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The Dreaming Void

Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Series: Void Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 21 hrs and 52 mins
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From one of the world's best-selling science-fiction writers: the complete and unabridged audio of this tense and thrilling epic, read by Toby Longworth.

AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. Even death itself has been overcome. But at the centre of the Commonwealth is a massive black hole. This Void is not a natural artefact. Inside there is a strange universe where the laws of physics are very different to those we know. It is slowly consuming the other stars of the galactic core - one day it will devour the entire galaxy.

Inigo, a human, has started to dream of a wonderful existence in the Void. He has a following of millions of believers and they now clamour to make a pilgrimage into the Void to live the life they have been shown. Other starfaring species fear their migration will cause the Void to expand again. They are prepared to stop them no matter what the cost.

And so the pilgrimage begins....

©2008 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2008 Macmillan Digital Audio
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Listen to this

Do not read this book - listen to Toby Longworth, it is a great performance.
All I wish - is for the rest of the story to be published. Also I would have liked to be informed about the fact that this is part of a series which goes like this:

1. Pandora's Star (2004) Commonwealth Series #1
2. Judas Unchained (2005) Commonwealth Series #2
3. The Dreaming Void (2008) Void Trilogy #1
4. The Temporal Void (to be published in march 2009) Void Trilogy #2

Audible have published book two, Judas Unchained, but not the first. Why in the universe would they do that? I like the whole story - unabridged please.

With sincerety
Audible - are you listening?

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While Toby Longworth is a good narrator and shone in the mindstar series he rather disrupts the congruent flow of this series with his interpretation of character voices, especially Paula Myo, set by John Lee in the commonwealth prequel. The narration returns to John Lee in the subsequent book where even the pronunciation of key character names are changed. Don't the narrators and author talk to each other??

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Superb

Peter F Hamilton just gets better and better, this is his first Commonwealth series book available on Audible. It basicaly contains two seperate books, a hard sci-fi book with lots of knowing winks to his previous Starflyer books and a medieval style fantasy tale, although of course somewhere down the line they will connect.

The charcters are excellenty drawn, and the plot is tight yet expansive. I particularly like the details he adds in some of the sub plots that makes the book come alive. Thoroughly recommended and cant wait for the next book (this being the first of a trilogy)

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Tedious

Never really came to care about any of the (very large ensemble of) characters. Edeard was an engaging character, but even he was predictable. The rest was just ... very long and listening to cardboard-cutout schoolboy-fantasy sex scenes on audiobook was cringe-inducing.

That said, Toby Longworth's narrration was very, very good. There's a huge cast in this book and he manages to come up with a unique, believable voice for each one. He has an amazing repertoire of accents. I'll happily listen to his work again.

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'Read' them in order

What did you like most about The Dreaming Void?

Follows on in a universe and using characters created in Pandoras Star and Judas Unchained. Epic stuff!

Would you listen to another book narrated by Toby Longworth?

Toby is ok but John read the first two and the next two after this. I would have preferred him there for the entire series. Oliver Monroe may have been from Tennessee but John didn't read it that way and to suddenly have to deal with a character that had apparently acquired the accent of a lesser educated individual from a cotton picking region was strange. Likewise with Paula Myo.

Kudos to Peter F. The story is great!

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Great book but not concluded

I really enjoyed this book. Well written and space opera at its best. Be warned the story doesn't conclude in this book. Twenty one hours in and your left at a cliff hanger. Now audible needs the next one!!

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A bit of a let down

What disappointed you about The Dreaming Void?

No where near as good as Judas unchained. Far to slow to get going for my liking.

Would you ever listen to anything by Peter F Hamilton again?

Yes. I have already listened to Judas Unchained and found it excellent and would highly recommend that title.

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amazing

start to finish an awsome story. The characters come to life with this narrator. don't be put off by the length. This can be listened to time and time again.

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Loved the book. For me disappointing narration

After listening to (and loving) Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained I was looking forward to the story continuing.

I haven't been disappointed at all by the story but I was very disappointed by Toby Longworth's narration. That's actually slightly unfair, I enjoyed his narration of the story but not of the characters. It doesn't help that the I'd just spent nearly 80 hours listening to John Lee voice many of the same characters however I found Longworth's style to be more fitting to fantasy rather than Sci Fi. I found his portrayal of the male characters to either make them seem overly camp, overly dumb or overly grandiose. The female characters were ok but not to my tastes.

I was very pleased to see that Lee returns to voice the following two books. I do not regret buying this book however I would have definitely preferred the same narrator throughout the whole series.

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Not sure about the narrator!

What made the experience of listening to The Dreaming Void the most enjoyable?

I have been listening to Peter F Hamilton's books and most of these stories are the basic tale of good -v- evil. The worlds that Peter Hamilton has created using a mixture of science fact and science fiction to believable.

So far they have been narrated by John Lee and I have got used to his interpretations of the characters. It is a pity that Toby Longworth didn't listen to the previous audio books to keep some sort of continuity. The ones that jarred where Paula and Oscar.

Otherwise, he has a good voice.

If you listen to it while doing other things, you may have to replay as some of the story has facts that are absolutely essential.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The joy of PFH's books are the many characters and you have to keep your wits about you to know where you are. The characters are all believable. I loved the relationship between Hakim and Eddiard and Eddiard and his fellow constables.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes as in come cases the story moved so fast you had to listen quite hard but that is the style of the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Eddiard's village was ransacked by the bandits.

Any additional comments?

Good story.

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  • Jon Nielsen
  • 01-12-08

Complex, fascinating and thrilling

Hammilton does again. Creating a truely manificient Si-Fi future, with a magnitude of ideas and technology I for one have not come across before. The plot unwinds slowly - this book alone is over around a 1000 pages and the story continues in the newly released follow-up. But that does not make Hammilton a slow writer - the story is facinating and captivating all the way through.

Reades migh be confused by the sheer number of characters and parallel plotlines, as well as the little trick of inserting a series of dreams essential to the plot inbetween the normal chapters. But rest assured knowning that Hammilton is the man to bring it all together to create that perfect picture in the end (the eventual end, that is).

It might be recommended that you start with Pandoras Star followed by Judas Unchained, since a few characters reapper (and that series is now completed). Not essential though, as the timeline has progressed 1200 years, and the plot is all new.

Hammilton is a must-read for Si-Fi fans, but be warned: Like me, you might not be able to turn it off. Beam me up.

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  • Matthew
  • 04-08-08

A little confusing to start with.. and then...

OK I found the start of this book a little confusing, the narrative flits around like a butterfly from plotline to plotline without fully explaining who the characters are, but you get the hang of it eventually.
And then... Just when I was really getting into the book, it ended. It didnt really end with a satisfactory conclusion, or even a cliffhanger to have you wanting a sequel, it just stopped. It's as if the author was told by the publisher to hurry up and finish it. Well I for one am hoping there is a sequel. But I can only give it 3 stars because of it's ending.

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  • Witold Baryluk
  • 10-07-20

Slow, but enjoyable and different.

somehow different than Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained, but continuation of the same universe with big changes. Nice connectioma to the previous books, both in the story and characters, despite happening 1000 years later.

The Void is still mysterious to me, and is pretty fantastic, which is weird for a sci-fi book, but it does work. And similar to previous book a complex story of many factions, aliens, and people is created by following multiple characters.

The story somehow stops abruptly, so next book is a must.

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  • Lush
  • 12-05-20

Great opener / terrible narration

The story is great. Typical Hamilton space opera. But Longworth’s narration is just terrible. His reading voice is good but his character voicing is appalling. It is so bad that it wrecks the story. His characters sound like morons. The Paula / Oscar scene is just so awful that it becomes ridiculous. I wish I could get the John Lee version but it is unavailable.

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  • Maarten van Wensveen
  • 06-09-19

Yet another great opening!

Hamilton has done it again, just like Pandora's star in which so many little plot lines tend to leave you confused as to where you are at first. But then it starts to come together and the plot lines merge into this fantastically orchestrated whole that leaves you aching for more....i can't wait for what is comming up next! into the temporal void we go!!

To all prospective readers of the Void trilogy: Reading Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained (The commonwealth saga) is not a must but strongly advised. Both great books and you will not go wrong with reading it first as it will help you understand subtle nuances and a lot of historical back stories

As to the Narrator: Toby has a good voice but tends to overact women as all sounding like old crones and tough men sounding like Scottish pirates. The semi Scottish parts i liked but was sometimes hard to keep apart. The voicing of the women should have been a lot better (Especially Paula Myo and Justine Burnelli)

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  • Dmitry
  • 26-06-17

John Lee or Peter Kenney should have read it

The Commonwealth is going post physical. And it's thousand year old​ scions sound like pirates. Each and every one.

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  • Mattias H
  • 17-06-17

Great story, over acted

Great book. Toby Longworth has a nice "narrators voice" but the voice acting is over the top. Half the male characters and nearly all the females sound like idiots. Even Paula Myo (scandal!). I'll read the rest of the series myself.

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  • Chris
  • 14-06-11

Superbly voice acted and paced

Toby Longworth's narration places this audiobook at the pinnacle of dozens I've heard from Audible. His pacing and voice acting is effective and diverse, and brings the book to life. The Dreaming Void itself is pure space opera, and really enjoyable. My previous exposure to Hamilton was via the Night's Dawn trilogy, which spun off into left field with its mystical/afterlife/religious overtones. I'm very glad to report that with a mix of post-singularity galactic society and very human politicking this one feels a lot more like Ian M Banks' style, particulary when the measured pacing explodes into the microsecond scale and violent energy of high technology combat. Great space opera, but the clincher for this audiobook is unsurpassed commitment and acting by the narrator.

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  • Katarina
  • 17-01-18

Smart combination of scifi & fantasy!

From the beginning this novel requires your attention - no vacuum cleaning or shopping while listening please - as per usual, it seems, with Hamilton's work. The plot takes its time to unfold in all its detail, sauntering unhurriedly forward while you meet all of its well-fleshed out characters. But then: a novelty, a story-within-a-story, a novel-within-a-novel even, and to Hamilton's credit I cannot make up my mind which of the two I liked better. I might love them equally well - although Inigo's dreams, which make up this interwoven second novel, are more action-driven with a higher pacing, so I guess I do prefer that storyline a little.

In my opinion Hamilton has brilliantly succeeded in combining scifi and fantasy in one great tale, without the genres ever actually crossing over. A smart move, and smartly done. The novel hints at the two stories, or at least their worlds, being integrated in one of its sequels, but this first part will have none of that. Loved it!

After The Commonwealth Saga, The Dreaming Void has a new narrator, which comes with its perks and its disadvantages. On the plus side, there are actual sentence breaks in the correct places now, and some clarifying seconds of silence between chapters. What.a relief that was, compared to the prequels. My criticism of this change of narrator however slightly outweighs its advantages. For Mr. Longworth pronounces certain names of characters and species differently from what we have become acquainted with in the Commonwealth Saga, which I found slightly annoying and couldn't get used to. Also, his acting voice for the different characters is, naturally, different from John Lee's, which includes inflection of voice, and the way certain sentences are intoned. I found this distracting as well because the effect was that several well-loved characters didn't sound like themselves anymore. So I was glad to notice that John Lee, the original narrator of the Commonwealth Saga, returns to parts 2 and 3 of the Void trilogy.

All in all I liked this first part of the Void trilogy enough to recommend it to anyone who likes the Commonwealth Saga, or simply Peter Hamilton's work.

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  • Koen Van Overberghe
  • 19-03-17

A compelling read requiring a focused listener

I started reading/listening to The Dreaming Void shortly after finishing the commonwealth saga books, and it took me some time getting to grips with the new reality after a 1500 year time lapse.

As typical with Mr. Hamilton 's books, the story is never less than grand, the ideas are inspiring and there's plenty of material introduced in The Dreaming Void for the rest of the trilogy. I found the dual storyline refreshing yet demanding on the reader's focus - leaving me to read some different stories in that last - half - hour before sleep time frame.

in all, a compelling read with a decent cliffhanger ending.

Combining the eBook and the narration worked out well for me - I will do it again.