Earth AD Humanity has colonized over four hundred planets, all interlinked by wormholes. For the first time in mankind's history there is peace.
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Then a star over a thousand light years away suddenly vanishes, imprisoned inside a force field of immense size. Only a faster-than-light starship, captained by ex-NASA astronaut Wilson Kime, can reach that distance to investigate. But there was a good reason for sealing off an entire star system. And getting in may not be as difficult as stopping something from getting out. I really had a hard time 1 keeping track of all the characters and 2 staying awake. I enjoy a good history book and I've read all of the Wheel of Time series. Initially I thought it was me, but then I realized that it was the book.
I am sure some people would love this book, but after nearly 30 hours of listening to be greeted with a cliff hanger ending! Not a good book in my mind! Very long, numerous complicated parallel storylines that never come together. Lots of extraneous excruciating detail which does not enhance or advance the story. I found myself enduring this book rather than enjoying it, gritting it out to find out what happened, how things resolved.
Nothing happens, nothing is resolved, storylines do not converge.
In order to see what happens, I'd need to listen to the next book, then the next, ad infinitum. But I just can't. I will not continue this series. Can't say much about the story since I stopped listening only a few minutes in. The poor audio quality made the narrator sound like he was speaking from the inside of a plastic bag that was in turn being repeatedly dunked in a puddle. Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend it if there was an abridged version or if the narration was done a little differently. What was your reaction to the ending? No spoilers please! The ending was very abrupt and you find it continues in a second book. Did the narration match the pace of the story? At times, though there were several times that the story had changed to a different side story but it took a while to figure it out.
Any additional comments? There are lots of side stories in there and they are slow to tie into the main story line. The main story line is also slow to gain steam.
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If there was an abridged version of this book I doubt you would miss much and would be probably be a lot easier to follow. About halfway through, I realized this was going to be a continued story, and would probably end in a cliffhanger. How right I was. This has all the earmarks of an epic saga: a huge cast of characters, covering the breadth of an entire milieu. Multiple viewpoints show us almost everything that's happening.
I hate that kind of book. I can't put them down, and I'm forced to go out and buy the next volume, or the previous one, if I'm unfortunate enough to have started in the middle.
Technically, I found the volume level to be a little quiet for listening with the iPhone speakers. The narrator also varied his tone, so I constantly had to adjust the volume on my earphones. There is without a doubt some fantastic concepts introduced in this book which should have allowed the writer to create a SF masterpiece.
Unfortunately, that never happens. The brilliant concepts instead become mundane and are forgotten. None of the characters are actually likeable, and there are so many side plots, it is difficult to keep a coherent plot in your head. By far the worst, however, is the narration.
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Granted, you have to suspend belief when a man reads a woman's voice, but this narrator was so amateurish about it it was laughable at times. The award for the absolute worst portrayal of a character however, was the use of a Mike Myers aka Austin Powers voice for one of the main characters. You couldn't have come up with something better than that? The plot is too big from the beginning of the series. I find it difficult to correlate the story.
Author tries to put together toward at end but it is not captivating. Your audiobook is waiting…. Pandora's Star. By: Peter F. Narrated by: John Lee.
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Publisher's Summary Critics have compared the engrossing space operas of Peter F. But Hamilton's best-selling fiction - powered by a fearless imagination and world-class storytelling skills - has also earned him comparison to Tolstoy and Dickens. Hugely ambitious, wildly entertaining, philosophically stimulating: the novels of Peter F. Hamilton will change the way you think about science fiction. Hamilton P Tantor. Critic Reviews "The depth and clarity of the future Hamilton envisions is as complex and involving as they come.
What members say Average Customer Ratings Overall. Amazon Reviews. Sort by:. Most Helpful Most Recent. Sue Nami Have to resort to headphones to listen Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Add to Bag. From there, the books explore the potential utopia created by this and other revolutionary technologies, a potential utopia forever changed when an astronomer notices a binary pair of stars on the edge of known space blink out of existence, to be replaced with Dyson spheres.
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