Pandora's Star

Pandora's Star

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008 | Unabridged
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Critics have compared the engrossing space operas of Peter F. Hamilton to the classic sagas of such SF giants as Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert. But Hamilton's bestselling fiction-powered by a fearless imagination and world-class storytelling skills-has also earned him comparison to Tolstoy and Dickens. Hugely ambitious, wildly entertaining, philosophically stimulating: the novels of Peter F. Hamilton will change the way you think about science fiction. Now, with Pandora's Star, he begins a new multivolume adventure, one that promises to be his most mind-blowing yet. The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears. Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat. In command is Wilson Kime, a five-time rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot whose glory days are centuries behind him.Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, a cult that believes the human race is being manipulated by an alien entity they call the Starflyer. Bradley Johansson, leader of the Guardians, warns of sabotage, fearing the Starflyer means to use the starship's mission for its own ends.Pursued by a Commonwealth special agent convinced the Guardians are crazy but dangerous, Johansson flees. But the danger is not averted. Aboard the Second Chance, Kime wonders if his crew has been infiltrated. Soon enough, he will have other worries. A thousand light-years away, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery, the unleashing of which will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth...and humanity itself. Could it be that Johansson was right?
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2008
Edition: Unabridged
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (36hr., 30 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Lee, John
hoopla digital
ISBN: 9781400127641
1400127645

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Apr 17, 2015

I agree with the previous comment he does do a good job of world building and there are some good science fiction elements. However, I found the book to be too slow and to have too many extraneous plots that don't further the main story line. The main story inevitably suffers from this lack of focus. I listened to this book and found myself listening to it at 1.25-1.5X to improve the pacing. I wouldn't recommend it, it does describe an interesting future and scfi concepts. Which is wrecked by the bloated extraneous plot threads. Which made me wonder more than once why I'm trying to finish it.

mvkramer Nov 30, 2014

This book is a complex, long, space epic that takes a while to get started -- but once it does, boy does it move! Peter Hamilton does a great job with worldbuilding: a multi-planet human commonwealth bound together by wormholes, "rejuvenation" technology that lets people live for centuries, mysterious aliens that have built mystical "paths" between worlds, entire star systems contained in enigmatic force fields. Some plotlines are a bit slow and bloated, but the real science fiction elements - exploring mysterious star systems and dealing with potentially hostile aliens - are very interesting.

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