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Description

Britain's bestselling SF writer returns to outer space.

In AD 2329, humanity has colonised over four hundred planets, all of them interlinked by wormholes. With Earth at its centre, the Intersolar Commonwealth now occupies a sphere of space approximately four hundred light years across.

When an astronomer on the outermost world of Gralmond, observes a star 2000 light years distant - and then a neighbouring one - vanish, it is time for the Commonwealth to discover what happened to them. For what if their disappearance indicates some kind of galactic conflict? Since a conventional wormhole cannot be used to reach these vanished stars, for the first time humans need to build a faster-than-light star ship, the Second Chance. But it arrives to find each 'vanished' star encased in a giant force field -- and within one of them resides a massive alien civilisation.

©2004 Peter F Hamilton (P)2008 Tantor Media Inc

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A huge book, in everyway, and a marvelous reader.

Addiction is real. You will certainly ask yourself why they are so many characters in the first place, and feel like there is no connection between them. But don't, nothing is left to hasard. John Lee's reading is brilliant, bringing light to a complex story with very rich dialogues. A must.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Robert N. Stephenson
  • 13/12/2012

And So this Massive Journey Begins

What did you love best about Pandora's Star?

The grand size of the book surprised and pleased me at the same time. While some of the technical jargon was hard to follow at first the book was dedicated in part to helping me understand and I appreciated this.

What other book might you compare Pandora's Star to and why?

I cannot compare anything I have read, but I can say there is a smattering of Brin, Asimov, Bova and even Benford within the text and it was a joy to hear something new that in a way also paid some kind of hommage to these great writers. Hamilton is unique though and this work is not a characature of those that have come before.

Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I find John Lee to be a good narrator, his clarity is outstanding and his light inflections on tone and voice go a long way in developing a good connection between the story and the listening. I believe any book narrated b y him would be a damn fine listen.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I suppose in the end I could relate well to the character Ozzie and his final outburst matched mine, or I his. It was shock, disappointment, excitement and wonder all rolled into one. I purchased the next book within minutes of completing this one. So, yes, I developed a strong connection with the story and have fallen for the massive world view Hamilton has created.

Any additional comments?

Don't listen to this in big swathes unless you have time to burn. I did this in short 1 hour blocks which allowed me to consider the story a little before continuing. That helped a great deal with understanding and over all enjoyment.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Benjamin
  • 18/09/2010

Wonderful & transporting!

I have been a fan of PFH's work for some time, and jumped at the opportunity to get this audiobook. In short, the material is fabulous and John Lee's confident reading is inspirational. He brings this exciting and non-stop story to life! Thoroughly recommended!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Mark
  • 29/07/2013

Awesome story written by a brilliant mind

Would you consider the audio edition of Pandora's Star to be better than the print version?

The intertwined lives of the various characters and species, but most of all the complete escape from what we call normal, into a world (Sorry I should say galaxy) that just blows your mind.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were just too many really interesting and funny scenes to single out any in particular, I really enjoy Peter's sense of humour, and John Lee brings this across so nicely

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

After listening to all of his books on Audible, I started all over again, this is the second time I've listened to The Commonwealth saga, and both books are excellent. This is most definitely a good listen

Any additional comments?

I would love to meet Peter in person, with a brain that can come up with all the amazing technologies and incredible places and people in the characters in the books as only Peter introduces in his work. He's amazing. Sounds corny but living in one of his worlds sound absolutely amazing, I love listening to his stories.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrew
  • 20/03/2012

Amazing saga

Would you listen to Pandora's Star again? Why?

Absolutely I will listen to this again. I didn't want this book to end, so many sub-stories within the main text, great characters and the amazing world in which the live.

What other book might you compare Pandora's Star to and why?

The Rama series would be the next best thing aside from other Peter F Hamilton books.

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I hated John Lee's narration when I first heard him narrate the Dreaming Void, but after a few chapters he settles in and I started to enjoy his narration. The same applied to this book but this time I was expecting it so it did not bug me so much. In the early part of the book he sounds like he is over emphasizing parts of the sentence and overall it sounds to staccato in his speech but then he settles into normal reading pattern as he progresses.

Any additional comments?

Best series I have ever read, after reading Game of Thrones series it was a pleasure to read a well written series that was as interesting on page one as it was on the last page.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Chris
  • 25/09/2010

Excellent book, narration could be better

A word of warning, don't buy this book unless you plan to get the second (Judas Unchained). It's really one book split into two, so the story ends abruptly in book one.

Pandora's Star/Judas Unchained is a true science fiction epic, it intertwines the various stories of disperate characters together with a complex plot that gradually builds to a dramatic and satisfying climax.

I wasn't blown away by the narrator; he manages to give distinct voices to the characters and generally gives enough emphasis and inflection to keep things interesting, but he doesn't sound particualy enthused and failed to draw me in at times. Also, he has an annoying habit of stressing the beginning of every sentence and trailing off towards the end. I found this distracting, but it's probably a matter of taste.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Mr Robert W newton
  • 12/12/2012

Great story, deep characters

Would you listen to Pandora's Star again? Why?

While it is one of those "every detail down to the nose hair" books, the characters are deeply developed.
Hamilton offers an insight into a scientifically plausible future with great insight and interesting story line.
yes a tad long and you must buy the second book but if you like the first hour, you will love the rest. one of those that is hard to press stop.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • William
  • 14/09/2012

Fantastic Sci Fi

Absolutely love the ideas in this book, Peter F. Hamilton does a brilliant job of fleshing out an extremely interesting and compelling future. Some may be turned off by the wordy descriptions of tech but I absolutely loved that aspect of the book. Maybe the character development isn't quite what it could be but overall I just thought it all came together incredibly successfully. I have to get the next chapter in this saga because of the cliff hanger that it leaves you on. I will definitely check out his other works as well as I am extremely impressed with his tech knowledge and the way he implements that in his story. Fantastic stuff.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Ted
  • 14/06/2011

Pandora and Judas ....so far

Hooowee!!!!.... strap in for a cosmic ride of scifi seasoned with a pinch of fantasy.
LIke most good eats, this is done to a turn and slow cooked in a faster than light oven that captivates with what's happening now and the aroma of the feasting to come.
You will not want it to finish.... but you will crave for the end........a blissful dilemma


Great science fiction.
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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Af Rust
  • 16/02/2011

Excellent!

Fast paced, mature, well thought out and awesome. Not suitable for children but great for anyone else.
Now for the sequel...

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Terry
  • 14/10/2010

Long Winded But Enjoyable

Pandora's star is no light read (or should I say listen to), be prepared for a long haul that seems to take, at times forever to get where it's going. You may well believe that Mr Hamilton is paid per page as this detailed at at times rambling tale trundles along the tracks. However the author manages to invent a truly engaging and detailed Universe where Humanity despite being able to practially live forever is in true danger of being wiped out by an alien menace.

However understand that this is only the first part of the series, it isn't a stand alone book. So take the ride, settle in, give it a chance and I think you will enjoy this tale a great deal, the narrator does a fine job of bringing all the characters to life and the story, while long winded this is a very enjoyable one.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Stefan
  • 29/07/2014

Erst langatmig, dann spannend

Würden Sie dieses Buch einem Freund empfehlen? Warum oder warum nicht?

Nur den wirklichen SciFi-Fans, da die Handlung sehr schwerfällig in die Gänge kommt

Wie hätte das Hörbuch besser vorgetragen werden können?

Die Audioqualität ist nicht sonderlich gut und der Vorleser macht zwischen den Absätzen keine Pausen.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Als Leser bekommt man regelmäßig Begriffe um die Ohren gehauen, die, wenn überhaupt, erst im späteren Verlauf erklärt werden. Einige Handlungsstränge sind komplett überflüssig, da sie für die Handlung selbst keinen Nutzen haben und lediglich der Einführung von Personen dienen, die später am Hauptplot beteiligt sind. Dafür werden dann aber ordentlich Seiten geschindet.

Wenn man sich aber über die erste Hälfte gekämpft hat, gewinnt die Handlung endlich an Kontur und Spannung kommt auf - allerdings folgt dann auch schon ziemlich rasch das Ende.

Ich freue mich jedenfalls schon darauf jetzt den zweiten Teil anzufangen!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Nachtflug
  • 28/04/2011

Transhumanis mal ein bisschen anders

Ich bin auf das Buch über die Literatur Liste des excellenten Rollenspiels "Eclipse Phase" gestossen und wurde nicht enttäuscht. Wenn einem Transhumanismus der nicht allzu dunkel ist gefällt, wird man an dem Buch seine Freude habe.

Insgesamt gesehen ist es, wie oben schon gesagt, eine eher optimistische Transhumnanistische Welt die bei weitem nicht so düster ist wie z.B. von einem Takeshi Kovacs in den Büchern von Richard K. Morgan aber sie hat auch ihren Reiz. Ich kann das Buch und seine Nachfolger nur empfehlen.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • GS
  • 02/03/2017

Noch spannender, als wenn man es selbst liest

Eigentlich habe ich Pandora's Star schon öfter selbst gelesen, aber es war als Hörbuch nochmal eine ganz neue Erfahrung. Auch wenn das Hörbuch zwischen drin Tonänderungen hatte - teilweise klang es so, als ob man alte Aufnahmen dazwischen noch reingemogelt hätte - war das Hörvergnügen einfach toll. Manch ein Rezensent bemängelte, dass John Lee manche Dinge überbetont, aber ich fand das war nicht der Fall. Sicherlich eine rein subjektive Beurteilung meinerseits. Lee hat es jedenfalls geschafft, mich mit seiner Art in den Bann von Hamiltons Geschichte zu ziehen. Ich freu mich auf noch mehr Hörvergnügen.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbekannt
  • 12/02/2017

A vast and epic story

You certainly need stamina for this huge story with so many people, worlds etc. But it's really worth it. The authors view of the future is a breathtaking one. I really enjoyed all the inventions.
I couldn't have read the book but as an audio book with John Lee's voice it was great. Shame about the cliffhanger or to say it with one of my favourite figures last words in the book: You've got to be f...ing joking. ;-)

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Kunde
  • 11/11/2017

Enttäuscht

Nicht die Art von SF wie ich Sie mir von der Grundidee der Geschichte her erhofft habe. Zu viele Nebenkriegsschauplätze & zu viel Gesellschaftlicher bla bla . Sehr schade - da hätte man mehr draus machen können.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • cv
  • 23/10/2017

in the beginning slow but over time great

the story progress in the beginning quite slow, but as the story evolves the tension risers and it gets really great.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gunnar
  • 09/02/2017

awesome

incredibly captivating story and wild imagination. the narrator is outstanding as usual for this series. can't wait to get started with the second book.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gerlinde
  • 02/02/2016

Spannend und Vielseitig bis zum Schluss

Würden Sie Pandora's Star noch mal anhören? Warum?

Nein. Die Geschichte ist abgelaufen. Sie war super - aber wie ein Krimi macht sie nur Sinn, solange man das Ergebnis nicht kennt. Die Fortsetzung "Judas Unchained" muss unbedingt ebenfalls gehört werden.

Welche Figur hat Ihnen am besten gefallen? Warum?

Es gibt einige starke Hauptakteure, die alle ihre eigene Rolle spielen.

Welche Figur hat John Lee Ihrer Meinung nach am besten interpretiert?

Hier gibt es keine Einschränkung. John Lee ist ein empfehlenswerter Sprecher.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Es empfiehlt sich das Szenario der durch Wormholes verbundenen Welten festzuhalten, da man sonst schnell die Orientierung verliert.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon-Kunde
  • 29/12/2014

4.8

Exceptionally long Book that keeps you entertained to the End. The Story does have some flaws imho, but the narrator makes up for it with ease.

  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • baubu
  • 23/12/2010

Ein Ärgernis für einen wissenschaftlich Ausgebildeten

Die Stimme des Sprechers ist angenehm. Ich kann nichts sagen über den Gesamtinhalt des Buches weil ich bereits die 4. CD entnervt aus dem Laufwerk im Auto genommen habe. Der Autor ist extrem ungenau in der Beschreibung der physikalischen Effekte und wenn er es trotzdem versucht, wird klar, weshalb. Er hat wesentliche und einfache Grundlagen der Physik nicht verstanden und macht komplizierte Worthülsen um das zu überdecken. Das ist ein konstantes Ärgernis beim Zuhören und ich kann nur jedem, der mehr als Grundschulkenntnisse in Physik hat, empfehlen sich zu überlegen, ob er sich das antun will.

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