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Judas Unchained

Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Commonwealth Saga, Book 2
Length: 40 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,530 ratings)

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Summary

The high-action concluding novel of the Commonwealth Saga from one of the world's bestselling Science Fiction writers.

After hundreds of years secretly manipulating the human race, the Starflyer alien has succeeded in engineering a war which should result in the destruction of the Intersolar Commonwealth. Now, thanks to Chief Investigator Paula Myo, the Commonwealth’s political elite finally acknowledges the Starflyer’s existence, and puts together an unlikely partnership to track down this enigmatic and terrifying alien.

The invasion from Dyson Alpha continues with dozens of Commonwealth worlds falling to the enemy. The navy fights back with what it believes to be war-winning super weapons, only to find that the alien fleet has equally powerful weapons. How the aliens got them is the question which haunts Admiral Kime. Could it be that the Commonwealth’s top-secret defence project has been compromised by the Starflyer’s agents, or is the truth even worse?

©2005 Peter F Hamilton (P)2008 Tantor Media Inc

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Some issues with this recording

Book is a bit long as with a lot of Peters books! But the audio was too quiet I have 100s of audio books and only a few have issues like this I usually play at max volume and if it's quiet knock it down 3 notches but this at max is only loud enough for a quiet room if there is noise you will have to concentrate on what being read to hear it

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Difficult narration

This is a much poorer book than the first in the series, not the story but the narration. John Lee seems to have forgotten how to change his voice, it's hard to know which character is talking or if indeed it's just narration, and the voices he created for the first book seem to have gone.

These books were made for a full cast audio and whilst the first book was ok in the narration dept this one is sometimes a struggle.

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  • Andy
  • United States
  • 10-10-12

Great story, well read, terrible editing!

I know it happens a lot at editing that sometimes sentences are squeezed together to cut the time down, but this is absolutely the worst case I have heard.



Gaps at the end of sentences or paragraphs that are shorter than the words spoken in the sentence are not only confusing, but they do end up taking away from the enjoyment.

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Good story, but hard to hear even at full volume

Recording seems to be very quiet compared to other books. Had to turn phone and echo up quite a bit to be able to hear it. Any other books or music shout at that volume.

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What an utter disaster

This is simply too quiet and almost impossible to listen to. A massive disappointment.

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great book well worth a listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

brilliant book, fantastic conclusion to the commonwealth saga. Hamilton books are full of interesting idea on how human society would be impacted by advance tech. The combines a detective story, planet spanning space opera.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Paula moyo character is constantly brilliant. The calm logic which core of her character is a great foil to the craziness throughout the book universe.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

Strong performance by Mr Lee

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Very detailed and compelling

Don't buy this unless you already have the first part. On the other hand, if you have the first part, then this is a must.

Incredible detail - all the loose strings (and some you didn't realise were loose) come together in the end. Great story, told in a very matter-of-fact way tht is very believeable.

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Brilliant

I often judge whether a book is good or great by my willingness to revisit it. This book merits a revisit. In fact, so good was the audio book, I bought the paper copy too! The character development and pace of story is impecable and the author's description of 'his' future world is beguiling. This story carries on from Pandora's Star, which I have similarly read and recomend. I can recomend Peter Hamilton in general and this masterpiece in particular. It is well worth a credit!

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A nice follow on to Pandora's star

The plot continues the story in Pandora's star and follows the various characters in uncovering one of the greatest conspiracies of the time.

Don't want to spoil anything at all for anyone interested in listening to this book. One word: Wow! Peter Hamilton is one of the best (if not the best) sci-fi writers of our time and I've just downloaded his next installment. I hope it lives up to these two books!

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  • Neil
  • gazeley, United Kingdom
  • 03-09-10

Awesome

A truly fantastic read, brilliantly read by John Lee. A wonderfully deep and believable space opera. A must for any and all scifi fans

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  • Sebastian
  • 13-04-18

The book is great! audio issues tho.

The performance of John Lee is again, on point, but it's plagued by low volume and some weird production decisions that don't allow it to reach its full potential

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  • Paul
  • 26-04-12

Great read

If you could sum up Judas Unchained in three words, what would they be?

Enthralling, gripping, brilliant

What was one of the most memorable moments of Judas Unchained?

all of it

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

All the characters are portrayed brilliantly

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Bought more

Any additional comments?

This was my first science fiction read, Pandora's Star being Part 1 of the story. Well written story line, paced nicely, all the elements, plots and sub-plots along with the characters brought together perfectly. I would highly recommend this book, and have just bought another, The Void Triology. Really great from start to finish.

The reading by John Lee is utterly brilliant, as usual. I lost count of the different characters, and John Lee gave each one a different distinguishable character and accent. Without being told which character was speaking, you knew.

After many books read by him, I am still in awe of his talent.

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  • Givi Dochviri
  • 18-09-19

Better than Pandora’s star

Second Book is more action packed than the first one and many questions that were left open in first book are answered.
Definitely a must!!!


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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-19

Just one more chapter!

Exciting, thrilling. All i want from a sci-fi space opera. Now i cant wait to start on the next commonwealth-saga trillogy.

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  • Stig Ove Johnsen
  • 06-04-19

This was sadly a waist of time

This book is possibly good in paper format, and may even work as a tv-show. But as an audio book, it didn't work for me.

Too many people and side stories that is difficult to keep track of, and at many times the story is dragged out with really uninteresting parts that last for 10-20 minutes.
This combined with really awful editing that have made the switching between scenes so short that for most times you are not aware it has happened. You are just suddenly pulled out of the story because you realize that the scene has changed almost mid-sentence. When this happens, it took me a little while to get back to actually listening to the story again.
And this is true between ALL story sections - in both books!
Was there no quality control of this before releasing the audio books?

And suddenly (I think it was about 10 hours before the end) they even changed the narrator for about 2 hours?? At least, that was what is sounded like. Totally different voice and audio quality of the recording.

I will try to return both of these books - only completed them due to foolishly hoping for an increase of quality or that maybe it would be easier to follow all the different story lines after a while. It didn't.

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  • Mathias
  • 18-07-18

Good book, terrible editing

Great story and a great performance butchered by the editors. The audiobook skips entire chapters, and it is impossibly to tell when the viewpoints change because of the lack of pauses. Audio levels are also all over the place. Skip this and read it yourself instead, the story is worth it.

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  • Eric Jensen
  • 25-06-18

fantastic story

other than a missing part, this book was great and the narrator also does voices to distinguish characters. Superb experience!

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  • Marcus
  • 03-12-17

Good story - probably better to read

This is a massive piece of fiction with a lot going for it. Unfortunately, the narration doesn't do it justice. It's not that the narrator doesn't do a good job portraying the characters. Quite the opposite; I thought he did a great job of bringing the characters to life. The problem lies with the organisation of the reading. First, the narration suffers from weird shifts in tone and recording quality that I believe to be a result from the narrator taking a break from recording and starting up a while later. This means that the the narrator's tone of voice and the volume of the recording might switch at any time. Sometimes in the middle of a sentence. Second, given the large number of characters, it becomes confusing when the story shifts perspective between characters as the narrator does not mark this shift whatsoever. You might switch from the calm view of a mountain range to the center a frenzied battle in a heartbeat, without knowing that the two scenes belong to different characters. This is too bad, really, as this book features a number of bombastic action sequences featuring several main characters which become a confusing blur instead of the intense cataclysmic events that they try to be.

TL;DR: This is a good book that is marred by poorly structured narration.

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  • jason
  • 29-10-17

Great series<br />

Exciting fascinating and fun ride. Great end to a thrilling story fine storytelling imaginative world.

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  • Katarina
  • 16-10-17

Satisfying end of this 2-part saga

Judas Unchained continues where Pandora's Star left off. It follows the story through to the end, with a neat, not-very-rollercoaster-yet-satisfying-nonetheless climax and ending. All the characters you loved (and loved to hate) from the first novel are there, and every single one of the storylines is solved. Which is how it's supposed to be, especially after two of those immensely long novels. No annoying cliffhangers or unresolved plot points.

The narrator is still fantastic, and the breaks between sentences and chapters are still confusingly absent - as they were with Pandora's Star. If you liked that first part, you will like this sequel as well. The quality is the same and the stories are truly two halves of one saga.

Not a five-star novel for me (too long and detailed for that, which slowed it down) but I liked it enough to have bought the second saga as well (a trilogy in the same universe, but far into the future), starting with The Dreaming Void.

Recommend.