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".
©1991 Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
The story is fantastic, one I've read several times. The narrator, however, is nasal and grating, and appears to be trying to get through the material as fast as possible. ;-(
It was a good story and a reasonable premise for making contact and how it might happen. It could easily be a 'Star Trek' movie script.
It was a good story, but I tried for some time to find how to download 'Part 2'. The ending, as I eventually discovered, was left hanging. I had a similar feeling of having the story abruptly end without 'finishing' with S King's the Dark Tower series. All those hours and never to learn what the Dark Tower was - Anoying. At least the Mote did not cost 2 arms and a leg.
Emphasis and pace are what any good reader brings to an Audio book. The Kindle Fire allows me to speed up the Audio if I want a faster pace, but emphasis can change the story significantly. Ganser did a nice job of reading.
I listen mostly when I go to bed at night. Generally I listen in increments ranging from 10 minutes to an hour - then the next night I figure out what I last remember. so I know where to start. Only one book recently kept me up much of the night, Killing Lincoln. Takes a little while to get through a book, but the 'many good nights sleep' is well worth it.
I remember reading the 'Mote' paperback 'many' years ago so an Audio book was a great way to go through the book again. I will be doing the Foundation Series shortly. Azimov also uses an 'unfinished' ending technique. I always wonder if the authors know what is next or simply decided to quit writing.
No I think it was very well written.
Niven uses a lot of real tech and real science in the story. It makes the story much more interesting.
A little more destinction between characters would have made it easier to follow in a few of the more complex passages.
There are sequal to this book. I have not read/listened to them yet but I plan to in the future.
Not sure why I decided on some heavy sci-fi lately. At least Mote in God's Eye has a good story to follow. I find the idea of exploring life in other systems very interesting and this does not disappoint. Unfortunately, it's glacial pacing made getting through it difficult at times. It finally hit an interesting climax about 2/3 through and then slows a bit again. Still a good a read. I'm glad Larry Niven teamed with Jerry Pournelle on this or I don't think I could have finished it.
Yes. Niven and Pournelle are unbeatable at writing dialogue and science that is both believable and understandable, yet Hard and accurate.Ganser is a talented vocartist who brings the characters to life.
The terrifying scene on planet where the midshipmen face the Moties.
He has a way of inflecting the words that carry the same subtonal meanings one finds when talking to someone- the difference between hearing someone leave you a message and reading it in an email.
No, the science makes the mind wander away as you contemplate the ramifications of the physics explained to you, so I find I need to stop and think about how my mind was just opened to new ideas. This is a GOOD thing... :)
Niven is one of my alltime favorite authors and I especially recommend any story he has done with Pournelle. Lucifers Hammer and Footfall are great examples besides this.
There was way too much detail in the story. I kept wanting to move on and see if it got any better, but I was still stuck listening to dates and times in the future that meant absolutely nothing to me. Everything was described in such detail that the story moved at a snails pace. After forcing myself to listen for several hours and skipping ahead a few times to see if it got any better, I just gave up. I could not finish it.
NO, I don't like the style of writing that offers so much detail, which adds nothing to the story. The story was like reading a sci-fi comic book, the size of a James Michener Novel.
The story was so boring, it never caught my interest. Even after listening to it for several hours, it was easy for me to walk away from it. I didn't really care what happened next.
Don't waste your money.
Good characters and story
It took me to possible places and events not of our time and place.
The story kept me interested througout most of the book.
No but I was interested throuhout most of the book up to where it ended non-difinitively (as many books do when authors want to leave a thread for the future.
For me it was well worth listening to.
Disappointed. It seemed to fall flat.
He did a fabulous job differentiating between the aliens and the humans.
No. Too long.
I thought it was a good story, but all the reviews I had read made it sound like it was the best first alien encounter ever. I did not agree.
This book was recommended to me by several friends who's opinions I respect so i gave it a shot. It turned out to be one of the most compelling scifi books I've read.
I prefer stories driven by deep, intriguing characters. Stories where you get inside their heads and understand their motivations, plots, dreams, and flaws. That isn't this book.
So why was it so good? Simply put, the grand scale, epic setting of a far flung future and thought provoking first contact between humans and aliens make this book impossible to ignore. I found myself thinking of the fundamental dilemas at the heart of the story well after I was finished reading it. The alien race is very convincing in it's detailed non-humanness. This is really the star of the book. L J Ganser does a good job in verbalizing this alienness and narrating in general.
I feel like the end was frustrating but on reflection I found it believable- we tend do solve our problems today in ways that don't really solve them... I can't say much more without spoiling things. :)
Keeping in mind that "Mote" was written in the 1970's may help those who can't accept the technological and cultural oddities that date it but I treated those elements as part of a human civilizations set so far in the future that it would have very little in common with ours that it kind of worked.
Science Geeks Only!
I loved how all the physics in this book added up. Perhaps this wouldn't appeal or mater to most, or even confuse others. I loved the science and thought put into the story, but I know that same science will push others away.
To me, he read the book in to much of a 'super hero' way. He tried to make even the simple things sound epic in his narration and it often took away from what really mattered in the story. The accents he gave the characters were wonderful, though the voices themselves could have been more distinguished.
No, nor would it have been possible to do so. As much as I enjoyed this book some times I needed a break from it.
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