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Judas Unchained Audiobook

Judas Unchained

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    CanineFerrisOxide Las Vegas, NV 10-25-15
    CanineFerrisOxide Las Vegas, NV 10-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "terrible book"

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

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    Alex 09-29-15
    Alex 09-29-15

    I generally only write reviews of books I don't like so as to remind myself if I see them again, and hopefully warn others...

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    delete this review, posted it for the wrong book. please delete this review the app doesn't make it clear which book its asking you to review. please delete

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    geoffrey 09-16-15
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    "amazing space saga"

    make sure you have finished Pandora's star before you start this book. Once I got past the character development in PS I couldn't stop listening to this series.

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    Gr 09-13-15
    Gr 09-13-15 Member Since 2013

    The best days in life are spent on a beach with a good book.

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    "Complex Space Soap Opera"

    Continues the story of the Commonwealth that began in Pandora's Star. Read Pandora’s Star first. The Commonwealth is an interplanetary futuristic society where interstellar travel is possible. Great story with lots of action and intrigue. The books contains numerous subplots, and the biggest issue to come to grips with is the swapping between the numerous subplots without a break. Fantastic characters. John Lee continues his great narration. The books are long and can be confusing and difficult to get into. I dropped Pandora's Star the first time I tried to read it. Stick with it. You will not be sorry.

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    A Ruderman 09-03-15
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    "Great story with uneven audio production"

    The audio production shifts in volume and timber with rather jarring transitions. Voice level becomes difficult to hear over background noise.

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    Sean McCrory 08-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "God story but needs character development"

    The story and detail to mechanics, and other inanimate objects are great, but I think it really lacks character development. I just don't feel connected to very many of the characters.

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    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 08-12-15
    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 08-12-15 Member Since 2011

    Reading Fantasy and SCI-FI on audible.

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    "great story and performance"

    The author does a great job on the second and final book of the series. The story brings a long and exciting story to a close while allowing no the evil agent and the main advesary to love on. very well done.

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    Kelly Raleigh, North Carolina 07-28-15
    Kelly Raleigh, North Carolina 07-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "It's the SciFi book I had been looking for."

    There were many times I couldn't see where the story was headed, but I thought it came back together very nicely. Each character was developed with detail and a few surprises.

    I thought this narration was much better than the audio of the first book. I have read all of Alastair Reynolds and I enjoyed Hamilton as much as those operas.

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    Lorin 07-23-15
    Lorin 07-23-15
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    "Excellent grand sci-fy story"

    Started simple, developed into intrigue, then became a fun action tale as the story evolved into a running battle to the end.

    Great use of language, very little bad language. The storyline is tight and holds together in a believable series of events.

    The sci-fi elements were well described. Made up words were self defining. The battles were compelling.

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    Christopher B Castro San Jose, CA United States 07-23-15
    Christopher B Castro San Jose, CA United States 07-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Modern Scifi Epic"

    Missing sweeping epics like Frank Herbert's Dune but want something more modern with characters that resemble those you'd find in the Expanse or Old Man's War? This sequel to Pandora's Star is every bit as good as its predecessor and engaged me on an intellectual and emotional level of equal measures. Hamilton pays enough attention to both character and plot to create a believable universe while keeping the pace enjoyable.

    I've never actually listened to a book narrated by a Brit before but it fit well since Hamilton is a Brit himself. John Lee is perfect for this book. His deep but audible baritones bring contextual information across quite clearly, but his characterization is even more impressive. Every character from the gruff military commander Wilson Kimes to the perpetually happy Tiger Pansy is delivered flawlessly. What a voice this man has.

    So many good things for both the hard science and speculative fans to enjoy. Looking forward to continuing with the Void Trilogy. Please let it be just as good!

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