• Great North Road

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 36 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 13-12-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (828 ratings)

Summary

Great North Road is a standalone science fiction adventure from Peter F. Hamilton, the author of The Night's Dawn trilogy.
When attending a Newcastle murder scene, Detective Sidney Hurst finds a dead North family clone. Yet none has been reported missing. And in 2122, 20 years ago, a North clone billionaire was horrifically murdered in the same manner on the tropical planet of St Libra. So if the murderer is still at large, was Angela Tramelo wrongly convicted? She never wavered under interrogation, claiming she alone survived an alien attack.
Investigating this potential alien threat now becomes the Human Defence Agency's top priority. St Libran biofuel is the lifeblood of Earth's economy and must be secured. A vast expedition is mounted via the Newcastle gateway, and experts are dispatched to the planet - with Angela Tramelo, grudgingly released from prison.
But the expedition is cut off deep within St Libra's rainforests, and the murders begin. Angela insists it's the alien, but her new colleagues aren't sure. Did she see an alien, or does she have other reasons for being on St Libra?
©2012 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2012 Pan Macmillian Publishers Ltd
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Critic reviews

"The most powerful imagination in science fiction." (Ken Follett)
"Novels that combine fantastic speculation with incredible detailed imagining of the lives we will lead." ( Guardian)
"This is thrilling stuff; compulsively readable and abundantly full of idea." ( The Times)
"Reaches another level of excellence... Brilliant." ( Locus)
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4 out of 5 stars
By tim on 17-01-13

Great book, but this is only half the story

This is my first Sci Fi audible in 2 years, I was drawn in to it to see how my native Newcastle fares in the future. There are enough seperate strands to keep it interesting and moving along and it was enjoyable to think that technology may improve but human nature doesnt change much.

Perhaps I mis read the blurb where it is listed as a stand alone book. You have to listen to both parts to get the full plot, they are not self contained. In fact part one ends on a cliff hanger so I have to buy Part 2 right now to get it . ..

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57 of 59 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Steven on 27-02-14

Not all books are 1 credit.

I like Audiable, its a wonderful service but sometimes it makes me laugh. A long time ago some books used to be 2 credits to buy. Then Audiable made a big splash telling every one that all books were 1 credit.

Unless it is a Peter F Hamilton book. This book is a 2 credit book. This is not part one of a two part story. Its the first half of a book. Audiable did not even go to much effort to find a convenient place to split the book. It just stops, suddenly. I would prefer they listened to the book, found a better point to split it so the book doesn't just stop.

The reader is doing his best to make the normal Peter F Hamilton pulp enjoyable. He has enough voices to go around. His regional British and regional American accents are good. He has a good pace and emotes nicely.

The story is absolutely typical Peter F Hamilton. If you have a long repetitive job to do and want a fairly ok Sci-fi book to help pass the time then this is good stuff. Its not new or particularly imaginative but it gets the job done.

Fun while you listen but after a week you'll struggle to remember what happened.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 17-01-13

A very Peter F Hamilton book!

What made the experience of listening to Great North Road - Part One the most enjoyable?

Peter F. Hamilton has been exploring worlds via wormholes for years and this is yet another universe where the earth has expanded into the local area space with wormholes. This story is an exploration of "what might be" when corporates go interstellar and cloning is understood and if not widespread, certainly well accepted. Enter Sid, a detective living in Northern England in the great city of Halifax. Sid is asked to investigate a murder conducted, possibly, by an unknown kind of alien. The story, despite its ENORMOUS length and word count, paces along nicely. There are very few slow parts and the detail and unravelling of the crime are completely believable. As usual, Hamilton has his heros and anti-heros and in this case some really original aliens.

The story is satisfying and completely contained with an interesting twist. The characters are interesting and mostly believable. Peter F. Hamilton is living up to the high expectations of his fans. I remain one of them.

Toby Longworth maintains a passable performance in reading, he does the accents without over doing them (trust me this is good, Halifax accents are IMPOSSIBLE to understand if you aren't english) and he does a great job on separating the characters.

Overall, this is a great buy and very enjoyable.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Rex on 04-02-13

fantastic imagination

What did you like about this audiobook?

The story is very involved and the plot is woven in leaf after leaf. I love Peter Hamilton's stories and look forward to his next book.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I first saw a tome in a book shop with the author Peter Hamilton. Out of curiosity, I got one of his books and have been fascinated by his imagination and depth of description ever since. I almost wish I could be alive when we will be able to travel to his worlds...

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Peter Hamilton has a wonderful imagination. He is able to describe his worlds in a very clear manner allowing one to imagine what he is driving at. He is also able to disguise his plot so that you only find out at the end how it all ties together.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

I love John Lee reading Peter Hamilton's books and was initially disappointed to see he was not reading this one. However, Tony Longworth has more than stepped up. I like his voice, his intonation and his ability to read the words to tell a story.

Do you have any additional comments?

A good read. A bit tough if you like short works...

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