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Salvation

Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (733 ratings)
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Summary

Know your enemy - or be defeated.

AD 2204
An alien shipwreck is discovered on a planet at the very limits of human expansion - so Security Director Feriton Kayne selects a team to investigate. The ship’s sinister cargo not only raises bewildering questions but could also foreshadow humanity’s extinction. It will be up to the team to bring back answers, and the consequences of this voyage will change everything.

Back on Earth, we can now make deserts bloom and extend lifespans indefinitely, so humanity seems invulnerable. We therefore welcomed the Olyix to Earth when they contacted us. They needed fuel for their pilgrimage across the galaxy - and in exchange they helped us advance our technology. But were the Olyix a blessing or a curse?

AD 50,000
Many light-years from Earth, Dellian and his clan of genetically engineered soldiers are raised with one goal. They must confront and destroy their ancient adversary. The enemy caused mankind to flee across the galaxy, and they hunt us still. If they aren’t stopped, we will be wiped out - and we’re running out of time.

Salvation is the first title in a stunning science fiction trilogy, The Salvation Sequence, by Peter F. Hamilton.

©2018 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Great story, just a little slow getting going.

Good story, lots of threads across time and space, and Hamiltons treatment of portals is great.
Unfortunately I'm not too keen on the narrator - but this is just a personal niggle, the audio is very clear.

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New universe but same high-quality

Peter F Hamilton new book is a new universe but the same high-quality that you always expect from him. This book drew you in as it built layer bilayer and expanded the universe Peter has created I love that from beginning to end.

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  • Neil S.
  • Barnsley, South Yorkshire
  • 23-10-18

I'm sorry John, I'm not keen on your rhythm :(

I stuck with this audiobook. I previously caved in with "The Abyss Beyond Dreams" after the first four or five chapters. It's not the stories, but the delivery I'm afraid. I struggle with Johns rhythm and tone. For most characters, he seems to begin sentences by almost barking out the words at an incredibly fast rate and the sentence trails off slower and quieter with a downward tone. This killed "The Abyss Beyond Dreams" for me.

Salvation, I stuck with. Certain characters didn't seem to receive the same style of delivery as much, Callum for instance. A really well delivered Scottish accent in my opinion! The general overall accent for the characters is a little too posh for my tastes too. Sorry John.

For a frame of reference to what I REALLY like as a delivery (to match the subject matter of course), is "The Expeditionary Force" series, narrated by R. C. Bray.

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Disappointing

This was my introduction to this author. I really struggled to get to the end. I stuck with it in the hope it would get better but it didn’t.
For me it was far too disjointed and at times incomprehensible, I will not be carrying on with this series

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More of the same, nothing new

If you like Peter Hamilton spoken by the dulcet tones of John Lee you can't go wrong with this book. It was a bit familiar and hackneyed for me, but there was a Scots character in it so all is forgiven, lol.

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Frustratingly poor narration.

A decent enough story but all the characters sound too similar to the point where it’s difficult to know who is saying what. Will not be buying another book with this narrator.

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A little deja vu

But having loved the previous Commonwealth books, I'm more than happy to listen to more of the similar.

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John Lee

I don’t know how people come to read books out loud for a living when they are so comically lacking charisma or even a clear interest in the text. This is like some sort of Toast of London sketch. Couldn’t get through a single chapter.

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For the love of god, drop John Lee

Great story by PFH. Much prefer this to his commonwealth universe books. After the first few chapters, and realising it was going to be a good tale, I dropped the audiobook and picked up a hard copy, so that I didn’t have to endure Lee’s catastrophic narration. I did go back to the audiobook on my commute though. After plugging through the Fallers Chronicles with Lee (Bee Yen Ven Eedo, anyone?), I've come to the conclusion that he really is the worst reader I’ve come across. By a clear country mile.

The way Lee reads descriptive passages is *alright* at best, if you can put up with the stop start delivery. It’s like listening. To a book where all. The punctuation is jumbled around. He emphasises a word in every sentence, and pauses randomly - as though he's reached the end of the line and hasn't picked up the next row yet.

Even worse though, is the character voicing. It's woeful. Nobody, *nobody*, talks in the way Lee delivers, it’s unbearably distracting. He also has no range whatsoever, apart from the odd regional accent, there's not much to tell the characters apart.

Please, please, drop the guy. There are so many wonderful narrators out there, it’s a crime that he’s ruining Hamilton’s work. I'd pay quadruple to have Kobna Holdbrook-Smith read Peter's work. Here's hoping for re-releases with a competent narrator.

Sorry John.

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Very good listen - next book please!

It took a little while for me to get into this - I guess the scene for the trilogy needed to be set, but by the end I was enthralled. Roll on the next two books!!

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  • Trex
  • 22-09-18

It's OK. I usually Love Hamilton though

Canterbury Tales style stories within stories told around a table of pilgrims, also used in the Hyperion books.Great literary device. These stories however are only quite interesting.

For some reason Hamilton has made all his characters incredibly ethnically diverse which has proved a real challenge to the usually fantastic John Lee. I struggled to keep track of who was who while this nuance added nothing to the plot.

The far future stuff is pretty uninspired. Lord of The Flies meets Brave New World meets Enders Game while rehashing the animal servants from The Void. The enemy is very disappointing.

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  • Alex Banane
  • 22-01-19

usually lee+hamilton works, not this time

Lee and Hamilton usually make a good combo - the shining example being audibooks from the commonwealth saga. This time however they don't pull it off. The characters and their surrounding stories are quite flat with their motivations and background being very thinly explored. Lee's narration gets confusing with the changes in perspective depending on the character and so does the story in some parts.
The entire story feels like it suffers from an incomplete worldbuilding and as a result of that Hamiltons usually very descriptive sceneries and plots including their narration fall short of the standards the other books set.
If youre looking for the usual Hamilton tropes from portals, future tech buzzwords, the phrase "jesus wept" used in the highest quantity of any Hamilton book yet and fantastical technology you will find them here - but be prepared for disappointment when comparing this to the other works of Hamilton.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 24-09-18

I couldn't follow the narrator/writer.

Might be better to pick up the hardcopy book. I found this quite monotonous. DNF

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  • Marco
  • 10-09-18

20 hours of only slightly interesting snippets

I am a Huge Peter F. Hamilton, but I feel this book stretched too much what is essentially an introduction to the story.

It tells only motheratly interesting fragments of many characters and different events, trying to create a big mistery, but ends up making an entire book filled with unimportant stuff.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 01-12-18

Messy and hard to follow

The beginning is very hard to follow on Audiobook. It picks up in the middle and you'll want to hear more in the end.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Fahiz
  • 03-11-18

Superb!

As always Peter Hamilton does not disappoint. An entertaining read that his fans will love.

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  • Jakob
  • 24-10-18

I Really liked it ...

Looking forward to the sequel... supreme sci fi and have Made my commute to work a pleasure

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  • Michael
  • 25-09-18

Excellent build-up

The scene is now set for the next couple of books in this series. Can’t wait!

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  • Mark Hamilton
  • 16-02-19

excellent as always

always an event in my house when a new peter f Hamilton novel arrives. perfect blend of minute story telling and huge story arc. we will struggle through til the next instalment

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