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AJ

fort collins, CO, United States

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  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3854)
    Performance
    (2300)
    Story
    (2330)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Maybe good in it's time, but out dated now"
    Overall

    Between the narrator and the writing, this feels like a mash up of Jim Kirk and Zapp Brannigan from Futurama. I got this because I highly enjoyed Niven & Pournelle's later book Lucifer's Hammer which was set back in the 70's I believe, and the staunch tone and machoism seemed to fit the time. This is set over a century in the future, and characters are terribly out of place.

    The first encounter with the aliens, they send 1 man who can't hold his temper and ends up yelling at the top of his lungs because it doesn't respond to his hand gestures or verbal language. Then they completely disregard biological needs or risk of disease/contamination and let the alien into their ship to interract with crew, etc.

    The aliens are too similar to us, much like Star Trek's concept of humanoid with some funny ridges and spots added on here and there.

    I'd pass on this one, if I had the chance again.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3207)
    Performance
    (1845)
    Story
    (1863)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "Slow start, but the last half is SO worth the wait"
    Overall

    Like many reviewers I found the first half of this book slow and painful to get through. It's kind of nice though because it's an insight into the lifestyle of the 70s, when things like microwave dinners were "high tech".

    When the comet finally hits, things get hard and heavy with the quickness.

    Get this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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