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The Evolutionary Void (Void Trilogy) [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Peter F. Hamilton , John Lee
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31 Aug 2010 Void Trilogy (Book 3)

Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by others equally determined to prevent—or facilitate—the pilgrimage into the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, but it is also a deadly threat. For the reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy drawn from planets, stars, galaxies—from everything that lives.

Meanwhile, the story of Edeard, the Waterwalker, continues to unfold. With time running out, Inigo, the First Dreamer, must decide whether to release Edeard’s dangerous final dream. And Araminta must choose whether to run from her responsibilities or face them down, with no guarantee of success or survival. But all these choices may be for naught if the leader of a rival faction enters the Void. For it is not paradise she seeks there, but dominion.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Unabridged edition (31 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400111846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400111848
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 14.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water with his family. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and several small-press publications. His work includes the Greg Mandel series, the Night's Dawn trilogy - which established him as Britain's bestselling writer of science fiction - and his critically acclaimed Void novels: The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void and The Evolutionary Void. His novels and his handbook (a vital guide to the Night's Dawn trilogy) have sold almost two million copies worldwide.

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'amilton is now in the midst of his imperial phase, when he's simply the best at doing what he does... It's a terrific achievement.' --SFX magazine

'A huge achievement in science fiction.' --SciFiNow Magazine

'Hamilton handles massive ideas with enviable ease, manipulates plots and characters to spring constant surprises, and brings the trilogy to a climax with a cannonade of fire-cracker finales.'
--Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The third novel in Peter F. Hamilton's acclaimed Void Trilogy

Having finally mastered his astonishing psychic abilities, Edeard is dismayed to find that life in Makkathran is as challenging and dangerous as ever. There are always threats to quash and unrest to settle. He is coming to understand that he will have to pay a terrible price for Makkathran's peace and liberty.

Inspired by Edeard, millions of Living Dream followers embark on their pilgrimage, heading towards a new life within the Void that lies at the centre of the galaxy. Their arrival will trigger a super-massive expansion of the Void, which will devour everything in its path - ultimately the galaxy itself. For those who would stop the pilgrimage, time is running out.

On the run and pursued by every Commonwealth faction, Second Dreamer Araminta realizes she can no longer flee her destiny and chooses a course of action that will not only confound Living Dream but will also transform her in a way no one could have expected.

'A terrific achievement'


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128 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent finale to a superb series 25 Aug 2010
Here it is, the book I've been waiting nearly two years for: The Evolutionary Void. The conclusion to the Void Trilogy, started with The Dreaming Void and followed up by The Temporal Void, is by far my most anticipated book of the year and the series is making very strong noises to be my favourite finished series ever. So, with expectations that simply couldn't get any higher, does The Evolutionary Void meet these? Simple answer: Hell yeah!

The Evolutionary Void picks up immediately where The Temporal Void left off with no break in pacing, continuing the story in an effective, confident fashion. The many plot threads that have been built up over the first two novels are now dealt with convincingly, some with immediate effect while others come to the fore in preparation for the grand finale. It's very difficult, in fact nigh on impossible, to find any fault with this aspect of The Evolutionary Void. It is clear from many references and clues laid down in Dreaming and Temporal that the Void trilogy has been intricately plotted and even has details that go all the way back to the Commonwealth Saga. This is rather unsurprising when you consider that many of the characters present here have their origins in the duology.

Some of the story lines that I was most anticipating delivered the goods. The Deterrence Fleet is hinted at many times and the revelation of what it is and the capabilities it has still manages to surprise. This can be said of many of the plot points in Evolutionary. For example, Araminta is the descendant of two Silfen friends and this is used during Temporal to show how she is able to share her dreams of the Skylord (albeit unknowingly) with the Living Dream movement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's all about the journey... 7 Jun 2011
By P. Fox
Some say that in life, it's not the destination that's important but the journey that gets you there. If this is a philosophy that appeals to you then you'll have no problems with Peter F Hamilton's work, where his talent for writing compulsive sci-fi is invariably let down by his apparent inability to come up with a decent ending.

This trilogy really has been thoroughly absorbing and entertaining, and I raced through this final installment as the tension built and the final coming-together of all the various strands approached. And then...(spoiler?) everybody kind of stands around, asks the 'bad guy' nicely to stop destroying the galaxy, please...and he does. The supposedly massively powerful and evil Ilanthe-thing watches and doesn't do much as her plan to conquer the universe goes by the wayside, and then just wanders off. And everybody else lives happily ever after because they made their dreams come true just before the Void collapsed.

It's such a shame, to come so far and build such a fascinating story, only to have it peter out at the last (much like the Night's Dawn trilogy and the Commonwealth Saga). So, an enjoyable journey, shame about the destination.

Also, don't make the mistake I did and read this 18 months or so after the previous book -- Hamilton makes no allowances for anyone who doesn't remember all the various characters and what they're up to, so you might have some trouble getting up-to-speed at the start.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but a little disappointing... 11 Oct 2010
By Rob
I really enjoyed the first two books in the Void trilogy and have been waiting for what seems like ages for the final installment. A pity then that the story felt 'rushed' in a lot of ways, almost as if the author couldn't really think of a clever way to tie up all the story sub-plots so just mashed something together at the end in order to make it all 'work'.

It also suffers from the usual Peter Hamilton problem of invoking "Super-Aliens With God-Like Powers (TM)" in order to defeat the bad guys. I would have preferred the good guys to win by actually thinking of a clever plan rather than just gaining super-powers!

It's not a bad read though, and if you've read the other two books in the series then you'll want to know what happens in the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed. 6 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read the first wolume with enthusiasm - Great story lines. I struggled with the second. I read the third because I felt compelled to, having read the first two and being a tad OCD. Now I wish I hadn't bothered. The author had obviously run out of ideas, got bored and finished it off in a very unconvincing way. How anyone can give it 5 stars is beyond me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Underwhlemed, hoped for better 27 Dec 2010
By Robert
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been a keen admirer of Peter Hamilton's work, particularly enjoying the previous Commonwealth saga and the Night's Dawn Trilogy, however this part of the Void trilogy was completely underwhelming. I have the impression that the publishers signed the author up for a trilogy when there was only enough material for a single volume. Why do books in this genre always have to be trilogies? Tolkien has a lot to answer for! By the time I got to the end of this I could not care less about the characters or the premise of this book, nor I believe could the author. Hopefully the next work will be better. Do not buy this any of this trilogy without reading the previous Commnwealth Saga books i.e. Pandora's Star & Judas Unchained (both excellent btw) as some knowledge of the plotlines and characters are essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 23 days ago by Dr James Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
so sad this saga over,feel blessed that have witnessed all the characters evolve!!!!! want more, as feel the characters have more to offer
Published 2 months ago by a thorpe
5.0 out of 5 stars The void trilogy
The time invested in reading this series of books was time well spent, my thanks to the author for sharing his amazing imagination and visions
Published 3 months ago by mick waughman
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great fat trilogy
I am an old lady born long before the first man stepped foot on the moon - who has always wondered what could be out there, and how would the human race evolve? Read more
Published 3 months ago by sylvia merritt
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
I think Hamilton has a fantastic imagination and a sense of some things that human's might well invent. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical excellent Space Opera
This is another typically epic book by Peter F. Hamilton.

I'm always happy in the knowledge that once I've started one of his books/trilogies I don't have to worry about... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Samantha B.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Evolutionary Void.
Soaring concepts; earthy characterisations; heart wrenching cruelty; eviscerating emotions plumbing the depths of despair and soaring to searing love. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Disk Wiz.
3.0 out of 5 stars Magnum opus
A long drawn-out end to another of Peter Hamilton's massive works. Not quite full enough of interesting event to stop a touch of boredom creeping in at times as one ploughs... Read more
Published 6 months ago by B. Hurn
5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable read
Having read the commonwealth saga I wasn't at disappointed. though at times there are many threads to try and hold on to, as always in Peter Hamilton, it is well worth the effort.
Published 8 months ago by Emma Burns
3.0 out of 5 stars The Evolutionary Void by Peter Hamilton
Well I got there.Though I will need to read this story at least twice more to know what it was all for! Trying to remember the charcters all the books.
Well my beat me.
Published 11 months ago by Bob Smith
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