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The Mote in God's Eye Audiobook

The Mote in God's Eye

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Publisher's Summary

Writing separately, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle are responsible for a number of science fiction classics, such as the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Ringworld, Debt of Honor, and The Integral Trees. Together they have written the critically acclaimed best-sellers Inferno, Footfall, and The Legacy of Heorot, among others.

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.

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    William 06-01-12
    William 06-01-12
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    "Science solid several decades after print"
    Would you listen to The Mote in God's Eye again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mote in God's Eye?

    The terrifying scene on planet where the midshipmen face the Moties.


    What does L J Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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... :)


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Warren United States 05-31-12
    Warren United States 05-31-12
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    "I could not finish it, waste of money and time."
    What would have made The Mote in God's Eye better?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle again?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money.

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    Cymruken Fort Collins, CO, United States 05-22-12
    Cymruken Fort Collins, CO, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2011

    Cymruken

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    "Excellant Sci-Fi story out of the norm"
    If you could sum up The Mote in God's Eye in three words, what would they be?

    Good characters and story


    What did you like best about this story?

    It took me to possible places and events not of our time and place.


    What about L J Ganser’s performance did you like?

    The story kept me interested througout most of the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    For me it was well worth listening to.

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    Marissa CLAREMONT, NH, United States 05-10-12
    Marissa CLAREMONT, NH, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Over rated, but not bad."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mote in God's Eye to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Disappointed. It seemed to fall flat.


    What does L J Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a fabulous job differentiating between the aliens and the humans.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Too long.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Aaron Newcastle, WA, United States 05-04-12
    Aaron Newcastle, WA, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A cosmic moral dilema"

    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.

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    Morgan BURNSVILLE, NC, United States 04-28-12
    Morgan BURNSVILLE, NC, United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A book that's not for everyone."
    If you could sum up The Mote in God's Eye in three words, what would they be?

    Science Geeks Only!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What aspect of L J Ganser’s performance would you have changed?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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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    Scott Wells 04-12-12
    Scott Wells 04-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very dated"
    What would have made The Mote in God's Eye better?

    the story is just dated - narrator is a ham


    What was most disappointing about Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle ???s story?

    it doesnt hold up - had high hopes, but feels like a story from the 70s


    What didn???t you like about L J Ganser???s performance?

    he's a ham - artificial delivery


    What character would you cut from The Mote in God's Eye?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    nah

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    George Harlingen Tx., TX, United States 03-20-12
    George Harlingen Tx., TX, United States 03-20-12
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    "Always heard of it and glad I finally listened to"
    What did you love best about The Mote in God's Eye?

    The detail and believabllility of this hard science fiction story. The story kept me on the edge and I could hardly turn it off.


    What other book might you compare The Mote in God's Eye to and why?

    It reminds me of books by Stephen Baxter. Everything dealing with space travel is based on fact or theory.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the parts about the watchmakers takeover of MacArthur and the Midshipmen's plight on Mote Prime. I


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think.


    Any additional comments?

    A must ready for Space Opera and Hard Science Fiction fans.

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    Cameron 03-19-12
    Cameron 03-19-12

    A lover of contemporary, character driven sci-fi.

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    "Intolerable Narration, ruins the story"

    I read another review that said the narrator made the story impossible to listen to, but I didn't believe it. I bought the book anyway because I love Niven and Pournelle-- but that reviewer was right!

    I know it sounds ridiculous, but the narrator's voice sounds like a drill seargent reading a shopping list and after about 10 minutes of listening to his droning I simply couldn't follow what was going on-- from changes of location to which character was talking. Apparently a few other people had problems with it that weren't as bad as mine, but I feel like I've wasted my money on a book that I can never listen to.

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    Carrie Dallas, TX, United States 03-17-12
    Carrie Dallas, TX, United States 03-17-12 Member Since 2014

    I like happy endings and realism that is realistic rather than gritty.

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    "I was totally yelling at these characters!"

    I got this during the $4.95 sale, mostly because Howard Tayler recommended it during a Writing Excuses podcast (thank you, Audible, for sponsoring Writing Excuses!) I don't remember why Tayler recommended it--I liked it because it's semi-hard sci-fi that's a little out of my normal reading zone, with intriguing aliens and enough fi in the sci to make it fun as well as plausible.

    First published in 1974, The Mote sometimes sounds a bit dated to the modern (female) reader, not because of it's science, but because of the cultural mores of this projected human society. (Very 1974). Pournelle and Niven help with the willing suspension of disbelief by offering acceptable reasons for their predominantly white male cast of characters, however.

    And yes, I was totally yelling at the characters! Sure, I was yelling at them for making what I saw as bad (though contextually sound and character motivated) decisions, but I was yelling at them as real people, which I think says a lot for Niven and Pournelle's ability to create characters realistic enough to elicit said yelling (in the privacy of my own car, of course). I wasn't yelling for all 20+ hours of the narration, though--the tension waxes and wanes, making this a long listen that you can enjoy indulging in slowly.

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