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

Peter F. Hamilton , Hugh Lee , John Lee
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20 April 2009 Void Trilogy (Book 2)
Long ago, the astrophysicist Inigo began dreaming scenes from the life of the remarkable Edeard, who lived within the Void, a self-contained microuniverse at the heart of the galaxy. Inigo’s inspirational dreams, shared by hundreds of millions throughout the galaxy, gave birth to a religion: Living Dream. But when the appearance of a Second Dreamer seems to trigger the expansion of the Void—which is devouring everything in its path—the Intersolar Commonwealth is thrown into turmoil.

With time running out, the fate of humanity hinges on a handful of people: Araminta, now awakening to the unwelcome fact that she is the mysterious Second Dreamer; Inigo, whose private dreams hint at a darker truth; and Justine, whose desperate gamble places her within the Void, where the godlike Skylords hold the power to save the universe . . . or destroy it.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Unabridged edition (20 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400111838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400111831
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 13.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,552,222 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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'A glorious, captivating story.' -- Fantasy Book Critic

'A great, sprawling ripping yarn reminiscent of Golden Age Science Fiction.' -- SFCrowsnest

'The action is taut, the description sexy and the dialogue clipped...Good stuff.' -- Death Ray Magazine

'The stage has been set for an action packed and very promising conclusion. Another highly recommended novel.'
-- Walker of Worlds

'hugely impressive. We've said it before but let's say it again: nobody does BIG SF quite like Hamilton'
-- SFX

'the fantasy sequences...have an unexpected lightness of touch. An audacious collision of genres with real energy and verve: excellent' -- BBC Focus Magazine

`All Hamilton's trademark strengths are on show: mind-expanding ideas, deft plotting and convincing depiction of political intrigue'
-- Guardian

`One of the most popular authors of "space operas" in Britain today...Hamilton's story telling is crystal clear' -- Guardian

`This cleverly constructed book plays with plot strands and characters and keeps you guessing, entertained from the off'
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'The stage has been set for an action packed and very promising conclusion. Another highly recommended novel.'
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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Hamilton continues his story of humanity in the 36th century, leading his cast of bio-engineered characters across vividly imagined worlds into impossible situations that even their advanced technology and knowledge cannot protect them from.

* Plot
The book begins with the Commonwealth facing dual external threats from an invading alien fleet and an expansion of the mysterious sun-eating "Void". Internally various factions are becoming increasingly brazen in their struggle to to advance their belief systems and gain control of people who can communicate with those living in the Void. However, the bulk of this book concentrates on recounting Inigo's dreams of life in the Void, a fantasy tale following the adventures of Edeard and his friends as they struggle against the gangs of Makkathran.

* Style
As usual, Hamilton's skill with imaginative composition of the sci-fi elements is excellent. The fantasy element is also very good. The split between these two elements is good insofar as the Void storyline could stand on its own, but it does limit coverage of the rest of the characters (there are about ten squeezed into a third of the book).

There are occasionally small spoilers which foreshadow events in Edeard's storyline. In some ways these enhance the suspense, in others they spoil it a bit and make some of the twists less shocking. However, the twists were still enjoyable with various clues about the factions' agendas slowly woven together... to leave us waiting for the next book.

I was not expecting this to extend to a trilogy and I'm a bit puzzled (in a good way) about how he's going to find enough material for a same-sized third book.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 16 Nov 2008
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I just finished reading the Temporal Void last night, and I would implore anyone who has a mind for imaginative sprawling space operas to buy this book. It is a wonderful addition to Hamilton's established Commonwealth series, beginning chronologically with Pandoras Star and Judas Unchained (known collectively as the Commonwealth saga), and the Void trilogy, of which the Temporal Void is number 2.

The plot picks up directly after the end of Dreaming Void, with Justine escaping Centurion Station, immediately after the Void encroachment is triggered by the Second Dreamer's rejection of the Void entity known as a Skylord. Aaron, the ANA agent, is on Hanko with Inigo and his estranged wife Corrie Lyn, trying to escape before the world implodes from an m-sink which was driven into the planet. The threat of the Ocisen fleet is a constant danger, with a few nostalgic twists that I couldn't help but smile at, in particular the Ocisens very formidable ally, unknown as yet to the Navy. If you've read the Commonwealth saga, you will know what I mean. The book basically kicks off with most of the characters trying to escape certain death, (or capture, in Araminta's case).

There is also another vital aspect of the book which I find very engaging. The story of Edeard the Waterwalker is one of the best concepts I've seen in large scale sci fi such as is fitting to Hamilton's writing style. If you were to take out all the segments entitled "Inigo's Dream", from the first 2 books so far, you would have a thoroughly engaging stand alone fantasy novel. But the way it ties in with the rest of the storyline is a winner, expertly switching from the events in our Universe, and that of the Void.

The closing chapters supplied me with many memorable (and emotional) moments.
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful
The Centaurion Station, the base of the Void observation for countless millennia, is torn apart as the Raiel machines move to counter the Void's expansion. Justine, who is at the station as it is destroyed, makes a decision that will affect the whole of humanity; to enter the Void in an attempt to negotiate with the Skylord. Will the Second Dreamer be able to get her safe passage, even if it means exposing herself?

After rejecting the Skylord's offer Araminta now comes to the full realisation that she is indeed the Second Dreamer, the one Living Dream say is destined to lead them into the Void and the life they so desperately wish. However, along with this discovery Araminta now knows she is the target of everyone who wishes to use her to their own advantage. But she will not bow to the pressures put on her and is on the run, unsure where or who to turn to.

Paula is continuing her mission to track down Troblum who holds crucial information about the Accelerators and their plans. Desperate to get hard evidence, Paula tracks him down and comes to the very harsh realisation of how far the Accelerators are prepared to go to fulfill their plans. Meanwhile, the Ocisen Empire are on their way to Commonwealth space to enforce the threat they previously issued: cease the pilgrimage or face the consequences.

After his spectacular display of power and unwavering belief of what is right, Edeard now faces increasingly difficult obstacles in his bid to bring peace to Makkathran. With the gangs planning to undermine the Waterwalker he must stand for what he believes, even if it means unwanted political manoeuvring, and the events that take place in Makkathran lead down the path that will reveal the full potential of the Void.
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Published 8 days ago by Dr James Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars One of science fiction's greatest writers
Peter Hamilton is up there with other science fiction greats such as Asimov, Brunner and Moorcock. The interwoven layers of science, fantasy, and existential ways of forming... Read more
Published 3 months ago by sylvia merritt
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
As expected from Hamilton another cracking sci-fi yarn that will keep you up into the small hours. Now to buy the final part :-)
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Audio version.
for part 2 and 3 of this series a different voice actor was used. Not bad but not nearly as good as the voice work provided by Toby Longworth in the first instalment.
Published 5 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent condition
I haven't read this book yet so I won't be reviewing the actual story, just the condition of the product, it arrived on time and for a second hand book it is in excellent... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steve Wild
5.0 out of 5 stars The master
Top notch just love this author and for me this series can do no wrong. Keep up the good work.
Published 6 months ago by keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
Some nice concepts developed, well written. I think the concepts of the use of technology vs the use of Bioengineering are fascinating and well thought out.
Published 8 months ago by Gavin Kenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative space opera by the master of the genre
Hamilton never fails to please with his rich scenery and characterisation, a story full of ideas, not only exploring the realms of science fiction, but also the future of our... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant story sustained over 3 novels
Book 2 and the ideas just keep coming and the plot is so well developed with greate characters and great plausible science. Space opera just doesn't get any better than this.
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Mark A. Laborda
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful end to the tril0gy
as yet I have not finished the book. but, it seems as though it is a wonderful end to a superb series of books. perhaps there may be a fourth book.[ I wish ]
Published 14 months ago by john w fellows
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