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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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    Michael United States 03-08-15
    Michael United States 03-08-15 Member Since 2017
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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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    Dan 03-07-15
    Dan 03-07-15
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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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    Matt 03-05-15
    Matt 03-05-15 Member Since 2015
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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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    Brion T. 03-05-15
    Brion T. 03-05-15 Member Since 2014
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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.

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    Star Trails 03-03-15
    Star Trails 03-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow."
    What made the experience of listening to Pandora's Star the most enjoyable?

    The narrator John Lee has a decent amount of different voices.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail to all sub-plots.


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

    A produced audio book is much better than reading a book. John Lee did pretty good at all the characters that this book has.


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

    Humanity as a common wealth has overcome the brutality. How have other alien beings evolved?


    Any additional comments?

    The writer is a like a Stephen King of Sci Fi.
    This deserves a movie. I'm now going to listen to book 2.

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    Matt S. Ohio USA 03-01-15
    Matt S. Ohio USA 03-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "1st Book in My Library I Might Abandon"

    20 Hours in, and I'm just not sure I'm willing to finish this one... This would be the first of 100+ Books (Fiction & Non-fiction) that I will abandon. I'm not a stranger to longer books (Count of Monte Cristo, Atlas Shrugged, The Stand...), but this one feels like suffering due to:
    1. Outright terrible narration/production... Virtually EVERY sentence read begins at double the volume that it ends with... prepare for ears being blown out at each start, followed by inaudible words near the end.
    2. Lack of any "breaks" (such as a Pause) when switching from one "scene" and character to another... it sometimes takes several minutes of reading before you can realize that you're now following some other character in some other storyline in some other part of the universe
    3. The "Universe" & Storyline create moments of interest, but there is also plenty of overly-detailed fiction that just isn't thought-provoking IMO. Obviously, others feel quite different and the author (and this series) seems to have earned the respect of critics, so I'll just have to believe this just "isn't for me."

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    Jason 02-27-15
    Jason 02-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Really bad audio experience!"

    Every sentence starts off very loud and then becomes a whisper. Worst audio ever.

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    Handlink BRISTOL, CONNECTICUT USA 02-26-15
    Handlink BRISTOL, CONNECTICUT USA 02-26-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Decent enough"

    For one credit, a very long book. It is decent, but I would much rather listen to John Scalzi's Old Man's War Saga.
    It might have been better with a different narrator. This books narrator was very bland and monotone. Several time my mind started wandering because of the monotone. I mean, it is pretty bad when they completely change scenes and which character they are following and I don't even realize till about 5 minutes later. He didn't even pause to break up the story at those junctions.

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    LauraRose Eugene, OR, United States 02-23-15
    LauraRose Eugene, OR, United States 02-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Looking forward to Part 2--30+ hours sailed by"

    My favorite part of this story was getting to know all of the characters/planets/socio-political groups. This is some pretty thick Sci-Fi. There is no warning when you jump from one to the next, so it's a little confusing at first, but fun when you get the hang of it.
    The narration is amazing. Really. He changes his voice just enough from character to character that you know who is speaking, but it's not strained or overly "acted," just really truly very honestly well and smoothly read.

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    Mike W 02-20-15
    Mike W 02-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story sometimes bogs down in details"

    I liked the story a lot. All of the different plot lines woven together made for an exciting galactic-wide story. I did have some trouble following for the first couple of chapters. There didn't seem to be a lot of warning that the story had changed to another thread or viewpoint, but once I started following the different threads it got much easier.

    The writer put a tremendous amount of detail into this book and it added a lot of value given the nature of the story and the technologies introduced, but it did also at times bog down the overall flow. I listened to this at 2x and, while I was never really bored, I did find my mind wandering to other things because the level of excitement and intrigue was lacking during some portions. This is the only reason I rate it a 4 star.

    The narrator was great. He kept the story moving and had some interesting voices for some of the characters. I quite enjoyed listening to the story.

    I already have the next book in the series, but will have to take a break and listen to something else before I dive into it... even though this book ended on a tremendous cliff-hanger. Looking forward to it in a few weeks or so though.

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