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The Dreaming Void Audiobook

The Dreaming Void

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From one of the world's best-selling science-fiction writers: the complete and unabridged audio of this tense and thrilling epic, read by Toby Longworth.

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. Even death itself has been overcome. But at the centre of the Commonwealth is a massive black hole. This Void is not a natural artefact. Inside there is a strange universe where the laws of physics are very different to those we know. It is slowly consuming the other stars of the galactic core - one day it will devour the entire galaxy.

Inigo, a human, has started to dream of a wonderful existence in the Void. He has a following of millions of believers and they now clamour to make a pilgrimage into the Void to live the life they have been shown. Other starfaring species fear their migration will cause the Void to expand again. They are prepared to stop them no matter what the cost.

And so the pilgrimage begins....

©2008 Peter F. Hamilton; (P)2008 Macmillan Digital Audio

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    Paul Mount Merrion Ave, Ireland 09-18-12
    Paul Mount Merrion Ave, Ireland 09-18-12
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    "Great Science Fiction"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dreaming Void the most enjoyable?

    A really good story, very well narrated, interesting characters, excellent plots, came together well, plots believably intertwined.


    What other book might you compare The Dreaming Void to and why?

    Pandora's Star (Trilogy) same writer and should be listened to in advance of the Dreaming Void. Both the Pandora's Star & Dreaming Void triologies are brilliantly written and delivered.


    What about Toby Longworth’s performance did you like?

    Wasn't sure at the start as I prefer John Lee, but actually really enjoyed the book/listen overall and would listen to a narration by him again.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Would make me buy more Peter Hamilton.


    Any additional comments?

    The Dreaming Void starts off slowly for the first hour or two and I nearly turned it off and deleted it. That would have been a really big mistake. It sets the scene, albeit slowly, for the rest of the book, which is a really good and enjoyable listen. By the end of the two trilogies you really miss the characters, and the stories, and want the whole thing to keep going.

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    Amazon Customer Rotterdam, Netherlands 07-19-12
    Amazon Customer Rotterdam, Netherlands 07-19-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Well written and well performed sci-fi"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dreaming Void the most enjoyable?

    To be honest, I don't usually like far future, all over the galaxy and many races kind of sci-fi. However this one is imaginative enough without too many cliches. Story lines start out loose but nicely merge eventually and the world seems well thought through.
    If I compare it with Hyperion, I enjoyed this one more.
    I'm definitely going for the second book.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be probably even better if I read the previous books of Hammilton, as he often refers back to the events of the Commonwealth saga. It is not necessary however.
    Also some characters are difficult to understand due to their extreme accent, but those are allways minor characters, so it never hurts the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Galway 02-17-12
    Jonathan Galway 02-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A great start to a new trilogy"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dreaming Void the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the writing and the narration


    What other book might you compare The Dreaming Void to and why?

    The Commonwealth Saga (Pandoras Star & Judas Unchained) which should, but doesn't have to be read first


    Which character ??? as performed by Toby Longworth ??? was your favorite?

    Aaron


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    Ruy Wolfenbuettel, Germany 02-01-09
    Ruy Wolfenbuettel, Germany 02-01-09 Member Since 2012
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    "recommended"

    This book is the first of a trilogy, and sets the stage for a master science fiction work.
    The book describes two universes, one, where physics laws work quite differently to ours (telekinesis and telepathy are natural), and another where a futuristic conglomerate of planets and races whirl around this first universe. The plot is multilinear, we follow from the beginning various characters whose stories slowly integrate.

    I enjoyed it a lot, the reading is of excellent quality, and the plot quickly immersing. I look forward for the second volume (the temporal void), if I can wait for the audio version...
    A must for science fiction readers.

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    Kasandra BeachleyUnited Kingdom 01-09-09
    Kasandra BeachleyUnited Kingdom 01-09-09
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    "A big fan"

    I'm a huge fan already and can't wait for the rest of these great books to be recorded! I'm refraining from reading the next one in the series, so I can listen to it when it's released! No previous knowledge required.

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    Philip Valentine, Australia 04-18-09
    Philip Valentine, Australia 04-18-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing"

    Someone I don't know all that well was raving about this author, so I thought I would give him ago, especially after reading the other reviews. But although there are some original ideas, it's basically, a fairly predictable science fiction soap opera. Like watching B grade movies on TV if you're bored, it's Ok to listen to if your stuck with nothing else better. I was hoping it might come close to other Sci Fi greats like, the Enders Game series, or some Asimov (the Police Detective guy things), Dune (but not it's sequels), Philip Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electri Sheep) or Rama by Arthur C Clarke. But no unfortunately. This author's hang up about sex, although not getting in the way of the book too much, is pretty weird, as some other review writer said. In fact Sci Fi writers seem pretty messed up in this area except for Orson Scott Card, which is why the Ender's Game series is the best (especially Speaker for the Dead, the second book). The Narration is good but not fantastic.

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  • Iain
    12/12/16
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    "Toby only reads the first book"

    The dreaming void is a great performance and 1/3 of a great story. The next two books in the series are read by a different narrator for some reason, who's performance is no where near as good. it's a shame because this really does end mid-tale

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  • matt hall
    12/8/16
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    "enjoyable sci fi thriller"

    this is definitely more akin to tom clancy than air c Clark, but it's definitely a lot of fun. space ships, cyber augmented operatives, aliens, twisty turny plots. great stuff.

    that said, the female characters aren't much more than archetypes and it's all very male-fantasy, but there's a lot worse than this out there.

    the strongest aspect is the excellent narration, which is completely compelling.

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  • Gary
    London, United Kingdom
    9/28/16
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    "A good performance!"

    Toby sends out another better of a performance to a very interesting, but slightly disjointed story.

    disclaimer: it did take me about 4 months to finish it, so that may account for my appraisal of it being disjointed.

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  • Nathan Rae
    8/23/16
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    "Great but why the change in performer?"

    The story and characters from Peter F Hamilton are great but it's pretty down by Toby Longworth's performance. Some of his voice choices, especially Paula Mios, are really distracting...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MAX
    8/17/16
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    "Loving the common wealth saga greatly"

    Enjoying this series very much. Narrators should listen to previously voiced characters accents for similarity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris A.
    7/28/16
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    "iffy start but my god what an ending!!"

    I was really beginning to wonder if I was going to enjoy this but halfway through as the story from the last series filled the last few millennia one became engrossed in the characters and their plights. so many unanswered questions, I can't wait to start the next in the series. what an incredible ending! WOW!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gary O. Schofield
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    "A great story spoilt!"
    What disappointed you about The Dreaming Void?

    I cannot for the life of me understand why a science fiction author of considerable talent, would want to reduce his work to the level of cheap eroticism, employing pornographic episodes that remind one of early adolescence with its weird uninformed imaginings. Unfortunately, Peter F Hamilton seems to believe that his readers/listeners are in fact a bunch of perverted acne ridden teens and in this particular book there is a tendency toward exciting the female at this stage of life. I would label 'The Dreaming Void' as sci-fi erotic chick lit; it really is a pity, this could have been a very good story!
    It's also disappointing that the narrator is so bad; he is one that puts on silly voices for the various characters. Although, having to follow John Lee must be pretty daunting!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    He could have had a few more characters that did not resemble porn stars or porn users.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Characters already established in 'Judas Unchanged' were given different personalities simply through over exaggerated voices with accents that do not relate to the things known about them.


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

    It is a very interesting, involved and complex story.


    Any additional comments?

    I keep saying to myself that I won't listen/read Hamilton again, this time I'm sticking to it, if I hear the Hello magazine description of what someone is wearing again I think I might blow a fuse, not to mention the graphic filth!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Millie
    5/5/16
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    "left it so long between books"

    loved it straight onto the next one
    don't know why I never went straight Into this after Judas unchained

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Spanky
    Scotland
    4/27/16
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    "ponderous and dull."

    terrible. Dull, slow and pondering. a waste of my time returned without finishing it . the voice actor was good though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Boden
    Suffolk
    3/2/16
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    "Another great book"

    If you like his other work you will like this! Probably best to start with pandoras star and judas unchained first though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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