I listened this but the second time and found that it was not as well written or interesting as I had remembered. The narrator was pretty rough at times to listen to. And the story was sometimes hard to follow. Niven had some great ideas but the narrative and writing we're definitely the weak point.
I love this story and enjoyed listening to it. However, I wasn't really happy with the narration. The audio quality sounded like it was recorded 30 years ago, not bad or hard to hear just kind of lo-fi. Less than what I've come to expect from audible books. The narrator had a slightly posh lilt to his voice that I didn't feel was well matched with the tone of the book, though his performance was good otherwise.
Louis Wu is a unique hero in that his strengths lie not in physical daring or special powers but in his deductive and insightful prowess. That's to be expected from a 200 year old adventurer, no?
Colorful characters, a world of promise, mystery, and adventure I'm now hooked on the ring world series. Only real comparing was the books pace at times: this one doesn't drag at all, in fact it goes quickly enough that i would rather read it myself if only to contemplate the gravity of the situations Louis and company stumble upon. There are a few concepts in here that straddle the line between science fiction and science fantasy, but damned if i didn't buy every word. Well written overall, not a single sentence is wasted. I can't wait to pick up the next one!
It inspires wonder and adventure. IMP just what anyone reading (or listening) to SciFi is hoping to find.
I have listened to many books. Of all, this guy is truly outstanding. I am going to look through his repertoire and listen to more. Even if it is not SciFi.
Laugh in a few places of course. I didn't feel the need to cry and wasn't hoping to find that. The book was written in 1970 and is a wonderful generator of creative thinking.
You know it is hard to find what they call "contemporary" SciFi to have the mind warping adventure and scientific wonder I find in these, I guess 'classic' works. Is it because it's harder to generate that with so many topics already covered? I love to hear what others think. Or be pointed in the direction of a few top-notch writers of today.
The fact that it has the same feel to it that all classic Sci-Fi does. It's less gimmicky than the newer stuff. Not as flashy, and relies more on quality writing.
The interesting approach to bred luck.
Professional, smooth, a little dry.
No, it was a nice book, but one I'd only spend half an hour at a time on.
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This book is very similar to Rendezvous of Rama in many ways, only it was actually interesting. I found one of the main premises of breeding luck into humans to be very ridiculous, the author my as well said their ships were powered by magic. And the female character was stereotypical sic-fi female character from the 1950's complete with crying and childish behavior. But other than that the Aliens were quite interesting, and the rest of the story was pretty decent.