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Pandora's Star Audiobook

Pandora's Star

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Publisher's Summary

Critics have compared the engrossing space operas of Peter F. Hamilton to the classic sagas of such SF giants as Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert. But Hamilton's best-selling fiction - powered by a fearless imagination and world-class storytelling skills - has also earned him comparison to Tolstoy and Dickens. Hugely ambitious, wildly entertaining, philosophically stimulating: the novels of Peter F. Hamilton will change the way you think about science fiction.

Now, with Pandora's Star, he begins a new multi-volume adventure, one that promises to be his most mind-blowing yet. The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat. In command is Wilson Kime, a five-time rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot whose glory days are centuries behind him. Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, a cult that believes the human race is being manipulated by an alien entity they call the Starflyer.

Bradley Johansson, leader of the Guardians, warns of sabotage, fearing the Starflyer means to use the starship's mission for its own ends. Pursued by a Commonwealth special agent convinced the Guardians are crazy but dangerous, Johansson flees. But the danger is not averted. Aboard the Second Chance, Kime wonders if his crew has been infiltrated.

Soon enough, he will have other worries. A thousand light-years away, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery, the unleashing of which will threaten to destroy t...

©2004 Peter F. Hamilton; (P)2008 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"The depth and clarity of the future Hamilton envisions is as complex and involving as they come." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)

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    Dean 01-04-15
    Dean 01-04-15 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "parallels"
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    A little longer than the book really needed to be. Plus, it seemed to be channeling RR Martin in the number of storylines in the book, that lacked conclusion in book one. While I appreciate authors want to make money by publishing books, please as good as the writing in this book is, it should have concluded more of the story lines, vs, making the reader wait for book two.

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    Daryle C. Taylor Orlando, FL 01-04-15
    Daryle C. Taylor Orlando, FL 01-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story ruined by poor recording"

    The narrator should have allowed for an additional half hour to be added to this already lengthy book and slowed down. At points he sounded like a speed talker and never gave any break or indication when switching between story lines. As if this weren't bad enough, it sounds like this was recorded and engineered using a fisher price tape recorder in a gasoline station bathroom. Levels are never constant and it practically gave me a headache listening to it. The story was interesting but I gave up listening after 3 hours. I just couldn't take it anymore.

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    shawnd 01-02-15
    shawnd 01-02-15 Member Since 2017
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    "too long and too many separate stories."

    wish this was an abridged version. details are also in excess. otherwise it was a decent book.

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    Joe Clay Ostrander, Ohio United States 01-01-15
    Joe Clay Ostrander, Ohio United States 01-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but not Great"
    What made the experience of listening to Pandora's Star the most enjoyable?

    This was the first Peter Hamilton audiobook I have listened to and am currently listening to Judas Unchained, the second book in the series. There are a lot of characters and plots running concurrently with a lot of changes between plot lines. This is a challenge since I typically listen to 15-20 minutes at one sitting and keeping track of the plot line I am currently listening to can be difficult. I spent a lot of time listening to sections of the book more than once.The production of the book and the lack of clear breaks between plot lines also makes this a tough listen.Hamilton does a great job with character development and the performance of John Lee is good, even though he does confuse a few character voices during the reading.Overall, a good book that's worth the time and money.


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    Brad 12-31-14
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    "What a waste of download"

    Probably the worst book in have ever downloaded. Could not even listen past the 3 chapter. Nothing in the book to keep you interested.

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    Amazon Customer 12-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome"

    Loved it. Can't wait to start the next one. Great story with an epic scope.

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    LaLaLucy 12-28-14
    LaLaLucy 12-28-14

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    "Note to self: avoid this narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love the story, and I plan to buy a Kindle version of its sequel. The narration is extremely poor with each sentence read in exactly the same cadence. The narrator starts each sentence quite loudly then trails off as if the sentence is of no importance. He does not group the phrases, making some paragraphs completely unintelligible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is tried and true.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think the publisher should find a narrator who loves science fiction. This narrator sounded bored and uninterested, and as a result I will avoid any book narrated by him.


    Did Pandora's Star inspire you to do anything?

    I plan to buy the sequel, but it will be in print form.


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    Anthony Dunnellon, FL. United States 12-21-14
    Anthony Dunnellon, FL. United States 12-21-14 Member Since 2017

    Avid book lover and listener. Nuff said for this purpose.

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    "Stick it out"
    Any additional comments?

    Yes it takes a long time to introduce characters but if you want to know them and understand why they do the things they do, it's a must. So much of the first part of first book makes you at times want to say, ok already just get on with it, but I didn't write it so I had to be patient. I am very glad I had the patience, the book is worth it. It has about everything one could ask for in a sci-fi/fantasy. Lots of technical stuff that isn't always understandable but makes sense anyway; the good guys and the really bad, nasty guy..struggles by the under-dogs over the rich and powerful. If you can just give it your time you will be happy with where Hamilton takes you: On an interstellar space ride that sounds like way more fun than the best roller coaster made! Where do I sign up?I'm definitely ready for the second part!
    BTW, don't know what problem people have with John Lee. He is one of the best narrators I've heard in my 3+/- yrs. as a member of Audible, and I'm not alone thinking this. I believe the main problem is that the recording quality isn't the best, Audible or Author?? I don't know, but Lee is spot on as always. The sound seems to lose volume in parts that make it difficult. I'm hoping the second book has a better quality, but happy Lee is narrating.

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    Cam Grapevine, Tx USA 12-05-14
    Cam Grapevine, Tx USA 12-05-14 Member Since 2009

    cam

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    "Competent story - disconcerting performance"

    The story has merit - messes with fundamental physicals somewhat, but that is artist's prerogative and it yields some nice plotlines.

    The reader has the most disconcerting habit of attacking every sentence, almost shouting the first few syllables, and then settling into a more leisurely pace and volume for the remainder, sentence after sentence. I found it intrusive.

    On the whole quite entertaining - though I suggest you listen to a sample before you commit to the whole thing.

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    Mary H 11-26-14
    Mary H 11-26-14

    Sunnie

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    "Narrator speaks too fast."
    What was most disappointing about Peter F. Hamilton’s story?

    Story not engaging and narrator speaks too fast. His accent only makes this worse.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Spoke too fast and accent was hard to understand


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

    disappointment...it was expensive


    Any additional comments?

    May I exchange

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