A strong story with compelling characters and dialogue.
Spent more time on development of good characters and less time dragging out boring conversations irrelevant to the core story arc.
Voices for characters were not unique enough - often I lost track of who was talking, especially in three-way conversations. I can't imagine that these conversations would be unambiguous in text without "said x", "x responded", etc, conversation structure crutches, so I assume that they intentionally removed them for the audio presentation - which would have been great if the narrator could keep the voices consistent and distinctive.
The universe was neat. The Moties are still a very cool idea for an alien civilization. The elevator pitch for this book's core story arc is awesome, it's just the characters and dialogue and pacing draped around that core arc that are terrible.
For calibration, I would give Mote in God's Eye four stars. I've liked other work by these authors; just not this book.
Characters are deeply, frustratingly foolish. Almost everything they do will make you cringe, like watching the poor ingenue wander upstairs alone in a bad horror movie.
No. Not a compelling storyteller.
The main character, but all were well done. Gardner is excellent as always, infusing the characters with individuality while steering safely clear of the fake accents and melodrama that characterize some narrators.
No, because the first-person perspective is baked too deeply into the story, such as it is.
This is not a terrible book, just not a very good one. The ambiguity surrounding Jacob's guilt is one bright spot throughout the book, but the final twist/resolution left me unfulfilled.
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