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The Dreaming Void | [Peter F Hamilton]

The Dreaming Void

AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. Even death itself has been overcome. But at the centre of the Commonwealth is a massive black hole. This Void is not a natural artefact. Inside there is a strange universe where the laws of physics are very different to those we know. It is slowly consuming the other stars of the galactic core - one day it will devour the entire galaxy.
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From one of the world's best-selling science-fiction writers: the complete and unabridged audio of this tense and thrilling epic, read by Toby Longworth.

AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. Even death itself has been overcome. But at the centre of the Commonwealth is a massive black hole. This Void is not a natural artefact. Inside there is a strange universe where the laws of physics are very different to those we know. It is slowly consuming the other stars of the galactic core - one day it will devour the entire galaxy.

Inigo, a human, has started to dream of a wonderful existence in the Void. He has a following of millions of believers and they now clamour to make a pilgrimage into the Void to live the life they have been shown. Other starfaring species fear their migration will cause the Void to expand again. They are prepared to stop them no matter what the cost.

And so the pilgrimage begins....

©2008 Peter F. Hamilton; (P)2008 Macmillan Digital Audio

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    Walter 22/01/2009
    Walter 22/01/2009
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    "Listen to this"

    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.

    With sincerety
    Audible - are you listening?

    48 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Dun Laoghaire, Ireland 18/08/2012
    Tara Dun Laoghaire, Ireland 18/08/2012 Member Since 2009
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    "Tedious"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    David EdinburghUnited Kingdom 08/06/2008
    David EdinburghUnited Kingdom 08/06/2008 Member Since 2007
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    "Superb"

    Peter F Hamilton just gets better and better, this is his first Commonwealth series book available on Audible. It basicaly contains two seperate books, a hard sci-fi book with lots of knowing winks to his previous Starflyer books and a medieval style fantasy tale, although of course somewhere down the line they will connect.

    The charcters are excellenty drawn, and the plot is tight yet expansive. I particularly like the details he adds in some of the sub plots that makes the book come alive. Thoroughly recommended and cant wait for the next book (this being the first of a trilogy)

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Devon 17/07/2008
    Amazon Customer Devon 17/07/2008 Listener Since 2005

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    "Great book but not concluded"

    I really enjoyed this book. Well written and space opera at its best. Be warned the story doesn't conclude in this book. Twenty one hours in and your left at a cliff hanger. Now audible needs the next one!!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Roy derbyUnited Kingdom 16/07/2008
    Roy derbyUnited Kingdom 16/07/2008 Member Since 2008
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    "This audio book got me interested in audio books!"

    I read the hardback of this novel last year and quite liked it and when I saw the audio book on Amazon I bought it to listen to in the car on the way to work and back. Superb! Absolutly superb. Toby Longworth adds a new dimension to the book, a different voice for each character and a lovely measured tone for the descriptions. I actually prefer it to the hardback and have now downloaded Iain Banks' Matter (from audible.co.uk) as it is also read by Toby Longworth.

    As another reviewer said, this novel is part one in a series (book two is out October 2008) and blends space opera with a fantasy tale. It works too.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Animarse Barcelona 18/09/2013
    Animarse Barcelona 18/09/2013

    Not known for hanging around

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    "Niggles"

    While Toby Longworth is a good narrator and shone in the mindstar series he rather disrupts the congruent flow of this series with his interpretation of character voices, especially Paula Myo, set by John Lee in the commonwealth prequel. The narration returns to John Lee in the subsequent book where even the pronunciation of key character names are changed. Don't the narrators and author talk to each other??

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Ellesmere, Shropshire, United Kingdom 21/03/2010
    Michael Ellesmere, Shropshire, United Kingdom 21/03/2010 Member Since 2007
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    "Is that it...?"

    This was a long book and had a number of stories running through it. It never seemed as though the stories were related but at the end you 'kind of' recognise a bit of inter-relation. I listen while travelling/commuting etc so occasionally miss a snippet here or there, however, usually i manage to follow most novels pretty well.

    This one left me feeling as though a number of the story lines just ended. Thery weren't obviously tied into a central theme and just seemed to stop as though the author got bored, i know i was!

    The enjoyable story line was about a guy called Edhard (sic) and it was complete but left me wanting to know more about him.

    On the whole quite disappointing really.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    I Shrewsbury, United Kingdom 25/10/2013
    I Shrewsbury, United Kingdom 25/10/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "A bit of a let down"
    What disappointed you about The Dreaming Void?

    No where near as good as Judas unchained. Far to slow to get going for my liking.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter F Hamilton again?

    Yes. I have already listened to Judas Unchained and found it excellent and would highly recommend that title.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colin 20/07/2013
    Colin 20/07/2013
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    "'Read' them in order"
    What did you like most about The Dreaming Void?

    Follows on in a universe and using characters created in Pandoras Star and Judas Unchained. Epic stuff!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Toby Longworth?

    Toby is ok but John read the first two and the next two after this. I would have preferred him there for the entire series. Oliver Monroe may have been from Tennessee but John didn't read it that way and to suddenly have to deal with a character that had apparently acquired the accent of a lesser educated individual from a cotton picking region was strange. Likewise with Paula Myo.

    Kudos to Peter F. The story is great!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Inerness, United Kingdom 06/01/2012
    Martin Inerness, United Kingdom 06/01/2012 Member Since 2008

    Self employed Architect. Listen whilst working and every night. Love sci fi, post Apocalypse, comedy, fantasy, historical & horror.

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    "Nothing missing."

    Having listened to a good few hundred Audio books, I would have to say this series is without any doubt the best of all I have heard, I was so glad to step back into this universe and find some of the great characters from the fist series of books still around. The narration, characters, writing and plot are all superb, utterly addictive listening and each book is so luxuriously long! I listened to the full Dune series and I really thought I would struggle to find something that good again, I was wrong, this series is easily that good. Only very slight issue is the change of narrator for this book, then back to original narrator for second (or fifth - depending on where you start). Both are excellent but obviously it would have been nice for continuity to have just used the same narrator for the full series, overall not a major issue as I am happy to have either one read me this fantastic series of books.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Jon Nielsen
    01/12/08
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    "Complex, fascinating and thrilling"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Hornsby Heights, Australia
    04/08/08
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    "A little confusing to start with.. and then..."

    OK I found the start of this book a little confusing, the narrative flits around like a butterfly from plotline to plotline without fully explaining who the characters are, but you get the hang of it eventually.
    And then... Just when I was really getting into the book, it ended. It didnt really end with a satisfactory conclusion, or even a cliffhanger to have you wanting a sequel, it just stopped. It's as if the author was told by the publisher to hurry up and finish it. Well I for one am hoping there is a sequel. But I can only give it 3 stars because of it's ending.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Torbjörn
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    11/03/13
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    "Good hardcore SiFi"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dreaming Void the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was relay good and the tempo of the book was nice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dreaming Void?

    The entagelment of the stories.


    What does Toby Longworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His carracters voices and a personal feel on the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it is way to long for that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Mount Merrion Ave, Ireland
    18/09/12
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    "Great Science Fiction"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dreaming Void the most enjoyable?

    A really good story, very well narrated, interesting characters, excellent plots, came together well, plots believably intertwined.


    What other book might you compare The Dreaming Void to and why?

    Pandora's Star (Trilogy) same writer and should be listened to in advance of the Dreaming Void. Both the Pandora's Star & Dreaming Void triologies are brilliantly written and delivered.


    What about Toby Longworth’s performance did you like?

    Wasn't sure at the start as I prefer John Lee, but actually really enjoyed the book/listen overall and would listen to a narration by him again.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Would make me buy more Peter Hamilton.


    Any additional comments?

    The Dreaming Void starts off slowly for the first hour or two and I nearly turned it off and deleted it. That would have been a really big mistake. It sets the scene, albeit slowly, for the rest of the book, which is a really good and enjoyable listen. By the end of the two trilogies you really miss the characters, and the stories, and want the whole thing to keep going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Rotterdam, Netherlands
    19/07/12
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    "Well written and well performed sci-fi"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dreaming Void the most enjoyable?

    To be honest, I don't usually like far future, all over the galaxy and many races kind of sci-fi. However this one is imaginative enough without too many cliches. Story lines start out loose but nicely merge eventually and the world seems well thought through.
    If I compare it with Hyperion, I enjoyed this one more.
    I'm definitely going for the second book.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be probably even better if I read the previous books of Hammilton, as he often refers back to the events of the Commonwealth saga. It is not necessary however.
    Also some characters are difficult to understand due to their extreme accent, but those are allways minor characters, so it never hurts the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    Galway
    17/02/12
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    "A great start to a new trilogy"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dreaming Void the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the writing and the narration


    What other book might you compare The Dreaming Void to and why?

    The Commonwealth Saga (Pandoras Star & Judas Unchained) which should, but doesn't have to be read first


    Which character ??? as performed by Toby Longworth ??? was your favorite?

    Aaron


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Currumbin, Australia
    14/06/11
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    "Superbly voice acted and paced"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruy
    Wolfenbuettel, Germany
    01/02/09
    Overall
    "recommended"

    This book is the first of a trilogy, and sets the stage for a master science fiction work.
    The book describes two universes, one, where physics laws work quite differently to ours (telekinesis and telepathy are natural), and another where a futuristic conglomerate of planets and races whirl around this first universe. The plot is multilinear, we follow from the beginning various characters whose stories slowly integrate.

    I enjoyed it a lot, the reading is of excellent quality, and the plot quickly immersing. I look forward for the second volume (the temporal void), if I can wait for the audio version...
    A must for science fiction readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kasandra
    BeachleyUnited Kingdom
    09/01/09
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    "A big fan"

    I'm a huge fan already and can't wait for the rest of these great books to be recorded! I'm refraining from reading the next one in the series, so I can listen to it when it's released! No previous knowledge required.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Valentine, Australia
    18/04/09
    Overall
    "Disappointing"

    Someone I don't know all that well was raving about this author, so I thought I would give him ago, especially after reading the other reviews. But although there are some original ideas, it's basically, a fairly predictable science fiction soap opera. Like watching B grade movies on TV if you're bored, it's Ok to listen to if your stuck with nothing else better. I was hoping it might come close to other Sci Fi greats like, the Enders Game series, or some Asimov (the Police Detective guy things), Dune (but not it's sequels), Philip Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electri Sheep) or Rama by Arthur C Clarke. But no unfortunately. This author's hang up about sex, although not getting in the way of the book too much, is pretty weird, as some other review writer said. In fact Sci Fi writers seem pretty messed up in this area except for Orson Scott Card, which is why the Ender's Game series is the best (especially Speaker for the Dead, the second book). The Narration is good but not fantastic.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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