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4.00008493771234 out of 54.00008493771234 out of 54.00008493771234 out of 54.00008493771234 out of 54.00008493771234 out of 5 4.00 (8,830 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter F. Hamilton Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Commonwealth Saga Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781400177639
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Peter F. Hamilton's superbly imagined, cunningly plotted interstellar adventures are conceived on a staggeringly epic scale and filled with fully realized human and alien characters as complex as they are engaging. No mere world builder, Hamilton creates entire universes—and he does so with irresistible flair and intelligence. His previous novel, the acclaimed Pandora's Star, introduced the Intersolar Commonwealth, a star-spanning civilization of the twenty-fourth century. Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy. The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life. Twenty-three planets have already fallen to the invaders, with casualties in the hundreds of millions. And no one knows when or where the genocidal Prime will strike next. Nor are the Prime the only threat. For more than 100 years, a shadowy cult, the Guardians of Selfhood, has warned that an alien with mind-control abilities impossible to detect or resist—the Starflyer—has secretly infiltrated the Commonwealth. Branded as terrorists, the Guardians and their leader, Bradley Johansson, have been hunted by relentless investigator Paula Myo. But now evidence suggests that the Guardians were right all along and that the Starflyer has placed agents in vital posts throughout the Commonwealth—agents who are now sabotaging the war effort. Is the Starflyer an ally of the Prime, or has it orchestrated a fight to the death between the two species for its own advantage? Caught between two deadly enemies, one a brutal invader striking from without, the other a remorseless cancer killing from within, the fractious Commonwealth must unite as never before. This will be humanity's finest hour—or its last gasp. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Richly satisfying…. In more ways than one, this…work is monumental. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • “In more ways than one, this two-part work is monumental.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Hamilton has, as usual, produced a dense, engaging space opera that satisfyingly balances shoot-‘em-up action and thoughtful debate.”

    Booklist

  • “For flat-out huge widescreen all-engines-at-full I-dare-you-not-to-believe-it space opera, there is no one quite like Peter F. Hamilton.”

    Richard K. Morgan, author of Altered Carbon

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abe | 2/4/2014

    " The second half of the Commonwealth Saga. I "couldn't put it down" (I listened to it via Audible) for the last six hours. The characters are very well done and a great story. I can't wait to read more from Hamilton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Calen | 2/3/2014

    " Ends up wandering around a little piously (one man making the stand against genocide says nothing about the state of humanities soul) and definitely left a few threads hanging, SI anyone? but this massive tome of a novel (it's really one book, the two are inseparable) keeps the uncertainty flowing, the body count counting, the stakes a rising and then it kinda peters out in climax, but still worth the romp. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 1/30/2014

    " "enzyme bonded concrete" ad nauseum "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Lewallen | 1/20/2014

    " It's a great book; a lot of threads to track but they all came together cleanly. Still don't think I understand the role of the High Angel and the Silfen didn't turn out to be what I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kfdowner | 1/17/2014

    " Very good follow-on to Pandora's Star. If you liked Pandora's Star this will not disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Rich | 1/16/2014

    " Long. Interesting. Occasionally verbose.Good Sci-Fi. Wished there was more epilogue. Wished there was a little more genocide--for one race or the other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 1/16/2014

    " The story continues with humankind's struggle to survive the alien stampeed. Fantastic conclusion to the story which started with Pandora's Star. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/3/2014

    " a little bit of a struggle to read. the character dialog was fun but the over extensive descriptions of the scenery made the book a bit of a struggle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 12/31/2013

    " I don't think it's nearly as strong as the first book, but it resolves every plot thread and I could barely put it down until I was done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler K | 10/15/2013

    " Good book with a load of story lines. Only issue is it takes a while for Hamilton to bring together his characters and story lines. You definitely need to be patient. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke | 7/8/2013

    " A great ending to the events began in Pandora Star. A little too graphic with the sexual content for my tasre "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Hembree | 5/9/2013

    " The sequel to Pandora's star. Still a good story, but getting a little to strung out. It would have been better if it were about half as long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roger | 10/22/2012

    " Good Space Opera with some interesting concepts and characters but the second book (after Pandora's Star) tried to introduce too many twists into the story and lost its drive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 10/1/2012

    " Kind of slow but a big big sci-fi finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryanjustus | 4/6/2012

    " Great book, but I enjoyed Pandora's star more. I know it seems weird for a story of this length but it seemed a little rushed at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 9/8/2011

    " A little long. This duology could have been one book, with all of the excess detail and suspense. In the end, that earned this series only three stars, although as a sci-fi story it was incredibly well-constructed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 5/2/2011

    " His writing is a little inconsistent but it's the best sci-fi I've read in a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacinto Melero | 4/20/2011

    " Buena conclusión para una trama muy bien construida.
    Must have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcos | 4/20/2011

    " Un libro muy entretenido, mejor que su primera parte que es bastante introducctoria de los acontencimientos que ocurren en ésta.

    No apta para quien le guste los libros muy directos, o fáciles de leer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jmoses | 4/5/2011

    " Not quite as good as the first one, but an excellent conclusion
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 4/5/2011

    " See my comments on Pandora's Star. I also found all the chapters written from the Prime POV to be laborious. I just couldn't connect with the chapters and found myself literally racing through them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dezrah | 3/27/2011

    " If you like science fiction, even a little bit, THIS IS PART 2 OF THE NEXT BOOK YOU SHOULD READ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 3/4/2011

    " Judas Unchained is the massive sequel to the equally massive Pandora's Star (which I loved). So far so good, great world building and imagination set against multiple story lines a-la Harry Turtledove.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 2/17/2011

    " Not Peter F HAiltons best work but stunning nonetheless a very agreeable end to the frist of his "wormhole based" human future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 2/5/2011

    " DO NOT READ THIS BOOK UNTIL YOU HAVE READ Pandora's Star

    This is an excellent book, and epic in scale, but is really just the second half of Pandora's Star. This story in no way stands on it's own. "

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About the Author
Author Peter F. Hamilton

Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960 and still lives near Rutland Water. 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 anthologies In Dreams and New Worlds, as well as in several small-press publications. His novels include the Greg Mandel series—Mindstar Rising, A Quantum Murder, and The Nano Flower—and the bestselling Night’s Dawn trilogy, The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist, and The Naked God. He is also the author of A Second Chance at Eden, a novella and six short stories set in the same brilliantly realized universe, and The Confederation Handbook, a vital guide to the Night’s Dawn trilogy.

About the Narrator

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.