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The Nano Flower Audiobook

The Nano Flower: The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 3

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Julia Evans, billionairess owner of Event Horizon, has for 15 years been the power behind England’s economic renaissance – but now she’s in trouble. With her husband missing, and rival companies suddenly claiming to have acquired a technology impossibly superior to anything on Earth, she has no time to take notice of a single flower delivered anonymously. But this flower possesses genes millions of years in advance of any terrestrial DNA. Is it a cryptic alien message, or a poignant farewell token from her husband?

One man might discover its origin – but Greg Mandel will not be alone in his desperate search. And, as they both now discover, simply being first in the race isn’t nearly good enough when the Nano Flower begins to bloom.

©2011 Peter Hamilton (P)2011 Audible Ltd

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    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 02-10-12
    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 02-10-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Sci-fi mastery in full bloom for the nanoflower"

    Nanoflower completes the Greg Mandel trilogy. Compared to the first two installments, Greg is now comfortably middle aged, a father with 4 kids (and one on the way), and a respected and successful fruit grower. Over the intervening 15 years since Quantum Murder, Julia Evans has healed Royan, they've become lovers, and have their own children all while continuing to run Event Horizon.

    The story unfolds with Julie receiving a "flower" that appears to be of alien origin and points to Royan who has been missing. Julie engages Greg to track him down. At the time, rumors of a next generation technology begin surfacing resulting in a second made scramble. Greg goes up against a psychopathic techmerc following the same leads for the flower and the technology. The action is fast and furious, and nearly nonstop. While the eventual resolution is not unexpected, the denouement is still surprising.

    Hamilton really begins to flex his muscles as a sci-fi grandmaster with this tale. The resulting alien biology (and microbiology) is refreshingly original and well detailed. Computer personalities are extended and space mining and colony settlements are ongoing. At its heart, this is a love story with multiple couples, each re-enforcing the theme. Perhaps the only legitimate criticism is the introduction of some new psy powers for Greg that while critical to the plot could have nevertheless been at least alluded to earlier. The narrator also deserves kudos for a fantastic range of voices.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Clifton Hill, Australia 04-19-12
    Sam Clifton Hill, Australia 04-19-12 Member Since 2006
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    "A great sci fi adventure"

    All three of these stories are great, fast moving stories set in a world it is easy to believe in that still has plenty of surprises. Peter Hamilton is a master and it is great to have these three stories online now also. Highly recommended, although I think the first one was the best one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 02-09-12
    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Hamilton's turning point as an author"

    Where the first two installments of the Mandel Trilogy showed great potential, The Nano Flower has Hamilton hitting his stride as an author showing why he is one of the best fiction writers working today. Excellent character development, well conceived plot, believable human reactions and an incredibly well conceived universe make for a great listen. While not offering up the multiple plots and immense complexity of his later works, the plot is complex and interesting in a way not often seen in SciFi. Excellent editing keeps the pace high enough to hold your interest but not at the expense of dialogue and scene setting. Toby Longworth's excellent narration made the book even better as his consistency of individual characters and variation among voices is first rate.
    This book makes me hope Audible is working hard to bring even more of Hamilton's works to the format!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Stoehr 01-26-16
    Jon Stoehr 01-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story"

    Great story as I've come to expect from Hamilton. The only complaint I have is I swear quite a few time I could here the narrator turning pages and taking odd pauses. I think the editing could have been cleaned up a little more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Paider Columbus, OH 01-18-16
    Tom Paider Columbus, OH 01-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing series"

    I really enjoyed this series!! The characters are fantastic. I liked the narrators voice and the way he did different character's voices. But he would pause at odd times and you could sometimes even hear him turning the page. Very odd.

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    Joseph Somers 12-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great listen"

    a fitting end to the Mandel files series - I enjoyed the narration and the pacing of the plot

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    Tim United States 07-29-15
    Tim United States 07-29-15 Member Since 2011

    Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?

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    "Forgot about This One"

    "The Nano Flower" is the last book in the Greg Mandel Trilogy. I read the first book about 10 months ago and forgot to finish the last book until now. It took some time to get my ears adjusted to the story again, but I have to agree with other reviewers that the last book was better than the first and second. Of course I am used to of Hamilton's space opera, but I enjoyed this sci fi. Great description of the alien and good character development. The Nano Flower was an awesome twist in the plot. I'm never too disappointed of Peter F. Hamilton.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Millbrook, New York, United States 04-06-14
    Ken Millbrook, New York, United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A very unusual first contact story"

    Peter Hamilton always writes great aliens, in part because he really thinks about how the biology might work. This is an early example with some clever ideas in play. It winds up being a bit predictable (in fact, the story here really deserves a 4.5 rather than a 5.0 for its predictability at key points), but it manages to be quite suspense filled even though one can sometimes see where it must be going. There is a satisfying set of resolutions in the lives of characters who have been the reader's friends and heroes since the first novel in the trilogy (Mindstar Brigade), and there are some excellent combat sequences, as well as some very neat technologies described in sufficient detail that one can imagine living in the world that Hamilton has created. All in all a very satisfying listening experience, enhanced and elevated as always by Toby Longworth's excellent characterizations.

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    Jared Prosper, TX, United States 01-25-14
    Jared Prosper, TX, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2010

    Software engineer and avid, lifetime student. I like deep, thoughtful non-fiction, and fiction that compliments and enriches it.

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    "Massively entertaining and educational"

    Peter F. Hamilton has become my favorite modern author as I've read this series and his Commonwealth series. The only bad part is that there aren't more books in each series to fill out the rich and highly plausible future realities. It is a disservice to call his writing a "space opera" or even "sci-fi" (or fantasy). Hamilton's works are social, political, and psychological epics that employ straight-forward technological possibilities as plot devices to pose to the reader many of the most profound questions of great literature - in an engaging, modern package.

    And the reader, Toby Longfellow, is excellent - just as talented as John Lee, reader of The Commonwealth series. Both should qualify among the best readers out there - and on books where you have a choice of several editions with different readers, don't bother wasting time with any substitutes.

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    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 06-03-13
    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 06-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "The End of Greg Mandel's Story"

    This interesting and action pack conclusion to the Greg Mandel story is clearly some of Peter F. Hamilton's earlier work, not as big picture as his other work. It is a fun conclusion to the career of Greg who has become a much older man than he was in the previous books. It's hard for me to call these a trilogy as there is no story connecting them. But it is the end cap of Greg's career.

    Here we see a peak of Hamilton's galaxy spanning narratives. Without spoiling much it's a first contact novel that deals with multiple human organization (government, corporate) vying for access and control in a short time frame and with almost no one knowing what's going on. Hamilton's prosaic writing I find to be clear, concise, and lets the story speak for itself.

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    "Epic conclusion for Greg Mandel Trilogy"

    The narration was excellent of course. The editing could have been better. The occasional sound of page flipping is something you can live with of course since the story and conclusion are great. Top notch!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
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    8/31/15
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    "Greg Mandel stars in a Space Opera"

    I genuinely enjoyed this final audiobook of the series. It's feels set on a grander scale though as cyberpunk meets Space Opera and I think that Hamilton just about made it. That said I didn't think that the narration was as consistently good as the previous books and it felt as though the author let the plot get slightly away from him.

    It's still a good conclusion to the series and very well worth a read. It once again combines a mystery with the science fiction and the characters are clearly important to the author and receive sympathetic finales to their nature.

    I will look out for more titles by Hamilton in the future.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • G. Inch
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    "Gripping Stuff! "

    A fascinating adaptation of an excellent, fast paced slice of contemporary cyberpunk. Every bit a match for the written version. Loved it. Toby Longworth does an excellent job of bringing Greg Mandel to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jannie
    4/16/16
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    "Just a great relaxing book"

    Just one of those books that once you get going you can't put it down.

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  • Progeni
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    "Excellent trilogy. Can't wait for PFH'S next book"

    Excellent trilogy. Can't wait for PFH'S next book as this wraps up his entire back catalogue for me, and what an excellent way to close it out.

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  • Ron
    9/15/15
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    "Greg goes out with a wimper"

    I was left ultimately disappointed with this the final book in the Mandel trilogy, the chase until the final chapters was typical, however the wrapping up of the book I felt lacking, too much sci-fi babble to cut the corners of what has until that point been a good series.

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  • whistling_jim
    8/9/15
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    "A Great Finale"

    I really enjoyed the Greg Mendell trilogy and this is my favourite part. Great story building on the rich characters and the descrription of the post - warming world that has been painted over the last two books. Living in the Peterborough area it is amusing to hear familiar landmarks in a different context.

    Toby Longworth's narration and voice charactisations are excellent. I have listened (and thoroughly enjoyed ) to many works by Peter F Hamilton and think that Toby''s interpretations are the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • crusoe76
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    6/11/15
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    "Great story and excellent narrator/performer"

    Toby Longworth brilliant as always! I'd recommend many of the other Hamilton novels for his narration alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Trezise
    4/16/15
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    "More pretty good Hamilton"

    Longworth is an ambitious narrator but gets the voices he has chosen for the characters mixed up frequently enough for it to confuse the action. I think this is a problem more due to lazy editing and quality control than his work but it is a shame either way. Pretty good story, raced through it in a few days. Wish there were more of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
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    "Additive"

    Great listen - what an imagination Peter Hamilton has. Kept me gripped and left me feeling bereaved that I wasn't going spend any more time with the characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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