Not an epic, but a cute story that intrigues and provokes thought and imagination. I enjoyed listening to the narrator's rendition and realized how difficult it was in later chapters to address the sudden swarm of characters and intertwining personalities. Some mathematical patter was useless, but the story rolls smoothly and leaves the reader wondering and, of course, wanting more
As someone on reddit put it "It sounds like he's announcing the book." His tone would fit great for a book about a Han Solo or Kirk character but that doesn't seem to be the tone of the book. I will be asking for a refund.
Usually I have no issue going through a story I find uninteresting. Of all the books I have listened to, and read, I can count on one hand those I could not finish. This is one I will be adding to that list. The narration was mediocre at best and I would assume that the narrator found the book as uninteresting as I did. The story line was slow to the point of nauseating and had no redeeming qualities that would bring me in and have the story come to life. After readying most of Nivens' books I was completely disappointed and expected much better in the way of righting style and story dynamics. All-in-all a complete let-down.
Not written it are actually spent time creating a compelling story line with fleshed out characters.
the narrator sounded board and uninterested in what he was reading.
None that I noticed.
The book demonstrates how difficult it would be to encounter a situation that is both possible extermination or extreme technological advancement. The arguments for both sides are compelling and frustrating. Great story.
Historian and history teacher. Liberal and a Democrat. Dog trainer and duck hunter.
Great details - "sciencie" the way I like it
Part of the "known universe"
Future classic. Needs a third book!
Mans First contact with The Moties dooms humanity to endless war!
This narrator makes a great storyline better by the performance!
I agree with The Admiral, Robert Heinlein... "Possibly the greatest Science Fiction novel ever written" at that point in history... Narration was outstanding and the scope of the story is mind expanding...
The story is a classic of SF, but I would not recommend this audio book. There is something about the narrator, his voice and/or style, that just grates. Be sure to listen to the sample before you buy, and imagine it for 20 hours. I can't quite put my finger on what is so annoying about his presentation, but for me, it's there.
Roderick Blaine is the story's protagonist, and while he is certainly engaging, the most enjoyable character for me Kevin Renner, for his wit and approach to problems.
If you can put up with the narrator, the story is great. I've read the book several times. I listen to the book in short doses.
This story hasn't aged terribly well. It was good, but not exceptionally so. Also the narrator wasn't great; he did some good voices, but generally his narration was difficult to get past.