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 ..Show More »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.
I loved Pandora's star. I still rate it amongst the best book's I've ever read, but I didn't like Judas Unchained. It didn't engage me much. I was ..Show More »a bit concerned the same things would happen here. I loved the Dreaming Void, and the characters and progression they (and The Commonwealth) had made in the intervening centuries. Thankfully, it didn't disappoint.
The narrator of this book is John Lee, a favourite of mine - albeit from non-fiction books - and he comes in for some unfair criticism in other reviews. Although he gets off to a slightly shaky start, it quickly gets much better, and I actually preferred his style to the one adopted by Toby Longworth, who tried to give voices to every character in The Dreaming Void and ended up with some rather dubious accents. The only criticism I have is the inconsistent pronunciation of names. One of the central characters and a key location are named differently in the books, which I found irritating.
This series of five books takes a huge investment of time to get through but it is absolutely worth it. This is a breathtakingly good story, with well..Show More » developed characters and such a solid and believable setting you'd think the author lives there (which in a way I suppose he does!). I had no issues with John Lee's narration, finding him very engaging to listen to. It's taken me some months to get through the whole sequence but I feel much richer for it. For me this is one of those stories that will never leave me, it's up there with the likes of Dune, The Culture novels and Alastair Reynolds Revelation Space series.
What makes the Void series stand out is the double storyline, one high-tech sci-fi and one fantasy, working together perfectly. Anyway, I could go on piling on superlatives but you get the picture.
I have a collection of 150 audiobooks now and this is the first I've felt I had to review!