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The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel - self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void. Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not the only life-forms to have been sucked into the Void. The humans trapped there are afflicted by an alien species of biological mimics - the Fallers - that are intelligent but merciless killers. Yet these same aliens may hold the key to destroying the threat of the Void forever - if Nigel can uncover their secrets.

©2014 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2014 Tantor

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  • Brad Schubring
  • 2015-06-11

Good opening, boring middle. mediocre ending,

Unfortunately, I found the meat of the book to be boring with characters and stories I just couldn't get interested in. I love the commonwealth and void trilogies, this book lost me though.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • curtis
  • 2015-05-02

Waist of time!!!!!

Started out ok, but became absurdly drawn out boring. Also after listening for 30+ hours the ending is remarkably anticlimactic.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Randall
  • 2018-08-30

NEGATIVE 5 STAR

THIS AUTHOR IS ABYSMAL!
This was the second Hamilton book I tried, and it
was as bad as the first.I will never choose this author
again. The first book..The Dreaming Void... was really bad, but
this author seems to get good reviews so I tried a second book.
I slogged all the way through the first book to the miserable end.
This second book, I gave up on in less than 2 hours.

There is sooooo much wrong with this book that I don't know where
to begin.

Overly sexual.... just like The Dreaming Void
Hard to follow... Just like The Dreaming Void
Tedious and unimaginative ... Just like The Dreaming Void
Misogynistic to nauseam.. Just like....

The author tries to make his female characters strong and enlightened,
but it just disgustingly misogynistic and I choose to never purchase
another of his books. I can't believe anybody would like this.

94 of 109 people found this review helpful

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  • C. Hartmann
  • 2014-10-30

Intersection of the Void and Commonwealth - Super

John Lee is the best narrator ever and the Hamilton Commonwealth/Void series is one of the best Meta-Space Operas ever....Nice combination. If you have followed our various storylines in and out of the Void you will have to read this. If not, you will not get it. But can I make a suggestion? Go back and start with "Pandora's Star"....I envy you the journey.

Pandora's Star (2004), ISBN 0-330-49331-0
Judas Unchained (2005), ISBN 0-330-49353-1
The Dreaming Void (2007), ISBN 978-1-4050-8880-0
The Temporal Void (2008), ISBN 978-1-4050-8883-1
The Evolutionary Void (2010), ISBN 978-0-345-49657-7
The Abyss Beyond Dreams (2014) (This one)
The Night Without Stars (TBA)

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  • LINCOLN
  • 2018-06-28

90% political world building

Starts strong for the first 3 hours then it hits the brakes. This book has 19 hours of world building on a new Human planetary colony. It is a basically a subtle political novel about a pre industrial planet trying to change from an authoritarian regime to a more democratic society. There is a minor, manageable alien threat and some mild political intrigue as subplots... This may sound interesting to some....but this long series ends here for me.

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  • Shark Likes
  • 2015-03-27

Never Thought I'd Say This...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More action in the Revolution. I liked the first quarter and last quarter of the book, but found the Revolution build to be tedious.

What was most disappointing about Peter F. Hamilton’s story?

The Revolution story line.

Which scene was your favorite?

{Redacted} No spoilers here. Move on. No body loss to see...

What character would you cut from The Abyss Beyond Dreams?

Savasta (sp?))

Any additional comments?

If I could go back in time... I would tell myself not to bother with this book. I'm a HUGE PFH fan, but this story was not up to the standards he has historically created for himself. I loved the Sheldon threads, but the Revolution plot was simply tired, slow, and boring. I know I've lost interest when I become annoyed with a book, and I did with this one. I finished it, as I would do for any PFH book, but was not impressed. To describe it in a word: "Meh."

Still, based on all the other works of PFH I have absolutely LOVED, I will still read [listen] to anything he writes. He is easily one of my top 10 authors of all time, and despite this book, he keeps his place at number 6. Truly a giant in the SF world.

John Lee did a great job, as always, he is also one of my top 5 narrators and I could listen to him all day.

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  • atexasuser
  • 2016-01-28

It's just blah blah blah..... Blah!!!!!

At least the other
Hamilton book were interesting. Just excessive trivial talk.
All his Void stories are worthless. His others are ok. But if Void is in the title move on.

27 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • James C
  • 2016-11-03

More political than action filled

The parts of the story involving action where great, but there were many points that dragged on due to detailed political dialogue between characters.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • betsy
  • 2015-03-28

First Impressions

This is my first Hamilton, and I don't know. There are a lot of ideas and a lot of scope here, but the execution feels sloppy and perfunctory. I was really hoping for more. This feels like the Hyperion Cantos in scope and in its mix of sci-fi with horror and slight fantasy elements, but Hyperion is much more perfused with detail.

I don't think I miss much by not having read earlier books in the related series. It's a mix of hardish sci-fi and fantasy/horror elements with an epic historical tragical comical plot, heavy on the historical-tragical.

A group of revolutionaries plans a revolution and executes on their plans, and all the major events that happen along the way are narrated drily and at length, but without interest. This is where Hamilton loses me. There are a number of long plot dumps describing textbook revolution planning, executing, and outcomes. They're dry, I'm not sure anyone's invested in them, including the author, there are no surprises, and they feel perfunctory but long. Like expositionary infodumps, but of plot. I'm not sure it's unintentional, but I do not enjoy it. I have to admit I didn't like the tragedy either. It didn't feel earned - one of the ways the major plot-moving characters are built is by POV narration sections, which are interesting, and another way they're built feels really cheap, just periodically mentioning something that hints at a backstory or a character flaw. I can't describe without spoilers, but we're seeing a version of these characters that isn't definitive. What happens to Slvasta in particular feels unearned.

The nasal qualities in Lee's voice and his falling emphasis and quick quick slow cadence and something disinterested in his tone do not enhance my enjoyment. This voice just evokes unpleasant characters to me.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas C. Bloomquist
  • 2016-12-02

I sent this one back

I found the beginning of the book full of astrophysical techno dragon without context. Secondly I found a very heavy British accent and use the videos distracting.

26 of 30 people found this review helpful