I think the narrator was perfect for this book. His narrative voice fit the tone and style of the story and his character voices were quite well done. He did a good job with accents and interpreting moods and vocal inflections from the text.
The story was interesting but took quite a long time to get to rolling. At times it seemed as though the authors had been writing separately or would edit the other writer's previously written paragraphs. There were occasions where it felt as though something was thrown in to remind the reader that "hey this is SCIENCE fiction". For example in describing an aspect of a naval ship's defense systems: "...an efficiency proportional to the cube of the incoming velocities..." was like stubbing your aural toe on a long walk.
The human race in this story felt as though they lived in an interstellar British Empire from a century or so past. As you go through the book you learn that there had been rises and falls in the human race and it made the social attitudes (and technological anachronisms) a bit more easy to understand. However, the humans all seemed to be conveniently ignorant, irrational, or simply foolish. Scientists making assumptions and drawing conclusions that made me grit my teeth. Military commanders making choices that no sane person would make. All of which allowed the story to progress of course. It took nearly the entire story for the humans to smarten up and within a very short period of time they figured everything out. The alien race felt overly intelligent. My greatest complaint is that they were able to pick up the human language and communicate without a flaw in a matter of months from a handful of people. The aliens lost their "alien-ness" early on.
In general I liked this story but everything about it seemed very contrived. Almost as if the authors were working on a puzzle; the picture was there they just had to make it all fit together.
I really enjoyed listening to The Mote in God's Eye; the story line still has relevance, and the first encounter scenario was well done. Worth a second listen!
I could not take the narrator's voice and style of reading for more than 10 minutes. My advice; listen carefully to the sample and decide if you can take that tone and style for 20 something hours.
As for the book itself, I can't tell. The narrator was an insurmountable roadblock to enjoying this book.
[almost]All SciFi, all the time...
If you are into hard sci fi then this book is not for you. If you are into good narration, then this book is definitely not for you. He is terrible. His scottish accent is painful to hear.
Dan Simmons' Hyperion and Endymion blow this book away in my opinion.
I am not one to re-read or listen to books a second time, however the story was excellent and it wouldn't hurt my feelings if I had to hear it again.
There are some similarities to the Hyperion cantos in which the Ousters are a semi-mysterious threat. Oh, and probably the most significant comparison I can think of would be the Ender's Game series, the mystery of the Buggers and the Pequeninos. Are they for sure an enemy? An Ally? A mix of both? Ulterior motives?
I enjoyed the Moties.
"Seek and you shall find...."
Excellent novel, especially for fans of hard sci-fi.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
An amazing collaboration. This is a great introduction into the puzzle-solving mind of Larry Niven and the military brain of Jerry Pournelle.
Larry Niven likes to play with ideas. This book has enough mind-expanding concepts to rank as one of the great hard science fiction novels. He first builds a hypothetical situation, with certain rules and constraints, then lets the story unfold.
L.J. Ganser is very good depicting the various accents. I especially enjoyed the Scottish characters.
Epic story. A few silly details like all cities are called New Something (New Paris, New London, etc). Otherwise genuinely unique storyline.
It would have to be the universe created by Pournelle and Niven. Their words are so descriptive. As I sit there with my eyes shut, I envision what they're describing as if I'm righ there. The fantastic narration job by LJ Ganser really helped too.
The intricate caste society Pournelle and Niven created amongst the Moties.
He's probably my favorite readers out of the handful I've listened to, and will be looking for his other performances for future purchases. He seems to be able to switch accents and delivery at the drop of a hat as he jumps from character to character...including female characters!!
I have absolutely no idea how to answer this one. :-(
I listened to King David's Spaceship before this one because I'd read somewhere that they took place at virtually the same time. Perhaps that true. But, had I listened to this one first I might have enjoyed KDS more.
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.