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Publisher's Summary

AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

At the center of the galaxy is the Void, a strange, artificial universe created by aliens billions of years ago, shrouded by an event horizon more deadly than any natural black hole. In order to function, it is gradually consuming the mass of the galaxy. Watched over by its ancient enemies, the Raiel, the Void's expansion is barely contained.

Inigo dreams of the sweet life within the Void and shares his visions with billions of avid believers. When he mysteriously disappears, Inigo's followers decide to embark on a pilgrimage into the Void to live the life of their messiah's dreams - a pilgrimage that the Raiel claim will trigger a catastrophic expansion of the Void.

Aaron is a man whose only memory is his own name. He doesn't know who he used to be or what he is. All he does know is that his job is to find the missing messiah and stop the pilgrimage. He's not sure how to do that, but whoever he works for has provided some pretty formidable weaponry that ought to help.

Meanwhile, inside the Void, a youth called Edeard is coming to terms with his unusually strong telepathic powers. A junior constable in Makkathran, he starts to challenge the corruption and decay that have poisoned the city. He is determined that his fellow citizens should know hope again. What Edeard doesn't realize is just how far his message of hope is reaching.

Into the Void? Listen to more in the Void Trilogy.
©2007 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2008 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Broad in scope and panoramic in detail." ( Library Journal)
"A real spellbinder from a master storyteller." ( Kirkus)

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Ambling story with no direction

What was most disappointing about Peter F. Hamilton’s story?

The story pops around several different points of view. By the end of this book, you have a sense of who the POVs are, and how they're related, but it takes forever to get there. It's really unclear who the antagonist and protagonist are... and that's never resolved. In fact, the main "character," the Void itself, remains an enigma. Mostly, it's a series of descriptions of radically advanced technology, peppered with political angst about an event that may or may not happen.

What three words best describe John Lee’s voice?

Scottish guy, what? --- I've listened to a couple of books written by John Lee, and whenever he needs another voice, he defaults to "deep voiced Scottish guy," which often doesn't make sense in context to the rest of the characters. He's not bad to listen to... but I kinda wish he didn't do so many "voices."

Do you think The Dreaming Void needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Dreaming Void is NOT a standalone book. It's a part of a trilogy... so if you like the premise, it might be worth investing in the whole trilogy. This first book was not satisfying as a single book, and really went no where. It would probably make more sense in context with the rest of its series.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Pretty dry

Not sure I would have made it through this one if I had not been in my car with nothing else to listen to. On several occasions I thought about returning them to audible

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Not that great.

Did not like the narrator. I found it hard to follow. Kinda flip flopped all over the place.

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  • Xeon
  • Bothell, WA
  • 12-02-14

Very Dry, Not sure if it was the reader or read.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Book was very slow to get going.

Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

Not sure, have to decide if this book was boring or if it was his reading

Was The Dreaming Void worth the listening time?

I would say only if you like Sci-Fi strictly for the techno babble. This book has very little in the way of action. I will say there is quite a bit of build up of characters and story if you can fight you way to the end when things finally start to come together.

Any additional comments?

The long drawn out first book might have prevented me from trying the second book, maybe I will give it a chance on a sale though.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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An Underwhelming Beginning

I loved "Pandora's Star" and "Judas Unchained," but the first book of this followup trilogy is slow and lacking in much of import. I hope the following books will be better, but where is the excitement? John Lee is an outstanding narrator, but I had higher hopes for this one.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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So much potential, such a disappointment!

Other reviews already explained the good and the bad already, guess it just wasn't for me.

If you like soap operas, you'll probably like this, if you just want good SciFi, save your money AND time, and find another author.

I actually returned the book, couldn't finish it, and it was a free credit too!

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Solid Hamiltonian Space Opera

For my money, Peter Hamilton is the best writer of space operas working today. Like all of his books, this one has a cast of many characters, frequent shifts in perspective between at least 8(!) storylines that initially seem unrelated, some great action sequences, lots of interesting speculation about far future technologies, and an occasional need for an editor.

This book takes place 1500 years after his last two-book series (Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained). Some of the characters from that series are still around, due to the virtual immortality provided by future medicine, but knowing the previous books is not required, though it will make some of the story more interesting.

As the first book of three, this one starts a bit slower than Pandora's Star, but builds over the first third or so of the audiobook to become a really compelling story that weaves together the stories of a far-future hitman, the leader of a religious movement, a semi-omniscient AI, a young woman launching a business career, and a young man who initially seems to be living in a fantasy novel. And yet, as the story comes together, these desperate elements weave together into a story about interstellar intrigue and an upcoming event that could threaten the galaxy.

I thought this was an excellent start to a new space opera, much better than Hamilton's Nights Dawn series, but not as immediately action-packed as the previous Pandora's Star novels. Some segments run a bit long, and the occasional sex scenes can seem a trifle gratuitous, but if you like sprawling novels with dozens of characters (think George RR Martin, but in space) and innovative space opera spanning dozens of worlds, this is a great, very well-read choice.

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  • gigi
  • The Woodlands, TX, United States
  • 10-16-17

Dune NOT bother listening

Worse than Frank Herbert’s Dune. Who needs simple logic/plot when you can just flood the reader with arbitrarily exotic of alien names/planets/historic factoids.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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To much sex.

I really didn't see the need for so much sex. It seems cheap and tawdry. Other than that, it was a good story.

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Terrible

Would you try another book from Peter F. Hamilton and/or John Lee?

Narrator is good, story jumps to unbelievable tangents. Just gets you interested then goes off to who knows what.

Has The Dreaming Void turned you off from other books in this genre?

Definately

Which scene was your favorite?

The first five minutes then after two hours I didn't know what was going on.

Any additional comments?

Probably the second worst book I tried. Will be returning!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful