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.
Giving voice to the characters, can't imagine this series ever getting made into a movie.
His perfect pronunciation of the quite complex writing style. His narration took time to get used to but now I'm loving it.
Can't wait to listen to the other Hamilton books.
I was listening to this book while at work, so my time was spent well enough, but I honestly can't recommend this book for most people. However, if you're really into world building, then this title may be right up your alley.
The Reality Dysfunction has put me off other books by this author, but not the genre.
The Reality Dysfunction is well written, and well narrated. I cannot in good conscience say that it's a bad book, but it's just not for me. A solid eighty percent of the book is exposition, mostly in the form of world building, the majority of which is unnecessary, and at times feels narcissistic, as though the author feels there is no detail in his mind that the reader would not want to hear. This ultimately results in the story being lost amidst pages and pages (and on occasion, entire chapters) of history, and descriptions of unneeded details. This also makes it hard to connect with the characters, as their "screen time" is diluted by the overabundance of scene setting. In fact, I only remember the name of one character in the entire book, which, given the size of the cast, is pretty shocking. I'm sure there are plenty of people who would love to read such a description-heavy book (and again, it's well written, there's just waaaaay too much of it), but ultimately I found it difficult to get through.
I'm a fan of Peter F Hamilton but never got around to this series until now. I could see where it was going but that never took away from the ride. It was a great book and I can't wait for the second in the series.
Great author, Peter F. Hamilton, and my favorite narrator, John Lee. Already read the book and now great to listen to it.
"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.
"Incredible performance, long winded story"
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.
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!!!
John Lee did a fantastic job on his entire performance. Literally, the one saving grace in my opinion.
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.
If there were an abridged version of this audio book, I would definitely give it another go.
"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!
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.
"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.
"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.
"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!
"Overlong, boring, thin plot, paper characters"
I read the book 10 years ago but never quite finished. Now I remember why. Very little happens and it's not geared towards any clear end.
All characters were thin and barely likable childish cliches: the womanizing but tactically gifted captain, drunken priest, innocent princess and wise-beyond-her-years teenaged city governor. Yawn.
John Lee is great as usual, but I'll head back to his Alistair Reynolds readings, or perhaps try Hamilton's newer works rather than sink a further 90 hours finishing this saga.
"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.
"get past the 5 hour mark and you'll be fine."
it can be difficult to follow at times but its well worth the time investment.
"Had such high hopes"
I agree with the previous reviews. The idea of the book I thought was an interesting one, and would have been enough for me to continue with this series. However, I found the change in characters story to fragmented, as well as the story. You got no warning when characters changed, and you had way too many characters. Often without constant concentration, you would find that you had lost the plot completely because of the shear number of stories, and characters that are part of the overall story. I'm normally a fan of Mr Hamilton, but I wont be carrying on this this series. Stick with the commonwealth series.
Promises to get even more complicated. A wide ranging tale bringing together sci-fi and the supernatural.
"Great book, audio is poorly edited"
The story is great and so is the narration, it's just that there is no pause when the scene changes which makes it sometimes difficult to follow
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