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Hammilton does again. Creating a truely manificient Si-Fi future, with a magnitude of ideas and technology I for one have not come across before. The plot unwinds slowly - this book alone is over around a 1000 pages and the story continues in the newly released follow-up. But that does not make Hammilton a slow writer - the story is facinating and captivating all the way through.
Reades migh be confused by the sheer number of characters and parallel plotlines, as well as the little trick of inserting a series of dreams essential to the plot inbetween the normal chapters. But rest assured knowning that Hammilton is the man to bring it all together to create that perfect picture in the end (the eventual end, that is).
It might be recommended that you start with Pandoras Star followed by Judas Unchained, since a few characters reapper (and that series is now completed). Not essential though, as the timeline has progressed 1200 years, and the plot is all new.
Hammilton is a must-read for Si-Fi fans, but be warned: Like me, you might not be able to turn it off. Beam me up.
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Toby Longworth's narration places this audiobook at the pinnacle of dozens I've heard from Audible. His pacing and voice acting is effective and diverse, and brings the book to life. The Dreaming Void itself is pure space opera, and really enjoyable. My previous exposure to Hamilton was via the Night's Dawn trilogy, which spun off into left field with its mystical/afterlife/religious overtones. I'm very glad to report that with a mix of post-singularity galactic society and very human politicking this one feels a lot more like Ian M Banks' style, particulary when the measured pacing explodes into the microsecond scale and violent energy of high technology combat. Great space opera, but the clincher for this audiobook is unsurpassed commitment and acting by the narrator.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Do not read this book - listen to Toby Longworth, it is a great performance.
All I wish - is for the rest of the story to be published. Also I would have liked to be informed about the fact that this is part of a series which goes like this:
1. Pandora's Star (2004) Commonwealth Series #1
2. Judas Unchained (2005) Commonwealth Series #2
3. The Dreaming Void (2008) Void Trilogy #1
4. The Temporal Void (to be published in march 2009) Void Trilogy #2
Audible have published book two, Judas Unchained, but not the first. Why in the universe would they do that? I like the whole story - unabridged please.
Audible - are you listening?
63 of 64 people found this review helpful
Never really came to care about any of the (very large ensemble of) characters. Edeard was an engaging character, but even he was predictable. The rest was just ... very long and listening to cardboard-cutout schoolboy-fantasy sex scenes on audiobook was cringe-inducing.
That said, Toby Longworth's narrration was very, very good. There's a huge cast in this book and he manages to come up with a unique, believable voice for each one. He has an amazing repertoire of accents. I'll happily listen to his work again.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
Not as good as John Lee, but honestly not as bad as some reviews have made out. Paula myo and Oscars voices are a bit annoying though.
What disappointed you about The Dreaming Void?
The Narrator! This is a great story, carrying on from the commonwealth saga.<br/>But, The offensive character voices just blew it for me. Toby Longworth has a great voice when reading the story. But his character voices are just to silly and stereotypical. Almost Offensive with characters like Oscar. Tobys "Oscar" voice is taken directly from a 1970's Blacksplortation film. Its just terrible and offensive.<br/>He does well with new character but just blows it with characters from the commonwealth series. Thats the problem for me because we the fans love those character and expect better than Paula Myo's Bad Jelly the Witch voice.<br/>I know its easy to criticise and harder to create. And as I said Toby has a great even voice when reading the story around these characters. But from Kazimar to Gore to Paul and Oscar, he just fell into some weird timewarp.<br/>I'd like to hear these Narrators try to do less with the characters in Audio Books.<br/>That might work? Maybe not:)<br/><br/>
Who was your favorite character and why?
Paula is my favorite.
How could the performance have been better?
Stop the offensive voices of main characters.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
A bit of everything.
Any additional comments?
I world advice people to read these books instead of listening to them, if you want to still be in love with Peter Hamilton's books.
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