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Publisher's Summary

The high-action concluding novel of the Commonwealth Saga from one of the world's bestselling Science Fiction writers.

After hundreds of years secretly manipulating the human race, the Starflyer alien has succeeded in engineering a war which should result in the destruction of the Intersolar Commonwealth. Now, thanks to Chief Investigator Paula Myo, the Commonwealth’s political elite finally acknowledges the Starflyer’s existence, and puts together an unlikely partnership to track down this enigmatic and terrifying alien.

The invasion from Dyson Alpha continues with dozens of Commonwealth worlds falling to the enemy. The navy fights back with what it believes to be war-winning super weapons, only to find that the alien fleet has equally powerful weapons. How the aliens got them is the question which haunts Admiral Kime. Could it be that the Commonwealth’s top-secret defence project has been compromised by the Starflyer’s agents, or is the truth even worse?

©2005 Peter F Hamilton (P)2008 Tantor Media Inc

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  • Paul
  • Mount Merrion Ave, Ireland
  • 04-26-12

Great read

If you could sum up Judas Unchained in three words, what would they be?

Enthralling, gripping, brilliant

What was one of the most memorable moments of Judas Unchained?

all of it

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

All the characters are portrayed brilliantly

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

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This was my first science fiction read, Pandora's Star being Part 1 of the story. Well written story line, paced nicely, all the elements, plots and sub-plots along with the characters brought together perfectly. I would highly recommend this book, and have just bought another, The Void Triology. Really great from start to finish.<br/><br/>The reading by John Lee is utterly brilliant, as usual. I lost count of the different characters, and John Lee gave each one a different distinguishable character and accent. Without being told which character was speaking, you knew. <br/><br/>After many books read by him, I am still in awe of his talent.

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Good story - probably better to read

This is a massive piece of fiction with a lot going for it. Unfortunately, the narration doesn't do it justice. It's not that the narrator doesn't do a good job portraying the characters. Quite the opposite; I thought he did a great job of bringing the characters to life. The problem lies with the organisation of the reading. First, the narration suffers from weird shifts in tone and recording quality that I believe to be a result from the narrator taking a break from recording and starting up a while later. This means that the the narrator's tone of voice and the volume of the recording might switch at any time. Sometimes in the middle of a sentence. Second, given the large number of characters, it becomes confusing when the story shifts perspective between characters as the narrator does not mark this shift whatsoever. You might switch from the calm view of a mountain range to the center a frenzied battle in a heartbeat, without knowing that the two scenes belong to different characters. This is too bad, really, as this book features a number of bombastic action sequences featuring several main characters which become a confusing blur instead of the intense cataclysmic events that they try to be.

TL;DR: This is a good book that is marred by poorly structured narration.

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Great series<br />

Exciting fascinating and fun ride. Great end to a thrilling story fine storytelling imaginative world.

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Satisfying end of this 2-part saga

Judas Unchained continues where Pandora's Star left off. It follows the story through to the end, with a neat, not-very-rollercoaster-yet-satisfying-nonetheless climax and ending. All the characters you loved (and loved to hate) from the first novel are there, and every single one of the storylines is solved. Which is how it's supposed to be, especially after two of those immensely long novels. No annoying cliffhangers or unresolved plot points.

The narrator is still fantastic, and the breaks between sentences and chapters are still confusingly absent - as they were with Pandora's Star. If you liked that first part, you will like this sequel as well. The quality is the same and the stories are truly two halves of one saga.

Not a five-star novel for me (too long and detailed for that, which slowed it down) but I liked it enough to have bought the second saga as well (a trilogy in the same universe, but far into the future), starting with The Dreaming Void.

Recommend.

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Fantastic story - terrible audio production

Somebody really screwed the pooch on the audio production here. Sound level uneven throughout many passages. No pauses between sub-chapters where POV changes.

I love this book, it’s my third reading of it, but whoever produced this audio, should be taken out back, and whooped thoroughly with a two by four.

Otherwise, the voice actor is terrific - he should be beyond mad at the producers, who destroyed his performance.

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Book is awesome, this recordings volume is very very low.

Book is wonderful. This recordings level of volume is way to low. In a windy environment you cannot hear it.

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Good but fluffy

The story and ideas are great, the character dialogues succinct and engaging but Hamilton spends too much time on exposition, describing stuff with too many adjectives. I can't remember the number of times I read "enzyme bonded concrete", I mean common, that is one too obvious strategy to fluff the page count. Still I would't recommend against getting the book because of it. Just know it if your focus start to were of track.

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  • Pieter
  • South Africa
  • 08-24-17

Too many accents

I am sure there is a good story here, however John Lee is not my style of reader. He may appeal to other listeners but for me it is almost as though he is using various accents to give a character a voice . It becomes an annoyance after a while, for me. I like Peter F Hamilton but unfortunately John Lee spoiled it for me. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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Massive

Epic sciens fiction at it's best, the best and biggest book I have read.

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Classic science fiction

Amazing story that really keeps you on the edge. The characters are amazing very well developed. Drama and science mixed together perfectly.

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  • Matt
  • 02-19-14

Very detailed and compelling

Don't buy this unless you already have the first part. On the other hand, if you have the first part, then this is a must.

Incredible detail - all the loose strings (and some you didn't realise were loose) come together in the end. Great story, told in a very matter-of-fact way tht is very believeable.

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  • S. Cooke
  • 12-18-16

Difficult narration

This is a much poorer book than the first in the series, not the story but the narration. John Lee seems to have forgotten how to change his voice, it's hard to know which character is talking or if indeed it's just narration, and the voices he created for the first book seem to have gone.

These books were made for a full cast audio and whilst the first book was ok in the narration dept this one is sometimes a struggle.

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  • Shane Fitzsimons
  • 05-16-14

great book well worth a listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

brilliant book, fantastic conclusion to the commonwealth saga. Hamilton books are full of interesting idea on how human society would be impacted by advance tech. The combines a detective story, planet spanning space opera.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Paula moyo character is constantly brilliant. The calm logic which core of her character is a great foil to the craziness throughout the book universe.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

Strong performance by Mr Lee

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-08-13

Brilliant

I often judge whether a book is good or great by my willingness to revisit it. This book merits a revisit. In fact, so good was the audio book, I bought the paper copy too! The character development and pace of story is impecable and the author's description of 'his' future world is beguiling. This story carries on from Pandora's Star, which I have similarly read and recomend. I can recomend Peter Hamilton in general and this masterpiece in particular. It is well worth a credit!

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  • Andy
  • 10-10-12

Great story, well read, terrible editing!

I know it happens a lot at editing that sometimes sentences are squeezed together to cut the time down, but this is absolutely the worst case I have heard.



Gaps at the end of sentences or paragraphs that are shorter than the words spoken in the sentence are not only confusing, but they do end up taking away from the enjoyment.

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  • Kashif
  • 11-14-10

A nice follow on to Pandora's star

The plot continues the story in Pandora's star and follows the various characters in uncovering one of the greatest conspiracies of the time.

Don't want to spoil anything at all for anyone interested in listening to this book. One word: Wow! Peter Hamilton is one of the best (if not the best) sci-fi writers of our time and I've just downloaded his next installment. I hope it lives up to these two books!

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  • Neil
  • 09-03-10

Awesome

A truly fantastic read, brilliantly read by John Lee. A wonderfully deep and believable space opera. A must for any and all scifi fans

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-17

Brilliant story, excellent pacing.

Great book by the king of modern Sci-Fi, well produced. Audio rather quiet at times and pauses between scene changes rather short.

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  • Simon
  • 10-27-17

What an utter disaster

This is simply too quiet and almost impossible to listen to. A massive disappointment.

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  • T. Gravelle
  • 10-02-17

Super!

Loved listening to this audio book, was a great story.

Only thing I would say is that there was sometimes no gap between characters, so it got a little confusing at points, but only a little bit. Overall would thoroughly recommend

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  • Lord Vader
  • 07-14-16

Really great detail!

This series of books is amazing! The detail that the writer goes into paints such a good picture. Well worth it.

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  • Jack
  • 10-30-17

Sound is very low!

The recording volume is very low had to put my phone earphone volume to max to hear it.

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  • James
  • 10-15-17

A very engaging piece of science fiction

Only issue with the book was that the volume of the recording was very low. while I had no trouble immersing myself in this story, there were moments where the lack of volume was problematic.

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  • Simon
  • 09-22-17

Very Low Sound Volume

The volume of this book is so low that any background noise will override the narration.

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  • Keegan
  • 08-02-17

Too long

I really struggled to finish this book. It is too long and I love long books. A lot of this story can be cut out and oh the characters are unlikely.

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  • Daniel
  • 12-02-16

well played sir

well written, great performance with a story that all comes together nicely. well played sir