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The Reality Dysfunction Audiobook

The Reality Dysfunction

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Publisher's Summary

The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton is the first in Night's Dawn, a sweeping galactic trilogy from the master of space opera.

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

The Reality Dysfunction is followed by The Neutronium Alchemist and The Naked God.

©2016 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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    Ag Miller Wales 14/11/2016
    Ag Miller Wales 14/11/2016 Member Since 2014

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    "Outstanding but..."

    Great book and great narrative abs reading. However it's let down by one small but massive issue. Not enough of a pause between sections! This makes it easy to get confused as to who is saying what to whom or where the action is going on.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    P Hardwick 18/11/2016
    P Hardwick 18/11/2016
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    "Great story spoiled by poor audio editing.."

    You really have to listen hard and be prepared to skip back. Whoever editing the sound removed every pause between scenes. Within a chapter the story is told from many perspectives. Without any pauses to e a change in scene they all merge in to one and you only realise after some time the scene has changed. Frustrating.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Ellis UK 15/10/2016
    Neil Ellis UK 15/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth the wait"

    I have been waiting for these on the UK store for years now as they have been out in the USA for a while! But despite the wait the books are well worth it, an epic space drama story with gripping events and characters we all care about, a superb balance a possible tech, adult fun and hard science.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    TomE 04/10/2016
    TomE 04/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "I can't listen to this!"

    I tried, but the narration was so bad I had to give up! first book I've ever given up on and I listen to about 50 per year!

    the story seems confusing, but this may be bacause I just struggled to concentrate. the narrator sounds so weird, like he is reading in a second language or this is the first time he has ever read out loud.

    not for me. some other reviewers seem ok with it, so I would definitely recommend listening to a sample first!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Desmond Joseph O'connor uk 04/12/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Recording corruption chapter 14."

    Recording corruption chapter 14. Unsure how much story I missed.. Not a download issue I don't think

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    Mr RUSSELL SUGDEN 02/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth it if you put in the time"

    A LOT of hard Sci fi terminology at the start, not for the neophyte.

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    Duncan Huntingdon, United Kingdom 01/12/2016
    Duncan Huntingdon, United Kingdom 01/12/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth persevering with the detail."

    I always enjoy John Lee's perfect diction, even when walking in the wind he is easily understood. A great story but sometimes the detail included for background information is rather long and, well, excessive.

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    Mr. W. Inskip Uk 01/12/2016
    Mr. W. Inskip Uk 01/12/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "Good but overly long."

    Read this many years ago and just coming back to it fire the first time.

    While it is very interesting and a novel concept it is weak is comparison to his later work. In my opinion or could loss 25% and be better for it.

    Some great charecters especially the habitats and ships. Joshua makes me think of Han Solo which is no bad thing.

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    Matthew 29/11/2016
    Matthew 29/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Can't follow this story, can't get into it."

    Struggled to get beyond chapter 3, tries too hard. too long winded. tried to build interest in action in chapter 1 and just couldn't follow the plot. it's like a bad Stephen Baxter book taken too far.

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    KEERG London 25/11/2016
    KEERG London 25/11/2016 Member Since 2015

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    "Totally Epic Series"

    I have read this series in the past, but seeing on Audible with John Lee reading it was a must to download. I could not imagine trying to explain the plot of this series to anyone, totally epic and totally out there!!! Really enjoyed reading the series, enjoying the listen even more, shame it has to end, don't hesitate!

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    "Incredible performance, long winded story"
    Would you try another book from Peter F. Hamilton and/or John Lee?

    Yes, I have listened to all of the commonwealth saga and the chronicle of the fallers. Both of which, were series I couldn't stop myself from listening to, long into the night.


    What could Peter F. Hamilton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There are wayyyyyyy to many flash cuts between critical scenes. Too many characters to follow, and entirely too much background provided for "historical reference."

    Most of this could have been edited out, and five to six main players focused on. The fact there are entire chapters devoted to people who...at most..are minor players in the overall story just frustrated me.

    Moreover, there were serious climax points, that, upon completion, cut to boring techno babble, or someone sitting at a bar on a planet 1000 light years away. Where the heck was the falling action, I don't care what mr sex captain is doing at the moment, I want to know what's happening in the huge battle on the other planet!!!


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    John Lee did a fantastic job on his entire performance. Literally, the one saving grace in my opinion.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story line is quite intriguing, and the premise had me hooked for many chapters. It was the flow and constant jerks between scenes during climactic events that really wore me down.


    Any additional comments?

    If there were an abridged version of this audio book, I would definitely give it another go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gordon
    06/12/16
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    "Worth every bit"

    I've read the book before and listening to it again was wonderful. While the narrator tends to give every character a slightly snobbish tone, and it takes some getting used to, he does a very good job with accents and emotion. Very well done now on to the next book!

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