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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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    Caleb 01-13-15
    Caleb 01-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Extremely well crafted story, but...."

    Such an extremely will craft a story, with so much detailed description coming at you very quickly that I often had to listen to it twice.

    My one complaint is that it seems that the author lives so deep inside his own story that he forgets his is explaining it to an audience that is not familiar with the subject. Very detailed, but Very often I was confused about what person, location, or star The Author was talking about until halfway through the chapter. Because there is so many storylines that are often not interlinking I had to make an educated guess about which fragment He was talking about Until a recognizable character was mentioned by name, or specific trait.

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    A. Nahmias Alexandria, VA 01-09-15
    A. Nahmias Alexandria, VA 01-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Story Excellent!!!! Too Much Profanity."

    It is absolutely captivating. I haven't found a Sci-Fi series this engaging since the Frank Herbert's "Dune" series.

    This story totally immersed me in the character's universe. I connected with them as real individuals not just characters in a story.

    The narration was excellent and consistent. The narrators ability to maintain the personalities and intonation of the protagonist, antagonists, and supporting players for over 40+ hours of reading was nothing short of miraculous. He is a true professional!!

    I loved this book so much that I purchased the next book. The only reason why I didn't give it 5 Stars was because I felt that the amount of profanity and overt sexual interludes was excessive and unnecessary as his writing is so good that the profanity was superfluous and disruptive for me.

    During parts of the story where there wasn't as much or no profanity I was totally mesmerized. When the characters began to curse I was instantly jarred back into reality. I solved this by fast forwarding through these parts but I would have preferred not to.

    Overall an incredible Sci-Fi adventure that I will listen to again.

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    DLGloege 01-09-15
    DLGloege 01-09-15
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    "Gets better every time I listen."

    I usually listen to Hamilton books twice the first time. I really enjoy them more each time, especially if I replay them after a year.

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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 01-08-15
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 01-08-15 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Almost Top-Notch Space Opera"
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    That ending made me LOL, seriously the author wrote it for all those people that hate cliff hanger endings.

    This series strives to compete with the likes of Dune and Hyperion, which are the top space opera books, and the ones which set the highest bar. And trust me that's really tough competition. It actually does a good job of measuring up, but doesn't make it.

    There are just a few minor flaws.

    One thing I find funny in Sci-fi and that characters always talk about current science that is being hotly debated, even though it's hundreds of years in the future. It would be like us constantly talking about the earth being round and light bulb technology. We don't because it's part of the culture now, and it seems completely unnatural and that people would talk about science from 2005 continually 300 years in the future. Either it already is part of the culture it it was dis-proven and forgotten. This book does this to some degree.

    The author does not bring up the religious philosophical issues that Herbert and Simmons do in their stories. In fact the author takes the easy and honestly annoyingly more boring route of just making all the main character Atheists. That means they can give the same old diatribes on evolution that I've already read about in at least 20 other sci-fi books and the author doesn't have to bother with learning about different current religions, then figure out how they may have evolved over a few hundred years. If everyone was Atheists why would they give diatribes about evolution? As stated above, we don't sit around and talk about what we already agree upon as a society.

    The author is just not that good a making unique, individual characters. They all pretty much have the same drives, and similar beliefs. Anyone one that has traveled to different countries, will tell you that cultural motivations and agreements are vastly different. Now imagine humans from different words?

    Otherwise the aliens are pretty cool, and the mysteries that are still as yet unexplained are very interesting.

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    Bradford 01-05-15
    Bradford 01-05-15
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    "Wow"

    This novel has everything. Characters, plot, timing and imagination. I can't wait to hear the sequel. Gonna get it now.

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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
    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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