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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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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.

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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.

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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!

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  • DP
  • London, UK
  • 01-02-18

I can't listen to the AWFUL narrator

I tried 3 times to listen to this book, as I really wanted to. I spend 4 hours on the motorways twice a week, and listen to a lot of books. The narrator on this totally ruined it and appears to have more interest in his own voice than telling a story - the intonation, pace and emphasis is all totally at odds with the story that the narrator clearly has no understanding of nor interest in telling. I tried 4 times over the course of 4 hours to get into it, but had to stop after 5-10 minutes each time with growing frustration at the terrible narration. Book returned.

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  • Ben
  • GUILDFORD, United Kingdom
  • 24-09-17

Great story of true Galactic scale.

a very exciting story which is a must for any sci-fi fan. A story that requires your full attention to keep track of the various characters, threads and arcs.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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great book loved all off it narrator was amazing done a great job will listen to it again

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  • Julian
  • 08-02-17

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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  • Mette
  • 15-05-17

The narrator was really good, but

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

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  • Kaido
  • 24-01-18

Interesting but jumpy storyline

Read it on paper first liked a lot. Hearing was not so good. Too much jumping between different storylines without clear reference.
Story was very interesting but too much sex, I think there was no chapter without it.

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  • karstenlumbye
  • 22-08-17

Great but complex plot

liked the story, but production left the narrator John Lee in a bad light.
In other productions John Lee is one of the Best.
It is very hard to follow the story because it is complex and because production left No time for pauses to switch between sub stories and scenes

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  • Gudleifur
  • 09-02-17

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

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."

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.

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

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!