• The Captain's Daughter

  • Arkship Trilogy Series, Book 2
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (247 ratings)

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By: Peter F. Hamilton
Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
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Publisher's 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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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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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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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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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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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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Terrible narration

I found the second book in this series to be painful to listen to. The narration is poor and makes the female lead character sound like a pathetic and week person. Would not recommend.

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Not Peter's best work.

I have loved most of Peter's books, but unfortunately, this was not one of them. I found that the writing seemed to be focused on a perhaps younger and less sophisticated audience compared to his usual works. It was all I could do to finish it even at 1.5 apeed.

I will not be signing up to see how ends because I can't take anymore "Oh Sweet Captain" exclamations from the characters.

I will wait for Peter's next series.

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Good story, but flawed characters

The story itself is interesting, though it follows a familiar narrative (people in a controlled environment discovering their existence is a lie). I felt the first book had enough promise that I went ahead and listened to the second book, and will likely buy the third. Hamilton is very good at 'world building' and this is another good example of a plausible future.

However, as I listened to the story I became more and more annoyed by the main characters. I get that the protagonist is a teenage girl, but her personality and the divergence of the story into a love triangle become very annoying. For example, frequently in the story other characters will discuss how they are drawn to he energy and her character, but (and perhaps this is the reader's fault), at no point do we actually see a character that others would be drawn to.

It also begins to become just unbelievable for other reasons. First, there are frequent 'long conversations' in the middle of what are action sequences. For example, two of the main characters have a lengthy conversation about their feelings for each other while literally being chased by monsters. Second, you also have the nonsense that a group of untrained kids can succeed where highly trained professionals and hyper-intelligent AIs all failed (a la Red Dawn).

I will still likely listen to the final book in the series, but this is definitely NOT one of Hamilton's better books.

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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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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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  • OneTrueONR
  • 03-18-22

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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  • Matt
  • 02-24-22

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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  • Dr. Dinosaur
  • 03-17-22

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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  • Nicholas
  • 03-05-22

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-27-22

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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  • Mark Chitty
  • 11-11-22

A good continuation of the story

The Captain’s Daughter is the second instalment in Peter F Hamilton’s Arkship Trilogy, currently released as audio exclusives, and following on directly from A Hole in the Sky.

Hazel, Fraser, and their friends and relatives have successfully repaired the Daedalus, and in doing so have exposed the alien Yi as the true commanders of the ship. With the Yi using the Electric Captain to control the population over the centuries since the mutiny, humanity fell into an agrarian society with a limited lifespan, being cycled once they reach a certain age or they became ill and unable to contribute to the work required to keep things going. Yet now things are different, and with the information given to her by a command AI, and the revelation that she is a direct descendant of the original Captain, Hazel must convince the other inhabitants of this truth. Not only this, but she must once again travel into Yi territory to find another AI that may be able to help them, and to discover more of what happened during the mutiny. What she discovers of the Yi’s history on the Daedalus, their motivation and presence, only reinforces that she must seek a way to regain control of the ship before it’s too late…

I said in my review of A Hole in the Sky that this isn’t your usual Hamilton, being more focused and on a smaller scale, and the same goes for The Captain’s Daughter – to an extent. Now that the revelation of the Yi has been made there are definite changes to the storytelling, giving more detail and looking into aspects of the Daedalus that weren’t necessarily apparent in A Hole in the Sky. Hamilton is definitely allowing his imagination to flex, and it’s nice to see this expansion in more of the detailed side that I enjoy reading. With more revealed of the Daedalus, it raises plenty of questions that aren’t always entirely answered – but hopefully will do in the concluding volume, Queens of an Alien Sun.

With the story told in the first person from Hazel’s point of view, we don’t always get to see everything that is happening. Yet this doesn’t adversely affect the story in any way, and some of the action sequences work very well done like this, conveying a real sense of fear and urgency that genuinely had me wondering which way things would pan out. We also learn a lot through discussion and revelations to her rather than infodumps, with some of these done very nicely, and left me eager to find out more. Suffice to say that there are revelations and events that really raise the game, and the stakes, for Hazel and the rest of humanity.

Narration is by Elizabeth Klett, and she does a good job once again. Admittedly, it took me a while to get into her style for A Hole in the Sky, but no such issues adjusting this time.

All-in-all 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. Some great stuff here, and while there is the YA label attached to it, that’s more to do with the age of the protagonist, Hazel, than the actual nature and content of the story. I’ll very much be looking forward to the final book in the Arkship Trilogy, Queens of an Alien Sun.

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  • Charlie Hallam
  • 09-14-22

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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  • sigmar kristinn hlynsson
  • 08-10-22

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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  • Richard Mann
  • 08-04-22

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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  • Mr S J Burke
  • 07-09-22

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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  • Jason S
  • 03-08-22

Not up to PFH's usual standard

The story is a good idea, but I'm not sure if it's the narrator or the script, but the constant references by the protagonist regarding how scared she is, would never have done that a week ago, dreads confrontation, is worried about this, that, etc starts to make it sound like a Mills & Boone sentimental novel.
Elizabeth Klett has a good reading voice, but the upperclass British accent she gives several characters feels inappropriate when giving voice to people living as simple farmers with no technology for 500 years.
I'll still continue the series, but would prefer more drama and less melodrama.

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  • Ian Duncan
  • 07-25-22

Target audience

Only my absolute admiration of Peter Hamilton kept me going.
There should be a warning that the target age for this novel is VERY young ‘teens.