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The Abyss Beyond Dreams

Chronicle of the Fallers, Book 1
Written by: Peter F. Hamilton
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 22 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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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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  • 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.

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  • Mr Dangerous
  • 2019-01-08

Abyss of Sweet Dreams zzzz

Im really bummed. This is my second Hamilton book. First one i enjoyed. This one? This one started off great and then Hamilton jumped a different direction into pure boredom. I gave it 10 hours. It just became tedious. If you want something to put you to sleep, this is the book.

I enjoy Lee for this type of book.

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  • Star Trails
  • 2016-12-22

Not quite scifi

Really a highly advanced species crash lands on far planet and they use shillings for currency.
why does this planet have the same animals?
The story should have been more scifi.
Have the humans ride plants or trees that race across land. He used horses.

The reader does do very well with different voices. Most english acents bore me. But this reader did very good.

The telekinesis and telepathy makes this story decent.



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  • David D. Schneider
  • 2016-03-05

Avoid this Void. An Abyss It Is. Step Away! 😱

Muddled confused pedantic lethargic discourse takes the reader to wish for a future time when this story is ended . . . 😱
Avoid this Void.

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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 more 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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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Raymond
  • 2016-10-26

waiste of a credit

I took a chance because of the reviews and was that a complete waist of a credit first book out of 60 i couldnt finish so utterlly boreing whoever reads theese reviews if u dont wan a labodomy dony buy this

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  • Kevin
  • 2015-04-19

Blah

Unless you already know you like Hamilton, this is not a good book.

It's invented technical language, lack of character development, and unimaginative creepiness makes this book about as appealing as a frog dissection.

There is no humor.

There are no life lessons.

The narrator has a good voice, but I think it is odd for a man with such a deep voice to be reading a book told from a woman's perspective.

You want a story about being stranded in space with creepy aliens? Go watch the Dr. Who episode with David Tennent on Mars with the water creatures.

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