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.
I hesitated to order this and no longer remember why I did. While not a big fan of science fiction I still have found some both plausible and entertaining. Not this. Well into the second part and I finally gave it up. Just couldn't do one more line. Nothing about the book intrigued me. The characters were shallow and one dimensional. The interaction lacked all action.
I read the Mote in God's Eye years ago and looked forward to listening to it. However, the experience several decades later has proven to be awful. It's pretty much written like a soap opera.
There's much in the way of structure and character development and then... nothing. The story ends abruptly with little payoff, it just fizzles out.
I can't believe I managed to get through this very long and boring novel. I had to force myself to listen. I kept hoping it would get better. The premise was decent but just took too long to get to the point. The narrator didn't help at all. I found it very difficult to keep track of the characters. I couldn't feel any connection to any of them. That's one of my criteria of a good novel. I will pass on any other novels by these authors and the narrator.
In my humble opinion, the authors gave too much priority to the technical aspects of the story. It came at the expense of character development and in some cases it distracted the story itself. For example the first time the ship travels we get a blow-by-blow description of the changes in gravity: up to 4G then down to 2G then back up to 3G and so on. For me it added nothing to the story. I also completely missed the beginning a journey which I would think is one of the most exciting moments yet they barely mentioned it. Some folks may enjoy all of that tech - and maybe one day I will give it another shot - but for me this was a big thumbs down.