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The Temporal Void Audiobook
The Temporal Void
Written by: 
Peter F. Hamilton
Narrated by: 
John Lee
The Temporal Void Audiobook

The Temporal Void: Void Trilogy, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Long ago, a human astrophysicist, Inigo, began dreaming scenes from the life of a remarkable human being named Edeard, who lived within the Void, a self-contained microuniverse at the heart of the galaxy.

There, under the beneficent gaze of mysterious godlike entities, humans possessed uncanny psychic abilities, and Edeard's were the strongest of all. Equally strong was his determination to bring justice and freedom to a world terrorized by criminal violence and corruption.

Inigo's inspirational dreams, shared by hundreds of millions throughout the galaxy-spanning gaiafield, gave birth to a religion - Living Dream. But when the appearance of a Second Dreamer seemed to trigger the expansion of the Void - an expansion that is devouring everything in its path -the Intersolar Commonwealth was thrown into turmoil. With the adherents of Living Dream determined to set forth on a dangerous pilgrimage into the Void, interstellar war threatens to erupt.

With time running out, the fate of humanity hinges on a handful of people. There is Araminta, only now awakening to the unwelcome fact that she is the mysterious Second Dreamer - and to the dire responsibilities that go with it; Inigo, whose private dreams hint at a darker truth behind Edeard's legendary life; Paula Myo, the ruthless field operative of the Commonwealth, whose search for Araminta and Inigo is about to yield a most unpleasant surprise; and Justine, whose desperate gamble places her within the Void, where the godlike Skylords hold the power to save the universe...or destroy it.

Dream on: listen to the first book, The Dreaming Void.

©2008 Peter F. Hamilton; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Fusing elements of hard SF with adventure fantasy tropes, Hamilton has singlehandedly raised the bar for grand-scale speculative storytelling." (Publishers Weekly)
"This second book of a trilogy promises a spectacular finish." (Booklist)

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    pbnhwt CT 01-06-15
    pbnhwt CT 01-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "great book"

    loved it. The sex in the book could become distracting from the plot and i often skipped sections not due to the quality ofthe description and power of the act but because it took away from the story around it. the abundance of character and collection of setting and ideas of future kind is amazing and provoking. with a powerful political retoric relevent to today and human history.

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 01-02-15
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 01-02-15 Member Since 2012

    I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Temporal Void to be better than the print version?

    Maybe. The production issues continue (not enough space between sub-chapters), but John Lee is great and in a book this length his performance keeps the various plots from becoming confusing. I don't understand why there isn't a 5 second space between sections however. It would have been so easy to do.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This middel book in the trilogy is devoted largely to Endeard, hence the title. This means that most of the book is not Sci Fi but Fantasy based. Weaving elements of fantasy into Sci Fi is not unheard of (Jack Chalker comes to find) but Hamilton does this a separate plot device which make the trilogy so interesting and this middle book a respite from cosmological concerns.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Nigel. His character is brilliant, hysterical and profane and Lee does him exceptionally well. Ozzie is not in this installment, who is my favorite in the series, but I am sure he is waiting in the wings.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Impossible. This is a lengthy book. This is not a book to rush through, rather I enjoyed it as part of my regular routine over a 2 week period.


    Any additional comments?

    Modern Sci Fi masterpiece. If you like Dune of The Foundation Series I think you will really like this combination of hard sic fi, space opera and fantasy. There are a lot of characters but all are well written and important to the story. Highly recommend.

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    Nathan 12-17-14
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    "Drawn Out"

    would have been better if he left out alot...I mean its just so drawn out and for no real good reason. Could have been so much better.

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    Amazon Customer 11-08-14
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    "Less Sci-Porn than book one"

    I think Mr. Hamilton got the message about his crude imaginations.
    Book 2 has leaves out the slams against Christians, and has less clone orgies, but it is still dull.
    I will not be reading any more of this author.

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    Tim United States 05-22-14
    Tim United States 05-22-14 Member Since 2011

    Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?

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    "Infinite Darkness of Dreams"

    After listening to the first book a few weeks ago, I was itching to start on the second volume of the Void Trilogy. From my prospective, "The Temporal Void" is not as good as "The Dreaming Void", simply because I really enjoyed the ongoing space opera in the first book. That being said, I liked how Hamilton continued on with the story and looking forward at finishing off the journey in the next novel.

    There are two universe in this book and I felt that I was stuck between the two worlds. There are more science fiction in the story than space opera from the first book. After a while you tend to get lost in the Void and it feels like you are in your own dream from the Living Dream Organization.

    Despite my feedback, I really think that this author is a complete stud when it comes to science fiction and drama because I was so immersed to the plot and subplots of each characters, where I felt that I fell into infinite darkness of dreams.

    "The Temporal Void" was good enough to continue on. Can't wait to finish the trilogy.

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    Connor 04-22-14
    Connor 04-22-14 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy the adventure

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    "Everything I Want In A Sci-Fi Series"

    Good follow-up to “The Dreaming Void”. More details on the cool technology introduced in the first book and continuation of an intriguing storyline with many sub-plots. Since this is the 2nd book in the trilogy, I expected a drop off in novelty, but hoped the book would deliver high entertainment value. Basically, I knew what I was getting into and was not disappointed.

    I also realized that I must be a Peter Hamilton fan. I have listened to 5 of his books and enjoy his mix of tech, storytelling and action. Importantly, I do not find myself getting bored and wondering “what’s on TV?”.

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    Allen Peterson AF Base 10-01-13
    Allen Peterson AF Base 10-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "GREAT WAY TO PASS time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would love to recommend this entire series to anyone who just wants escape with a great story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Temporal Void?

    The way all the books tie together is something of a work of art! Never has a book ran together so seemlessly.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Another great! have not read one of his books that i did not like.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    of course Page 1 to the END!


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    Camron159 05-22-13
    Camron159 05-22-13 Member Since 2013

    Cam

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    "Space Opera as it's meant to be."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hamilton is perhaps THE tech-based sci-fi author out there. He explores the human condition as it might be, as it might evolve with our own technology. With the 'Void', Hamilton presents us with an artificial reality writ so large, so manifest, and so tempting that the reader must closely examine what it is to be human, even when 'humanity' transcends the physical. Serious good space opera with a human core. Well worth the read.


    What other book might you compare The Temporal Void to and why?

    Reminded me of Aristoi, by Walter John Williams


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Lee excels at presenting a plethora of characters, races and factions. A wry tone preserves the humanity in this story which so far exceeds humanity as to be nearly unrecognizable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Post-Human? Or Post-Humous?


    Any additional comments?

    Not for young readers/listeners. Adult themes and language, with extreme violence.

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    Nurlip 04-09-13
    Nurlip 04-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm hooked"

    I finished the entire series a few weeks ago and i've given it a lot of thought since then. This is a really great series, probably my favorite of the 'modern' sci-fi genre so far. I listened to all five books (Commonwealth Saga+Void Trilogy) w/o much pause b/c i couldn't stop myself.

    In terms of the Void Trilogy alone, the second entry is superior to the first simply b/c the characters and the society are more established. If you listened to the Dreaming Void and the prequel series, the Commonwealth Saga (Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained) already, I'm sure you don't need my review to encourage you to continue. You won't be disappointed!

    John Lee, as always, does a fantastic job and hardly needs to be mentioned b/c he is so consistently good. This was a great listen that i will probably repeat in a few months!

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    Amazon Customer 02-25-13
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    "Excellent 2nd book. Really draws u in and hooks u"

    I thought the first book was interesting and pretty good, but this one is excellent. The characters are quite compelling and the story takes great direction. By the end you can't wait to get into the 3rd and see what happens.

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