We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Mote in God's Eye Audiobook

The Mote in God's Eye

Regular Price:$22.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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.

What the Critics Say

  • All-Time Best Science Fiction Novels (Locus Magazine)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (4842 )
5 star
 (1620)
4 star
 (1824)
3 star
 (944)
2 star
 (289)
1 star
 (165)
Overall
4.0 (3235 )
5 star
 (1262)
4 star
 (1126)
3 star
 (585)
2 star
 (184)
1 star
 (78)
Story
4.1 (3193 )
5 star
 (1205)
4 star
 (1250)
3 star
 (531)
2 star
 (126)
1 star
 (81)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Ceil Rochester, NY, USA 09-10-09
    Ceil Rochester, NY, USA 09-10-09 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    131
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Sci-fi classic done right"

    I really enjoyed listening to The Mote in God's Eye; the story line still has relevance, and the first encounter scenario was well done. Worth a second listen!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ahmed Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 02-11-10
    Ahmed Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 02-11-10 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    25
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Could not listen for more than 10 minutes"

    I could not take the narrator's voice and style of reading for more than 10 minutes. My advice; listen carefully to the sample and decide if you can take that tone and style for 20 something hours.

    As for the book itself, I can't tell. The narrator was an insurmountable roadblock to enjoying this book.

    12 of 28 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jonmontanavega 10-12-09 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    197
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    449
    78
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    1
    Overall
    "How mindless"

    I read this as a teenager and thought it was great. Now I see - and hear - how repetitious and predictable it is.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jeff 08-06-09
    Jeff 08-06-09 Member Since 2011

    [almost]All SciFi, all the time...

    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    101
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    3
    Overall
    "Not deserving of the hype...."

    If you are into hard sci fi then this book is not for you. If you are into good narration, then this book is definitely not for you. He is terrible. His scottish accent is painful to hear.

    Dan Simmons' Hyperion and Endymion blow this book away in my opinion.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Slatanic 12-14-14
    Slatanic 12-14-14 Member Since 2010
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent Hard Sci-Fi"
    Would you listen to The Mote in God's Eye again? Why?

    I am not one to re-read or listen to books a second time, however the story was excellent and it wouldn't hurt my feelings if I had to hear it again.


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

    There are some similarities to the Hyperion cantos in which the Ousters are a semi-mysterious threat. Oh, and probably the most significant comparison I can think of would be the Ender's Game series, the mystery of the Buggers and the Pequeninos. Are they for sure an enemy? An Ally? A mix of both? Ulterior motives?


    Which character – as performed by L J Ganser – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the Moties.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Seek and you shall find...."


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent novel, especially for fans of hard sci-fi.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 11-14-14
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 11-14-14 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

    HELPFUL VOTES
    307
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    265
    251
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    17
    91
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Every Problem Has a Solution. That’s Crazy Eddie!"

    An amazing collaboration. This is a great introduction into the puzzle-solving mind of Larry Niven and the military brain of Jerry Pournelle.

    Larry Niven likes to play with ideas. This book has enough mind-expanding concepts to rank as one of the great hard science fiction novels. He first builds a hypothetical situation, with certain rules and constraints, then lets the story unfold.

    L.J. Ganser is very good depicting the various accents. I especially enjoyed the Scottish characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    The Count Raleigh, NC, USA 11-08-14
    The Count Raleigh, NC, USA 11-08-14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Slow start... After the first hour it gets good. "

    Epic story. A few silly details like all cities are called New Something (New Paris, New London, etc). Otherwise genuinely unique storyline.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    robertjm San Francisco Bay Area 10-23-14
    robertjm San Francisco Bay Area 10-23-14 Listener Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "VERY LONG, BUT VERY RICH CREATION"
    What made the experience of listening to The Mote in God's Eye the most enjoyable?

    It would have to be the universe created by Pournelle and Niven. Their words are so descriptive. As I sit there with my eyes shut, I envision what they're describing as if I'm righ there. The fantastic narration job by LJ Ganser really helped too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The intricate caste society Pournelle and Niven created amongst the Moties.


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

    He's probably my favorite readers out of the handful I've listened to, and will be looking for his other performances for future purchases. He seems to be able to switch accents and delivery at the drop of a hat as he jumps from character to character...including female characters!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I have absolutely no idea how to answer this one. :-(


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to King David's Spaceship before this one because I'd read somewhere that they took place at virtually the same time. Perhaps that true. But, had I listened to this one first I might have enjoyed KDS more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    david toronto, Ontario, Canada 03-18-14
    david toronto, Ontario, Canada 03-18-14 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    33
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Well paced, fascinating story."
    What made the experience of listening to The Mote in God's Eye the most enjoyable?

    L J Gansers performance was excellent. I read the book many years ago, taking it in audio form was really a nice embellishment to a great story. I listen at work, so at times I needed to tune out for a few minutes to focus. This was never a problem at all.


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

    Each character had a unique voice, they all seemed to fit very well.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jim 02-08-14
    Jim 02-08-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    35
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A classic Science Fiction Read."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mote in God's Eye to be better than the print version?

    I believe the print version was better that the audio version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Midshipman Potter was my favorite. Unpretentious and unassuming in manner. I think he was a nice counter personality to some of the others.


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

    When Captain Blaine had to admit he has lost his ship.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.