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Mindstar Rising Audiobook

Mindstar Rising: The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

It's the 21st century, and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they're calling the shots now. In a world like this, a man open to any offers can make out just fine.

A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state-of-the-art weaponry – and late of the English Army's Mindstar Battalion. As the cartels battle for control of a revolutionary new power source, and corporate greed outstrips national security, tension is mounting to boiling point – and Greg Mandel is about to face the ultimate test.

©2011 Peter Hamilton (P)2011 Audible Ltd

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    Mike.the.kraken Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 10-14-17
    Mike.the.kraken Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 10-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Near future scifi/spy intruige"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I've been a fan of Peter F. Hamilton after going through his later works, and wanted more of his style - which is deceptively subtle, fast paced, and very engaging.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Greg Mandell - He's a few years removed from military service and while still retaining his edge, more human. He appreciates the way of soldiers without being reduced to a simpleton military mindset. Adding psi empathic abilities to a solider makes for really good reading.


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

    I had to look this book up again just to make sure Toby Longworth was the only narrator - he's simply fantastic! He gives each character not only a distinct voice, but also personality. He is smashing! One of the best readers I've ever come-across.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You can't hide the truth from him...


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    jack schramer 08-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it"

    this is another Amazon book by Peter f Hamilton. good plot line keeps you engaged

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    Jayne M Burdeshaw 02-23-17
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    "fun and exciting"

    enjoyed the readers voice so much. amazing ability to do voices from such a masculine voice. the story, as expected from Mr Hamilton, awesome

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    Chika & Mike 02-20-17
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    "Mindstar: A great sci-fi author learning the craft"
    What did you love best about Mindstar Rising?

    If you come into this series after reading anything from the Commonwealth universe, you're going to be a bit surprised. The first book is just average, the story telling is a little rough at first and just not the same quality as his later books. Give it a chance though. Hamilton improves with every chapter he writes and matures as a writer over the series.


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    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 10-13-16
    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 10-13-16 Member Since 2012
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    "an interesting sci-fi read"

    Peter F. Hamilton makes for an interesting sci-fi read and this book is no exception. On a side note a sci-fi book is exactly where a global warming story should be when the polar ice caps melt in no time.

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    Ashwin Kelkar 04-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing world and a very intelligent plot !!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mindstar Rising to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The extremely logical predictions about how technology and humans would integrate and the changes the global climate. Extremely believable and lovable characters. Phillip Evans just warms the heart. Loved the spikes of humor in the story as well


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

    This was the first performance I have heard by Toby Longworth but I must say he has done a fantastic job ! It is not easy to emulate the throaty gruff voice of Mandel and the feminine voice of Julia Evans in a single conversation but Toby has done a wonderful job of it !
    He has the best vocal range I have heard so far in any story teller.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Get ready to have your mind blown !


    Any additional comments?

    As is the case with other stories by Hamilton, there is detail about characters and small aspects of the story which is too much and the story would be more streamlined if all of this were to be removed. Too much scene description for example bogs it down if it is an action scene that is going on. But I guess it might be needed for world building. All in all this is the only problem I had with the story, otherwise it is fabulous !

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    M. R. Leavitt Lansdowne, VA USA 04-23-15
    M. R. Leavitt Lansdowne, VA USA 04-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Peter Hamilton wins again"

    Hamilton is a contemporary master of building future societies that make sense and contain amazing surprises. And then the stories he sets within them are great fun.

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    Christopher Leigh 03-29-15
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    "B+"

    Great story, excellent author. Odd pauses that are disconcerting. Buying the next book in a few moments.

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    Simon Fraser NYC 01-15-15
    Simon Fraser NYC 01-15-15 Member Since 2017
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    "competent cyber-thriller"

    I didn't hate this book, but I found myself reading it just to get through it. The writing is adequate, occasionally clunky, especially when describing women. The book is full of near-future ideas, some of them rather hackneyed, some of them quite interesting. I enjoyed the depiction of England, post environmental shift. The characters are broadly sketched, not particularly interestingly . The reader made a big difference here though, his command of idiom and accent is very impressive. Unlike many male narrators, he also does convincing women. I'd be inclined to listen to other books read by Mr Longworth. I doubt that I'll bother with the rest of the Greg Mandel Trilogy however.

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    Ryan Centerville, UT, United States 01-11-15
    Ryan Centerville, UT, United States 01-11-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A Promising Start to a Promising Trilogy"
    Where does Mindstar Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to a lot of audio books, but Mindstar Rising is easily in the top 10% of them.


    What other book might you compare Mindstar Rising to and why?

    Comparing Peter F. Hamilton to any other author usually leaves that other author looking like an amateur. In terms of compelling storyline and characters I'd compare it to The Lies of Locke Lamora. In terms of quality and care of writing I'd compare it to The Name of the Wind. In terms of page turning action I'd compare it to a James Patterson or Brad Thor novel.


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

    I haven't, this was my first experience with Toby, and it was a great introduction. He's a quality voice actor.


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

    I don't typically have extreme reactions to books. I don't typically laugh out loud or cry. This book was no exception. But it did have me listening well into the night when I should have been sleeping.


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  • Catherine
    London UK
    12/13/11
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    "Great!"

    Given was written in the early 90s, the setting is eerily apt and poignant right now. Near future sci-fi, elements of cyberpunk, corporate scandal and detective story to boot and Toby Longworth's performance (because that's what it is) is first class. Highly recommended!

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    4/9/12
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    "Intelligent, well crafted and absorbing spaceopera"

    I listen to audio books on long car journeys - if they are any good then the journey appears to take no time at all. Listening to this, the first of the Mindstar trilogy, caused me to enter a time-space vortex in which I was transported nearly 200 K without any sensation of movement, time or other reality. My esper sense clearly helped me to drive while the gland secretions enabled me to do so safely - either that or the other road users just gave me a wide berth. I cannot believe this was narrated by one person; awesome is the only real reaction. I particularly liked the evocation of one of the evil characters who sounded remarkably like a former UK prime minister!!! I think you either love sci-fi or just don't get it. If you love it - you will definitely get this. My feeling about what makes a really good audio book (or any book come to that) is - are the characters believable, do you care about the characters and what is/will happen to them, is the plot immersive and does it make you want to guess? I would answer yes to all those points and just say that the creation of England post global-warming is intelligent and very well articulated. I loved the idea of Peterborough becoming a major sea port and a kool place to live - now that really is science fantasy.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • P
    Banbury, United Kingdom
    9/11/12
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    "Didn't think I would like this"

    After listening to the void trilogy I was looking for something else from Peter Hamilton but these didn't appeal to me, I think the near future bit and name put me off. However when I decided to give this a go I was hooked. I still prefer the distant future novels but this was very enjoyable and have since purchased the remaining 2 books. Would definitely recommend no messing.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • jf101
    1/11/12
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    "Good book, excellent narration"

    Hamilton is always good value and the narration from Toby Longworth was top-notch and has prompted me to look for other books he has narrated.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Sean
    READING, United Kingdom
    3/23/12
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    "Brilliant Sci Fi Story & Setting"

    This is an excellent read if you are into "not too distant future" sci fi. Present day politics, companies etc, but with twists. The story doesn't hold you by the hand, from the get go it used terms (mimox crystals etc) I wasn't sure on, I thought had I missed something from another one of Peter Hamiltons books. But things are revealed bit by bit and I have to say, I rather liked it like that. Not explaining everything as soon as it appears, the story lets you piece this world together yourself, but does expand on it later. A great story, excellent world and Greg Mandel is now number 3 in my list of top main characters, after Jack Reacher (Lee Child) and John Clarke (Tom Clancy). I am definitely getting the second and third parts of the trilogy, and will probably get the rest of Peter Hamiltons books, on the back of this great story.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Somewhere between a pair of headphones.
    8/31/15
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    "Great start to a great series"

    Mindstar Rising is narrated excellently by Toby Longworth and sets the scene for a genuinely excellent sci-fi trilogy. I originally only got this as it was on special offer but I wouldn't have begrudged paying full price at all. The characters are very well detailed and the future Earth that they inhabit is given its own unique, thoroughly described reality.

    The real key as to whether to start a series though is whether it delivers consistently and having read the other volumes in the trilogy it does. If you like this one I believe you'll like the rest.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    Walton-On-Thames
    1/28/12
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    "Sixth Star for Toby Longworth."

    I have had a print edition of this book since the late nineties. It is one of those books we all have that are the equivalent of comfort eating for the mind. I must admit I was sceptical about an audio edition as I had some definite ( or so I thought ) ideas as to how the characters sounded. These thoughts were blown away by Toby's performance. It is like listening to an ensemble reading but from one man. This should be a recording that they give to all budding readers and say .... Like That One Please.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    BANCHORY, United Kingdom
    2/23/12
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    "Good PFH story"

    Well I did enjoy this and am going to listen to the rest of the trilogy. It is early work and quite amusing. By setting it in the near future - the future we are now in - he is very close to reality in some respects and miles away in others. His references to obsolete trade names for example is amusing but irritating. If we write a book now about 5 years in the future will we talk about Apple i products? I am sure there will be a icommunicator watch for example..... but do enjoy guys!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    12/9/11
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    "Entertaining"

    An early Peter Hamilton novel which lacks his later polish but enjoyable never the less. Toby Longworth's excellent narration was worth an extra star.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • William
    COLWYN BAY, United Kingdom
    1/1/15
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    "A Decent book and performance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mindstar Rising to be better than the print version?

    Having not read the book i cannot say


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Greg the main character, his history and traits make him a compelling listen.


    Which character – as performed by Toby Longworth – was your favourite?

    Umm very similar question to the above, Greg.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I cant really think of one.


    Any additional comments?

    This sirs and ladys is a good book well performed and well read. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. A quick summary its about a century in the future. glodal warming has happened forcing a population move in England . as this happened an extreme socialist nearly communist party comes into power and ran the country into the ground. using ever more extreme violence to maintain power. in this unstable country ex army veteran is unleashed to solve a corporate sabotage issue.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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