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Salvation

Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Salvation Sequence, Book 1
Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (254 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Know your enemy - or be defeated.

AD 2204
An alien shipwreck is discovered on a planet at the very limits of human expansion - so Security Director Feriton Kayne selects a team to investigate. The ship’s sinister cargo not only raises bewildering questions but could also foreshadow humanity’s extinction. It will be up to the team to bring back answers, and the consequences of this voyage will change everything.

Back on Earth, we can now make deserts bloom and extend lifespans indefinitely, so humanity seems invulnerable. We therefore welcomed the Olyix to Earth when they contacted us. They needed fuel for their pilgrimage across the galaxy - and in exchange they helped us advance our technology. But were the Olyix a blessing or a curse?

AD 50,000
Many light-years from Earth, Dellian and his clan of genetically engineered soldiers are raised with one goal. They must confront and destroy their ancient adversary. The enemy caused mankind to flee across the galaxy, and they hunt us still. If they aren’t stopped, we will be wiped out - and we’re running out of time.

Salvation is the first title in a stunning science fiction trilogy, The Salvation Sequence, by Peter F. Hamilton.

©2018 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • 18-10-2018

The Canterbury Tales redux

A great start to a new Hamilton epic. This feels like a mixture between the second half of Stephenson's Seveneves and Simmons' Hyperion, with more similarity to Great North Road than to the Commonwealth Saga (at this stage)! Highly recommended.

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Good story, difficult narrator

Enjoyed the story quite a lot, but took at least 4 hours to get used to the narrator. The easiest way to describe my issues is that he... speaks... with... a... tiny... delay... after... each... word. This makes the flow of the story quite stilted and causes the narration to not flow as naturally as others. There’s also occasional popping after each word which was a little distracting.

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Filler filler filler

On the whole disappointing. The novel exists solely to set up the remaining parts of the trilogy without being strong enough to stand alone as an engaging novel. There are hours of filler which go nowhere, although Hamilton's imagination is entertaining enough. Made worse by a truly woeful narration 🙄. Lets hope the rest of the trilogy delivers.

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Another great one like a cop drama but so much more with all the twists interns I recommend

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interesting but too long

An interesting story with some cool ideas but I found out way to long. The story is told across three different times in human future history, which is compelling but does require you get up to speed on three stories in different worlds at once.

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Amazing story and performance!

The most engaged I've been with an audio book, I couldn't "put it down" amazing!

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Terrible

I love PFH's work, but this was simply terrible. I got about two thirds of the way through it. I put it down. Boring story overall. Nothing engaging here at all.

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good listen

slow start ..nearly returned it..but once beyond that thoroughly hooked ..about to download book 2

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great stuff PFH!

awesome - can't wait for Part II. the scene is we'll set for another magnificent space opera

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brilliant sci fi

incredible world building, excellent characters. true & hard sci fi for Hamilton fans. can't wait for the next one

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  • Trex
  • 22-09-2018

It's OK. I usually Love Hamilton though

Canterbury Tales style stories within stories told around a table of pilgrims, also used in the Hyperion books.Great literary device. These stories however are only quite interesting. For some reason Hamilton has made all his characters incredibly ethnically diverse which has proved a real challenge to the usually fantastic John Lee. I struggled to keep track of who was who while this nuance added nothing to the plot. The far future stuff is pretty uninspired. Lord of The Flies meets Brave New World meets Enders Game while rehashing the animal servants from The Void. The enemy is very disappointing.

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  • Alex Banane
  • 22-01-2019

usually lee+hamilton works, not this time

Lee and Hamilton usually make a good combo - the shining example being audibooks from the commonwealth saga. This time however they don't pull it off. The characters and their surrounding stories are quite flat with their motivations and background being very thinly explored. Lee's narration gets confusing with the changes in perspective depending on the character and so does the story in some parts. The entire story feels like it suffers from an incomplete worldbuilding and as a result of that Hamiltons usually very descriptive sceneries and plots including their narration fall short of the standards the other books set. If youre looking for the usual Hamilton tropes from portals, future tech buzzwords, the phrase "jesus wept" used in the highest quantity of any Hamilton book yet and fantastical technology you will find them here - but be prepared for disappointment when comparing this to the other works of Hamilton.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-09-2018

I couldn't follow the narrator/writer.

Might be better to pick up the hardcopy book. I found this quite monotonous. DNF

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-2018

Messy and hard to follow

The beginning is very hard to follow on Audiobook. It picks up in the middle and you'll want to hear more in the end.

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  • Marco
  • 10-09-2018

20 hours of only slightly interesting snippets

I am a Huge Peter F. Hamilton, but I feel this book stretched too much what is essentially an introduction to the story. It tells only motheratly interesting fragments of many characters and different events, trying to create a big mistery, but ends up making an entire book filled with unimportant stuff.

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  • Scott
  • 23-12-2019

Good story line, a lot of characters

Enjoyed the story in the end. So many characters made it hard to keep track of on an audio book though.

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  • Kim
  • 14-11-2019

Slow dialogues building to an impressive crescendo

Parallel stories in vastly different timelines. The far future story considerably less interesting than the nearer. Dialogue- and monologue-based story, beautifully built. The main

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  • Łukasz
  • 13-07-2019

Nice introduction but lacking on its own.

This is a first book in upcoming series and as an introduction it got me interested. Unfortunately it didn't stand on its own in my opinion. It felt like a collection of short stories with little connection to each other. The short stories being background histories of the characters in the main? plot. The main plot get me very interested but it was only a fraction of the book.

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  • Fahiz
  • 03-11-2018

Superb!

As always Peter Hamilton does not disappoint. An entertaining read that his fans will love.

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  • Jakob
  • 24-10-2018

I Really liked it ...

Looking forward to the sequel... supreme sci fi and have Made my commute to work a pleasure

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  • Peter Kuehne
  • 28-06-2019

Great book let down by the narration

Peter F Hamilton books are always thrilling roller-coaster rides of multiple interwoven storylines. This one was no exception. The only thing that spoilt my enjoyment of this book was the awful narration. In particular: * The weird cadence used. I can understand that it's an affectation of one character, but all of them? Odd words emphasised, over pronunciation of random words. * Accents. If you can't do them properly, don't do them. By the end I couldn't tell who was who anymore, because all the people basically had the same russo-glaswegian accent.

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  • whodathunkit?
  • 03-01-2019

It's a hard slog and you are left not caring.

I have loved all of the previous work from this author so I was really excited when this was released. I started it with great enthusiasm but I was just left thinking, 'When will this get going?'. Possibly only the last 3 hours is where anything seems to happen. I found the back stories and flitting between timelines tedious. I don't care for any of the characters. All of that time on back stories and I still don't care for a single character?? I have to say I didn't much care for the narrator either, it just seemed a very lifeless performance, lacking any real enthusiasm. He read it but did not perform it. Compare this with someone like R.C. Bray who fully develops a characters personality and draws you in with laughter and excitement, and this was just lackluster. I will try the next installment as I'm sure this was all just the build up. I keep thinking of the film adaptation of Lord of the Rings. If you were to take out all of the meaningless scenes of them running across the New Zealand landscape the film would have had more action and been a lot shorter. Peter, you are capable of better.

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  • Mr. B. Hirst
  • 01-10-2018

Great story, just a little slow getting going.

Good story, lots of threads across time and space, and Hamiltons treatment of portals is great. Unfortunately I'm not too keen on the narrator - but this is just a personal niggle, the audio is very clear.

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  • Chris Wilson
  • 14-09-2018

New universe but same high-quality

Peter F Hamilton new book is a new universe but the same high-quality that you always expect from him. This book drew you in as it built layer bilayer and expanded the universe Peter has created I love that from beginning to end.

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  • Pete
  • 25-02-2019

listening was hard work

I really rate Hamilton but I just can't get into the narrator. Really annoying diction

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  • McFroogal
  • 16-12-2018

Awful narration

I like PFH and have read a lot of his books. The narrator on this is so awful he annoyed the he’ll out of me and ruined the book.

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  • Ian
  • 28-09-2018

A little deja vu

But having loved the previous Commonwealth books, I'm more than happy to listen to more of the similar.

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  • S.C.
  • 15-09-2018

Very good listen - next book please!

It took a little while for me to get into this - I guess the scene for the trilogy needed to be set, but by the end I was enthralled. Roll on the next two books!!

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  • Mike S
  • 05-10-2018

Frustratingly poor narration.

A decent enough story but all the characters sound too similar to the point where it’s difficult to know who is saying what. Will not be buying another book with this narrator.

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  • Mr Chris R Bassford
  • 03-10-2018

Narrator gets in the way.

This might be a great book; but I’ll have to buy the hard copy to find out. The narrators delivery is sooo bad. It is almost a parody of an untalented emoting actor. He delivers each sentence in staccato bursts of one or two words, and sometimes even pauses between syllables! I think this is for emphasis, but all it does is make it difficult to follow the story as you are having to piece together the phrases from the pieces into which it has been fractured. I could imagine him sitting in the studio enjoying listening to his own smug voice. Ahhhh!

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