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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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Terribly Read

If the narrator can't read this like it makes any sense, what hope does the listener have? Such turgid prose I couldn't get into it at all. Dreadful

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Surprisingly unimaginative & overly sexual

What disappointed you about The Dreaming Void?

Given that it takes place in the distant future I expects more mind blowing achievements. Also there we too much sexuality especially with the main female character. It added nothing to the story.

Would you recommend The Dreaming Void to your friends? Why or why not?

No, there was too much weird sex and only one character is worth caring about.

What three words best describe John Lee’s performance?

Better then story

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Dreaming Void?

The incessant, detailed descriptions of characters appearance and their sexual relationships

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Inconclusive

Hours of trying to figure out the weird interlocking stories in this book only to have it end with “to be continued in book 2.” So not worth the credit.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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No real storyline

I just never got into the story the characters where bland and the story never went into any direction the story jumped massively and randomly between characters that where complete different and where in basically two different storys (spoilers if u care) one was a sleeze business man that was trying to get into the void aka hevin with his followers but there where aliens that where like no that could end the and the followers where like no we want to go aka die and the other was a jean splicer that trying to get accepted in his story mid evil town. So in short terrible read 1/100 sadly i cant go that low learn how to stick with a proper story

After re reading my summary of this pos book this book is just a shitty syfy retelling of the Bible

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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a bit convoluted

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

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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

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  • jon
  • Meridian, ID, United States
  • 10-23-14

Not nerdy enough to enjoy this

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People how have never left their basement, but spend all their time talking about klingon vs. Federation warp drives will love this book. It jumps right in with its futuristic technology with no explanation and it never relents. It is way too heavy on future tech and too light on plot and character development.

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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful