The Reality Dysfunction : Night's Dawn

  • by Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • Series: Night's Dawn
  • 41 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In AD 2600, the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn 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 that inhabited the galaxy aeons ago called it the Reality Dysfunction. It is the nightmare that has prowled beside us since the beginning of history.


What the Critics Say

"Elements of space opera, Straubesque horror and adrenaline-laced action make this a demanding, rewarding read." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Finally on Audible!! My favorite Hamilton series!

This book and it's sequels (Neutronion Alchemist, and The Naked God) are simply fantastic. In my opinion, this series is Hamilton's best work. Huge galactic scope, Elizabethan themes, 1940's gangsters, Interstellar travel, a very disturbing take on the Apocalypse, Sentient Cities, bio-engineering ethics (and advantages), telepathy, dystopias and utopias, interesting aliens, the Afterlife, cyborgs, cults, underworld syndicates, horror, etc, etc....

The page to page writing is arguably inferior to Hamilton's later stuff, but the ideas here are so dang grand! This is a Big Story with lots of point of view characters.

Like most of Hamilton's books, the start is a bit slow - with many characters and societies introduced, but once it gets going the momentum is impressive. Stick with it - it's worth it.

****As of writing this review you still need to download in parts, whole book download will not work (hopefully this is fixed soon). ***

Quick tip, I love John Lee as a reader, but I enjoy his reading and performance at 1.25 playback speed even more.
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- Patrick

Technical problem overcome on iPhones

What did you love best about The Reality Dysfunction?

My star ratings are "presumed because I am a serious Peter Hamilton fan and he has never failed to disappoint. I wanted to share a quick technical note to all who purchase this book to download on your iPhone and are having problems. It is only a Reality Dysfunction!

Under the app More... button, > Settings: there is a feature called "Download By Parts". Turn that on.
The 41 hours creates a single file that is above the file size limit of the iPhone operating system. It downloads in parts just fine!
So to me fellow PFH fans... Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy!!!
I am getting started now and may increase my ratings to 5 star before I am done.

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Any additional comments?

Audible needs to put an instruction on really long books that informs folks to the issues above. It is such an awesome system overall, but that functions is buried pretty deep and not intuitive. I noted that they started to default to the single file format when they got the "sync across devices" thing in full swing.
Few but our wonderful Scifi and Fantasy writers give us tomes that would be at issue.

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- Theo Mayer "Technologist, entrepreneur, instructor, producer, and toying seriously with writing!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio