I work from home and to prevent cabin fever I walk my dog for hours each day, listening to audiobooks.
I have no idea who would enjoy it. I imagine someone who doesn't much care about the past. Not ancient history, but like hours or days in the ago, back when they read the first two-thirds of The Sparrow, when it was a (flawed sure but enjoyable) different book, than last third.
Not worth the effort to even consider
After finishing this book I feel like I was...ummm...violated. If I wanted to listen to several hours of thinly veiled racism, classism, uninformed opinions and blind praise of religion I'd gone to my parents house for the 4th of July.
The book is boring. It's a mix of aien sociology, first contact and the main plot is a superficial and fast way to debate evil and the existence of God.
I previously read this book years ago. This time the characters come to life.
Haven't finished listening.
Does a great job of introducing different characters.
Listen mostly in the car. I would have to drive across country and would do so.
I liked how this tale of first contact went incredibly wrong due to human nature, our inability to understand something truly alien to our perspective. Too often in SF, alien species end up being anthropomorphic projections of human expectation. The worldbuilding is complex and believable. The characters are real people whose suffering has meaning, and boy do they suffer. It is tragedy porn, to a certain extent, like Connie Willis' novels, but the best literature often falls in this category. The author is unafraid of moral complexity, something usually lacking in genre fiction where the villains are usually clearly evil and the heroes' virtue outshines all the darkness. This novel shows the folly of the arrogance of even the most benevolent of our species.
He accentuates the tension of the protagonist exquisitely.
AMC is thinking of making a TV show out of this.
"Most depressingly brilliant SF show ever."
"It's like John Carter of Mars, but with interspecial rape."
hard science fiction
The Mote in God's Eye. It's similar in that both stories have a first contact scenario with an alien civilization whose cultural differences cannot be predicted until it's too late.
I'm not normally a big science fiction reader, but I enjoyed this story immensely. It was very thought-provoking and kept my interest from start to finish. The subject was of a very serious nature, but there was just enough humor intertwined to keep it from being too heavy. The characters were rich and wonderful. It was one of those books I didn't want to end. I'm very eager to listen to the sequel!
This story was a nice mix of science fiction and theology and culture. I've been vegan for years so I found the issues raised around agriculture and community to be quite thought provoking.
Avid audiobook addict!
This was an extremely interesting, unique, and well crafted book. I never really knew just how bad-ass the Jesuits were until I read this.
I loved insight the story and the travelling to distant lands with the of the author being a expert on how those societies might be structured.
first visiting the other world and meeting up with the new people and the differences between them and us. also the new plants and foods.
It has a spiritual slant but I liked that. Questions our existence has inhabitants of our planet and questions what real spirituality and beauty are.
I was looking for something about first contact and the ensuing repurcussions - not necessarily "War of the Worlds" type alien encounters. This met my expectations wonderfully. I find myself wishing I had more errands to drive around to do since the only place I listen to audiobooks is in my car on my 3 hour weekly commute. Yes, I am a woman, and as another reviewer stated, maybe it's more suited for females. I don't know, but it is probably more a societal examination (between aliens and between people) than it is hard science fiction.
I came here to see if anyone else had noticed the author speeding up in the last few hours. It really distracted me. I'm hoping that the Audible people take note, and maybe fix it or at least look into it. It's not chipmunk speed, but you really get the impression that the author has sped up.