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Publisher's Summary

Long ago, a human astrophysicist, Inigo, began dreaming scenes from the life of a remarkable human being named Edeard, who lived within the Void, a self-contained microuniverse at the heart of the galaxy.

There, under the beneficent gaze of mysterious godlike entities, humans possessed uncanny psychic abilities, and Edeard's were the strongest of all. Equally strong was his determination to bring justice and freedom to a world terrorized by criminal violence and corruption.

Inigo's inspirational dreams, shared by hundreds of millions throughout the galaxy-spanning gaiafield, gave birth to a religion - Living Dream. But when the appearance of a Second Dreamer seemed to trigger the expansion of the Void - an expansion that is devouring everything in its path -the Intersolar Commonwealth was thrown into turmoil. With the adherents of Living Dream determined to set forth on a dangerous pilgrimage into the Void, interstellar war threatens to erupt.

With time running out, the fate of humanity hinges on a handful of people. There is Araminta, only now awakening to the unwelcome fact that she is the mysterious Second Dreamer - and to the dire responsibilities that go with it; Inigo, whose private dreams hint at a darker truth behind Edeard's legendary life; Paula Myo, the ruthless field operative of the Commonwealth, whose search for Araminta and Inigo is about to yield a most unpleasant surprise; and Justine, whose desperate gamble places her within the Void, where the godlike Skylords hold the power to save the universe...or destroy it.

Dream on: listen to the first book, The Dreaming Void.
©2008 Peter F. Hamilton; (P)2009 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Fusing elements of hard SF with adventure fantasy tropes, Hamilton has singlehandedly raised the bar for grand-scale speculative storytelling." (Publishers Weekly)
"This second book of a trilogy promises a spectacular finish." (Booklist)

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Riveting sequel.

The second book was better than the first. Looking forward to the next book in the series!

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Interesting, intriguing

Sometimes the voice isn’t different enough to tell who’s speaking especially with the story jumping places and times so abruptly. But still a good read.

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A conservative utopian wet dream

First, narration is great, and the parts of the book that are actually science fiction are great as well, which is why I'm so far in this book series. As for the rest, where do I begin.

First, there is so much emphasis on sex that it starts to throw me off the story, and it's perhaps more distracting since it sounds like it was writen by a teenager who's never been with a woman. Every female character in every single scene is objectified, propositioned and somehow unphased. Not to mention that every single one is a perfect little sex doll, amazing in bed, and down for the kinkiest things imaginable, EVERY SINGLE ONE (I'm a 28 yo male, and this made me uncomfortable)

Second, no character development, the psychology of every character is extremely rigid, there is great detail describing their past and what lead them this point but no real but no change or progression during the time line of the book itself.

I just wish there was more sci-fi and less sexual harassment.

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  • Erin
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  • 02-22-17

I want fulfilment...

I love Peter Hamilton books read by John Lee. After the first Commonwealth trilogy, all I wanted was enzyme-bonded concrete. But now I want far sight, a 3rd hand, and fulfillment.

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Space opera and fantasy clashing

If you’ve listened to books by Peter F. Hamilton before, how does this one compare?

The bad: (but expected for a Hamilton novel): Over-bloated character lineup, innumerable trivial side stories feeling more like "filler" episodes in a tv series, contributing little to the story line.

The good: Hardcore, vivid, intense space opera describing humanity at the apex of technical evolution, what more could a sci-fi geek ask for? A decent fantasy story occurring in parallel? Not so fast...

The really bad: What would have been a decent fantasy novel on it's own, Edeard's adventures clash horribly with the Commonwealth story line, in what feels like inopportune and lengthy interruptions. I found repeating to myself over and over: please, let this be the last dream...

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wtf?

Nothing like the first couple. Horrible story line, boring characters, and a ton of pointless dialogue. Don't waste your time.

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A unique Sci-Fi setting

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, Awesome beyond measure

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

John Lee was also once again excellent on the narration

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, But had to do it three settings

Any additional comments?

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Wonderful.

Wonderful sci-fi. there are a few chapters that can drag on a little but they you're always rewarded for sticking with them.

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Phenomenal. I loved it.

Better than the first book.

The tales of the waterwalker are my absolute favorite.

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a lot going on.

don't get me wrong. I liked the story, it's just overly complex and seems to have an abundance of dead end story threads. I love this narrator, he's one of the best out there in my opinion.

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