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Pandora's Star

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Peter F. Hamilton

Narrated By: John Lee

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: December 2008

Duration: 37 hours 22 minutes


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?


  • Michael Barnes

    The book is awesome. The narration is lacking. John Lee can read like no other. Has many voices and accents. However, listing to him makes me feel like I've just bought a 40 hour speed reading disclaimer. I wish I could get my money back. He can speak so well and tell the story, but 4000 words a minute, come on!!! This is the third book I've paid for that he has massacred. Ill have to listen to it 5 times just to understand the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • David Peacock

    Very good book with multiple storys within a bigger story. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes sci fi.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Ronald R.

    Plot was very disjointed and in fact many parts were never connected. Very difficult to follow. The narrator left a lot to be desired, he spoke too rapidly:; in fact I missed much of what was said because this. My experience does not encourage me to listen to more of this author or the narrator.

  • Rosemary C.

    Have to agree with a couple of reviews. This book was tedious and several on going story lines kept me blanking out while listening. Just wasn’t interested in some of the side stories. Paid attention toward the end hoping the side stories would weave into the main plot did not. Ending threw me for a loop. The enemy in my minds eye was a mix of Orson Scott Card Hive Queen and Star Treks Borg. Quite a combination. Humans thought the Borg was deadly. The way the alien describe a human was hilarious but true. The narrator was good. Enjoyed listening when the side stories got my attention My only question is how did they come up with Pandora Star. Unless I wasn’t paying attention the name never came up. So how did this come to be? Granted as with the pandora box things should have been left alone but that is not in the human nature. Not sure I will read the second book. Took too long to get through this one. Enjoyed only maybe 20% of the book. This was a VIP choice.

  • Lionel H.

    I listened to this book over a two month period. I frequently went backwards in an effort to understand the characters and the plot. The author must be a genius; in truth, the story line proved too complex for me. The narrator was excellent. I still don't understand the story line and I was completely thrown by the ending. All in all, I think I didn't like the book even though it took me forever to come to that conclusion

  • Dawn S.

    Very good narrator and an interesting take on possible futures. I will have to get part 2 of this series to find out what happens next

  • Rachel C.

    This book was pretty boring and tedious. About 20% of it got my attention, which was the only thing that kept me interested. I kept listening thinking the ending would improve the book, but even the ending was horrible. There were several story lines that seemed to have nothing to do with the book as a whole. Its funny, because the side stories were the only part I really cared about. I was waiting for them to tie into the story somehow, but never did. Also not a fan of the narrator. He reminds me of William Shatner when a sentence is... completed... with multiple... pauses. Drove me nuts. I would not recommend this book to anyone, unless you have a ton of free time on your hands.

  • Brandon Wickersham

    from little I got it sounds like an interesting story line but was unable to really catch what the narrator was reading. his voice kept going from really easy to hear to almost nothing at all. bad copy

  • Anonymous

    I was very upset because of the language that was used in the first chapter of this book. I was sorry I bought this book. It was such an awful book and I only listened to one chapter.

  • Anonymous

    This book had great concepts but is extremely tedious. It reads like a book of filler text. Endless uninspired descriptions are attached to a bunch of things, places and people that just don't matter to the story. Narrator has a warm deep toned voice that is pleasant to hear.

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