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The Reality Dysfunction Audiobook

The Reality Dysfunction

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Publisher's Summary

The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton is the first in Night's Dawn, a sweeping galactic trilogy from the master of space opera.

In AD 2600 the human race is finally realizing its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets across the galaxy host a multitude of wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary space-born creatures.

Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems. And throughout inhabited space, the Confederation Navy keeps the peace. A true golden age is within our grasp.

But now something has gone catastrophically wrong. On a primitive colony planet, a renegade criminal's chance encounter with an utterly alien entity unleashes the most primal of all our fears. An extinct race which inhabited the galaxy aeons ago called it the Reality Dysfunction, and it is the nightmare which has prowled beside us since the beginning of history.

The Reality Dysfunction is followed by The Neutronium Alchemist and The Naked God.

©2016 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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    Ag Miller Wales 14/11/2016
    Ag Miller Wales 14/11/2016 Member Since 2014

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    "Outstanding but..."

    Great book and great narrative abs reading. However it's let down by one small but massive issue. Not enough of a pause between sections! This makes it easy to get confused as to who is saying what to whom or where the action is going on.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    P Hardwick 18/11/2016
    P Hardwick 18/11/2016
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    "Great story spoiled by poor audio editing.."

    You really have to listen hard and be prepared to skip back. Whoever editing the sound removed every pause between scenes. Within a chapter the story is told from many perspectives. Without any pauses to e a change in scene they all merge in to one and you only realise after some time the scene has changed. Frustrating.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Ellis UK 15/10/2016
    Neil Ellis UK 15/10/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Worth the wait"

    I have been waiting for these on the UK store for years now as they have been out in the USA for a while! But despite the wait the books are well worth it, an epic space drama story with gripping events and characters we all care about, a superb balance a possible tech, adult fun and hard science.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    TomE 04/10/2016
    TomE 04/10/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "I can't listen to this!"

    I tried, but the narration was so bad I had to give up! first book I've ever given up on and I listen to about 50 per year!

    the story seems confusing, but this may be bacause I just struggled to concentrate. the narrator sounds so weird, like he is reading in a second language or this is the first time he has ever read out loud.

    not for me. some other reviewers seem ok with it, so I would definitely recommend listening to a sample first!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Taylor UK 10/07/2017
    Mark Taylor UK 10/07/2017 Member Since 2017

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    "Such a shame"

    Was keen to listen to this book as I have heard that it is well worth the read. Unfortunately the pace of the narration is like 1.5x faster compared to other books I have listened to and there are little to no pauses. It was difficult to follow and the first time I have returned a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ag Samson 23/06/2017
    Ag Samson 23/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "This man can write"

    Whether science fiction is your passion or philosophical debate is more your speed, PFH really makes you think as he weaves a seriously detailed narrative, populated with complex characters, around the fundamental problem that has bothered the human race since we first evolved from the apes. Incredible story telling.

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    Amazon Customer 12/03/2017 Member Since 2009
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    "Too long, too many characters"

    Way too long. Love his later work but this reads like a test of all the ideas he develops in those subsequent books. Would avoid and try the more recent titles he has written.

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    Tamlyn Kemp 15/12/2016
    Tamlyn Kemp 15/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Overlong, boring, thin plot, paper characters"

    I read the book 10 years ago but never quite finished. Now I remember why. Very little happens and it's not geared towards any clear end.

    All characters were thin and barely likable childish cliches: the womanizing but tactically gifted captain, drunken priest, innocent princess and wise-beyond-her-years teenaged city governor. Yawn.

    John Lee is great as usual, but I'll head back to his Alistair Reynolds readings, or perhaps try Hamilton's newer works rather than sink a further 90 hours finishing this saga.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Vendeltorp 15/08/2017
    B. Vendeltorp 15/08/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Passionless narrator and too much detail"
    Any additional comments?

    Imagine listening to a passionless sports commentator describing a football match with mathematics and laws of physics - that's how this audio book felt. At least for the first two hours, because that is all I could take before I had to abandon the audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Middlesbrough, United Kingdom 28/06/2017
    Ian Middlesbrough, United Kingdom 28/06/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "A little slow to start"

    The story starts slowly but builds excitement towards the middle and leaves you wanting to start the 2nd in the series.

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    15/05/17
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    "The narrator was really good, but"

    the edditing had let no space between scene shifts. This results in some confusion...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julian
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    "great story but the performance is strained"

    epic story but the storyteller does not pause, at all, at the paragraphs. this causes a little confusion when the story takes a new focus.

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  • Gudleifur
    09/02/17
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    "Good combo"

    Great author, Peter F. Hamilton, and my favorite narrator, John Lee. Already read the book and now great to listen to it.

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  • Jered
    09/12/16
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    "Incredible performance, long winded story"
    Would you try another book from Peter F. Hamilton and/or John Lee?

    Yes, I have listened to all of the commonwealth saga and the chronicle of the fallers. Both of which, were series I couldn't stop myself from listening to, long into the night.


    What could Peter F. Hamilton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There are wayyyyyyy to many flash cuts between critical scenes. Too many characters to follow, and entirely too much background provided for "historical reference."<br/><br/>Most of this could have been edited out, and five to six main players focused on. The fact there are entire chapters devoted to people who...at most..are minor players in the overall story just frustrated me. <br/><br/>Moreover, there were serious climax points, that, upon completion, cut to boring techno babble, or someone sitting at a bar on a planet 1000 light years away. Where the heck was the falling action, I don't care what mr sex captain is doing at the moment, I want to know what's happening in the huge battle on the other planet!!!


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

    John Lee did a fantastic job on his entire performance. Literally, the one saving grace in my opinion.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story line is quite intriguing, and the premise had me hooked for many chapters. It was the flow and constant jerks between scenes during climactic events that really wore me down.


    Any additional comments?

    If there were an abridged version of this audio book, I would definitely give it another go.

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  • Gordon
    06/12/16
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    "Worth every bit"

    I've read the book before and listening to it again was wonderful. While the narrator tends to give every character a slightly snobbish tone, and it takes some getting used to, he does a very good job with accents and emotion. Very well done now on to the next book!

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