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The Abyss Beyond Dreams

Chronicle of the Fallers, Book 1
Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Chronicle of the Fallers, Book 1
Length: 22 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3,397 ratings)

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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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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.

37 of 43 people found this review helpful

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NEGATIVE 5 STAR

THIS AUTHOR IS ABYSMAL!
This was the second Hamilton book I tried, and it
was as bad as the first.I will never choose this author
again. The first book..The Dreaming Void... was really bad, but
this author seems to get good reviews so I tried a second book.
I slogged all the way through the first book to the miserable end.
This second book, I gave up on in less than 2 hours.

There is sooooo much wrong with this book that I don't know where
to begin.

Overly sexual.... just like The Dreaming Void
Hard to follow... Just like The Dreaming Void
Tedious and unimaginative ... Just like The Dreaming Void
Misogynistic to nauseam.. Just like....

The author tries to make his female characters strong and enlightened,
but it just disgustingly misogynistic and I choose to never purchase
another of his books. I can't believe anybody would like this.

106 of 125 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.

31 of 36 people found this review helpful

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Waist of time!!!!!

Started out ok, but became absurdly drawn out boring. Also after listening for 30+ hours the ending is remarkably anticlimactic.

25 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Never Thought I'd Say This...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More action in the Revolution. I liked the first quarter and last quarter of the book, but found the Revolution build to be tedious.

What was most disappointing about Peter F. Hamilton’s story?

The Revolution story line.

Which scene was your favorite?

{Redacted} No spoilers here. Move on. No body loss to see...

What character would you cut from The Abyss Beyond Dreams?

Savasta (sp?))

Any additional comments?

If I could go back in time... I would tell myself not to bother with this book. I'm a HUGE PFH fan, but this story was not up to the standards he has historically created for himself. I loved the Sheldon threads, but the Revolution plot was simply tired, slow, and boring. I know I've lost interest when I become annoyed with a book, and I did with this one. I finished it, as I would do for any PFH book, but was not impressed. To describe it in a word: "Meh."

Still, based on all the other works of PFH I have absolutely LOVED, I will still read [listen] to anything he writes. He is easily one of my top 10 authors of all time, and despite this book, he keeps his place at number 6. Truly a giant in the SF world.

John Lee did a great job, as always, he is also one of my top 5 narrators and I could listen to him all day.

25 of 29 people found this review helpful

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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

30 of 35 people found this review helpful

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Blah

Unless you already know you like Hamilton, this is not a good book.

It's invented technical language, lack of character development, and unimaginative creepiness makes this book about as appealing as a frog dissection.

There is no humor.

There are no life lessons.

The narrator has a good voice, but I think it is odd for a man with such a deep voice to be reading a book told from a woman's perspective.

You want a story about being stranded in space with creepy aliens? Go watch the Dr. Who episode with David Tennent on Mars with the water creatures.

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  • Mark T
  • Portland, OR
  • 11-21-14

Not sure why I read this

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

I really enjoyed the Void Trilogy, and at the recommendation of another reviewer I went back and reread the third volume of the trilogy. I never could figure out the point of this new book, and how it quite fits in. It comes across to me as more random fantasy than sci-fi, and I'm not a fantasy reader.

Any additional comments?

This strikes me as another in the long line of examples of authors capitalizing on the success of a series by simply adding on to it in one way or another. I wish more authors would end a series of dignity unless they can really figure out something new to say.

30 of 35 people found this review helpful

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Bad, frustrating

I really don't understand why people have rated this so highly. I love good SciFi, this is not it. Pompous and unengaging. The reader makes it worse. Do not waste time and money on this.

29 of 34 people found this review helpful