The Abyss Beyond Dreams : Chronicle of the Fallers

  • by Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • Series: Chronicle of the Fallers
  • 22 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

To save their civilisation he must destroy it. When images of a lost civilization are 'dreamed' by a self-proclaimed prophet of the age, Nigel Sheldon, inventor of wormhole technology and creator of the Commonwealth society, is asked to investigate. Especially as the dreams seem to be coming from the Void - a mysterious area of living space monitored and controlled because of its hugely destructive capabilities.
With it being the greatest threat to the known universe, Nigel is committed to finding out what really lies within the Void and if there's any truth to the visions they've received. Does human life really exist inside its boundary?
But when Nigel crash lands inside the Void, on a planet he didn't even know existed, he finds so much more than he expected. Bienvenido: a world populated by the ancestors of survivors from Commonwealth colony ships that disappeared centuries ago. Since then they've been fighting an increasingly desperate battle against the Fallers, a space-born predator artificially evolved to conquer worlds. Their sole purpose is to commit genocide against every species they encounter. With their powerful telepathic lure - that tempts any who stray across their path to a slow and painful death - they are by far the greatest threat to humanity's continued existence on this planet.
But Nigel soon realizes that the Fallers also hold the key to something he'd never hoped to find - the destruction of the Void itself. If only he can survive long enough to work out how to use it...

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Immersed in the void.

I love this series of books and have listened to all the others available and was delighted to see another arrive. This one is slightly different in that almost all of the story is within the void - no trips out to the commonwealth really aside from the start. The start of the story we see some of the familiar faces from the series, then this story introduces a whole new set of characters to get to know, aside from one, a favourite of mine - who plays a key role in the void. Personally I would be distraught to hear anyone but John Lee read these books now having invested so many hours with him I find him very easy to listen to. I can imagine at least another book in the series after this one. If you haven't listened to or read the others I would strongly advise you do, really needs all the background to make sense and it is a superb series of books. The story in general did bear a passing resemblance to the story of Edeard - which is not a problem for me, was just delighted to be back in the Void :)
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- Martin

Ever wonder how Marx would have dealt with aliens?

PFH's writing and storytelling just keep getting better as the decades pass, and with this novel he's being more adventurous with the construction of the narrative too. It's a wonderful mix of hard SF and political fantasy, with a dollop of Ankh Morpork and Marxist revolution in too. Thoroughly enjoyed, as expected, and brilliantly narrated.
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- M

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-10-2014
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.