I am a huge Niven fan, but this book was dreadful. The plot makes no sense, and we lurch from one ridiculous situation to the next. Two thumbs way down.
I really liked larry Niven in general, but this book just didn't do it for me. It was definitely a product of the 70s and I felt not only the main character, but all the rest of the characters come from that time.
Perhaps it reads better, but I listened to the complete book on a plane ride and I just didn't get it. The characters were not that engaging or sympathetic, the scientific explanations were a bit long and whether they hold up to modern science or not they were just not fun too listen to.
After awhile i sped up the playback just to get it over with. I was hoping for a great ending, but it didn't come. The only good news is that I did get so tired of listening to it that I did sleep for a bit on the plane.
This was a classic sci-fi story and I enjoyed the completeness of it.
The performance was exactly what the story needed.
There is a little sex in it, otherwise it fine for older children/young adults.
it was well thought out and written story. The narrator spoke and played the characters in a very believable manner. Overall I enjoyed this story.
Narrator was initially extremely monotone. perhaps that's the wrong word, it was binary. "soft soft hard soft hard". no emotion though, no intonation of the sentence being spoken. the narration improved over the course of the book, but it was still a stark contrast to the narration of ringworld and ringworld engineer.
This story starts very strong, an interesting turn of events that casts the main character abroad in space and time. unfortunately it only uses this idea as a spring board to get to the real story which is far more complex, but less coherent. an interesting world, which is explored only in passing while debating theories with less interesting results.
I liked the story overall, and the narrator does a good job of capturing the characters constant disgruntled demeanor. I just wish the ending was a bit stronger.
I will say first and foremost that this is my opinion. I enjoyed the story as it has a plotline very similar to the time machine but without all the back and forth. I enjoyed how the author detailed just enough of the scifi technologies without boring me to death with all the technicalities of it. The story really takes off but seems to reel back on itself a few times. Like the author wanted to explain some things and then doubled back to reiterate the timeline.
The plot unfolds fast and is quite predictable, but still not an unpleasant story telling.
Horrible recording quality
Sounds very digital
Narrator is terrible and irritating
What a waste, I like Niven but this was basically unlistenable, I want a refund