We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Great North Road Audiobook

Great North Road

Regular Price:$45.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family - composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone "brothers" have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies. 

Or maybe not so friendly. At least that's what the murder of a North clone in the English city of Newcastle suggests to Detective Sidney Hurst. Sid is a solid investigator who'd like nothing better than to hand off this hot potato of a case. The way he figures it, whether he solves the crime or not, he'll make enough enemies to ruin his career. Yet Sid's case is about to take an unexpected turn: Because the circumstances of the murder bear an uncanny resemblance to a killing that took place years ago on the planet St. Libra, where a North clone and his entire household were slaughtered in cold blood.

The convicted slayer, Angela Tramelo, has always claimed her innocence. And now it seems she may have been right. Because only the St. Libra killer could have committed the Newcastle crime. Problem is, Angela also claims that the murderer was an alien monster. 

Now Sid must navigate through a Byzantine minefield of competing interests within the police department and the world's political and economic elite...all the while hunting down a brutal killer poised to strike again. And on St. Libra, Angela, newly released from prison, joins a mission to hunt down the elusive alien, only to learn that the line between hunter and hunted is a thin one.

©2012 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"It's a perfect introduction to his gifts for character design, dialogue, and sheer, big-idea-driven storytelling." (Booklist)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (1795 )
5 star
 (872)
4 star
 (649)
3 star
 (210)
2 star
 (39)
1 star
 (25)
Overall
4.2 (1644 )
5 star
 (775)
4 star
 (584)
3 star
 (220)
2 star
 (40)
1 star
 (25)
Story
4.5 (1637 )
5 star
 (1019)
4 star
 (473)
3 star
 (108)
2 star
 (27)
1 star
 (10)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-20-15
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    203
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    214
    145
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    19
    13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Extremely long and complex, but GOOD!"

    To enjoy this book, you have to enjoy a LONG story, a complex set of characters and at least three timelines. I would characterize this book as science fiction, so be prepared for LOTS of references to futuristic technology. Very cool.

    I was initially concerned: Could I keep track of everyone? But I encourage you to hang on because the result is well worth the effort.

    NO SPOILERS HERE:
    This is a story about a family of cloned brothers that is prominent on several different worlds and that - in particular - controls fuel production, so they are wildly rich. It is also a story of ecological ethics and carries a Biblical theme (the Garden of Eden comes to mind), in my opinion. "Humanity" is a central character in this book and resurfaces throughout.

    It is also a police murder mystery, a convoluted family drama, a commentary on politics, a monster-slasher story, a "who dunnit" and a morality play.

    Be prepared for one thing: Author Peter Hamilton periodically thrusts the reader back 20 years, but not necessarily in the order that would immediately clarify certain details. So he will toss you a moment in a brand new character's life for what seems to be no reason at all. Ten hours of listening later, he will bring this character back, and you will think, "AH HAH! I am beginning to get it."

    The only reason I gave the story 4 stars is because of the degree of complexity. It will discourage some readers and demands more effort.

    As I stated earlier: hang on, and ENJOY!



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    scoraccio3 12-08-14
    scoraccio3 12-08-14 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Narration and Story - a One, Two knockout!"
    What did you love best about Great North Road?

    Hamilton's vision of the future. I want to go to there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Great North Road?

    I always enjoy the descriptions of the technology; how basic input/output and data collection devices are woven into society.


    What does Toby Longworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Geesh - Toby is amazing. Male, Female, British, English - any nationality; doesn't matter. Smoooth and flawless.


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

    It is a 36 hour book - probably not an "all in one sitting" kind of book. And frankly, one needed a break here and there.


    Any additional comments?

    An easy 5 stars. First off, the narration by Toby Longworth is superb. I've listened to many audio books (pushing 200 now) and this guy has a command of characterization that is genuine genius.

    And, while Peter Hamilton is a masterful story-teller, particularly of the space-epic variety, this mystery/sci-fi piece is one of his very best. How many of his books have I read? Five, six? Probably enjoyed this one the most.

    If you like well wrought sci-fi and a bit of detective drama then this one will be a memorable experience for you too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Parintachin 09-30-14
    Parintachin 09-30-14 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Jarring voicework"
    Where does Great North Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle


    What did you like best about this story?

    Complexity, idea levels


    Did Toby Longworth do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Toby Longworth sounds like he's having a really bad day narrating this. Grating voce, no modulation. His idea of having anyone not a main character speak in a heavy accent is really jarring. It spoils lots of the narrative for me.
    The idea of using terrible mock russian or indian accent for anyone not presented as sympathetic is not endearing.

    Overall, he'd be better narrating Tom Clancy.


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

    No. It's 1½ days long ..


    Any additional comments?

    I'd love to hear this story given justice by a decent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Forty Two 07-29-14
    Forty Two 07-29-14 Member Since 2014

    King of France and Buccaneer. Or maybe I'm just a farm brewer....

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    36
    12
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good story. Horrible editing."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I did recommend it to a friend, even though the editing was dreadful. The narrator and author were both great.


    Any additional comments?

    The editor needs to be taken out back and given 50 lashes. Nothing worse than hearing dead space for a while, then have the narrator just cut into a paragraph halfway thru. It would often take a full chapter to figure out the parts that were clipped out, or where I was in the story. The story literally bounces around in time and space. That's not that bad, as the author has written in dates and times to start the scene, so you know where you are. But when the first part of a new chapter or scene starts with a time and date, and that portion is clipped off, then you are lost. This is extremely frustrating, to say the least.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John United States 06-22-14
    John United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    70
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sprawling Multi-Planet Soap Opera (in a good way)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The scope of the story is massive; the character list alone is hard to keep track of. And while everything ties together a little too neatly at the end, there are a couple really compelling story lines (and characters). Also, a very fine performance by Longworth makes listening to this quite enjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Phil Suffolk, VA, United States 06-11-14
    Phil Suffolk, VA, United States 06-11-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good story - narration makes it tedious"

    I thoroughly enjoyed other books by Peter Hamilton so I decided to give this one a try. He puts forth a lot of effort in developing the characters through direct description or through the characters past memory of a particular event. It is in this manner that he weaves the characters to others so that the reader gets to know them and their place in the plot.

    Although the book does become a bit tedious as he tries to build this universe, the narration makes it tough to hang in there to the conclusion. Perhaps it is just me but I find the British accent hard to get accustomed to. In this case it makes the story not nearly as enjoyable. The narrator does well with mixing in a few different accents but the overall accent delivering the story diminishes the enjoyment, in my opinion.

    All in all, definitely a good listen. Especially if you like Hamilton's other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jonathan 06-10-14
    Jonathan 06-10-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not as good as his other work"

    Hopefully you are familiar with Hamilton's other works like the 2 + 3 book commonwealth saga. I truly enjoyed how complex and deep those stories were so I thought I would give this one a shot too. Easily as complex but not as enticing as his other works. I use this as a filler between other audio books and am not sure when I will ever finish it but it just doesn't draw me in at all. Felt like it was building towards a grand climax and then just fell away so who knows.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nitin Dallas, TX, USA 01-31-14
    Nitin Dallas, TX, USA 01-31-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    41
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Nice book but not as good as the VOID trilogy"

    I loved Peter Hamilton's Common Wealth Universe. It is simply audacious and I always keep wanting more.

    This book is not set in the same universe. There are some similarities, but not on such a grand scale as the previous trilogy. This is mostly a suspense mystery novel set in future. Many of the characters are believable and one can relate to them.

    I am waiting for Peter's next book which is supposed to be set in the Common Wealth Universe

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    JLR 12-11-13
    JLR 12-11-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    312
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What went wrong with the audio?"
    What made the experience of listening to Great North Road the most enjoyable?

    Long, complex, with ultimate resolution of the "Huh?" parts. I would give it 5 stars for the "overall rating" if the download would have let me continue where I left off.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Angela, of course.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio in the penultimate dowloaded part kept snapping back to the midway point when I turned off my iPod. Had to hunt around for where I left off. Hope this has been fixed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anthony United States 11-19-13
    Anthony United States 11-19-13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fantastic story by a great author"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Great North Road to be better than the print version?

    Cannot say. Have not read the print version.


    Any additional comments?

    Great introduction into Peter F. Hamilton's books. Not connected to his other stories. From what I can tell, I love his writing style and will be moving on to his other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.