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!
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.
A great story, with rich descriptive language and a great storyline.
The midshipmen's journey on Mote Prime
Mediocre at best. Inconsistencies in characters voices, some major mispronounciations ( e.g. "murkeson's" eye instead of murchison's eye), shocking attempt at a Scottish accent.
I'm a tech geek who love stories with a twist, especially fantasy and science fiction.
First encounter with intelligent aliens aught to be a thrilling, intense and astonishing, and after reading this book I am a little disappointed. The plot isn't too bad, but the characters and dialogue could be more engaging.
this book is worth reading because of the plots and secretive nature of humans.
The most interesting aspect of the story is the aliens themselves and how the humans treat them; what they try to keep away from them, and what they chose to share.
Politics and, surprisingly enough, the action scenes where not very interesting.
The first encounter with a live alien.