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
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
"Peter F Hamilton does it again"
I am a big fan of Peter F Hamilton and The Void Trilogy does not disappoint. A big universe with characters that you feel you know.
"You may need to persevere with this one"
I am not a scifi fan, but this sounded interesting. After listening to the first half hour I fell asleep. On many, many consecutive nights the same thing happened until I decided that, as it had such a soporific effect, it was only worth bothering with when I couldn't sleep. However, as time went on I started to get really interested and it actually started to keep me awake wanting to know what was going to happen next. So much so, that I had to go back to the beginning to re-listen to all the bits I had slept through! I am now giving the second book in this series serious consideration. :-)
"Hard to get into buy worth the effort"
Toby Longworth is the best narrator by far so much better than most. Massive shame he didn’t do book 2.
Toby Longworth is the perfect narrator for Peter F Hamilton's latest sci-fi epic.
From the first few words I was hooked and drawn into the many stranded plot. The pace never flags and Toby's characterisation is engaging and entertaining.
"Excellent but it is part three of five."
I listend to this book last year and was a little confused by some of the references. I then read "Pandora's Star" and "Judas Unchained" set a millenium earlier and everything fell into place. Peter F Hamilton is in my opinion one of the best sci/fi authors currently writing. I look forward very much to the next two books in this series.
"Enjoyable. But where's the sequel?!"
This is an interesting and fairly successful attempt to project the far-future of the Commonwealth. It does fall back fairly heavily on clich?, but remains entertaining. As ever, Hamilton has some very nice ideas carried by rather pulpy writing which some may feel fails to do them justice. Taken on its own terms, though, this is a fun book, well read.
My only real frustration is that it seems to be taking forever for the second part to appear on Audible. By the time we get to hear it, it might be filed under Historical Fiction at this rate. It may be worth holding back on this first part until the second is also available, or else you too could be in for a long and irritating wait.
"A wonderful story read by a brillant voice artist"
I picked this book up purely on a whim, having never read anything by the author before and simply being attracted by the bargin of a single credit for so many hours of book.
I couldn't have been more happy with my purchase. The story is grand with the action constant and the voice acting of Toby Longworth is simply stunning. His voices are varied to the point you can easily tell which character is speaking and indeed what they are feeling.
I'm waiting now with bated breath for the second book. I managed to resist buying the dead tree edition so I can have the joy of having it read to me hopefully by the same fantastic talent.
"The Dreaming Void"
I had never read anything by Peter Hamilton before but this was a superb listen, it kept me on the edge of my seat for weeks and I am really keen to read the next part of the story. I would highly recommend this original and inventive book to anyone who wonders where mankind could eventually end up and whether with exceptionally long lives we would become better people. From the evidence of this book that is unlikely.
"A true Sci Fi epic beautifully produced"
You know that when you've come to the end of a book and ache for more that the author has achieved a great work.
Peter F. Hamilton has created a vast and sophisticated future universe, dripping with far-sighted technology, and populated with well-rounded characters, some of whom I grew to love. The Dreaming Void is a true epic, beautifully constructed, well thought through, and exquisitely told. It's a very adult book, too, one that doesn't shy away from strong language or sexual content, yet is used in a completely appropriate context to the characters of the story.
Toby Longworth's narration is masterful, a sweeping performance that keeps you transfixed throughout. His ability to add nuance to each character's words - male or female - means that you come to know each character instinctively. He even has the ability to give voice to multiple characters involved in multiple conversations yet you never need to guess who is speaking. Toby, if you ever read this, I applaud you.
In short, a great work of science fiction up there with the very best. The only disappointment for me was that the book had to end.
"An very memorable experience"
This is the first book that I've listened to by Peter F. Hamilton and the story experience was simply epic. Though I did feel a bit lost and overwhelmed at the start by so much to learn/understand so quickly. However you must hang in there as the two jigsaws, that the story is essentially made up of, quickly connect with precision. Great and thoroughly intriguing characters, in such a lush series of worlds, make this lengthy listen, a truly fantastic journey to experience. Also the narrator, Toby Longworth, is absolutely fantastic!
Report Inappropriate Content