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The Reality Dysfunction

Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Night's Dawn, Book 1
Length: 41 hrs and 6 mins
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The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton is the first in Night's Dawn, a sweeping galactic trilogy from the master of space opera.

In AD 2600 the human race is finally realizing its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets across the galaxy host a multitude of wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary space-born creatures.

Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems. And throughout inhabited space, the Confederation Navy keeps the peace. A true golden age is within our grasp.

But now something has gone catastrophically wrong. On a primitive colony planet, a renegade criminal's chance encounter with an utterly alien entity unleashes the most primal of all our fears. An extinct race which inhabited the galaxy aeons ago called it the Reality Dysfunction, and it is the nightmare which has prowled beside us since the beginning of history.

The Reality Dysfunction is followed by The Neutronium Alchemist and The Naked God.

©2016 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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great story but the performance is strained

epic story but the storyteller does not pause, at all, at the paragraphs. this causes a little confusion when the story takes a new focus.

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The narrator was really good, but

the edditing had let no space between scene shifts. This results in some confusion...

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Good, not great

a bit flat in places. narrator did a good job, but as some others have said, some of the transition points in the story could do with a pause.

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best sci-fi books ever

There are no better sci-fi books out there. I have all the hard copies, the audio books are brilliant for driving to work.

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The best book that I have listened to.

John Lee is an amazing narrator and Peter wrote a book that keeps to interested though out.

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Not the best editing.

Missing pauses between sections of the story, you have to pay really good attention to follow.

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Great book but narration and editing make it hard to follow at times

Johnleecansomehowcondensewholechapterswithdifferentscenesintoasinglestreamofwords. It makes it hard to follow the different streams in the story. All it would take is a 3 second pause between scenes

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Interesting but jumpy storyline

Read it on paper first liked a lot. Hearing was not so good. Too much jumping between different storylines without clear reference.
Story was very interesting but too much sex, I think there was no chapter without it.

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Great but complex plot

liked the story, but production left the narrator John Lee in a bad light.
In other productions John Lee is one of the Best.
It is very hard to follow the story because it is complex and because production left No time for pauses to switch between sub stories and scenes

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Good combo

Great author, Peter F. Hamilton, and my favorite narrator, John Lee. Already read the book and now great to listen to it.

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  • P Hardwick
  • 11-18-16

Great story spoiled by poor audio editing..

You really have to listen hard and be prepared to skip back. Whoever editing the sound removed every pause between scenes. Within a chapter the story is told from many perspectives. Without any pauses to e a change in scene they all merge in to one and you only realise after some time the scene has changed. Frustrating.

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  • Andrew Miller Photography
  • 11-14-16

Outstanding but...

Great book and great narrative abs reading. However it's let down by one small but massive issue. Not enough of a pause between sections! This makes it easy to get confused as to who is saying what to whom or where the action is going on.

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  • Mrs. R. E. Chandler
  • 03-09-18

Great story, good narration, poor editing

The story is great - a sprawling space opera covering multiple viewpoints and locations. The use of bespoke terminology gets a little tiresome - e.g. far too many references to "neural nanonics" and "datavising". The narration is on the whole good - a good range of voices to cover the different characters, and read in an engaging manner.

But, and it's a big but, why are Audible so useless at putting in pauses between scene changes? Far too many audiobooks have this crucial flaw - and it makes listening to a multi-viewpoint book very difficult and confusing. Seriously, all you need is a 2 second gap when the viewpoint changes. That's all. Please, editors, listen up and take note.

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  • Eamonn
  • 03-09-18

Spoilt

Other reviews point out the editting problem - there are no gaps between chapters.
Why hasn’t it been resolved 9th March 2018
Could have been brilliant

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  • David Renton
  • 10-05-18

no breaks between scenes

there are no breaks between sceens so sentences belonging to different areas get confused. it's a good story but the auther tends to over describe the surrounding and history of the characters. high score for the overall story

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  • will
  • 04-18-18

audio editing non existent completely ruins the ex

audio editing non existent completely ruins the experience to the extent I would ask for my money back.

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  • Ben
  • 09-24-17

Great story of true Galactic scale.

a very exciting story which is a must for any sci-fi fan. A story that requires your full attention to keep track of the various characters, threads and arcs.

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  • Ag Samson
  • 06-23-17

This man can write

Whether science fiction is your passion or philosophical debate is more your speed, PFH really makes you think as he weaves a seriously detailed narrative, populated with complex characters, around the fundamental problem that has bothered the human race since we first evolved from the apes. Incredible story telling.

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  • neil
  • 02-15-17

Great book, audio is poorly edited

The story is great and so is the narration, it's just that there is no pause when the scene changes which makes it sometimes difficult to follow

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  • James Power
  • 06-08-19

Be prepared to get stuck in

It feels like a lot of work in places but it's worth it. After 30 hours I can't wait to start the next book.

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  • Chris
  • 07-10-18

Another Great Peter F story

Technical point, narration left no gap or pause between separate "scenes" which was a bit disorienting.

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  • james olive
  • 11-16-16

epic

so much vivid detail and advanced ideas for a 1996 book. voice acting was perfect as usual

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  • Katy
  • 06-14-17

author got his genres mixed

flashes of brilliant scifi imagination ruined by too many characters with not enough characterization to keep them all flowing. also the scifi was ruined by crossing over into the fantasy and horror genre. took 6 hours to get into the story then by the last 4 hours i realize that the next installment of the trilogy will be a demon zombie apocalypse. Sadly what I was hoping would be a great value scifi trilogy,is turning into a demon fantasy, cant stick with it. no space opera. too hard core.

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  • Mark Jelic
  • 09-05-18

Great story!

A great story as always by Hamilton. Performance was great by John Lee, but I really wish they would insert a second or two pause in his narration when the “scene” changes. Currently he reads it like it is in the same paragraph and it gets very confusing, and you have to stop and go “Hang on, that character wasn’t there... oh, change of scene, damn it.”

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-19

could not get into it

really struggled to get into it. needed much more concentration than i gave it. seemed chapters of disjoined stories and so i could not ascertain any overall plot.

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  • Robert
  • 07-16-19

Great story, but...

Great story, but unfortunately John Lee needs to at least take a breath between sections. At the end of one stanza he would lead in to the next with barely a breath and I was constantly wandering why the narrative didn't make sense until I realised that we had moved to a completely different place and people. Chapter transitions good, other transitions a 2 second pause?

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  • Warren
  • 06-21-19

Why do i need a heading

one of the saddest endings of a book i have read... poor dog... Still a great listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-19

Fantastic

Have read it and listened to it now. One of the great sci-fi books. Must read for any sci fi fan

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  • dr_rugg
  • 05-18-19

Excellent, but editing glitches

Love the epic detailed expansive space opera story

Performed excellently. just hear the various voices consistent, ready to listen too even for the dense material

As noted by others, 'scene' changes get inter-sentance pauses. There also send to be editing glitches where a word is cut off or jumps forward which for this author missing anything is disorienting. but otherwise excellent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-21-18

Incredible Depth, Beautifully Constructed

Takes a while to get the hang of the universe. The jargon is a little overwhelming at first. the universe is so logically extrapolated from our present. The technological advances and their affects seem inevitable.