We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Evolutionary Void Audiobook

The Evolutionary Void: Void Trilogy, Book 3

Regular Price:$38.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

An innovator praised as one of the inventors of "the new space opera", Peter F. Hamilton has also been hailed as the heir of such golden-age giants as Heinlein and Asimov. His star-spanning sagas are distinguished by deft plotting, engaging characters, provocative explorations of science and society, and soaring imaginative reach. Now, in one of the most eagerly anticipated offerings of the year, Hamilton brings his acclaimed Void trilogy to a stunning close.

Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by government agent Paula Myo and the psychopath known as the Cat, along with others equally determined to prevent - or facilitate - the pilgrimage of the Living Dream cult into the heart of the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, as the cultists believe, but it is also a deadly threat. For the miraculous reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy - energy drawn from everything outside those boundaries: from planets, stars, galaxies...from everything that lives.

Meanwhile, the parallel story of Edeard, the Waterwalker, as told through a series of addictive dreams communicated to the gaiasphere via Inigo, the First Dreamer, continues to unfold. But now the inspirational tale of this idealistic young man takes a darker and more troubling turn as he finds himself faced with powerful new enemies - and temptations more powerful still.

With time running out, a repentant Inigo must decide whether to release Edeard's final dream: a dream whose message is scarcely less dangerous than the pilgrimage promises to be. And Araminta must choose whether to run from her unwanted responsibilities or face them down, with no guarantee of success or survival. But all these choices may be for naught if the monomaniacal Ilanthe, leader of the breakaway Accelerator Faction, is able to enter the Void. For it is not paradise she seeks there, but dominion.

Into the Void? Listen to more in the Void Trilogy.

©2010 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Epic, multi-stranded, full of wonders." (SFX)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (3266 )
5 star
 (2060)
4 star
 (934)
3 star
 (233)
2 star
 (27)
1 star
 (12)
Overall
4.5 (2535 )
5 star
 (1601)
4 star
 (700)
3 star
 (200)
2 star
 (28)
1 star
 (6)
Story
4.7 (2531 )
5 star
 (1829)
4 star
 (575)
3 star
 (110)
2 star
 (10)
1 star
 (7)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 10-26-11
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2017

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6143
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1517
    524
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1383
    9
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good but really too much"

    The Void series takes a LOT of concentration; it has many threads, timelines, dreamlines, and characters (several with multiple instances). Some of the themes are so wild that they cross from science fiction to fantasy then to philosophy. The author writes very intelligently and many of the characters are interesting and well developed. I enjoyed some of the themes and some of the characters but it is just way too much for three novels. By the end of the series quite a lot of stuff had happened, but due to the abstract nature of some subthemes I found it difficult to really care. This is a talented writer but I really prefer a little less. Judas Unchained was complex, but Judas was simple minded compared to the Void.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dwayne Callahan Gainesville, FL, US 03-31-11
    Dwayne Callahan Gainesville, FL, US 03-31-11 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    71
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    "It's an ending..."

    Like so many stories, I felt like the ending here left you wanting more. The majority of this book I felt was very good, but the final few chapters seem to overly rush events and after the conclusion of the main story arc I do not think enough time was spend on what happens to the main characters after. This is especially true with Edeard. Given the events that bring him into the final act, I would expect there to have been more about what he plans for his life. Also I was not a fan of what was done with Gor in the closing chapter. Other than that, I think this is still a great listen and if you have made it this far in the series then you own it to yourself to experience the ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 11-29-10
    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 11-29-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    61
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    244
    55
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    5
    Overall
    "Crazy story"

    crazy but good. Narrators are weird but good.
    That universe is huge in possibilities. Hard core sci-fi

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Julie PA USA 11-09-10
    Julie PA USA 11-09-10 Member Since 2016

    Mark Kosoglow

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    77
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Nothing Better"

    I know...I know...Pandora's Star, Judas Unchained, and then The Void Trilogy. That equals almost 150 hours of time. However, this is, by far, the best collection of deeply developed characters, interesting plot, and well-thought out technical explanations of far-in-the-future technology ever rolled together into one story. You won't regret listening to a minute of it. Actually, you'll be upset that the story is over. Peter Hamilton is the God of Science Fiction (if science fiction allows such a thing). My kids will listen to these books. John Lee is the God of Narrators, too. Doesn't get any better than this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 09-25-10
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 09-25-10 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    361
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    835
    164
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    11
    0
    Overall
    "Good Conclusion"

    The book is definitely worth the time (especially if you've already heard the other books), but the plot seemed to be a bit wangled.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    scott 09-20-10
    scott 09-20-10 Listener Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great Ending"

    I really enjoyed the book. Wrapped up nicely!! I would recommend the book to any one who likes space operas

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 11-08-16
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 11-08-16 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2099
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    236
    158
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1139
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The mystery of the Void is finally revealed."

    Throughout the first two books of this series, the Edeard story line (from inside the Void) seemed to overshadow the far more numerous threads related to events happening outside the Void. Edeard's life in Makkathran was just more interesting and the growth of his psychic powers kept things fresh as he pursued his quest to achieve fulfillment. As his story line progressed it also provided much needed context to explain why the human Living Dream movement was willing to put the entire galaxy at risk with their pilgrimage into the Void. Despite numerous factions and alien species willing to go "all in" to stop them, Living Dream was prepared to do anything for a chance to achieve fulfillment. Would their pilgrimage trigger a Void expansion phase so large that the galaxy was consumed? Would anyone be able to stop them before they got there? With the stage finally set Peter F. Hamilton answers those questions and more as he concludes the series and unveils the mystery of the Void once and for all.

    I have to say that I finally got into the "outside the Void" story lines in this one and that made this the best book of the series. All of the main characters and threads converge on the Void for the big finale and it is not obvious how it is going to play out until the very end. So many questions from this complex story finally get answered: Will Living Dream achieve fulfillment? If fulfillment is so great why does Inigo, the founder of Living Dream, think it is a bad idea to pursue it? Is fulfillment the same as going post-physical? Can the nature of the Void be changed so that it doesn't pose a threat to the galaxy any longer? If not, will the Void expand? If it does, can the expansion be controlled in some way? There are so many possible ways the story could go that you are driven to get to the conclusion as quickly as possible just so it can finally all make sense.

    When it is all said and done it becomes obvious that the mystery of the Void itself is the main character and everyone else's story is related in some way. Luckily things are explained in detail and wrapped up nicely so you need not worry about being left hanging. You also need not be concerned about having to read any other books first. Although this trilogy is part of the same literary universe as the Commonwealth Saga series it is completely stand alone and complete. John Lee narrates many of the books in this universe and does a great job with all of them so listening instead of reading is a great option. If you are in the mood for some sci-fi on an epic scale with some fantasy thrown in for good measure then give this series a go and you too can experience the mystery of the Void for yourself.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Daniel Hickory Creek, TX United States 03-26-11
    Daniel Hickory Creek, TX United States 03-26-11 Member Since 2017

    I am a 68 yo disabled veteran who was a medic during Viet Nam. I am retired and live on a lake north of Dallas, TX. I love Audible.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    168
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    574
    78
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "What happened?"

    First, I've disliked the narrator's reading style throughout the trilogy. John Lee's method of reading, to me at least can only be described as "funereal". His voice deflects downward at the end of each sentence, and indeed, at times, if feels as if it's at the end of each phrase, a style of reading that I immediately found extremely annoying. Still, through the first two books, and into the thrid, the story carried me along, despite the reader.

    Until the very end... The story became so contrived it seemed that Mr. Hamilton just wanted to end it. For maybe the third time in my life I failed to complete a book. Between the annoying narrrator and the deteriorating story line, I just simply couldn't get through it. It's really too bad. The trilogy was great up to the end. I'm sure the narrator's style didn't bother others. But for me his "style" was very annoying. In the end, I could only give this volume a 3 rating, and that was based more on the greatness of the over all trilogy, than this book standing alone.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    thebladerunner 12-08-10 Member Since 2013

    thebladerunner

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    37
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "And that's all folks"

    I have to say, Peter Hamilton's writing style is very immersive. My complaint however, after waiting months and months, is that the ending is just plain crap. With all three volumes I listened to 70+ hours of storytelling. The ending felt as though it were thrown together in a ramshackle fashion. It seemed as though the author was looking at the word count and realized he had to wrap things up rather too quickly. He threw in the ending as a magical farce to an otherwise fun and fulfilling story. Surely Hamilton could have done a better job putting the final touches on this story rather than ending it with the abrupt surprise solution that he did. I was very disappointed and felt that I wasted my 70 hours getting to the end.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jennifer 05-03-17
    Jennifer 05-03-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "an amazing ending to the trilogy"

    started with Pandoras star ending with Evolutionary Void, 5 books, same universe. I enjoyed it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.