“The Star vanished from the center of the telescopes image in less time than a human heartbeat. There was no mistake. Dudley Bose was looking right at it when it happened. He blinked in surprise drawing back from the eyepiece. “That’s not right” He muttered. He shivered slightly in reaction to the cold air around him flapping gloved hands against his arms.”

We all have our favorite book that we re-read and relisten to regularly. When I first got an Audible audio book subscription the first credit I spent was on Peter F. Hamilton’s Pandora’s Star and the second on the sequel Judas Unchained.

The books are set nearly 400 years in the future and humans have spread to over 400 worlds linked by wormholes. An astronomer on an outer world notices a star 2000 light years distant and then another a little closer vanish in a second and the question of who and how is posted to a civilization that can just – just – go and see.

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Retailer: Amazon +:

Pandora’s Star (#1), Judas Unchained (#2)

Price: 1 Audible Credit each

About Peter F. Hamiltonpeterfhamilton

“Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960. 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 first novel, Mindstar Rising, was published in 1993, and he has been steadily productive since then. Peter lives near Rutland Water with his wife Kate, daughter Sophie and son Felix.”*


  • Target audience: Sci-fi readers
  • Genre: Science fiction
  • Target age range: Teens, Adults, Older adults
  • Target gender: Unisex/gender neutral tone

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1 Credit is standard for an audible audio copy of a book. These books are highly acclaimed, best sellers very well narrated and 1 Credit for 37.5-40 hours of listening pleasure is definitely worth it.


Written by: Peter F. Hamilton
Narrated by: John Lee

Series: Commonwealth Saga
Pages: 1151, 1265 pages
Listening length: 37 hrs and 33 mins, 40 hrs and 59 mins
Available format: Unabridged Audiobook, Kindle, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
Audible release date: 3 September 2010
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled


* Kindle/Audible App
* Language requirement: Proficient use of English


Peter F. Hamilton has a reputation of writing sprawling, multiple plot lined books that require many hours to get through and the Confederation universe created in Pandora’s star is his greatest achievement. The audiobook is uncut and very well narrated with a stern English accent adding to its gravitas.

If you listened to one book this year then Pandora’s Star would be a wonderful choice and then you will pick up Judas Unchained the moment it’s finished. Guaranteed.

Highly recommended.


The review is based on the Audible download of the Commonwealth Saga, narrated by John Lee. This article was first published on 26 December 2015 and last updated on 14 November 2016.