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The Reality Dysfunction

Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Night's Dawn, Book 1
Length: 41 hrs and 6 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (216 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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Another Great Peter F story

Technical point, narration left no gap or pause between separate "scenes" which was a bit disorienting.

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Great story!

A great story as always by Hamilton. Performance was great by John Lee, but I really wish they would insert a second or two pause in his narration when the “scene” changes. Currently he reads it like it is in the same paragraph and it gets very confusing, and you have to stop and go “Hang on, that character wasn’t there... oh, change of scene, damn it.”

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epic

so much vivid detail and advanced ideas for a 1996 book. voice acting was perfect as usual

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Great story, but...

Great story, but unfortunately John Lee needs to at least take a breath between sections. At the end of one stanza he would lead in to the next with barely a breath and I was constantly wandering why the narrative didn't make sense until I realised that we had moved to a completely different place and people. Chapter transitions good, other transitions a 2 second pause?

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author got his genres mixed

flashes of brilliant scifi imagination ruined by too many characters with not enough characterization to keep them all flowing. also the scifi was ruined by crossing over into the fantasy and horror genre. took 6 hours to get into the story then by the last 4 hours i realize that the next installment of the trilogy will be a demon zombie apocalypse. Sadly what I was hoping would be a great value scifi trilogy,is turning into a demon fantasy, cant stick with it. no space opera. too hard core.

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DNF

Seems well written and the narrator did a good job but I just couldn’t get onto it. Considering how long it is, I’d hoped it would grab me right from the start. DNF.

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could not get into it

really struggled to get into it. needed much more concentration than i gave it. seemed chapters of disjoined stories and so i could not ascertain any overall plot.

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Why do i need a heading

one of the saddest endings of a book i have read... poor dog... Still a great listen.

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Fantastic

Have read it and listened to it now. One of the great sci-fi books. Must read for any sci fi fan

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Excellent, but editing glitches

Love the epic detailed expansive space opera story Performed excellently. just hear the various voices consistent, ready to listen too even for the dense material As noted by others, 'scene' changes get inter-sentance pauses. There also send to be editing glitches where a word is cut off or jumps forward which for this author missing anything is disorienting. but otherwise excellent.

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  • Julian
  • 08-02-2017

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.

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  • Mette
  • 15-05-2017

The narrator was really good, but

the edditing had let no space between scene shifts. This results in some confusion...

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  • Mr Robin Grundstrom
  • 07-12-2018

best sci-fi books ever

There are no better sci-fi books out there. I have all the hard copies, the audio books are brilliant for driving to work.

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  • Jered
  • 09-12-2016

Incredible performance, long winded story

Would you try another book from Peter F. Hamilton and/or John Lee?

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.

What could Peter F. Hamilton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

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!!!

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

John Lee did a fantastic job on his entire performance. Literally, the one saving grace in my opinion.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

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.

Any additional comments?

If there were an abridged version of this audio book, I would definitely give it another go.

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  • Kevin Walker
  • 26-09-2019

Good, not great

a bit flat in places. narrator did a good job, but as some others have said, some of the transition points in the story could do with a pause.

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  • CES
  • 13-09-2018

The best book that I have listened to.

John Lee is an amazing narrator and Peter wrote a book that keeps to interested though out.

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  • Jacob
  • 08-09-2018

Not the best editing.

Missing pauses between sections of the story, you have to pay really good attention to follow.

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  • William
  • 31-08-2018

Great book but narration and editing make it hard to follow at times

Johnleecansomehowcondensewholechapterswithdifferentscenesintoasinglestreamofwords. It makes it hard to follow the different streams in the story. All it would take is a 3 second pause between scenes

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  • Kaido
  • 24-01-2018

Interesting but jumpy storyline

Read it on paper first liked a lot. Hearing was not so good. Too much jumping between different storylines without clear reference. Story was very interesting but too much sex, I think there was no chapter without it.

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  • karstenlumbye
  • 22-08-2017

Great but complex plot

liked the story, but production left the narrator John Lee in a bad light.
In other productions John Lee is one of the Best.
It is very hard to follow the story because it is complex and because production left No time for pauses to switch between sub stories and scenes

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  • P Hardwick
  • 18-11-2016

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.

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  • Andrew Miller Photography
  • 14-11-2016

Outstanding but...

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.

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  • Mrs. R. E. Chandler
  • 09-03-2018

Great story, good narration, poor editing

The story is great - a sprawling space opera covering multiple viewpoints and locations. The use of bespoke terminology gets a little tiresome - e.g. far too many references to "neural nanonics" and "datavising". The narration is on the whole good - a good range of voices to cover the different characters, and read in an engaging manner.

But, and it's a big but, why are Audible so useless at putting in pauses between scene changes? Far too many audiobooks have this crucial flaw - and it makes listening to a multi-viewpoint book very difficult and confusing. Seriously, all you need is a 2 second gap when the viewpoint changes. That's all. Please, editors, listen up and take note.

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  • Eamonn
  • 09-03-2018

Spoilt

Other reviews point out the editting problem - there are no gaps between chapters. Why hasn’t it been resolved 9th March 2018 Could have been brilliant

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  • Tim P.
  • 25-06-2020

The worst narrator I've ever heard

Peter F Hamilton is one of my favourite authors, and this series is one of his best. I can't begin to describe how disappointed I am that they gave the narration to this utter clod. His characterisations are awful. Nobody anywhere speaks like most of the characters he portrays. He simply can't do accents - they all sound like a Welsh man who lives in Birmingham (or Newcastle, Scotland, Ireland, etc....). I've heard more believable American accents in Carry-On films. The only accent he can do is (unsurprisingly) a South Wales accent, which he gives to a captain described in the book as "a 68-year old oriental". He can't even pronounce a lot of the words properly, which you'd have thought would be the first requirement for a narrator. And surely a slight audio effect could have been used to denote affinity exchanges rather than the grating simper he uses for them (and, incidentally most of the female characters and children in the book). His narration is bland and monotonous. His only inflection is a depressing down-note at the end of every matter-of-fact sentence. He doesn't sound like he'd get animated if his @ʁ$€ caught fire. There are also no gaps in the narration. Anywhere. Not even between chapters. It gives the impression of someone who has no interest in the book other than to get through it as quickly as possible so that he can go on to ruin the next book in the series (which, reading the reviews, he did). I just can't believe that one of our best authors was given this turkey to narrate his works. I got half-way through this one and gave up. I'm returning it and won't touch another until they are withdrawn and re-published with a competent narrator. In the meantime I'll get some Iain M Banks volumes, which have been done properly. Or anything by Stephen Fry!

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  • ExIntel.
  • 01-01-2020

Awful editing

Oh dear. I like the story but it's a shame that whoever edited the audio made it sound like a single sentence without punctuation metaphorically speaking because it jumps from one scene to the next so that one sentence finishing one section which in the book presumably then had a gap after it runs straight into the next. A bit like that last paragraph. This is very jarring and off putting. If one can get beyond that then this is good. Otherwise spend your credits elsewhere...

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  • David Renton
  • 05-10-2018

no breaks between scenes

there are no breaks between sceens so sentences belonging to different areas get confused. it's a good story but the auther tends to over describe the surrounding and history of the characters. high score for the overall story

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  • will
  • 18-04-2018

audio editing non existent completely ruins the ex

audio editing non existent completely ruins the experience to the extent I would ask for my money back.

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  • Thomas
  • 09-01-2018

Weakest Hamilton Book So Far

What would have made The Reality Dysfunction better?

There are far too many characters to follow in this book, with change after change and sometimes many chapters before coming back to a character. Also.. it's like Hamilton read 50 shades of grey and decided to do a sci-fi version. I'm not a prude by any means and usually like the odd bit of zero-g space sex in Hamiltons other books.. but jesus christ did he really go for it in this one. Almost every chapter has some sort of sex, or sex driven theme. It's like each of the characters prime motivations are fucking the next thing that comes along, it's just poor character development.

Lee did a good job narrating, however.. I read some comments before purchasing the book and shrugged off the comments from people saying that the jump from scene to scene or chapter etc. is really jarring. But wow.. There's sometimes hardly even a pause between scenes, which makes listening frustrating. All of a sudden Lee is talking about new characters and a new scene when barely 2 seconds ago we were somewhere else.

All in all this book wasn't an enjoyable experience, which really is a shame as I've listened to the Void trilogy, Pandora and Judas so many times I've lost count.

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  • Ben
  • 24-09-2017

Great story of true Galactic scale.

a very exciting story which is a must for any sci-fi fan. A story that requires your full attention to keep track of the various characters, threads and arcs.

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