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This series of five books takes a huge investment of time to get through but it is absolutely worth it. This is a breathtakingly good story, with well developed characters and such a solid and believable setting you'd think the author lives there (which in a way I suppose he does!). I had no issues with John Lee's narration, finding him very engaging to listen to. It's taken me some months to get through the whole sequence but I feel much richer for it. For me this is one of those stories that will never leave me, it's up there with the likes of Dune, The Culture novels and Alastair Reynolds Revelation Space series.
What makes the Void series stand out is the double storyline, one high-tech sci-fi and one fantasy, working together perfectly. Anyway, I could go on piling on superlatives but you get the picture.
I have a collection of 150 audiobooks now and this is the first I've felt I had to review!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
All reviews are by their very nature subjective and so this is only worth what my opinion is worth. From my view point this was an excellent end to the series. I really enjoyed this book and Hamilton delivers an excellent tale that finishes off the saga nicely whilst leaving a few characters around with the door open for fresh adventures in the Commomwealth 'world'.
Like Terry Pratchett, or Iain M Banks, Hamilton produces novels which whilst set in a 'world' can still stand alone in its own right. The plot is solid but for me, if you want to know what happens to a character the author has done an excellent job and Hamilton does this in spades.
Given what I have said why only 4 stars? Well sorry to say but any audiobook is 'a game of two halves' - the author and the narrator, whilst I find Hamilton work superb I have to say that I am not as keen on Lee's narration. I have listened to some good work by Lee but I really don't think that this genre is his best, for example I thought that he was very good with his narration of 'Cochrane' but must admit that I found this much harder work. I felt that Toby Longworth's narration of the first book was much more engaging and to be honest if I hadn't gotten into Hamilton work I might not have been so keen to listen to the later Lee narrated volumes. That being said I don't think Lee's work is as bad as some reviewers have suggested (if you want someone really dire then try Charlton Griffin - the only audiobook I have failed to complete, a pretty good book absolutely ruined by the narration, I would rather stick pins in my eyes than listen to it again - no wonder some people hate History if it was present to them like that).
The bottom line is an excellent book that draws the arcs of the various story lines together in a masterly fashion, the narration is okay but I feel that Toby Longworth or Peter Kenny might have been a better choice for this book.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
This book concludes the Void trilogy: (1) Dreaming Void (2) Temporal Void (3) Evolutionary Void.
If you are new to the series then you have to start with Dreaming Void, if you can get it : "The Dreaming Void" seems to have disappeared from the Australian store but there it sits in my audible library.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to The Evolutionary Void again? Why?
Yes,it's one of those books that you can't wait to get back to. I listen to books on long car trips but for this book it was worth switching it on for the short ones.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Paula Myo, everyone loves a hero and she is the greatest hero in the story, she just never gives up!
What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I read the first two books in this series myself so I was a bit sceptical about someone else reading it to me but I found John Lee interpreted it the same way I did.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes but I managed to listen to some of it everyday so the enjoyment lasts longer.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful