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More of a novella than a novel

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-20

This book is ridiculously short! An Arkady Renko novel is always worth reading but I feel short changed with this one. And there's some sloppy writing: a bear which is 9 METRES high! Obviously it should be 9 feet. Enjoyable enough, but over too quickly.

Heavy going!

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-20

A real struggle, like wading through treacle. I persevered as I had paid good money for the book! The strange names of the characters confused me and the narrator didn't help: she was somewhat robotic.If there is a sequel, I won't be rushing to get it.

Very convoluted

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-19

I love Peter F. Hamilton's Commonwealth novels but this novel isn't in that series, unfortunately. I have no criticism of John Lee's narration - he is always superb. But this novel is so convoluted that I sometimes lost the thread of what was happening. Only at the very end does it begin to make sense , and now I have to wait for the next instalment!

A fascinating history

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-19

This is a fascinating story. But the narrator really irritated me every time - and the word comes up frequently- he pronounces the Spanish royal Bourbon dynasty the same way you pronounce American whiskey i.e. "Burrban" ! Isn't there an editor to check on such things?

I could have done with much more on the end of the Spanish empire: it is only covered briefly in the Epilogue.

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Dreadful narration

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better narrator such as John Lee.

What could Michael Cobley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I'm not sure as I threw in the towel after 90 minutes.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Dreadful Scottish accents. In fact all the accents were bad.

Space opera perfection!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

If you love sci-fi on a big scale - perhaps I should say galactic scale?- then you will love Pandora's Star. Not only can Peter F. Hamilton paint a scene on a cosmic scale, but the narrator John Lee is absolutely superb in reading it to us. The combination is unbeatable. Of course, once you have finished this book, you will want to go on immediately to the second volume of the story, Judas Unchained. This is a rip-roaring adventure!

Comprehensive and highly academic

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-10

This is indeed a comprehensive history of the rise to the power of the Nazis, starting with a history of Germany in the 19th century.Hitler doesn't even get a mention until about halfway into the book! This book is not for the fainthearted and certainly not for the lay reader, and is aimed at the serious history student. What does irritate is the American narration - why not a British reader? - and his peculiar treatment of some words. For example, he always pronounces 'bourgeois' as 'burr-geois' which really irritates after the tenth time! But if you are looking for a serious study, then look no further.

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