"Pandora's Star" and its sequel are two of my favorite audiobooks, and I've listened to atleast 50 audiobooks over the last few years.
I..Show More » do have one warning, the story is fairly slow going at first and there are many characters/subplots. I almost gave up after a few hours, but I'm glad I kept going. I caught myself wishing at points that he'd just stop introducing new characters, but hang in there, the story is well worth the initial effort. Some of the characters who I thought were boring and extranious at first ended up being the most interesting and exciting in the end.
Peter F Hamilton has created a unique new scifi universe in these two books. Like all great Scif universes this is futuristic and imaginative without feeling fake or "made up". The humans still act like humans(with human strengths and flaws) and the aliens are truely alien(not just humans that look different). Hearing about life in the Commonwealth is almost as interesting as the story itself.
I would definitely consider this epic scifi, but there are elements that appeal to the Cyber-punk fan in me. This is certainly edgy with plenty of sex and violence. There aren't that many sex scenes but sexuality is certaintly a driving force in some characters and is often refered to in the context of the story. There are also several homosexual characters, but he hardly makes it into an issue, its just one part of a few characters lives. Its refreshing to have characters who also happen to be gay rather than "gay characters".
Some reviews have been critical of the narrator, don't believe them. I think he did a great job, sure some of his american accents aren't flawless, but give him a break hes obviously british. Each character is easy to distinguish and he does a good job with the individual voices without going overboard(like some narrators when they voice a different gender)
The story gets really good in this book the first was enjoyable but this one was great. both books are a little long and a little detailed for me, but..Show More » that wont hold me back enjoying this book. Im downloading the next in this series. i hope he writes more. i think the narrator does a great job. although i wish there would have been a little more ozzy in this one.
To describe this book in one word, when compared to the rest of the series, that word is, sadly, "boring." The story details the family li..Show More »fe and father son relationship of the first recipient of the rejuvenation treatment common throughout the rest of the series. But, in this book, there is no space travel, no gates, no aliens, no SI. It's just a brilliant scientist, his family and a snapshot of the world politics of the days leading to what will eventually become the Commonwealth stories. If you love the series, you can skip this one without losing any sleep that you've missed out. If you feel a sort of historian's devotion to know all the details of Hamilton's Commonwealth series, by all means, give it a go. Personally, the story did very little for me. It lacked all of the excitement and adventure of the other books and existed largely as a character study of an elderly man given another shot at youth.