The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton is the first in Night's Dawn, a sweeping galactic trilogy from the master of space opera.
In AD 2600 the human race is finally realizing its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets across the galaxy host a multitude of wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary space-born creatures.
Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems. And throughout inhabited space, the Confederation Navy keeps the peace. A true golden age is within our grasp.
But now something has gone catastrophically wrong. On a primitive colony planet, a renegade criminal's chance encounter with an utterly alien entity unleashes the most primal of all our fears. An extinct race which inhabited the galaxy aeons ago called it the Reality Dysfunction, and it is the nightmare which has prowled beside us since the beginning of history.
The Reality Dysfunction is followed by The Neutronium Alchemist and The Naked God.
©2016 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
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Yes, I have listened to all of the commonwealth saga and the chronicle of the fallers. Both of which, were series I couldn't stop myself from listening to, long into the night.
There are wayyyyyyy to many flash cuts between critical scenes. Too many characters to follow, and entirely too much background provided for "historical reference."
Most of this could have been edited out, and five to six main players focused on. The fact there are entire chapters devoted to people who...at most..are minor players in the overall story just frustrated me.
Moreover, there were serious climax points, that, upon completion, cut to boring techno babble, or someone sitting at a bar on a planet 1000 light years away. Where the heck was the falling action, I don't care what mr sex captain is doing at the moment, I want to know what's happening in the huge battle on the other planet!!!
John Lee did a fantastic job on his entire performance. Literally, the one saving grace in my opinion.
The story line is quite intriguing, and the premise had me hooked for many chapters. It was the flow and constant jerks between scenes during climactic events that really wore me down.
If there were an abridged version of this audio book, I would definitely give it another go.
I've read the book before and listening to it again was wonderful. While the narrator tends to give every character a slightly snobbish tone, and it takes some getting used to, he does a very good job with accents and emotion. Very well done now on to the next book!
Great book and great narrative abs reading. However it's let down by one small but massive issue. Not enough of a pause between sections! This makes it easy to get confused as to who is saying what to whom or where the action is going on.
"Great story spoiled by poor audio editing.."
You really have to listen hard and be prepared to skip back. Whoever editing the sound removed every pause between scenes. Within a chapter the story is told from many perspectives. Without any pauses to e a change in scene they all merge in to one and you only realise after some time the scene has changed. Frustrating.
"Worth the wait"
I have been waiting for these on the UK store for years now as they have been out in the USA for a while! But despite the wait the books are well worth it, an epic space drama story with gripping events and characters we all care about, a superb balance a possible tech, adult fun and hard science.
"I can't listen to this!"
I tried, but the narration was so bad I had to give up! first book I've ever given up on and I listen to about 50 per year!
the story seems confusing, but this may be bacause I just struggled to concentrate. the narrator sounds so weird, like he is reading in a second language or this is the first time he has ever read out loud.
not for me. some other reviewers seem ok with it, so I would definitely recommend listening to a sample first!
"Overlong, boring, thin plot, paper characters"
I read the book 10 years ago but never quite finished. Now I remember why. Very little happens and it's not geared towards any clear end.
All characters were thin and barely likable childish cliches: the womanizing but tactically gifted captain, drunken priest, innocent princess and wise-beyond-her-years teenaged city governor. Yawn.
John Lee is great as usual, but I'll head back to his Alistair Reynolds readings, or perhaps try Hamilton's newer works rather than sink a further 90 hours finishing this saga.
"scifi at its best"
What more could you want? only thing I can think is that everything in this book is larger than life and after a while it becomes repetitive.
"Awe Inspiring Writing"
This is an amazing, galaxy spanning, faith restoring, epic struggle against evil, with valud commentry on the future if we follow certain paths now becoming real. Loved every minute, except a couple of nasty bits that were totally justifiable for the story line.
this was was my first audio book on an audible free trial. I picked a Peter f Hamilton book because I've read his books before and they are truly breathtaking but take too long to read due to size. so figured it would be perfect on audible. and boy was I correct. I wasn't sure about John Lee's narration at first but vary glad I gave him a chance because he grows on you. the hole book and John Lee's performance his breathtaking. my only problem is I've finished it before my next credit his due so I have 7 days to wait before I can buy book 2 and can't wait that long. audible should have an unlimited listening plan.
"Great book very well read"
Just as enjoyable listening to the story as hearing it. Word word word word word
"Space opera at its best"
Exhilarating, awe-inspiring, butt-kicking badassery. The word 'epic' has been cheapened by misuse these years but this book really does deserve it. At a time when we are overrun by dystopias in science fiction as well as real life, this is such a breath of fresh air.
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