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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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a bit convoluted

There is a lot going on in this book. I found it hard to follow.

1 of 1 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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Decent story but the sexism is overwhelming so the book is not enjoyable.

I read the whole of the first book in the trilogy and gave the second a try, but I had to stop because the chauvinism was over the top. Very disappointing in a contemporary novel.

3 of 4 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!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Hard to keep up with characters

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. I think there are too many characters to keep up with.

What three words best describe John Lee’s performance?

I admire anyone who can switch voices back and forth. Good job John!

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Certainly

Any additional comments?

This experience for me proves that sci-fi is better watched on tv or movie format, not written. I don't think I will finish.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I found the audio version hard to follow

I'm not a novice when it comes to audio books. I've listened to many audio books. I found this one hard to follow at least the audio version. There are lots of characters. Lots of plots and subplots. so for me it made it hard to follow while listening. also reader be warned there's a lot of graphic sex in here

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This one was a struggle for me

Would you listen to The Dreaming Void again? Why?

I will probably have to, because it was a bit of a struggle. Good, no doubt about that, and definitely one of Hamilton's strongest series, which is a big compliment. But the narration, while perfectly matched to the lead protagonist's own style and tone, was sometimes a bit too dry, especially in some of the early exposition scenes, where I sometimes found my attention wondering and then found myself confused as to who the heck we were talking about. A very clever, imaginative book, but sometimes lacking clear exposition.

Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

I will, if only to hear other Hamilton books, but he was a little to cynical in places, maybe even aloof. There are some pretty gut-wrenching parts to this, and I'm not sure if I felt he gave them enough emotion.

1 of 1 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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For fantasy comic fans

Action packed book for comic fans with heroes smashing through impossibles unharmed. Fantasy universe that is a bit short of reality.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Long, but not captivating

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

I would try another book, since Peter F. Hamilton seems to be one of the few names in science fiction that doesn't do military scifi and does actual science fiction. Overall this wasn't his greatest series.

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

The science didn't seem very believable or fun, which is what I look for in science fiction. Red shirts was fun, so was star wars.

How could the performance have been better?

Isaac Asimoves and philip K. dicks books are more believable in their use of science and more character involved. He could have made the science aspects more down to earth and this is a comment on his series as a whole, have characters have more central story. reading his books is like reading clips out of a newspaper from different and not completely related stories.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The redeeming feature in this book is the one character whose life we followed for most of the story. His side of the book was the only captivating part of the story in the alternate universe. His story followed a more traditional path of the hero's journey.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful