The narrator in my opinion spoiled this book. Accents of characters felt more like a racist stereotype than authentic attempt. Disappointed that I bought this and bothered to listen all the way to the end.
"Good Story, Bad Narration"
Unfortunate Scottish Accents abound. If you can't do the accent, don't.* Powered through it for the great story.
*I am from Glasgow
"Dated and boarding"
The worst book I have listened to. Plot was slow and very little happened. Characters were weak and indistinguishable from each other. only thing carrying the book were a few sci-fi type concepts.
Narrator is terrible. whoever told him he could do acents must have been playing a crule joke....
"Good sci-fi, average narration"
Narration ok overall. There a couple of Scottish characters and the narrator's efforts are gratingly bad (Mel Gibson's Scottish accent sounds like a native in comparison)
"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.