The story is so imaginative and brilliant. Fascinating to hear in such detail the issues with dealing with a brand new alien race.
Awesome story. Although for some reason the narrator was a little bit difficult for me. I found myself for some reason not comprehending certain parts simply because of his voice. It was a great performance though and I always got used to it after about fifteen minutes... I dunno, it's probably just me, but definitely listen to the preview before buying the audiobook to get an idea of what I'm talking about here.
Either way though, experience this story.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
This story is believable although it is set way way in the future that you would think some politics and technology would have developed or moved on. Very much US Navy style. Love the Russian characters. Not too happy the way women are not as important as the male characters however, the book was written in the 70s so you have to take that into account. Never the less the story stands up and is a good yarn. Could do with a little more human villains I think.
I found the story to be interesting and engaging. The writing is pretty good and natural flowing, The narrator does a pretty good job as well. The story has a lot of interesting twist and turns... not what I expected at all. The authors do a good job making the aliens very foreign and so it makes it kind of like a mystery ( hint/spoiler ) - there is something fundamental we don't understand about the aliens that might just prove critical. But I felt in the end like the book went on a little too long. I wanted it to wrap up a little quicker at the end. Also there could have been a little more action in the story. Overall it was good.
Parts of this book were great, especially the parts where the aliens are trying to understand what makes humans tick. Other parts were very boring.
My main complaint is that so much of what the aliens do is absolutely not feasible. Not just a stretch, but laughably unbelievable. It read more like a fantasy novel in space ships.
I've read many of their books. Loved most, liked all of them. If this was the only book of theirs I had read I doubt I would have read a second!
You could really tell the characters apart with his voices. It helped that there were so few characters, but he did a great job.
The story is brilliant.
Sounds wooden. Doesn't really sound like he understands what he's reading in many spots. It is very much like he didn't read the book first and just sight read the whole thing using the notes of someone else. Voices are all very similar, accents fake.
Couldn't finish it - had to turn it off because of poor narration. I've read the book and loved it - that made this very disappointing.
It was a nice straight forward story in the classic tradition with a feel of being written in the 1950's culture but with out the "trust me it works" explanation of technology of the time. The narration was very well done also. It will be listened too many more times in the future.
I have read both Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle in the past, putting them together was a great idea.
Very Well Done
I really enjoyed the twists that the plot took once you met the people of the mote.
I enjoy reading fantasy, science fiction, and horror the most. To improve, I read about language, psychology, spirituality, and art. I read about computer science and business for professional reasons.
An awesome science fiction classic I thoroughly enjoyed. The Mote in God's Eye is something like a thousand years into the future, and humans have made a massive galactic empire. The story contains enough information to give a good idea on how the empire works, and how technology has developed. What I found interesting is how predictions about technology a thousand years from now were made forty years ago, without detracting from the entertainment value of the story.
A large part of the book is conversations between characters and aliens, with communications and negotiations being very relevant. At some points, much needed adventure and action emerges. All in all, what I enjoyed the most was the descriptions of the alien species' appearance, history, and behavior. The aliens were ludicrous enough to generate an almost comical tone at times, while still maintaining a intricate plot and setting
Great story, well thought out and intriguing all the way. Characters and situations are quite believable for the genre. It's an enjoyable ride!
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At the end of the first download break, a character dies, who is unmentioned at the beginniing of audible's part 2. I listened to that first section several times and decided the plot was time traveling without me. too many holes in the plot line--I'm just not that smart. So many have remarked that htis was the best SF ever written. It had been too long since purchase to return it, but I was able to return, unlisted to, The Gripping Hand, a sequel.
no--returned one I had purchased.