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Salvation

Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (129 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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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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  • Dr
  • 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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Another PFH Great .

Slow to start with the separate storylines but ties together nicely in the end .

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incredible imagination<br />

way beyond me but mesmerised by the ideas, actually relieved to finish it too clever for me,

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Awesome book can not wait for the rest

Really great book the only thing I’m devastated about is I now have wait for the next one

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A convoluted tale by a stilted narrator.

This entire story came across like it was all backstory to a larger plot that never really eventuated. I was completely unable to keep track of all the parallel lines of character development for more main characters than I could count. And all skipping back and forth between 3 different timelines.

Certainly not something you can listen to in the background, takes your full focus to try to follow the plot.

I eventually got used to the narrator but his stilted reading style with random extended pauses thrown in mid-sentence initially had me checking whether I’d bumped the pause button!

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Promising start

I think that Mr Hamilton is one of the best "hard" sci fi writers of the present era. This has some great bits - reminiscent of the "Mindstar" series..Some novel scenarios set up. However, it has some slower sections and the jumping between different story lines didn't help. If there are more in this series I world definitely buy, as some interesting points were left hanging. I have found with his longer books that a second read/listen helps to fully appreciate his work. Good character differentiation by the narrator. Perhaps not my favourite book by this author, but streets ahead of most others in this field.

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Amazing!

This story is amazing. A new universe to get lost in! Im already counting down for the next book!

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Another great story from Peter F Hamilton

Great story and as always, well narrated by John Lee.
I can’t wait for the next one!

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confusing

well narrated but found the characters and story confusing. probably better to read the book

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Michael
  • 25-09-2018

Excellent build-up

The scene is now set for the next couple of books in this series. Can’t wait!

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  • Chris
  • 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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  • 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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  • Shhhhh.
  • 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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  • Neil S.
  • 23-10-2018

I'm sorry John, I'm not keen on your rhythm :(

I stuck with this audiobook. I previously caved in with "The Abyss Beyond Dreams" after the first four or five chapters. It's not the stories, but the delivery I'm afraid. I struggle with Johns rhythm and tone. For most characters, he seems to begin sentences by almost barking out the words at an incredibly fast rate and the sentence trails off slower and quieter with a downward tone. This killed "The Abyss Beyond Dreams" for me.

Salvation, I stuck with. Certain characters didn't seem to receive the same style of delivery as much, Callum for instance. A really well delivered Scottish accent in my opinion! The general overall accent for the characters is a little too posh for my tastes too. Sorry John.

For a frame of reference to what I REALLY like as a delivery (to match the subject matter of course), is "The Expeditionary Force" series, narrated by R. C. Bray.

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  • james
  • 11-10-2018

More of the same, nothing new

If you like Peter Hamilton spoken by the dulcet tones of John Lee you can't go wrong with this book. It was a bit familiar and hackneyed for me, but there was a Scots character in it so all is forgiven, lol.

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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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  • Thom
  • 25-09-2018

John Lee

I don’t know how people come to read books out loud for a living when they are so comically lacking charisma or even a clear interest in the text. This is like some sort of Toast of London sketch. Couldn’t get through a single chapter.

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  • Valisk_61
  • 23-11-2018

For the love of god, drop John Lee

Great story by PFH. Much prefer this to his commonwealth universe books. After the first few chapters, and realising it was going to be a good tale, I dropped the audiobook and picked up a hard copy, so that I didn’t have to endure Lee’s catastrophic narration. I did go back to the audiobook on my commute though. After plugging through the Fallers Chronicles with Lee (Bee Yen Ven Eedo, anyone?), I've come to the conclusion that he really is the worst reader I’ve come across. By a clear country mile.

The way Lee reads descriptive passages is *alright* at best, if you can put up with the stop start delivery. It’s like listening. To a book where all. The punctuation is jumbled around. He emphasises a word in every sentence, and pauses randomly - as though he's reached the end of the line and hasn't picked up the next row yet.

Even worse though, is the character voicing. It's woeful. Nobody, *nobody*, talks in the way Lee delivers, it’s unbearably distracting. He also has no range whatsoever, apart from the odd regional accent, there's not much to tell the characters apart.

Please, please, drop the guy. There are so many wonderful narrators out there, it’s a crime that he’s ruining Hamilton’s work. I'd pay quadruple to have Kobna Holdbrook-Smith read Peter's work. Here's hoping for re-releases with a competent narrator.

Sorry John.

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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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  • david
  • 19-09-2018

was hoping for different

this seems a different style to what I expected. I did tend to get lost and hope I would catch up later. even now I'm not too sure what's happening but I enjoyed it as lots of small story's rather than one big one

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