L J Gansers performance was excellent. I read the book many years ago, taking it in audio form was really a nice embellishment to a great story. I listen at work, so at times I needed to tune out for a few minutes to focus. This was never a problem at all.
Each character had a unique voice, they all seemed to fit very well.
I believe the print version was better that the audio version.
Midshipman Potter was my favorite. Unpretentious and unassuming in manner. I think he was a nice counter personality to some of the others.
When Captain Blaine had to admit he has lost his ship.
Probably one of the best sci-fi books ever listen to.
Sally, reminds me of my wife.
Irish sailor.... Can't remember his name
Truck driving biker, former submariner in the Navy. Ex-bouncer and night club owner who loves a good read, and enjoys writing and art.
I love a good story, but did not enjoy this. I know it's supposed to be a classic by a master, but I was not impressed. The characters were thin and stereotypical. What should have been an intriguing story on first contact, had no excitement at all. It seemed more like a series of ideas, strung together by the thinnest of threads, than a well thought out story. I kept hoping it would get good, but sadly that did not happen.
I AM LEGALLY BLIND AND ENJOY LISTENING TO STORIES OF FAITH, HISTORICAL CHRISTIAN NOVELS, AND BOOKS WITHOUT SWEARING ESP. USING GODS NAME
I DIDNT READ THE BOOK SO I COULDNT REALLY RATE IT.
THE BOOK BY THE AUTHOR OF "THE SHACK"
I DIDNT READ LTHE BOOK BECAUSE I ORDERED IT IN ERROR
Since I read mostly modern novels, this one was quite a throwback to the classic "interstellar mankind empire" type with heroic leaders that you find a lot in this timeframe of SF. Still a good read though.
One of my all time favourites from my youth - sadly dated. Has very little plausability in the modern world of technology, Why did all these writers from 50 years ago, never cotton on to computers of the future? A dated story of limited interest, read by a squeaky voice - maybe a good narrator would have made an interesting story out of this but the narration failed worse than the story.
Great story...very difficult to stay focused with the reader. Reminds me of a boring college professor trying to read War of the Worlds to the class.
Why do your people always ask if someone is ready just before they are about to do something massively unwise?
The climax of the novel is about in the middle: the rest of it reads like a downward spiral of loose ends. The romance between the two semi-protagonists is hackneyed and stilted. The alien secret is boring. Niven forgets, as he so often does, simple but crucial bits of reality that poke holes in his flimsy plot.
Give it a pass.
I read/listened to this one as a long time fan of Larry Niven, and because it is considered by many to be one of the iconic works of Sci-Fi.
Perhaps my expectations were too high, perhaps it is just too dated considering how much technology has changed in the last 30 some years since this was originally written. I came away feeling like the whole "secret" to the story was just weak, and thus the ending, which was far too long in coming, was also very weak.
I also find Ganser's voice somewhat grating, so overall I was disappointed with this purchase.