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Summary

From one of the world's best-selling science-fiction writers....

The Intersolar Commonwealth is in turmoil as the Living Dream’s deadline for launching its Pilgrimage into the Void draws closer. Not only is the Ocisen Empire fleet fast approaching on a mission of genocide, but also an internecine war has broken out between the post-human factions over the destiny of humanity.

Countering the various and increasingly desperate agents and factions is Paula Myo, a ruthlessly single-minded investigator, beset by foes from her distant past and colleagues of dubious allegiance...but she is fast losing a race against time.

At the heart of all this is Edeard the Waterwalker, who once lived a long time ago deep inside the Void. He is the messiah of Living Dream, and visions of his life are shared by, and inspire billions of humans. It is his glorious, captivating story that is the driving force behind Living Dream’s Pilgrimage, a force that is too strong to be thwarted. As Edeard nears his final victory the true nature of the Void is finally revealed.

©2009 Peter F Hamilton (P)2009 Tantor Media, Inc

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Terribly Recorded.

Peters Books are 5/5 no doubt. And John Lee is great narrator. What I hated about this book was how bad the recording was. I’ve never experienced it before. The narration volume changes constantly, sometimes even distorted, at other times so soft to have to up the volume tot the max. I went starlight from book 1 to book 2. No problem in book 1.
I can’t believe audible would let quality slip like this.

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The Temporal Void (Unabridged)

John Lee has actually narrated the first book in the series, though not available here. Fantastic book and narration, cannot wait for part 3

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  • Mo
  • 21-08-10

Superb. Narration is good.

Superb sequel to what is turning out to be one of the best space operas I've read. It's long but engaging with no slack or padding. John Lee's narration is great and up to the same quality as his narration of the Alastair Reynolds books. He isn't Toby Longworth but still very capable.

Now the wait until 'The Evolutionary Void' comes out!

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Great story spoiled by poor narration

Just finished listening to The Temporal Void, I too was very disappointed with the choice of narrator, not a patch on Toby Longworth in The Dreaming Void the first part of what I hope will be a trilogy. Hamilton's style is truly engaging, the juxtaposition of science over a thousand years in the future, and a the interleaving saga of a world where telekinesis replaces advanced technology; giving the flavour of a 'magic saga' such as Trudi Canavan conjures up in her Black Magician trilogy.

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Better than he's getting credit for

I disagree with the other reviewers on here that are criticising the narrator, after 30 minutes he finds his feet and then proceeds to deliver hour after hour of very good storytelling. He doesn't attempt to be a voice-actor like the reader of the previous book did and I think that's why he's getting some grief but after the initial thirty minutes he definitely picks up in quality and delivers a good performance. The story itself is obviously very fascinating and I need a story of this length to make my commute bearable. I'd recommend it.

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Great book from a fantastic author

I loved Pandora's star. I still rate it amongst the best book's I've ever read, but I didn't like Judas Unchained. It didn't engage me much. I was a bit concerned the same things would happen here. I loved the Dreaming Void, and the characters and progression they (and The Commonwealth) had made in the intervening centuries. Thankfully, it didn't disappoint.

The narrator of this book is John Lee, a favourite of mine - albeit from non-fiction books - and he comes in for some unfair criticism in other reviews. Although he gets off to a slightly shaky start, it quickly gets much better, and I actually preferred his style to the one adopted by Toby Longworth, who tried to give voices to every character in The Dreaming Void and ended up with some rather dubious accents. The only criticism I have is the inconsistent pronunciation of names. One of the central characters and a key location are named differently in the books, which I found irritating.

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Great sequel

This book matches the quality and pace of the first, focusing mainly on the story of Edeard the Waterwalker, with much briefer spells outside the Void than in the first book.

It is a very enjoyable listen and please do not be put off by criticism of the narration. John Lee is excellent, and although admittedly not quite up to the same standard as Toby Longworth, the suggestion that his sterling efforts 'spoil' the listening experience are, I believe, unfounded.

I look forward to the third installment - The Evolutionary Void, scheduled for release in September 2010, although when the audio edition will become available online is anyone?s guess!

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Outstanding !!

I was a big fan of Judas Unchained & Pandora's Star but if I heard another 30 page description of a new world/city that killed the speed of the book or the words "enzyme bonded concrete" I was going to throw myself under the train.



I expected more of the same with this sequel but I was pleasantly surprised. The pace of the book is great, the descriptions are brief, and hardly any signs of enzyme bonded concrete. The story is really engrossing and I found myself enjoying the dreams more than the reality.



You can read this standalone but I would recommend reading Pandora's Star & Judas Unchained first, as there is very little explanation about certain elements of history/technology that was explained at length in the first books and many of the original characters re-appear in this sequel with some in-jokes you would miss.



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The story moves on in style

Like it's predecessor this is an excellent book. The narration left me horrified at first. The new narrator had chosen different voices to do the characters with - it took quite a while to get used to it but it was OK in the end. Nothing to do with the skill of the narrator, just the change to characters (when did *he* turn Scottish???) who had become like friends.
I hope they keep him for the final book 'The Evolutionary Void' so I don't have to go through the trauma again.
:-)

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Great book with terrible narration

The book is pretty awesome, Peter Hamilton on top form, however if you have listened to Toby Longworth read the Dreaming Void I would not recommend the Temporal Void. It has somewhat ruined it for me. He only does three voices, he miss pronounces names and brings no life to the book. I would have given only one Star but Peter Hamilton is amazing, and luckily the text is phenomenal so it only takes a little will power to get over the awful Narration of John Lee.

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  • TheFullResolution
  • 26-02-19

Great book but parts are not in the right order

Be aware that on Android, high quality version is not in order (maybe other versions are too) part 3 is after part 1. Then part 2.

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  • Robert Fletcher
  • 13-04-15

This book is corrupted

Any additional comments?

This is a favorite book of mine, I have listened to it several times. I re-downloaded recently, there are now large chunks missing, including the end

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  • Kai
  • 18-12-20

Better than any of the faller shite

If you can stand the retro-ish adulation of Hamilton's of anything old-fashioned, be it social structures, clothing, vehickes, weaponry or building, you'll propably like the space operaey bits of the book. My beef with Hamilton is the fetishising of ye old English Class Society and its strata and outerly manifestations. Especially when it comes to wasting literally hundreds of pages of writing Downtown Abbey in a supposedly Sci-Fi novel. Hate it. Absolutely detest it.

However, when he focuses on the futuristic aspects of his novels, grandiose plots, clack and dagger scheming between factions, and spectacular space battles using world-devouring weaponry he is stellar. Describing gritty insurgency by a people suddenly occupied by a feverishly cultist faction is spellbinding.

So all in all, I seem to have a love-hate relationship with Hamilton's writing. My sincere recommendation is to delve into his complex worlds and labyrinthine way pe waiting in this form. The Reader here does a very good job of making the text come to life .

Having spent the better part of the year of ploughing through Night's Dawn trilogy, I decided to give these a go as audiobooks. Definitely easier. Yes, you do have to rewind often to stay on track with all the plot-twists and the plethora of characters and their motivations, but it is far less stressing than reading it your self.

So recommended and also warning to stay away from Hamilton as well. A completely schitzoid writer that Hamilton, yes. But I love to hate him.

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  • Jamie Oglethorpe
  • 14-06-20

Mixed up chapters

This was a confusing listen as the continuity jumped back and forth. Please fix it.

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  • Samuel Tegenfeldt
  • 25-06-19

Gotta keep listening...

Again, Peter F Hamilton produces stories that makes to stick a headset into your ear wherever you go. The narration by John Lee is better than the previous book, in my opinion, and makes it fairly easy to keep track of who's talking to who.

Now, off to the next part and hope it won't fall flat on its own grandeur.

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  • Katarina
  • 21-05-18

Best one yet!

This was my fifth very lengthy title by Peter Hamilton, all of which in the same universe, and I have to say, this is the best one so far! And the rest got 4 stars from me as well, mind you.

This second novel in the Void trilogy really deepens both stories of this novel-within-a-novel, in an exciting way. There's the scifi story with several well-loved characters, and then of course there's the fantasy novel about Edeard, living his life on a planet in the Void.

The climax near the end of the novel is awesome, I have to say I thought "OMG Hamilton pulled a Game of Thrones!"
And as if that weren't enough, he also manages to add a third (sub)genre to this one novel, namely the superhero archetypal story. And there was even a hint of Western this time. I loved it, it was so well done!

This story has everything I want from my novels: a thrilling plot, my three favorite genres, well fleshed-out characters, romance, adventure, high tech, magic, and some very, very skilled writing.

Narration, as always with John Lee, was absolutely superb.

Can't praise this novel enough - a credit well, well spent!

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  • NicholasTod
  • 13-05-15

Another great Story!!

This series has been great! The commonwealth is an awesome look at the potential of Mankind!
A truly great writer and a gray story!

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  • Mark
  • 13-04-15

breathtaking story

has opened my mind to news ideas, I will recommend this to all my friends with similar interests.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-07-18

Horrible production of a decent book

If you like Peter F. Hamilton this is as good as it gets, and the narrator is quite okay too, but the production stinks and I gave up completely after 40 minutes. The volume is extremely uneven. If you adjust it for one recording section then all of a sudden you can't hear what's being said in the next section, raise the volume and then you'll go deaf 30 seconds later. Audible should really screen the books better to avoid selling crap like this.