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Summary

Following the astonishing The Abyss Beyond Dreams, Night Without Stars is the epic second and final part to Peter F. Hamilton's Chronicle of the Fallers.

The planet Bienvenido is in crisis. It has finally escaped the Void, emerging into regular space. But it's millions of light-years from Commonwealth assistance, and humans are battling the Fallers for control of their world. This rapacious adversary, evolved to destroy all sentient life, has infiltrated every level of human society - hijacking unwilling bodies so its citizens fear their leaders, friends and family.

A mysterious figure known as the Warrior Angel leads a desperate resistance. She's helped by forbidden Commonwealth technology, which gives her a crucial edge. But the government obstructs the Angel's efforts at every turn, blinded by prejudice and technophobia. As Fallers also prepare to attack from the skies, she might need to incite rebellion to fight this invasion. But the odds seem impossible.

Then astronaut Ry Evine uncovers one last hope. On a mission against the enemy, his spacecraft damages an unidentified vessel. This crash-lands on the planet, carrying unexpected cargo: a baby. This extraordinary Commonwealth child possesses knowledge that could save them all. But if the Fallers catch her, the people of Bienvenido will not survive.

©2016 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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A Great Adventure

Peter F Hamilton via his superb Commonwealth series of books has become one
of my favourite science fiction authors. I was blown away by the first part
of the Fallers Chronicle sub-series of books that form part of the
Commonwealth saga and eagerly awaited the final part. In short, Night
Without Stars was an absolutely superb conclusion to this sub-series and
every bit worth the wait.

What I absolutely love about these stories is how Hamilton really takes the
reader on a journey. We see so much and travel to so many places in the
pages of this story that I find that the reader is immersed into the varied
and vivid worlds so skilfully depicted.

Anyone reading this review who has read the previous books in this series
can rest assured that this one is a real cracker and ranks right up there
with Hamilton's best work. Night Without Stars is an epic rip-roaring
adventure that will keep you hooked right from the start. I was unable to
put this book down and finished it in 3 days flat which translates to 8 plus
hours a day of listening!

Narration is provided by John Lee who has voiced most of Hamilton's books
which is also a welcome consistency. lee's narration is either one you love
or hate. Fortunately, I like it and although it can sound a little odd in
the style of its delivery, Lee is superbly competent.

Night Without Stars was a compelling, thrilling, exciting and addictive
read and I would highly recommend it. My hope for the future is that
Hamilton decides to continue the Commonwealth series so we can meet many of
our favourite and much loved characters once more while throwing some new
nasties into the mix.


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Excellent

Excellent way to round off what has been a 7 book epic saga. Going back to Pandoras Star to listen to then all again now :-)

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Superb storytelling, great performance

John Lee is my favourite narrator by far. I have, in the past, bought books purely on the strength of him reading them. He does a superb job, as usual.

Hamilton, similarly, ranks very highly in my author pantheon. He seems to have the ability to push my buttons and evoke an emotional response to his story. Again, he didn't let me down.

Excellent.

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good

The story is good but the order of the books are confusing , read these 2 books last

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What a ending to an amazing series of books

This book was really good and a fitting end to the whole commonwealth series of books which started with pandora's star and went into the void series and then the fallers. I did have some minor issues with this book but I'm not going to say what as they would spoil the book for some people.

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Great, albeit quite predictable story

References to commonwealth storylines was great and well linked. Good characters. What to read next?

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sensational

simply another masterpiece. Everything we have come to expect and then some.
Well read and utterly enthralling.

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Compelling Hamilton

Great story, well told by a master narrator.
Has made me look forward to the journey to work for the last couple of weeks.
Only issue is that my next Audible token is not due for another 10 days...

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Exceptional

A brilliant piece of Sci fi genius. Really enjoyed this commonwealth saga. The aliens, the tech and the wholeness of the story.

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fitting end for the commonwealth saga

john Lee is always my favourite narrator and Peter f Hamilton does t disappoint in this follow.up to abyss beyond dreams and it's a fitting conclusion to both the commonwealth saga and the chronicle of the fallers books. Excellent

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  • Marco
  • 24-09-16

A bit rushed for my opinion

I like all of the author's books, and this is a decent conclusion to the previous book.

but I fill it was stretched to much and concluded in a hurry.

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  • Katarina
  • 17-03-21

Satisfying ending to nice in-between storyline

* No spoilers *
The two tomes that make up the Chronicles of the Fallers are kind of a mini series within a larger millennia-spanning saga. The chronicles are not exactly sequels or prequels, but a separate storyline following some known but mostly new characters in The Void en beyond. Of course Nigel and Paula are great old-time favorites to draw you into this new storyline, and the new supporting cast is everything you can by now expect from Hamilton.

As for the plot, this one is more political than the rest of the saga, as it follows the development of a new, kind of communist, society. The political angle made for a different kind of vibe throughout the Chronicles, one that I found less enchanting than the saga as a whole, because to me the saga is brilliant SF&F, not a political novel. It also made for less sympathetic characters, as several of them work for this communist regime, hunting down others in quite the fascist way. Like I said, different atmosphere - and then the long, long hours it takes to listen to these novels do not by any means fly past as quickly as with the Commonwealth & Void novels. I found myself listening to quite a lot of other content in between chapters, because these Chronicles didn't hold my attention as well.

Nevertheless, still great enough storytelling to warrant 5 stars, especially when compared to other audiobooks, and also with the very satisfying ending, that also ties together any lingering questions you might have had about the ending (and esp. the characters) of the The Void trilogy.
And narration is brilliant as always, I've become a big fan of John Lee thanks to the Hamilton novels.

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  • Nilsson Denver
  • 16-12-16

Brilliant second part of the story

The narration is excellent, the narrator knows how to do Peter f Hamilton stories.
The story is so rich and detailed. The future technology and not so future technology fits in so well.

I kept wanting to hear more of the story, it was hard to pause or stop listening as I wanted to know what was going to happen.

Just a brilliant page turner or just another few minutes of listening to find out the next amazing part of the story.

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  • Chidi
  • 04-01-19

Definitely one of my favorite books of all time.

The narrator did a fantastic job and he sounded like what I believe Nigel Sheldon would sound like in reality.

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  • Otto
  • 22-11-16

A Winner

Gripping and thought provoking. The detail of the worlds and plots created is just mind blowing.

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  • Sasha Talent
  • 13-10-16

amazing space opera!

Omg, just went out for Japanese. Pretty sure this is what second trimester feels like. I think I just felt it kick

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  • Jesper Bylund
  • 29-09-16

One of the best things you can listen to.

If you don't like grab space opera than Hamilton is not for you.
But if you do, the commonwealth series is possibly the best you can find. And this latest installment holds up wonderfully.
Enjoy.