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.
"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 Too many characters to follow, and entirely too much background provided for "historical reference."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!
Thought not as good as the Peter F Hamilton classics of the Commonwealth series. Still really good books. Definitely a more darker tone than his other books with some very morally grey and at times question behavior from the main characters of the story (Joshua I am looking at you). Overall would recommend.
truly amazing, epic, enthralling story.
only problem is that the pauses between when the story jumps between characters and locations can be very very short. the pause between chapters is perfect.
"Too Long and Too Much Sex!"
This book is really hard work. There is far too much description and too much sex. The only saving grace is a faultless narration by John Lee!
I've really enjoyed the other Hamilton stories I've listened to so was surprised to struggle at times with this book. I had to retrace my steps at the beginning and listen to the first part about three times. I had to go back and re-listen several more times during the story. The overall story was good, but transitions between different threads left me lost. The narration was great as expected. I've never had to persevere with a Hamilton book before. Some parts of the story flowed easily and I really enjoyed listening and then a different sub plot suddenly started, leaving me a tad confused.
The ending of the book was actually very sudden, leaving me wondering what came next. If there is a second part then I'm sure I'll listen to it. If you like Hamilton then give this a go, but I would not recommend this as a first time read.
"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.
Only criticism is that it takes forever to get going, but it's definitely worth the wait!!
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