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The Neutronium Alchemist

Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Night's Dawn, Book 2
Length: 40 hrs and 21 mins
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Summary

Following on from The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist is the second epic novel in the Night's Dawn trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton.

The ancient menace has finally escaped from Lalonde, shattering the Confederation's peaceful existence. Those who succumbed to it have acquired godlike powers but now follow a far from divine gospel as they advance inexorably from world to world.

On planets and asteroids, individuals battle for survival against the strange and brutal forces unleashed upon the universe. Governments teeter on the brink of anarchy, the Confederation navy is dangerously overstretched, and a dark messiah prepares to invoke his own version of the final Night.

In such desperate times, the last thing the galaxy needs is a new and terrifyingly powerful weapon. Yet Dr Alkad Mzu is determined to retrieve the Alchemist - so she can complete her 30-year-old vendetta to slay a star. Which means Joshua Calvert has to find Dr Mzu and bring her back before the Alchemist can be reactivated.

But he's not alone in the chase, and there are people on both sides who have their own ideas about how to use the ultimate doomsday device.

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

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2 massive gaps

There are two massive gaps in this one at the end of chapter 8 and the other at chapter 21 I think very disappointed with that but I love the story and enjoyed it

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  • Adam
  • Houghton-Le-Spring, United Kingdom
  • 09-02-18

Missing about 2 hours of the story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would include the WHOLE book there is two large chunks of Audio missing. It suddenly stops at 29:54 chapter 8 there is at least 30-40 minutes missing there. Chapter 22 ends at 07:29 missing at least an hour there. It is not complete and should not be released in this state. I could understand if it was a second hand book that I had picked up, but it is a full price professionally produced product. Not good enough!

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great story

a gripping futuristic adventure all through.
only one negative comment, and that is the reader not leaving clear pauses between sections.
otherwise, very good!

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Superb

Totally gripping from start to finish. An absolute masterpiece. Can't wait to get started on the next book.

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I read the books years ago and loved them

The audiobook is just awesome. I really love the way John Lee brings Hamilton's universe to life. Really very good indeed.

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Fantastic<br />Thanks for the excellent experience<br />

As above as spellbinding as can be sometimes I expected a reality disfunction
So on to the naked god

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great second book in the nights dawn trilogy

great follow up and development of the storyline can't wait to get into the final chapter.

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left me wanting more

superb second book, fantastic imagination and use if words, can't wait to start the next one to see how things turn out for Joshua and his crew.

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Star Wars for Adults

I won't say much about the Night's Dawn trilogy (of which this is the first), except that -even at 1000+ pages- each one of them is catnip for any genre lover, SF novocaine for the soul, Star Wars for adults - and I urge anybody who hasn't read them to set to soon as. I've read them all before (the first one twice), and couldn't resist the chance to hear them free via Amazon's Audible trial. There's a lot for one man to get through, but Lee does an admirable job. He seems to be actually enjoying himself and the book as he reads, providing a myriad of accents -some, admittedly, unintentionally funny- which he mainly manages to keep track of successfully. His delivery is sometimes a tad Shatner, and he rarely pauses between location changes (which can confuse), but I otherwise can't fault his animated reading and highly recommend it for housework and long drives.

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  • David
  • GOSPORT, United Kingdom
  • 13-09-18

Wow

What a story. Can be confusing in parts. Needed to rewind a couple of times due to complexity of the story line. However I could not stop listening. Narration was ok. Needed to put in more breaks so you can keep up with the story. Can’t wait for more from this author

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-03-18

Broken recording

At least two chapters are cut in the middle. Super bad for a paid product.

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  • Terje Dahl
  • 09-10-18

I am rushing ...

... to by the third book!

I can hardly put them down. Enthralling. Imaginative.
I will be sad once the last book is finished.

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  • Wolf
  • 29-10-16

A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

I continue to be surprised and amazed by the seemingly limitless enjoyment that I experience from these works. With many thanks to author, talent and production.