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!
I enjoyed this book completely. It was slow in the beginning, but once the action and fascinating questions come, the authors keep it coming. This story surpasses the Ringworld series for me, as it brings more dimensions than just explain and battle to the story- the varieties of character-types makes the story roll well, there's no one infallible hero, and learning about the Moties does not disappoint!
Eventual I would listen to his novel again due to the depth of writing. This story can be enjoyed from a variety of different perspectives.
I best enjoyed unmasking the various concerns mankind would face if/when discovering alien life.
Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded
The book has not become an instant favorite. I sometimes like to be shipped to other worlds and roam around the universe. This book as achieved this very well. Although at the beginning one can get lost a little bit in the technicalities of Hawkin' Drive and Langston Field but these details enhance the believable aspect of this Sci-Fi story. I also enjoyed the fact that the crew on the ship is working as an actual ship crew.
Funny that Hollywood has not yet taken a liking to motion picture this tale.
In the comments section one gathers that some listeners were not happy with Mr Ganser's performance, however I have nothing against it. I enjoyed listening to Mr Ganser and thought he did a very good performance, especially with the Scottish and Russian accents.
I like both but the performance in the audible version was a let down.
The performers voice and characters are quite good but there are very many mis-pronunciations and inflections that are misplaced in the sentence. It changes the meaning of the script and is quite distracting for me. I still love the audible book but wish the reader would do a little research into terms and work on understanding what the character is trying to say.
Like best? Not much, don't get why this book is so popular. Characters are weak, gullible and naive. Authors seem to forget earlier parts of story
Very little profound, timeless sociology as id expect from good science fiction. Kept waiting to get sucked in. Just wound up being anxious for it to end.
Granted, SF authors cant predict future technology, but many things seemed plain stupid.
annoyed by the e Scottish characters
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I have been an audible customer for a gazillion years and this is my first review....the reader was that bad. I will say, as other reviewers have stated, his accents are extremely good. (Except for the female role which he butchers mercilessly,)
Readers, like umpires and referees, are performing well when they go unnoticed. Unfortunately, this is not the case with Mr Ganser. His intonations and cadence make it difficult to listen to the story. Everything is a declarative sentence to him. Complex sentences (those with clauses) are a series of staccato declarations. Tonal nuances are nonexistent. I am a Naval Academy grad and a former Marine Corps Officer and must say that his verbalizations of the military characters were stereotypical and lifeless. The only way that I knew that the characters were human with human emotions was that the words being read indicated such. Mr. Ganser definitely had nothing to do with it.
Man, I really hate to put down anyone trying to make a living, like Mr Ganser is doing. OTOH, at $15 a pop, I want my experiences to be better than this one.I will avoid anything else that he reads.
I was only able to make it through about an hour of the book due to the narrator. After rewinding the book for the fifth time to try to figure out what was actually going on, I deleted the book. The monotone, emotionless voice made it impossible for me to care in the slightest about the story. I will have to read the book at some point because I like the author. TERRIBLE
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.