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The Temporal Void

Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Void Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 25 hrs and 10 mins
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From one of the world's best-selling science-fiction writers....

The Intersolar Commonwealth is in turmoil as the Living Dream’s deadline for launching its Pilgrimage into the Void draws closer. Not only is the Ocisen Empire fleet fast approaching on a mission of genocide, but also an internecine war has broken out between the post-human factions over the destiny of humanity.

Countering the various and increasingly desperate agents and factions is Paula Myo, a ruthlessly single-minded investigator, beset by foes from her distant past and colleagues of dubious allegiance...but she is fast losing a race against time.

At the heart of all this is Edeard the Waterwalker, who once lived a long time ago deep inside the Void. He is the messiah of Living Dream, and visions of his life are shared by, and inspire billions of humans. It is his glorious, captivating story that is the driving force behind Living Dream’s Pilgrimage, a force that is too strong to be thwarted. As Edeard nears his final victory the true nature of the Void is finally revealed.

©2009 Peter F Hamilton (P)2009 Tantor Media, Inc

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Great book but parts are not in the right order

Be aware that on Android, high quality version is not in order (maybe other versions are too) part 3 is after part 1. Then part 2.

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This book is corrupted

Any additional comments?

This is a favorite book of mine, I have listened to it several times. I re-downloaded recently, there are now large chunks missing, including the end

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Gotta keep listening...

Again, Peter F Hamilton produces stories that makes to stick a headset into your ear wherever you go. The narration by John Lee is better than the previous book, in my opinion, and makes it fairly easy to keep track of who's talking to who.

Now, off to the next part and hope it won't fall flat on its own grandeur.

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Best one yet!

This was my fifth very lengthy title by Peter Hamilton, all of which in the same universe, and I have to say, this is the best one so far! And the rest got 4 stars from me as well, mind you.

This second novel in the Void trilogy really deepens both stories of this novel-within-a-novel, in an exciting way. There's the scifi story with several well-loved characters, and then of course there's the fantasy novel about Edeard, living his life on a planet in the Void.

The climax near the end of the novel is awesome, I have to say I thought "OMG Hamilton pulled a Game of Thrones!"
And as if that weren't enough, he also manages to add a third (sub)genre to this one novel, namely the superhero archetypal story. And there was even a hint of Western this time. I loved it, it was so well done!

This story has everything I want from my novels: a thrilling plot, my three favorite genres, well fleshed-out characters, romance, adventure, high tech, magic, and some very, very skilled writing.

Narration, as always with John Lee, was absolutely superb.

Can't praise this novel enough - a credit well, well spent!

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Another great Story!!

This series has been great! The commonwealth is an awesome look at the potential of Mankind!
A truly great writer and a gray story!

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breathtaking story

has opened my mind to news ideas, I will recommend this to all my friends with similar interests.

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Horrible production of a decent book

If you like Peter F. Hamilton this is as good as it gets, and the narrator is quite okay too, but the production stinks and I gave up completely after 40 minutes. The volume is extremely uneven. If you adjust it for one recording section then all of a sudden you can't hear what's being said in the next section, raise the volume and then you'll go deaf 30 seconds later. Audible should really screen the books better to avoid selling crap like this.

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  • R King
  • 10-15-12

Great book from a fantastic author

I loved Pandora's star. I still rate it amongst the best book's I've ever read, but I didn't like Judas Unchained. It didn't engage me much. I was a bit concerned the same things would happen here. I loved the Dreaming Void, and the characters and progression they (and The Commonwealth) had made in the intervening centuries. Thankfully, it didn't disappoint.

The narrator of this book is John Lee, a favourite of mine - albeit from non-fiction books - and he comes in for some unfair criticism in other reviews. Although he gets off to a slightly shaky start, it quickly gets much better, and I actually preferred his style to the one adopted by Toby Longworth, who tried to give voices to every character in The Dreaming Void and ended up with some rather dubious accents. The only criticism I have is the inconsistent pronunciation of names. One of the central characters and a key location are named differently in the books, which I found irritating.

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  • Stu
  • 09-02-10

The Temporal Void (Unabridged)

John Lee has actually narrated the first book in the series, though not available here. Fantastic book and narration, cannot wait for part 3

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  • Mo
  • 08-21-10

Superb. Narration is good.

Superb sequel to what is turning out to be one of the best space operas I've read. It's long but engaging with no slack or padding. John Lee's narration is great and up to the same quality as his narration of the Alastair Reynolds books. He isn't Toby Longworth but still very capable.

Now the wait until 'The Evolutionary Void' comes out!

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  • Peter
  • 06-09-10

Great sequel

This book matches the quality and pace of the first, focusing mainly on the story of Edeard the Waterwalker, with much briefer spells outside the Void than in the first book.

It is a very enjoyable listen and please do not be put off by criticism of the narration. John Lee is excellent, and although admittedly not quite up to the same standard as Toby Longworth, the suggestion that his sterling efforts 'spoil' the listening experience are, I believe, unfounded.

I look forward to the third installment - The Evolutionary Void, scheduled for release in September 2010, although when the audio edition will become available online is anyone?s guess!

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  • Keith Davis
  • 03-24-10

Great story spoiled by poor narration

Just finished listening to The Temporal Void, I too was very disappointed with the choice of narrator, not a patch on Toby Longworth in The Dreaming Void the first part of what I hope will be a trilogy. Hamilton's style is truly engaging, the juxtaposition of science over a thousand years in the future, and a the interleaving saga of a world where telekinesis replaces advanced technology; giving the flavour of a 'magic saga' such as Trudi Canavan conjures up in her Black Magician trilogy.

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  • Mordy
  • 06-25-10

Better than he's getting credit for

I disagree with the other reviewers on here that are criticising the narrator, after 30 minutes he finds his feet and then proceeds to deliver hour after hour of very good storytelling. He doesn't attempt to be a voice-actor like the reader of the previous book did and I think that's why he's getting some grief but after the initial thirty minutes he definitely picks up in quality and delivers a good performance. The story itself is obviously very fascinating and I need a story of this length to make my commute bearable. I'd recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-18

Terribly Recorded.

Peters Books are 5/5 no doubt. And John Lee is great narrator. What I hated about this book was how bad the recording was. I’ve never experienced it before. The narration volume changes constantly, sometimes even distorted, at other times so soft to have to up the volume tot the max. I went starlight from book 1 to book 2. No problem in book 1.
I can’t believe audible would let quality slip like this.

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  • Mr. S. Riley
  • 12-24-12

Outstanding !!

I was a big fan of Judas Unchained & Pandora's Star but if I heard another 30 page description of a new world/city that killed the speed of the book or the words "enzyme bonded concrete" I was going to throw myself under the train.



I expected more of the same with this sequel but I was pleasantly surprised. The pace of the book is great, the descriptions are brief, and hardly any signs of enzyme bonded concrete. The story is really engrossing and I found myself enjoying the dreams more than the reality.



You can read this standalone but I would recommend reading Pandora's Star & Judas Unchained first, as there is very little explanation about certain elements of history/technology that was explained at length in the first books and many of the original characters re-appear in this sequel with some in-jokes you would miss.



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  • Frances Wartnaby
  • 04-15-12

A new narrator, but still good

Like others, I was disappointed with the change of narrator. Not really as good as the Toby Longworth. However, I have to say that I got used to the new voices fairly quickly.

The story itself is, as always with this author, intriguing. You just can't help getting involved in the characters' lives. Looking forward to the finale. Hope it keeps up the pace.

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  • P. J. Williams
  • 02-26-12

Space Opera - pure and simple

Good old fashioned space opera - sprawling storyline, cast of characters and intertwining plotlines - all cracking along at a good pace and well narrated.

Not exactly high brow literature but good enough for my tastes!

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  • John
  • 05-05-19

this audio book downloaded messed up.

this audiobook downloaded with all the chapters mixed up. even to the point where the book ended mid chapter (audible chapters). the story was all mixed up and I thought they were being clever because of the time travel nature of the book, but no. it was just mixed up and out of order.

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  • Tim bones
  • 06-09-19

Weird, out of order chapters

As I was listening, there seemed to be a huge jump in the story. When the book finished, it jumped back to the middle half of the book that was missing. It like someone took out the whole middle half and moved it to the end of the book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-19

Extremely disappointing format

This book jumps to the end of the book at chapter 23/36

The chapter format is terrible

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  • taofist
  • 04-11-19

DISASTER!

The bloody chapters are OUT OF BLOODY ORDER!!! FIX THIS, AUDIBLE!!!
In all other respects...great.

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  • Schmidty
  • 04-08-19

Book was out of order

Great story but it was ruined by the chapters being played out of order. For example, the book ended about 2/3 of the way through the audio book?!

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  • David Geddes
  • 11-29-18

disappointing format

Audiobook broken up out of order. very confusing and frustrating. first time this has happened, but still disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-26-18

Why?

The chapters aren't in the correct order which causes the story to be quite confusing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-25-18

Fantastic story

Loved it. Great story line. Great depth. Fantastic writing. Awesome imagination from the author. Recomending

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-03-16

Good Story, great reader

Hamilton has a great immagination but his long descriptive passages are often tedious. Worth persisting though because ultimately the story is very satisfying. it would have been better to have the same reader for all three volumes.