The narrator is frankly awesome but the story moves a little slow for me. Lots of description of the uplift universe but the plot develops at a snails pace. Still it is worth reading since it won the Hugo.
I listened to the first of this trilogy and was disappointed, but I thought it would be worth it to get to this book because it had won awards. I was disappointed enough with this book that I will not complete the trilogy. The character were poorly developed and I just didn't care about them or the story.
In the end, for me, having dolphins as star travelers, didn't quite work. Throughout the book I kept thinking that all the extra gear (and water) needed to make them space-travel-able was so completely impractical as to be absurd - even for science fiction. This book might be better read in hardcopy due to the fact that there are so many characters I found it impossible to keep them all straight. The number of characters also made for long periods of character developement in the first half of the book. I'll definately skip the other books in this series.
reader of books
No, not really. Mostly because it does not resolve central question.
A bigger bone thrown to this old dog concerning the central mystery would have been nice. I am trying not to spoil anything and I know that the journey is half the enjoyment in addition to the destination but we never get to the destination of knowing who the mysterious race is.
This is an old favorite book to begin with. But it's a delight read. My only issue is with the stuttering dolphins. It's written into the text but I think it could have been handled better.