Following the astonishing The Abyss Beyond Dreams, Night Without Stars is the epic second and final part to Peter F. Hamilton's Chronicle of the Fallers.
The planet Bienvenido is in crisis. It has finally escaped the Void, emerging into regular space. But it's millions of light-years from Commonwealth assistance, and humans are battling the Fallers for control of their world. This rapacious adversary, evolved to destroy all sentient life, has infiltrated every level of human society - hijacking unwilling bodies so its citizens fear their leaders, friends and family.
A mysterious figure known as the Warrior Angel leads a desperate resistance. She's helped by forbidden Commonwealth technology, which gives her a crucial edge. But the government obstructs the Angel's efforts at every turn, blinded by prejudice and technophobia. As Fallers also prepare to attack from the skies, she might need to incite rebellion to fight this invasion. But the odds seem impossible.
Then astronaut Ry Evine uncovers one last hope. On a mission against the enemy, his spacecraft damages an unidentified vessel. This crash-lands on the planet, carrying unexpected cargo: a baby. This extraordinary Commonwealth child possesses knowledge that could save them all. But if the Fallers catch her, the people of Bienvenido will not survive.
©2016 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
This is the first Peter Hamilton book I have listened too and it won't be the last.
I really enjoyed the plot and how the characters interwove through it. It can be confusing to remember which planet a character was on, or is on, or is going to, or even if it is a duplicated character.... but I sorta loved it more because of that.
Great book, great story, great narration.
A part of me wished he spent more time exploring all the different communities and aliens... but the book would have been way longer.
Thank you for the book Mr Hamilton.
"Brilliant second part of the story"
The narration is excellent, the narrator knows how to do Peter f Hamilton stories.
The story is so rich and detailed. The future technology and not so future technology fits in so well.
I kept wanting to hear more of the story, it was hard to pause or stop listening as I wanted to know what was going to happen.
Just a brilliant page turner or just another few minutes of listening to find out the next amazing part of the story.
Gripping and thought provoking. The detail of the worlds and plots created is just mind blowing.
"amazing space opera!"
Omg, just went out for Japanese. Pretty sure this is what second trimester feels like. I think I just felt it kick
"One of the best things you can listen to."
If you don't like grab space opera than Hamilton is not for you.
But if you do, the commonwealth series is possibly the best you can find. And this latest installment holds up wonderfully.
"A bit rushed for my opinion"
I like all of the author's books, and this is a decent conclusion to the previous book.
but I fill it was stretched to much and concluded in a hurry.
Excellent way to round off what has been a 7 book epic saga. Going back to Pandoras Star to listen to then all again now :-)
"A Great Adventure"
Peter F Hamilton via his superb Commonwealth series of books has become one
of my favourite science fiction authors. I was blown away by the first part
of the Fallers Chronicle sub-series of books that form part of the
Commonwealth saga and eagerly awaited the final part. In short, Night
Without Stars was an absolutely superb conclusion to this sub-series and
every bit worth the wait.
What I absolutely love about these stories is how Hamilton really takes the
reader on a journey. We see so much and travel to so many places in the
pages of this story that I find that the reader is immersed into the varied
and vivid worlds so skilfully depicted.
Anyone reading this review who has read the previous books in this series
can rest assured that this one is a real cracker and ranks right up there
with Hamilton's best work. Night Without Stars is an epic rip-roaring
adventure that will keep you hooked right from the start. I was unable to
put this book down and finished it in 3 days flat which translates to 8 plus
hours a day of listening!
Narration is provided by John Lee who has voiced most of Hamilton's books
which is also a welcome consistency. lee's narration is either one you love
or hate. Fortunately, I like it and although it can sound a little odd in
the style of its delivery, Lee is superbly competent.
Night Without Stars was a compelling, thrilling, exciting and addictive
read and I would highly recommend it. My hope for the future is that
Hamilton decides to continue the Commonwealth series so we can meet many of
our favourite and much loved characters once more while throwing some new
nasties into the mix.
"Superb storytelling, great performance"
John Lee is my favourite narrator by far. I have, in the past, bought books purely on the strength of him reading them. He does a superb job, as usual.
Hamilton, similarly, ranks very highly in my author pantheon. He seems to have the ability to push my buttons and evoke an emotional response to his story. Again, he didn't let me down.
The story is good but the order of the books are confusing , read these 2 books last
"A decent end to the story "
I enjoyed this story, it flowed well and really built up the tension to the finish. The voice acting was good too, lots of very northern characters!
"Great conclusion to this short series."
This work takes us outside the Commonwealth to a society that many of Hamilton's readers may recognise. An isolationist regime that is so intent on maintaining the status quo that they cannot perceive the momentous changes going on around them. Only the forceful intervention of a few rebellious individuals on the fringes of society save the day.
"Nice twist on previous books"
I thought might just be same same but different with the fallers but was a nice refreshing look at the void story..
"Very bad narration"
The narrator is terrible. I was really looking forward to this book being released, and decided to try the audio book as opposed to the real thing or an eBook. However the narration is so poor I could only stand it for a couple hours before having to give up. Very disappointing.
"Hamilton and Lee, perfect."
A fitting conclusion to the Commonwealth Saga.
Everything. It's not difficult to see why he is one of Audiofile Magazines 'Golden Voices'. Rich tones, perfect for this series of novels.
I guess if this was a film it would need no tagline. After 200 hours of audiobook I would hope most listeners/viewers would know what to expect!
"A great conclusion to the Chronicle of the fallers and an epilogue to the Commonwealth saga."
Well written with good pace and a great delivery by John Lee.
Definitely read the Abyss beyond dreams first and potentially the commonwealth saga stories also.
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