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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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Not that great.

Did not like the narrator. I found it hard to follow. Kinda flip flopped all over the place.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Pretty dry

Not sure I would have made it through this one if I had not been in my car with nothing else to listen to. On several occasions I thought about returning them to audible

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Xeon
  • Bothell, WA
  • 12-02-14

Very Dry, Not sure if it was the reader or read.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Book was very slow to get going.

Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

Not sure, have to decide if this book was boring or if it was his reading

Was The Dreaming Void worth the listening time?

I would say only if you like Sci-Fi strictly for the techno babble. This book has very little in the way of action. I will say there is quite a bit of build up of characters and story if you can fight you way to the end when things finally start to come together.

Any additional comments?

The long drawn out first book might have prevented me from trying the second book, maybe I will give it a chance on a sale though.

11 of 11 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.

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.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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So much potential, such a disappointment!

Other reviews already explained the good and the bad already, guess it just wasn't for me.

If you like soap operas, you'll probably like this, if you just want good SciFi, save your money AND time, and find another author.

I actually returned the book, couldn't finish it, and it was a free credit too!

15 of 16 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!

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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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

14 of 15 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

14 of 15 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

14 of 15 people found this review helpful