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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Great story, terrible narration

Great story. Huge fan of PFH. In fact I signed up for audible for this book. But it's completely unlistenable. The narrators volume goes up-and-down constantly. For those of you old enough to remember, it's like listening to a worn-out cassette tape. I put up with it for the first part of the story but had to give up. It's so annoying and uncomfortable. It constantly take you out of the story. Very disappointed. Please audible put this through a filter or something to level out the volume and re-release it.

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Great story! Meh Narrator.

Book is long, but fantastically imagined story and so the length is actually a plus in my view. My only slight issue is John Lee's narration which is not my favorite. He's by no means bad, but if you've never listened to him, he's almost like a British William Shatner. His loud then soft cadence makes it unusually challenging to listen to on the road, because all of a sudden it's too loud right before it's too soft to hear. That said, I eagerly purchased the second audiobook in the series.

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  • Erik
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Epic

While sometimes it feels like there are too many characters and too many storylines they all come together perfectly at all the right moments for this epic start to a series. I was worried about the complaints of too much sex in the story from other reviews but found there were only a couple instances where it was more than a passing mention. The few that were in more detail were relatively short descriptions that were not very graphic and fit well to the story so worry not IMO

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Great book

It took a couple of hours to get in to it, but well worth it. I'm looking forward to the next book.

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Excellent read...

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

Very engaging, unique and gripping.

What did you like best about this story?

The unique concept and storyline.

Which scene was your favorite?

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Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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Any additional comments?

the length of the book is great. It's a good long read and well performed with a unique style and story.

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Awesome

The characters' voices were mostly similar, the side stories were all over the place (or were they?), and at times I found myself thinking "you have this technology but not ___? What, that plot point doesn't make any sense. Ugh!" but at the end of it all the book was just awesome. Repeat: awesome.

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Disappointing

I had high expectations for this book. The premise sounded great and the reputation of the author is good. Unfortunately it didn't live up to expectations.

I found the technological concepts to be a hard to buy. Hamilton would be wise to become better educated in physics and chemistry before attempting to write believably about technology.

The characters lacked depth, originality and most significantly likableness. Among the large list of characters Hamilton has created, most are not particularly engaging or attractive. There is a lot of speculation about how extremely long lives due to cellular regeneration will affect perspectives but little of it is positive and the exploration of this idea is woefully incomplete as are many other concepts that make up the rather shaky foundation for this story.

The book is very long because the number if independent threads that Hamilton initiates and eventually brings together is gratuitously large. It is as if Hamilton is attempting to win a bet for the most threads he can incorporate in a single story. It took over 20 hours to establish all these story lines and they weren't that engaging. They did leave the reader wondering how things would come together. Unfortunately I, at least, didn't end up caring about most of the characters to be excited about the next chapter.

This book ends quite abruptly without tying anything up. After 37 hours the author should be able to deliver some conclusions. Instead the reader is left hanging on nearly all fronts having to get the next book if they want any resolution. This is cheap on both the author and the publishers part.

Hamilton is obviously talented, He can definitely weave an intricate story and he has some very clever ideas. A better education in science and technology would help him write a more believable story. Better understanding of character development would help him create more interesting characters with which readers can identify. A decent editor would have cut this book down by half.

On the other hand John Lee is a fantastic narrator! He is the only reason I saw this book through to completion. He brings the characters to live which, for this book, was particularly important. I'll look for other books he narrates.

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Good time killer

Like many epic books parts can be slow but all in all had to get the 2nd book to finish the story

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long but very entertaining story

This first part of the saga was very long but very rewarding. So many amazing characters that i met throughout the journey.

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Damn good read.

This book has haunted my daily thoughts, sometimes to the point of obsession. The amount of detail and ability to relay opposing perspectives leaves me whirling. I cannot recall having been this mentally stimulated by a book before. It will keep you entranced until the very end. If there is one book you read this year, this should be it.