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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.

    11 of 11 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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Ellis UK 15/10/2016
    Neil Ellis UK 15/10/2016 Member Since 2017
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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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    Tamlyn Kemp 15/12/2016
    Tamlyn Kemp 15/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Overlong, boring, thin plot, paper characters"

    I read the book 10 years ago but never quite finished. Now I remember why. Very little happens and it's not geared towards any clear end.

    All characters were thin and barely likable childish cliches: the womanizing but tactically gifted captain, drunken priest, innocent princess and wise-beyond-her-years teenaged city governor. Yawn.

    John Lee is great as usual, but I'll head back to his Alistair Reynolds readings, or perhaps try Hamilton's newer works rather than sink a further 90 hours finishing this saga.

    1 of 1 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!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Carpetman8020 London UK 22/05/2017
    Carpetman8020 London UK 22/05/2017 Member Since 2017

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    "Not a patch on Banks and Kenny"

    Finished all of Iain M Banks' culture series books on audio with amazing narration by Peter Kenny... needed to find the next epic listen for my hours on the north circular.
    Hamilton spins a mean yarn, plenty going on and lots of concentration needed, but I enjoyed the books despite, rather than because of John Lee's narration... He seems to read as if performing a Shakespearean soliloquy, and just doesn't have the same depth of characterisation that Kenny has reading Banks.
    But the most annoying thing is in the edit, where absolutely no pause is left between the chapter subsections. I'll persevere with the second book but it's a shame that the narration and editing take away from the complex story

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    m1lkman 16/05/2017
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    "Absolutely incredible"

    When I started this book, the scientific, uber technical style made me wonder if it would be a cold sci-fi affair. No worries on that front, Peter Hamilton weaves a beautifully written story, compelling and exciting but also wonderfully crafted. His attention to scientific detail is impressive and adds a depth to the story which I find very involving. As the characters developed I found myself caring for them and the beautiful universe PH has imagined. There is a very spiritual, philosophical side to this series which actually sits very comfortably with the technical side. It's a perfect blend of sci-fi, fantasy and a touch of horror. Absolute gem I'm already halfway through the 2nd book, couldn't get enough of this one.

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    Petteri Finland 17/04/2017
    Petteri Finland 17/04/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "scifi at its best"

    What more could you want? only thing I can think is that everything in this book is larger than life and after a while it becomes repetitive.

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    Amazon Customer 09/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Awe Inspiring Writing"

    This is an amazing, galaxy spanning, faith restoring, epic struggle against evil, with valud commentry on the future if we follow certain paths now becoming real. Loved every minute, except a couple of nasty bits that were totally justifiable for the story line.

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    lee moore 08/04/2017
    lee moore 08/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "breathtaking"

    this was was my first audio book on an audible free trial. I picked a Peter f Hamilton book because I've read his books before and they are truly breathtaking but take too long to read due to size. so figured it would be perfect on audible. and boy was I correct. I wasn't sure about John Lee's narration at first but vary glad I gave him a chance because he grows on you. the hole book and John Lee's performance his breathtaking. my only problem is I've finished it before my next credit his due so I have 7 days to wait before I can buy book 2 and can't wait that long. audible should have an unlimited listening plan.

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  • Mette
    15/05/17
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    "The narrator was really good, but"

    the edditing had let no space between scene shifts. This results in some confusion...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julian
    08/02/17
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    "great story but the performance is strained"

    epic story but the storyteller does not pause, at all, at the paragraphs. this causes a little confusion when the story takes a new focus.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gudleifur
    09/02/17
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    "Good combo"

    Great author, Peter F. Hamilton, and my favorite narrator, John Lee. Already read the book and now great to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jered
    09/12/16
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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