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The Abyss Beyond Dreams

Chronicle of the Fallers, Book 1
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 22 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3,240 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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  • 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.

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Can not listen to Narrator

This might be a good listen were it not for the narration. Sadly this narrator turns me off in only a few sentences
Pandora's Star was also a hard listen due to the narration, but I thought I would give the narrator another try.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Good opening, boring middle. mediocre ending,

Unfortunately, I found the meat of the book to be boring with characters and stories I just couldn't get interested in. I love the commonwealth and void trilogies, this book lost me though.

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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?"

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Boring and political

More politics than sci fi and completely lost me halfway through just painful to slog through.

Interesting insights into just how bad some left wing ideas are however. Making work by creating artificial inefficiencies... I would think it was a joke if it was presented differently.

21 of 23 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.

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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.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Abyss of Sweet Dreams zzzz

Im really bummed. This is my second Hamilton book. First one i enjoyed. This one? This one started off great and then Hamilton jumped a different direction into pure boredom. I gave it 10 hours. It just became tedious. If you want something to put you to sleep, this is the book.

I enjoy Lee for this type of book.

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BORING

The only good book from Peter is the reality Dysfunction. The detail and lack of character development in this book drove me crazy within a chapter. Don't waste your time

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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.

76 of 86 people found this review helpful