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The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel - self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void. Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not the only life-forms to have been sucked into the Void. The humans trapped there are afflicted by an alien species of biological mimics - the Fallers - that are intelligent but merciless killers. Yet these same aliens may hold the key to destroying the threat of the Void forever - if Nigel can uncover their secrets.

©2014 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2014 Tantor

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I sent this one back

I found the beginning of the book full of astrophysical techno dragon without context. Secondly I found a very heavy British accent and use the videos distracting.

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waiste of a credit

I took a chance because of the reviews and was that a complete waist of a credit first book out of 60 i couldnt finish so utterlly boreing whoever reads theese reviews if u dont wan a labodomy dony buy this

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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It's just blah blah blah..... Blah!!!!!

At least the other
Hamilton book were interesting. Just excessive trivial talk.
All his Void stories are worthless. His others are ok. But if Void is in the title move on.

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Confusing. Didn't hold my attention

What disappointed you about The Abyss Beyond Dreams?

I tried to read the book 3 times. Each time I had to stop around 2 hours in. It just did not hold my attention. I was bored and my mind kept wandering. I love SCIFI usually. I am giving up and returning it.

Has The Abyss Beyond Dreams turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Don't know

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Abyss Beyond Dreams?

I would say more detail of where the scene was set. At one point I thought some people were in a small shuttle-craft and as the story progressed I had to revamp the pictures in my mind.

Any additional comments?

I usually enjoy John Lee as a reader but this time it was not working for me.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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More political than action filled

The parts of the story involving action where great, but there were many points that dragged on due to detailed political dialogue between characters.

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Horrible disjointed story

This book lacks cohesion and substance. The author should refrain from droning on through a series of tangentially connected side stories.

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Gobbledegook

Indecipherable, incomprehensible, obfuscated rubbish. I've read the Commonwealth and Void series, enjoyed them. This is just nonsensical high tech gibberish. I gave up after two hours of listening and relatedly saying "Huh?"

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Sorry I started the Book 1

Not interesting to me. Confusing and did not enjoy the premise of the story. Boring. The action was not gripping, could not get motivated to continue the story/following volumes.

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Avoid this Void. An Abyss It Is. Step Away! 😱

Muddled confused pedantic lethargic discourse takes the reader to wish for a future time when this story is ended . . . 😱
Avoid this Void.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • LOS ANGELES, CA United States
  • 06-28-18

90% political world building

Starts strong for the first 3 hours then it hits the brakes. This book has 19 hours of world building on a new Human planetary colony. It is a basically a subtle political novel about a pre industrial planet trying to change from an authoritarian regime to a more democratic society. There is a minor, manageable alien threat and some mild political intrigue as subplots... This may sound interesting to some....but this long series ends here for me.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful