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Publisher's Summary

Peter F. Hamilton's superbly imagined, cunningly plotted interstellar adventures are conceived on a staggeringly epic scale and filled with fully realized human and alien characters as complex as they are engaging. No mere world builder, Hamilton creates entire universes - and he does so with irresistible flair and intelligence.

His previous novel, the acclaimed Pandora's Star, introduced the Intersolar Commonwealth, a star-spanning civilization of the 24th century. Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.

Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life. Twenty-three planets have already fallen to the invaders, with casualties in the hundreds of millions. And no one knows when or where the genocidal Prime will strike next.

Nor are the Prime the only threat. For more than 100 years, a shadowy cult, the Guardians of Selfhood, has warned that an alien with mind-control abilities impossible to detect or resist - the Starflyer - has secretly infiltrated the Commonwealth. Branded as terrorists, the Guardians and their leader, Bradley Johansson, have been hunted by relentless investigator Paula Myo. But now evidence suggests that the Guardians were right all along and that the Starflyer has placed agents in vital posts throughout the Commonwealth - agents who are now sabotaging the war effort. Is the Starflyer an ally of the Prime, or has it orchestrated a fight to the death between the two species for its own advantage?

Caught between two deadly enemies, one a brutal invader striking from without, the other a remorseless cancer killing from within, the fractious Commonwealth must unite as never before. This will be humanity's finest hour - or its last gasp.

©2006 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2008 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"For flat-out huge widescreen all-engines-at-full I-dare-you-not-to-believe-it space opera, there is no one quite like Peter F. Hamilton." (Richard K. Morgan, author of Market Forces)
"Richly satisfying.... In more ways than one, this...work is monumental." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Yawn and awe mixture

This book is so long the story line almost does not count in the end. If it was 12 to 15 hours long it would have been a super story. The quality of the final production is pathetic, not the narration. I only have another 2.5 hours of torture to endure.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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terrible book

don't waste your time, hard to follow, terrible narration, not worth 1 star, save your money

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Unlistenable, Unfollowable

Would you try another book from Peter F. Hamilton and/or John Lee?

no more peter hamilton - still love John Lee

Would you ever listen to anything by Peter F. Hamilton again?

no

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

He is the best narrator

Any additional comments?

This story was very hard to follow, I really tried to hang in there but in the end had to hit the stop button. It was poorly written, the world created was not expressed clearly and I was constantly wondering what was going on?

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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What is happening?

What disappointed you about Judas Unchained?

I listened to the first 2 hours 3 times and had no idea what the storyline was. No idea why the police were interviewing at apartment and it was never explained exactly what was going on. new characters were introduced without seeming to have a reason.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

DISAPPOINTMENT big time

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • Douglasville, GA, United States
  • 07-03-14

Tried to plough through it but couldn’t!

I tried once listening to this Peter Hamilton science fiction novel but did not like it.

It’s been quite a few months since that attempt, and I thought I’d try it again. Sorry, but after a second try, it was still terrible . . . especially the narration by John Lee. Reading the book myself might have been much better than listening to John Lee's narration.

It was like a grand space opera that I couldn’t stand to sit through any longer.
I could not find interest in any of the characters at all. They didn’t have personalities. Then you add John Lee’s narration to it and it goes downhill quickly. It was so unsatisfactory, that I just could not force myself to even finish the book.

I do NOT recommend it.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Way too confusing for me....To many characters. St

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book would be good for a real SF geek.. For me the plot jumped around more than I could keep up with. Never figured out who was who. I listened to the first 3 1/2 of the 5 parts and just finally gave up. Maybe I'm not to bright but it was just too jumbled up for me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Peter F. Hamilton again?

Don't know.....His next book could be one of the best I've listened to.

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

Great job.

What character would you cut from Judas Unchained?

About 1/2 of them

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • monte
  • keifer, OK, United States
  • 07-23-11

judas unchained

cant follow stroy line if their is one jumping all over from one plot to another way to many things going on and too many diffrent places would not recomend it

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Overly complex with a difficult to hear speaker

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His volume was very inconsistent, with odd sections of whispers making it difficult to hear. Also, he uses the same tonality in all situations making it difficult to understand who the speaker is.

Any additional comments?

Story, not the story line, is overly complex. For someone who listens to books on tape casually, it's to easy to get lost in the preponderance of detail.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Too much

There is a good story here, however, it is buried in a mountain of tedious detail. Good at its best, yet mostly a big yawn. Books one and two could be combined into a single volume and the length cut in half - that would likely make for a better book.

Performance is poor. The narrato is not fitting, is overly dramatic and varies too much in volume.

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  • J
  • Livingston, TX, United States
  • 07-21-14

Whew! Too long, too many plot lines...

... an endurance test. I should have quit this series after the first volume! But I muddled through. All my comments in the review of Pandora's Planet apply, except the narrator lost some of his annoying sing-song cadence. I believe that was mostly the author's writing style.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • 11-19-08

Beware, this is the second book of the story.

This isn't a review of the audiobook as I've not listened to it. This is just a warning that Judas Unchained is the second book in the story. Audible should have released Pandora's Star first for listeners to get the most out of this one.

4 stars, based on the paperback version.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Walter
  • 01-22-09

Where are the rest of the series?

This is mainly to say James is right. Get all the books to the listeners! I started with to the \"Void series\" only to discover that they where part of a series. Audible - are you listening?
When will void book two be recorded?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 03-28-09

Top class science fiction..

Excellent story (make sure you know the plot from the first in the series) from one of the most accomplished and consistently high quality science fiction authors currently writing. Top class listening..

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  • Yaa
  • 06-22-09

Judas Unchained

This is the second Peter Hamilton book I have listened to and is set centuries before the events in the Dreaming Void. Annoyingly the first book in the series Pandora's Star is not available as an audiobook, I read it first because I wanted to know more about the universe in which Judas Unchained is set.
Judas Unchained brings the series to a brilliant conclusion though an incredible mind-numbingly large number of people die due to the catastrophic events that are triggered in Pandora's Star. A great listen - kept me rivetted wanting to know how the characters were going to extricate the future of humankind from an almost fatal fix.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful