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The Naked God Audiobook

The Naked God: Night's Dawn, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

The third audiobook in the Night's Dawn trilogy, The Naked God by Peter F. Hamilton is an epic conclusion to dramatic and compelling series.

The Confederation is starting to collapse politically and economically, allowing the possessed to infiltrate more worlds. Quinn Dexter is loose on Earth, destroying the giant arcologies one at a time. As Louise Kavanagh tries to track him down, she manages to acquire some strange and powerful allies whose goal does not match her own. The campaign to liberate Mortonbridge from the possessed degenerates into a horrendous land battle, the kind that hasn't been seen by humankind for 600 years. Then some of the protagonists escape in a very unexpected direction....

Joshua Clavert and Syrinx now fly their starships on a mission to find the Sleeping God - which an alien race believes holds the key to finally overthrowing the possessed.

©2016 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"The trilogy is an amazing piece of artwork, a masterpiece perhaps." (SFReviews.com)

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  • S. Morris
    London, UK
    12/18/16
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    "Hard To Keep Going"

    Of course, once you start to read a series of stories such as a trilogy, you really need to see it through. The Night's Dawn trilogy is one of Peter F Hamilton's earlier works recently brought to the audio format having originally been published back in the late 90's. This massive trilogy was penned by Hamilton before his Commonwealth saga and to my mind the Commonwealth saga is a better series of books. The Naked God has been perhaps the longest stab at completing a book I can remember in a long while because it didn't keep me interested long enough to prolong reading to any great degree and so this epic length novel took me about 3 weeks to consume in mostly small 15 or 20 minute morsels. As mentioned in my review of the Neutronium Alchemist, , I feel that the cast of characters Hamilton used in this series was too extensive which slowed the plot down as it often appeared as if proceedings were moving sideways rather than forwards as we dropped in on each of the numerous characters in turn. Hamilton has refined his story telling in the subsequent Commonwealth saga by reducing the number of key characters to a much more manageable quantity which in turn allows things to develop faster and hold the readers interest far more. Again, for the sake of fairness I would like to say that such a long story with a multitude of characters may need to be read in longer sittings in order to allow the reader to absorb more of what's going on so my feeling about this book might be remedied if this approach is adopted. To me, though, The Naked God suffers in the same way as the second in the trilogy did. By far the best in the trilogy is the first, The Reality Dysfunction which held my interest much more and as such I devoured it in longer and fewer sessions. I feel that Hamilton dragged things out over the second two books once he had built a great first act in the series.

    Hamilton is a great writer but I think he tried rather too hard with the Night's Dawn trilogy. There was just too much unnecessary narrative which did little for the plot as a whole and only served to mire its pace to the point where I basically lost interest which was a shame. This experience does not colour my views of Hamilton as an author as I have read and greatly enjoyed all of his Commonwealth series . So, the Reality Dysfunction was by far the best of the series in my view with the last two parts being sadly drawn out affairs. Sure, there were highlights in both those books but they came rather too far apart to maintain reader interest. Hamilton clearly wanted to create scope by spreading the narrative over a large collection of characters but he went a little too far and the plot suffered as a result.

    John Lee, as ever, does a sterling job with this very long book but I did spot a few inconsistencies which might have been some of the narrator reading things wrong as well as the author having written them wrong. For example, we are told that a particular journey will be some 1,600 light years but then we hear a couple of references to 16,000 light years. Then, the journey is extended another 300 odd light years and we come back to a total of 1,900 light years. Hard to say if that's narrator error or not. What I think was author error was a funny transposition where the following is read "She shielded her hand with her eyes.". Hmmm .. I am also a little confused as to whether the planetary system plane of planets or the galactic disc is the ecliptic or elliptic?

    It is clear that Hamilton worked very long and hard on this book but I'm afraid The Naked God doesn't work for me and it was a long heavy read for the most part spread over too many characters. If you're new to Peter F Hamilton and have been put off his work then I would urge you to reconsider and get yourself Pandora's Star, the first in his excellent Commonwealth series. The Naked God is a five star effort but at best a 3 star read. It's too long because it's bloated with too many players all needing their slice of a plot which as a result moves too laboriously.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mateusz
    12/3/16
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    "Perfect ending, very well narrated."

    I struggled a little bit through Neutronium alchemist (book 2) as I found the pacing and all the plot lines interrupted the flow of the book. Similar thing happens at the start of this book, however do not be discouraged. The book offers a perfect ending to the trilogy, bringing together all the loose ends of this epic saga.

    The series in general is not only just an interesting read, it is a book that makes you think about life, its point and dealing with death.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • m1lkman
    10/5/17
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    "Absolutely loved it "

    Incredible imagination, I was glued to it after about the first half of the first book. Such a wonderful expansive story and quite spiritual for a sci-fi tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • michael jones
    8/31/17
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    "Epic space opera from the master. "

    An epic trilogy from a master in his field, spanning hundreds of characters, planets and species. Great science fiction covering a whole universe of life, death, every thing that happens inbetween and even after. The attention to detail is just simply amazing, with all the science backing up Hamiltons fiction it becomes an almost plausible sneak peek into our future technology, to a certain extent obviously.
    An out of this world space opera trilogy that is a must read for sci-fi fans.

    Only annoying thing is the bad editing that leaves no spaces between paragraphs, which can be disorientating and you will at some points need to skip back a few seconds to work out what happened, I still gave five stars as I don't want to take away from the amazing story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Chipperfield
    Frimley Green, England
    8/9/17
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    "Masterpiece"
    What did you like most about The Naked God?

    It is an EPIC and closes off the Night Dawn trilogy perfectly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Naked God?

    Just the interplay between humans and aliens plus visiting a dilemma from both sides, very interesting.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    I could have sworn there was more than one actor at times, it was so crisp and clean, I pictured the different people based on the voices he used.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jay was pulled away when the Keant left.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the books a few years ago, but listening to them added depth that I had forgotten or skimmed as I rushed to read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    FARNHAM, United Kingdom
    8/3/17
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    "1.2 million words of the best space trilogy I've listened to."

    I won't waste much time here to explain my thoughts in detail, however this was, I believe, the turning point in Peter's writing. So that means that these are the books that shattered his own preconception of what Science Fiction writing should be, and it launched him on a trajectory style all of his own.

    The journey is long, so in preparation I give you two pieces of advice. 1: let the story wash over you without trying to remember all the details such as: people's names, where they are and what they doing. It will all become clear by repetition. And 2, this might just be the set of Science Fiction books that you spend the rest of your life searching to trying and better.

    Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. W. Inskip
    Uk
    7/9/17
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    "Epic space fantasy"

    A bit silly in places and overly long but still a great read. Narration is wonderful and the journey the lead protagonists follow is good. The moralizing at the end is to be expected given the subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Petteri
    Finland
    6/20/17
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    "5star scifi"

    liked everything, but the ending could have been more subtle. also characters/cultures in the book are somewhat stereotypical, hence only 4 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William
    5/7/17
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    "Problems with audio editing."

    As with the entire series, which was an excellent story, there was not enough time inserted where necessary to denote scene changes, hence my zero rating for performance, even though John Lee's narration was near faultless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr J Cottingham
    4/26/17
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    "A mind blowing trilogy!"

    What a feat of imagination! The author is utterly brilliant at creating this awesome space opera from the first book to the last. I couldn't have enjoyed this escapism more and loved the character driven plot. The ending exceeds all expectation as long as one suspends any cynical analysis. To have so many hours of entertainment end has left me in mourning! This was my second time of listening...even better than the first time around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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