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.
Hard to follow at the start but stick with it & the story comes together. Narrative is tedious but it smoothed out. Too much technical info slowed the story.
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Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author: Stephen King. Favorite book: Hyperion.
As the title of my review suggests, perhaps this book was visionary back when it was written in the 70s. Sadly, it is horribly dated in it perceptions and conceptions of that time period. The thing about great sci-fi is that it should TRANSCEND the time period of which it was written. Dune does that. Star Wars does that. Hyperion does that. These are examples of great sci-fi that has transcended the time period (60s/70s/80s) in which they were conceived and still leave us in wonder.
The Mote in God's Eye is about a spaceship that has journeyed to a far point in the universe and it comes into contact with an alien species called Moties. The moties breed like rabbits, change gender like frogs and are able to mimic/reshape themselves into human copies.
The "outdatedness" of this book comes from the endless dialogue regarding sexual conventions (of the 70s/80s) and social mores (70s/80s) that the humans attempt to explain to the moties. It's really quite absurd how long this discussion goes on and on.
The other "outdatedness" is how the men of the ship perceive and act toward the only female (seemingly) that is on the ship: Lady Sally. Really. The men's attitude towards her is a cross between male chauvinism and extreme medieval chivalry.
The book suffers from an extreme durth of action or anything that might make the story in the least bit interesting. It is very heavy on exposition and nonsense-discussion between the characters in the book.
I wonder exactly how this book could be rated so highly. I wonder if it's mainly nostalgics who read the book when it first came out and rate it based on how they felt at that time.
If I never hear the word "fyunch" again, it will be too soon.
The narrator makes this book even worse with his conceited, imperious-sounding tone of voice.
Very disappointed in what many have declared as a classic.
This was an incredible book! I could not put it down, and would have given it five stars, except I could not find the five stars on my iPad! Amazing book, amazing authors, amazing story, amazing narration! Overall just an amazing piece of work!