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
"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.
Audible - are you listening?
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)
"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!!
"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.
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.
"Hard to get into buy worth the effort"
Toby Longworth is the best narrator by far so much better than most. Massive shame he didn’t do book 2.
"Left Hanging in space... Nooo!"
Brilliant story. Like some of the best yarns it takes time to get into the picture but the narrator does a brilliant job of painting this for us. Audible.... Reading the reviews tells me that people have been shouting for the rest of the series to be made for more than a year now. We are left hanging in mid space too long. Please get the next in this series produced ASAP.
"Peter F Hamilton does it again"
I am a big fan of Peter F Hamilton and The Void Trilogy does not disappoint. A big universe with characters that you feel you know.
"Has grabbed me - beautifully narrated"
This is the best sort of audiobook. I chose it with no expectations and the strands of the plot have brought me into the world(s) which are built with precision here. Looking forward to the next in the series
"You may need to persevere with this one"
I am not a scifi fan, but this sounded interesting. After listening to the first half hour I fell asleep. On many, many consecutive nights the same thing happened until I decided that, as it had such a soporific effect, it was only worth bothering with when I couldn't sleep. However, as time went on I started to get really interested and it actually started to keep me awake wanting to know what was going to happen next. So much so, that I had to go back to the beginning to re-listen to all the bits I had slept through! I am now giving the second book in this series serious consideration. :-)
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