"A Timeless SciFi Classic"
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, you would never guess it was written so long ago. Well worth the credit
"Fizzing With Ideas - But Showing it's Age"
The scores here are based on the first few hours - I didn't make it to the end of the book unfortunately (a decision I might revisit).
For me the main problem is that a lot of science fiction has been written since this was first published, so many of the themes of the book that were novel on publishing aren't anymore. That doesn't detract from the level of detail and imagination, but although I can acknowledge and admire it, I can't unread what I've read in the meantime.
Dialog is dated and off in odd ways - "Rape the passengers!" as an exclamation of dismissal may well be idiomatic for the naval period on which the working command structure described might be based, but it can't help but jar.
Ganser's performance follows the slightly dated and clipped feel of the prose. 3* feels a bit unfair written down as I couldn't fault it technically, he has a good voice for this sort of thing (as you'd expect), but in matching his style to that of the prose and basing it on that, 3* is where I get.
So in summary, a lot of ideas squeezed into a small space (despite the length of the book), but either too dated or not dated enough to make it worth persisting with for me at the moment.
"Trust is a human concept"
This is a book I'd recommend to everyone. Layers under layers with layers on top. Just how would you trust an alien species with no reference points?
That photographic frame that showed 'something' being ejected from the helpless craft. After years in slow space why would you do that? Do you have something to hide?
The light bulb moment when everything suddenly became clear.
A truly worthwhile book to listen to or read,
Never read the print version
I haven't read/listened to that many 'classic' sci-fi books involving spaceships and the future. This wasn't what I was expecting though... the social complexities of the Mote's was far more detailed than I would've expected. The depth in the story is amazing.
Sinclair or Carlisle
Suspense and anticipation. Not laughter and crying... it was an intriguing story that built up to thrilling moments but I had no laugh out loud moments. Was never anywhere near crying.
The climax was good but unexpected and, in someways, disappointing.
Thoroughly enjoyed it and would've liked the story to continue into future years, but don't think it's a masterpiece.
"The one the got me hooked"
This is the book that kept me past my free trial of audible. Interesting book about humanity's first encounter with an extra terrestrial intelligence.
I really enjoyed this space saga; very intricate story, I didn't get what the Mote problem was until they virtually spelled it to me. Well written and very well read, and very entertaining. This reminded me a lot of good old classics like Bradbury. I can absolutely reccommend this title to sci-fi lovers.
Had the book for years and never read it. Recently re-read Ringworld and spotted this on Audible so thought I'd give it a go.
Stuck with it as admittedly it's tough for the first hour but then it got me and I listened whenever I had chance.
You soon adjust to the reader and the story just takes over anyway.
Fantastic! Any scifi fan must get this.
"Wonderful story spoiled by bad narration."
The tale of the Moties and their destructive secret is a wonderful read but a tiresome listen in this version. The narrator gives it his best shot, but it's a classic case of how not to match a narrator with a book.
Get the dead-tree version and enjoy a truly amazing tale. This iteration may put you off Niven and audiobooks in general, which would be a bad thing.
"Extremely dated, very disapointed."
Fifties American military, society and attitudes in space thousands of years in the future. This book was an extreme disappointment to me after hearing its reputation.
The technology depicted is laughable... "pocket computers" that whirr and clunk, telexes still in use "Hello mum STOP This was a terrible book STOP Help me STOP". Coding machines that use punched cards!
There is literally *NO* fore-thought about what technology must be like to get to where they are. Completely missed the computing & communications advances. Fair enough it was written in the 70's but to expect everything to the identical as 70's America is simply ridiculous.
Next, the attitudes...
Women are portrayed as simply being there for reproduction, careers dont matter, babies do.
Women only ever think about sex and marriage a thousand years from now apparently.
Men are macho military characters, evil schemers or power maniacs
...And don't get me started on the Scottish accent!
Basically, dont buy it... it insults your intelligence.
"Great book - poor performance."
I have read this book a while ago and been absolutely blown away by it. It is certainly one of the greatest classic SciFi novels ever written. Unfortunately this narration is pathetic at best. Inconsistent pace and intonation and the narrators poor attempts on impersonating different characters (especially his idea of a scottish accent) make it almost impossible to follow the story. If I had not read the book before listening to it, I would not know what it was all about.
This audiobook is a complete waste of time and money - do not buy.