the series, so I can listen to it when it's released! No previous knowledge required.
Someone I don't know all that well was raving about this author, so I thought I would give him ago, especially after reading the other reviews. But although there are some original ideas, it's basically, a fairly predictable science fiction soap opera. Like watching B grade movies on TV if you're bored, it's Ok to listen to if your stuck with nothing else better. I was hoping it might come close to other Sci Fi greats like, the Enders Game series, or some Asimov (the Police Detective guy things), Dune (but not it's sequels), Philip Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electri Sheep) or Rama by Arthur C Clarke. But no unfortunately. This author's hang up about sex, although not getting in the way of the book too much, is pretty weird, as some other review writer said. In fact Sci Fi writers seem pretty messed up in this area except for Orson Scott Card, which is why the Ender's Game series is the best (especially Speaker for the Dead, the second book). The Narration is good but not fantastic.
"A great story spoilt!"
I cannot for the life of me understand why a science fiction author of considerable talent, would want to reduce his work to the level of cheap eroticism, employing pornographic episodes that remind one of early adolescence with its weird uninformed imaginings. Unfortunately, Peter F Hamilton seems to believe that his readers/listeners are in fact a bunch of perverted acne ridden teens and in this particular book there is a tendency toward exciting the female at this stage of life. I would label 'The Dreaming Void' as sci-fi erotic chick lit; it really is a pity, this could have been a very good story!
It's also disappointing that the narrator is so bad; he is one that puts on silly voices for the various characters. Although, having to follow John Lee must be pretty daunting!
He could have had a few more characters that did not resemble porn stars or porn users.
Characters already established in 'Judas Unchanged' were given different personalities simply through over exaggerated voices with accents that do not relate to the things known about them.
It is a very interesting, involved and complex story.
I keep saying to myself that I won't listen/read Hamilton again, this time I'm sticking to it, if I hear the Hello magazine description of what someone is wearing again I think I might blow a fuse, not to mention the graphic filth!
"left it so long between books"
loved it straight onto the next one
don't know why I never went straight Into this after Judas unchained
"ponderous and dull."
terrible. Dull, slow and pondering. a waste of my time returned without finishing it . the voice actor was good though.
"Another great book"
If you like his other work you will like this! Probably best to start with pandoras star and judas unchained first though!
"Promising continuation of a great saga"
Voices of some of the original characters grated with me. Prefer the original series narrator.
Didn't leave me wanting more, just perplexed why it was left at that point..... I wanted more of indigo's dreams and the possibility of passing through the void, albeit I enjoyed the story overall.
"Hours of my life - gone - never to be seen again!"
I've really enjoyed other books by Peter Hamilton, but I have to admit that the only thing that got me to the end of this one was the excellent Toby Longworth. There's far too much technical detail to keep track of, the sheer number of characters is mind boggling and the story switches between any number of scenes so frequently that I lost track. On top of all that I dragged myself to the end only to find the story line left completely in mid air where books two and three carry on. I'm left not even knowing how each of the story lines ties in to each other. There's no way I'm putting myself through all of that again, so this has been a waste of 22 hours of my life! This is nothing more than a licence to print money. For heavens sake, at least make each book a discreet story in it's own right!
start to finish an awsome story. The characters come to life with this narrator. don't be put off by the length. This can be listened to time and time again.
"engaging and exciting"
i found the book fantastic. its not often i listen to an audio book other than in the car but i had this on at every oppertunity. a real sci fi treat.
"READ PANDORAS STAR AND JUDSS UNCHAINED FIRST!!"
This trilogy follows the Commonwealth Saga books! This book takes a while to get going and I know a lot of people don't like the narrator's different accent choices but I actually thought it worked! Peter F Hamilton writes an incredible epic story with all the seemingly independent story arcs coming together in brilliant ways - there are also nods to the previous books and characters. For me the future presented by Peter is the most accurate that I've ever seen presented. Hats off to him! buy all of his books!
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