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Pandora's Star

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John Lee

12 Hours 30 Minutes

Tantor Media

December 2008

Audio Book Summary

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?

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  • 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.

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  • David Peacock

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

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  • David Grenfell

    The recording was a little uneven. The reader was good. The book is FANTASTIC. It is really the first half of the larger work, rather than the first book in a two part series. I usually take some kind of break after a book. Switch to a different genre. Listen to a couple cd's of music. Not this time. I immediately started the sequel. It seems likely that this will be added to my short list of all time favorites.

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