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.
I read the Mote in God's Eye years ago and looked forward to listening to it. However, the experience several decades later has proven to be awful. It's pretty much written like a soap opera.
There's much in the way of structure and character development and then... nothing. The story ends abruptly with little payoff, it just fizzles out.
I can't believe I managed to get through this very long and boring novel. I had to force myself to listen. I kept hoping it would get better. The premise was decent but just took too long to get to the point. The narrator didn't help at all. I found it very difficult to keep track of the characters. I couldn't feel any connection to any of them. That's one of my criteria of a good novel. I will pass on any other novels by these authors and the narrator.
In my humble opinion, the authors gave too much priority to the technical aspects of the story. It came at the expense of character development and in some cases it distracted the story itself. For example the first time the ship travels we get a blow-by-blow description of the changes in gravity: up to 4G then down to 2G then back up to 3G and so on. For me it added nothing to the story. I also completely missed the beginning a journey which I would think is one of the most exciting moments yet they barely mentioned it. Some folks may enjoy all of that tech - and maybe one day I will give it another shot - but for me this was a big thumbs down.
I don't know if it's because I just finished a masterpiece prior to this, but I didn't connect. Somewhere between the writing and narration I felt lost in this book, disinterested at best. I found the plot annoying and over-explanitory.
I stomached through every hour of this book. I feel robbed. A very plodding listen.
I really was determined to stick with it as that is what others recommended. I found myself daydreaming, bored by the minutia of everyday life aboard this ship. I somehow made it past hour 6, but then gave up.
I was looking forward to this book because I have enjoyed Larry Niven's other books, but this one just seemed to wander around a bit. I knew it was a bit dated when I got it and I was able to get around the the 20th century technology. In the end it just kind of fizzled. I didn't realize I had reached the end of the book until I heard "epilogue". I was thinking these was another part to go.
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