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Publisher's Summary

AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

At the center of the galaxy is the Void, a strange, artificial universe created by aliens billions of years ago, shrouded by an event horizon more deadly than any natural black hole. In order to function, it is gradually consuming the mass of the galaxy. Watched over by its ancient enemies, the Raiel, the Void's expansion is barely contained.

Inigo dreams of the sweet life within the Void and shares his visions with billions of avid believers. When he mysteriously disappears, Inigo's followers decide to embark on a pilgrimage into the Void to live the life of their messiah's dreams - a pilgrimage that the Raiel claim will trigger a catastrophic expansion of the Void.

Aaron is a man whose only memory is his own name. He doesn't know who he used to be or what he is. All he does know is that his job is to find the missing messiah and stop the pilgrimage. He's not sure how to do that, but whoever he works for has provided some pretty formidable weaponry that ought to help.

Meanwhile, inside the Void, a youth called Edeard is coming to terms with his unusually strong telepathic powers. A junior constable in Makkathran, he starts to challenge the corruption and decay that have poisoned the city. He is determined that his fellow citizens should know hope again. What Edeard doesn't realize is just how far his message of hope is reaching.

Into the Void? Listen to more in the Void Trilogy.
©2007 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2008 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Broad in scope and panoramic in detail." ( Library Journal)
"A real spellbinder from a master storyteller." ( Kirkus)

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Surprisingly unimaginative & overly sexual

What disappointed you about The Dreaming Void?

Given that it takes place in the distant future I expects more mind blowing achievements. Also there we too much sexuality especially with the main female character. It added nothing to the story.

Would you recommend The Dreaming Void to your friends? Why or why not?

No, there was too much weird sex and only one character is worth caring about.

What three words best describe John Lee’s performance?

Better then story

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Dreaming Void?

The incessant, detailed descriptions of characters appearance and their sexual relationships

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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What can I say

What can I say to describe how much I disliked this book? This writer has a good reputation in putting out quality books, but this was so bad in so many ways. I don't know what to say. I purchased another of his novels (but not from this trilogy) to see if his other stuff is better.

73 of 80 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't do it

After a couple of hours of this one, I had to quit and ask for my money back. The plot was taking forever to develop, the characters were uninteresting to me and the reader was annoying

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Inconclusive

Hours of trying to figure out the weird interlocking stories in this book only to have it end with “to be continued in book 2.” So not worth the credit.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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To much sex.

I really didn't see the need for so much sex. It seems cheap and tawdry. Other than that, it was a good story.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Demetri
  • Denver, CO, United States
  • 05-17-16

I couldnt make it more than 2 hours into the book

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

The author does not do a good job of setting the overall stage or developing the characters.

Would you ever listen to anything by Peter F. Hamilton again?

Definitely not. He attempted to make every sentence sound ethereal. I couldn't take it for more than 2 hours.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

Not sure by name, but Peter was not good.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Terrible

Would you try another book from Peter F. Hamilton and/or John Lee?

Narrator is good, story jumps to unbelievable tangents. Just gets you interested then goes off to who knows what.

Has The Dreaming Void turned you off from other books in this genre?

Definately

Which scene was your favorite?

The first five minutes then after two hours I didn't know what was going on.

Any additional comments?

Probably the second worst book I tried. Will be returning!

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Terribly Read

If the narrator can't read this like it makes any sense, what hope does the listener have? Such turgid prose I couldn't get into it at all. Dreadful

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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As Tedious a book as I have ever tried to read

Peter's belief that in this reality, massive genetic altering would be the driving technology took too much away from the story for to slug through the first few chapters. My opinion is any big change in technology creates many unintended problems. These are addressed with recalls. With genetics this means persons with the new technology will probably be crippled for the rest of their life. It is far safer to advance technology in things which can be thrown away than to gambol with your life. For him to spend more time describing the wonders of their genetic advances than developing the plot made this book terribly tedious. I figured after a few chapters he would get off the stupid tech stuff but I was wrong. I gave up at about 25% through the book. I felt the book had no redeeming qualities. You might like it if you are into vastly imaginative fantasy. I am a nuts and bolts type of guy. I can't enjoy something that seems stupid to me. I bet a person less technical would like the book more. It I very possible the plot gets going at some point beyond 1/4 through the book.

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No real storyline

I just never got into the story the characters where bland and the story never went into any direction the story jumped massively and randomly between characters that where complete different and where in basically two different storys (spoilers if u care) one was a sleeze business man that was trying to get into the void aka hevin with his followers but there where aliens that where like no that could end the and the followers where like no we want to go aka die and the other was a jean splicer that trying to get accepted in his story mid evil town. So in short terrible read 1/100 sadly i cant go that low learn how to stick with a proper story

After re reading my summary of this pos book this book is just a shitty syfy retelling of the Bible

19 of 21 people found this review helpful