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.
The journey of several lives, an implausible situation, ridiculous over the top characters, but I still really enjoyed it. The state has all the makings of a catastrophic future.
And Buffalo George
A fantastic theme: time traveler is pressed into service by the "state" and shifted 3 million years into the future to find an alien civilization. Larry Niven has a strange mind and his view of the "future", engaging. The science is fun and the characters are fleshed out well enough to understand. However, there's really a couple of books/plots in this one. Either one would make a good Star Trek episode.
The first chapter was interesting, not the best sci-if, but worth your time. The rest of the 1st half was a trudging ordeal. The 2nd half was on par with a poke in the eye.
the world's fastest fat man
Love and Hate
I loved the narration and the sense of wit of the main character. Some very cool concepts for sci fi fans
anytime the main character interacted with his computer on the shace ship
out of body out of world experience
Do not drink while listening to this book as you will have no idea what is happening!