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    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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    • Global
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    A complex listen made more difficult ...

    The story is incredibly complex made very difficult by sudden scene changes with little or no pause. I would suddenly realised the scene had changed with no more pause than the end of a sentence. the narration is clear but his intonation of each sentence is very monotonous. overall not a relaxing experience, one I wrestled to the end but I won't continue to the next book. maybe I'll read it instead.

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    A book about torture in space with lots of sex

    This book kept popping out in my recommandations and being a fan of John Lee's performance from China Mieville's books, I looked it up on good reads. Most of the critique concentrates on being slow, it having too many characters... This doesn't bother me, so I picked it up. I now regret my choice.

    First of all, the audio performance wasn't what I expected. Hamilton changes characters multiple times in a chapter and quite abruptly, but it is read without any changing in intonation, without a pause... One moment X running through a jungle on one planet, the next Y is turning to talk to W in a bar on a station. Doesn't matter that Y is a woman and X was a man... It sometimes takes several seconds to register that the scene has changed. It makes it hard to follow. Add to this the few dozens of characters, some that die after their sequence, add to this the descriptions of planets and stations that sometimes interrupt action scenes (which is part of hamilton's style, but the narration doesn't make an effort to help) ... and you get a very confusing experience.

    Then there's the writing from Hamilton... If you like erotic science fiction, or just erotic literature, you might appreciate the main character. Every woman (and I mean literally every woman) he mets wants to sleep with him, sleeps with him and then only thinks about him. Doesn't matter that the woman in question is one of the most important persons in the galaxy, when Hamilton focuses on her, she's either talking to the main character or thinking about him. And it's completely artificial! He never gets to show any reason why so many women are in love with him, appart from the descriptions of his performances in bed... Which are basically: they get to screw multiple times and they get sweaty. You'd think that in a culture with genetically engineered people that get to live 200 years, that can sustain 9Gs, you could have more sexual imagination than just repetition.

    The story is slow, there's no suspense really... nobody that matters dies, when they die it's phoned in... The only thrill in the book is achieved through the cruelty of the bad-guys... it's basically a book about torture in space with lots of sex. If it tried to be a horror book, it failed. If it tries to be an erotic novel, it fails. If it tries to be a space opera, it succeeds in being a low grade one. And it's a shame really. You can see Hamilton has lots of talent in his phrasing. He has a nice scifi imagination, a good attention to details. It's just a bad novel and I won't be following the series.

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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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    • Esben
    • 14/01/2021

    Great story/Cringy performance

    I like his voice when he speaks naturally. But when he tries to make a feminine voice it becomes so cringe and sounds so ugly. The rest of his attempts at changing his performance is just plainly annoying. I absolutely hate his performance, which have taken so much from this great story, I actually bought these books many years ago but only recently have I been able to listen to it. Who ever chose this terrible voice artist probably cost a lot people enjoyment.

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    • Ralf Månsson
    • 10/12/2020

    Terrible narrator

    i can't stand this narrator. The story is big and great but he totally destroys it. This makes it hard for me to recommend this book even though it's a great book. Record it again with a different narrator and it will be truly enjoyable.

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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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    • Dennis
    • 03/06/2017

    Überdreht

    Was genau hätte man an The Reality Dysfunction noch verbessern können?

    Spannung durch Handlung und nicht durch noch mehr Kuriositäten.

    Welche Szene hat Ihnen am besten gefallen?

    Als Joshua seine zwei Widersacher austrickst.

    Welche Emotionen hat dieses Hörbuch bei Ihnen ausgelöst? Ärger, Betroffenheit, Enttäuschung?

    Langeweile, Verwirtheit, Enttäuschung.

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

    Peter F. Hamilton's Commonwealth Geschichten sind zwar auch Träge und aufgepeppt durch viel viel Technik und Sex. Aber in diesem Buch gibt es fast nur Abgedrehtes und Sex.
    Ein weiteres Problem ist die Menge der Handlungsstränge, die keinerlei Zusammenhang haben und sehr schleppend voran gehen.
    Die Charaktere sind zudem leider auch etwas platt und nicht interessant.

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    • Sammy
    • 11/08/2018

    Questionable choices by John Lee

    I read the trilogy when it came out, so it's quite a while ago. I remember the story being long winded with sometimes slightly too much descriptions, but overall it was lots of fun. Nearly 20 years later, enters the audio book. I had heard good things about John Lee, so I was taken aback by his weird intonation, pathos and the way he seemed to introduce punctuation where it didn't make sense. The book contrasts between two different cultural groups, the edenists (heavy genetic engineering and bio-tech using atheistic aristocrats) and the adamists (religion bound with a much less accepting view of biotech and gen engineering), and the story starts off arts with a lengthy passage about "Edenists" and the birth of bio-engineered spaceship. It seems like John Lee decided to add the pathos and heavy "modulation" to parts purtaining to edenists, which means that is what the listener gets for the first hour or so. The next parts are NOT about edenists and there John Lee shows off his talent, with some great characters and an always very understandable pronounciation (along with his endearing accent full of rolling R's). Sadly this means a third or so of the book is barely listenable and cringe inducing for me, so I can only give him 3 stars.

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    • Lukas Jochum
    • 29/11/2016

    Weird pronunciation! Cannot listen to it.

    John Lee over pronounces every single sentence. He sound like reading poetry. I had to stop listening to this very good book.

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    • GodEmperorofDune
    • 17/11/2020

    Sehr komplexe, aber faszinierende Space Opera

    Ich habe schon einen ausführlichen Eindruck auf r/printsf gepostet, deshalb hier die Kurzform:

    Teilweise schwierig, bei so vielen Charakteren und Orten die Übersicht zu behalten, insbesondere, da manche Namen sich ähneln.

    Ansonsten geniale Konzepte: Bitek Habitat, Neural Nanonics, Voidhawks, Blackhawks, Free Fall Sex Cage, Cosmonics - love it or leave it. Die Lernkurve ist steil, da der Autor voraussetzt, das man versteht, was er meint. Mein Tipp: Einfach weiterhören.

    Auch sehr viel Sex. Fand ich nicht schlimm.

    Tatsächlich das erste Audiobuch, für das ich Wikipedia etc. zu Rate gezogen habe. Aber es lohnt sich. Ich werde weiterhören, zwei Nachfolger gibt es ja.

    • Global
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    • Benjamin
    • 15/11/2020

    Nicht so gut wie die späteren Werke

    ich würde den Buch gerne 5 Sterne geben, jedoch ist es nicht so gut, wie die späteren Bücher von ihm...

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    • Stephen
    • 29/09/2020

    Really enjoyed the performance and the flow of this story

    The sex scenes were a little too frequent and too detailed for my taste, but that’s an aside. The story was great.

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    • Stefan
    • 03/03/2020

    Tolles Buch, schlechte Hörbuchfassung

    Ich habe mir das Hörbuch gekauft, weil ich schon das Buch geliebt habe. Leider gibt es überhaupt keine Pausen zwischen verschiedenen Buchabschnitten (nur zwischen den Hauptkapiteln), sodass man bei vielen Schauplatzwechseln verwirrt ist und teilweise zurückgehen muss, um Teile nochmal zu hören, wenn man erkannt hat, dass eigentlich gerade ein inhaltlicher Sprung stattgefunden hat. Der Sprecher liest einfach den ersten Satz des nächsten Abschnitts (Unterkapitels) als würde er im Erzählfluss direkt auf den letzten Satz des vorhergehenden Abschnitts folgen.

    • Global
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    • Ragnar
    • 30/01/2018

    awesome

    just can't get enough of Hamilton!!!
    not only can he write but the ideas he has! just awesome!