The high-action concluding novel of the Commonwealth Saga from one of the world's bestselling Science Fiction writers.
After hundreds of years secretly manipulating the human race, the Starflyer alien has succeeded in engineering a war which should result in the destruction of the Intersolar Commonwealth. Now, thanks to Chief Investigator Paula Myo, the Commonwealth’s political elite finally acknowledges the Starflyer’s existence, and puts together an unlikely partnership to track down this enigmatic and terrifying alien.
The invasion from Dyson Alpha continues with dozens of Commonwealth worlds falling to the enemy. The navy fights back with what it believes to be war-winning super weapons, only to find that the alien fleet has equally powerful weapons. How the aliens got them is the question which haunts Admiral Kime. Could it be that the Commonwealth’s top-secret defence project has been compromised by the Starflyer’s agents, or is the truth even worse?
©2005 Peter F Hamilton (P)2008 Tantor Media Inc
Enthralling, gripping, brilliant
all of it
All the characters are portrayed brilliantly
This was my first science fiction read, Pandora's Star being Part 1 of the story. Well written story line, paced nicely, all the elements, plots and sub-plots along with the characters brought together perfectly. I would highly recommend this book, and have just bought another, The Void Triology. Really great from start to finish.
The reading by John Lee is utterly brilliant, as usual. I lost count of the different characters, and John Lee gave each one a different distinguishable character and accent. Without being told which character was speaking, you knew.
After many books read by him, I am still in awe of his talent.
"Classic science fiction"
Amazing story that really keeps you on the edge. The characters are amazing very well developed. Drama and science mixed together perfectly.
"loose story from bad to worse"
The story develop into a mess of loose threads and the character become less and less convincing.
The voice, the characterization, the overall sense of drama
I had high expectation for this story, especially after the first book of the miniseries (Pandora star) that, although not exceptional suggested interesting development. Sadly, this was not the case.
"Awesome story written by a brilliant mind"
The intertwined lives of the various characters and species, but most of all the complete escape from what we call normal, into a world (Sorry I should say galaxy) that just blows your mind.
There were just too many really interesting and funny scenes to single out any in particular, I really enjoy Peter's sense of humour, and John Lee brings this across so nicely
After listening to all of his books on Audible, I started all over again, this is the second time I've listened to The Commonwealth saga, and both books are excellent. This is most definitely a good listen
I would love to meet Peter in person, with a brain that can come up with all the amazing technologies and incredible places and people in the characters in the books as only Peter introduces in his work. He's amazing. Sounds corny but living in one of his worlds sound absolutely amazing, I love listening to his stories.
"Lengthy & detailed - worth it"
It managed the maintain a high degree of tension and suspense as the story unfolded, and managed a sci-fi setting that was interesting and consistent and not absurd.
Towards the end there is an entertaining scene where the majority of the cast come together, with amusing dialogue
I I doubt I would
this book and it's first instalment both suffer at times from being over long and heavily detailed. some descriptions seem necessary. The counter point to this is that by the end of the two books you have a very good picture of the characters and events involved that adds to the experience.
"Very detailed and compelling"
Don't buy this unless you already have the first part. On the other hand, if you have the first part, then this is a must.
Incredible detail - all the loose strings (and some you didn't realise were loose) come together in the end. Great story, told in a very matter-of-fact way tht is very believeable.
"great book well worth a listen"
brilliant book, fantastic conclusion to the commonwealth saga. Hamilton books are full of interesting idea on how human society would be impacted by advance tech. The combines a detective story, planet spanning space opera.
Paula moyo character is constantly brilliant. The calm logic which core of her character is a great foil to the craziness throughout the book universe.
Strong performance by Mr Lee
I often judge whether a book is good or great by my willingness to revisit it. This book merits a revisit. In fact, so good was the audio book, I bought the paper copy too! The character development and pace of story is impecable and the author's description of 'his' future world is beguiling. This story carries on from Pandora's Star, which I have similarly read and recomend. I can recomend Peter Hamilton in general and this masterpiece in particular. It is well worth a credit!
"Great story, well read, terrible editing!"
I know it happens a lot at editing that sometimes sentences are squeezed together to cut the time down, but this is absolutely the worst case I have heard.
Gaps at the end of sentences or paragraphs that are shorter than the words spoken in the sentence are not only confusing, but they do end up taking away from the enjoyment.
"A nice follow on to Pandora's star"
The plot continues the story in Pandora's star and follows the various characters in uncovering one of the greatest conspiracies of the time.
Don't want to spoil anything at all for anyone interested in listening to this book. One word: Wow! Peter Hamilton is one of the best (if not the best) sci-fi writers of our time and I've just downloaded his next installment. I hope it lives up to these two books!
A truly fantastic read, brilliantly read by John Lee. A wonderfully deep and believable space opera. A must for any and all scifi fans
"Far, Far Too Long"
Definitely not. The first part of the series, Pandora's Star, really got the wheels in motion and raised questions you wanted to get to the bottom of. Who were the Primes? Who is the Star Flyer? Will they catch it in time, and what will happen to the key characters. Sadly, by the end of the story I was completely overwhelmed with events and characters, and had a hard time remembering who did what and where they fit in to the story.
I'd humbly submit that this needed to be far shorter and there was a lot that probably didn't need to be in there.
I've said in a previous review, great voice and a wide range for the characters. Some of them, like the one for Tigery Pansy, made me chuckle a few times.
I honestly can't say...I feel a little demotivated about the story, I feel asleep listening to the last hour and only woke up at the "This is Audible" blurb at the end. I haven't the energy or interest to go back and listen to what I missed anymore.
"Good, but not great."
Interesting book, with some great ideas. It was quite bulky, however. Quite a lot of empty descriptions of irrelevant things. Enjoyed it, but I won't be reading it again.
This is a much poorer book than the first in the series, not the story but the narration. John Lee seems to have forgotten how to change his voice, it's hard to know which character is talking or if indeed it's just narration, and the voices he created for the first book seem to have gone.
These books were made for a full cast audio and whilst the first book was ok in the narration dept this one is sometimes a struggle.
"great story but long winded w/ needless filler."
great story with really well developed characters and world's, societies you could picture effortlessly. very obvious outcome and not enough twists for my likening.
still enjoyable and I'll probably listen to / read the next one!
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