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  • The Captain's Daughter

  • Arkship Trilogy Series, Book 2
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)

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Summary

From critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Peter F. Hamilton comes The Captain's Daughter, Book 2 in his audio original Arkship trilogy.

With the help of a command AI, the hole in the Daedalus has been fixed by Hazel and her friends. But in the process, they have antagonized the Yi, the aliens who are actually controlling the Daedalus. After a daring escape from the Yi, Hazel and her friends now must convince the people of the Daedalus villages and the village leaders that the Yi exist - and that they must fight back in order to survive. This proves tricky, as those in power don't want their authority challenged.

In order to produce proof of their dire situation, Hazel and her friends have to return to the forward section of the Daedalus to find another surviving command AI so they can find where the Yi are hiding and what their goal is. What Hazel and her friends discover is the terrible secret of the Yi, and what they have been doing on board the Daedalus for the last five hundred years.

The Captain's Daughter is a thrilling continuation of the story that unfolded in A Hole in the Sky, Peter F. Hamilton's first YA novel, that will appeal to all his legions of fans. 

©2021 Peter F. Hamilton (P)2022 Tantor

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Narrator is insufferable but story is weak too

The publishers of this audio book need to take a long hard look at who they choose to voice this kind of sci-fi story. This narrator is utterly terrible from start to finish, a real slog to listen to.

An overly posh, plummy voice that's so effected that she pronounces common English words in the most ridiculous way and it's unbearably grating. Half of the characters speak their sentences with the intonation raised at the end like it's a question. Entire conversations going on like this is downright painful.

The story is really not Hamilton's best. Normally he's excellent at setting a detailed universe with an engaging plot, but it's absent here. Perhaps if this was narrated by the one true narrator, John Lee, it would seem a lot more engaging.

Please Peter, if you're reading this, insist on having editorial discretion over who narrates your work. It really makes the most enormous difference. I will not be back for part 3 of this as it stands.

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Dull

I loved all of Hamilton prior works - he is a genius. But this series is basic, dull and unimaginative. What has gone wrong?

If you look back at some of the brilliant series he has knocked out in the past, I can’t believe this made it into print. It’s really bad.

The characters are poor, the story is procedural.

I just think don’t bother finishing this series Peter, go back to basics or take a break then come back with something good again like all the previous books. Please… we want Hamilton back, not this.

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Excellent

I honestly think this is Hamilton's best work since the Void Trilogy. After reading the bloated Great North Road and problematic Salvation sequence, this was a breath of fresh air.

Yes, it's aimed at younger readers, but so what? Shades of Niven and Orwell in here, I thought. Really well put together and thus far quite a brilliant if horrible story.

The narrator takes some getting used to, but once you've done that it's all good. Will probably read them again when the printed versions are released.

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Fun ride

A good continuation of the first book. Enjoyed the characters and the plot, one or two bits I saw coming, but over all a fun ride. Would recommend.

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Great story

Good listen and narrated, more suitable for younger readers but still well worth it
Looking forward to the next book

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Story is okay but

who chose that awful narrator? I'm persevering because I wanna know how it ends, but it's honestly a bit disappointing. Hamilton is one of my fav authors, and this story isn't up to his usual standards, however that could just be because of how terrible the narration is. Who pronounces Yi as 'yai', not 'yee'? Her accent is so weird and inconsistent. It's possible that I'd enjoy these books a lot more were I reading them myself, or with a different narrator

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a great listen

A fantastic look at how the world of Hazel and friends could go wrong and yet so right.
I cant wait for the third book in this series

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Definitely Hamilton!

Different in style but this is pure Hamilton. Fantastic future culture and technology, terrifyingly hostile aliens, huge building-destroying fights with high energy weapons! I find myself desperate to listen to the final book.

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My quick thoughts

Pretty enjoyable some of the underlying twists were predictable but still enjoyable and didn’t spoil my enjoyment, the narrator was okay, I suppose the vocal inflection was to reflect being brought up on the Brontë sisters, well my guess anyway

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Its More a young adult book but still enjoyable

Narrator was fine, story runs along at a fair pace. The aliens feel like the aliens from Pandora's Star with a little more thought put into them. If you've read a lot of the authors work then it will all feel quite familiar, a bit like comfy old slippers.

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  • Johnnie Pattison
  • 24-02-22

Excellent story. Horrible reader execution.

I had to keep reminding myself that this was a children's book. I love the work that the author has done previously, but I won't be buying any more of his young adult work. Painful listening.

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  • Daniel Cascaddan
  • 24-02-22

Podkayne Sky Orphan Starship Troopers

This poor Heinlein rip-off is just one endless “dance” scene. Furthermore, a person reading the whole series could skip this book entirely and miss almost nothing. It definitely ends with a “to be continued” situation. I have SO liked everything by Peter F. Hamilton, until these books. Very disappointing.

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  • darlingkit
  • 23-04-22

My first disappointment

This is such a break on a long streak of amazing stories. I'm sad and disappointed. First, why would Mr. Hamilton break up his pattern of long books into shorter stories. More income in the stream? Next, more relevant to me is why would the main character, Hazel, be so weak and her younger brother the real leader be so innovative and "right on"? Girls "are so frightened and boys are so smart and adventurous"?. It is cliché, something I would have never expected from Peter Hamilton. Why couldn't Hazel's smart and sassy brother be a smart and brilliant girl? There seems to not be much more to Hazel than her genetics as "the Captain's Daughter" to set her as leader over others. Naïve and innocent is a good concept, but why so "afraid, anxious, nervous, doubtful, and reliant on other's praise and support? I felt this is a biased and stereotypical concept of a weak young women who has a brother who can save the day by his brilliant imagination and intelligence. I'm sure a younger audience and an attempt at a different type of story is a motivational goal. I've read/listened to hundreds of hours by Peter Hamilton. This is not his best work. And now one must pay for 4 novels to get the story told vs. his delivery of long and complex story telling and the pleasure of the journey. And why do all the adults and mature people get relegated to stupid and dull? I just have to say, I'm disappointed in this new line of storytelling. Maybe Hazel needs to grow up some. Her foes are obviously smarter than she.

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  • john rivas
  • 06-03-22

not Peter F Hamilton best works

I've read most of Peter F. Hamilton's books, as far as I can say this book is made for a younger audience. If you're are expecting a quality I would not recommend. On the other hand if you are a young reader it's a good way to get into this type of genre.

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  • marsbars
  • 23-08-22

One of the Best SciFi Stories

This isn't just one of my favorite Peter F Hamilton's, I believe this may be one of my favorite books of any category. The coming of age tale in adversity combined with the scientific realism of what it would mean for a post scarcity human race to create an ark ship and have it survive various trials is just a thrill to listen along with and imagine.

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  • Ken Weston
  • 03-07-22

It is hard to believe…

…that this came from the same author who wrote some of the finest hard science fiction I’ve ever read.
“Mary Poppins in space”.

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  • Andy
  • 24-06-22

Very basic sci-fi, Hamilton’s most basic

If you’re looking for Hamilton’s typical universe-spanning, an enormous cast of well developed characters, and a deep storyline- you’re going to be disappointed. This is a fairly linear, straightforward story with a young lead character. The story is told from first person view and all the characters are unidimensional.

All that being said, I think this would be a great book for a young adult (especially female- the main character is a girl) who is just finding what they like when it comes to they audiobook experience.

Think Hunger Games type characters.

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  • al
  • 04-06-22

A bit disappointing

it truly does not feel like P.F.Hamilton
Aside from a couple of interesting twists the story and the main characters are as bland as it gets.
The overall story is a bit implausible. Narrator does a very basic job at covering the various personages, all interpreted with very similar voices, tones, timber and inflection. Perhaps it is just me but I will not follow up on this story.

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  • Gr
  • 22-05-22

Not your typical PFH book.

The Captain's Daughter by Peter F. Hamilton is book #2 of the Arkship Trilogy. The Captain’s Daughter picks up the story and runs with it, barely letting up throughout, and building on every aspect of A Hole in the Sky.

This remains very much a YA series, and it will never be my favorite from this writer. However, I found the aspects that annoyed me most in the first book, including the teenage angst and the # of references to the "Sweet Captain," to be less frequent or annoying. The narration by Elizabeth Klett fits the writing. This book remains about 3.5 stars, but this time I have rounded up and I look forward to the conclusion.

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  • Andrea Ojeda
  • 19-05-22

Not Hamilton’s best but…

Not Hamilton’s best but, I’m a 40 yr old man. The writing is great and the narrator is wonderful except her portrayal of the main character makes her sound kind of pitiful. Overall though the story was enjoyable and I look forward to reading or listening to the conclusion.