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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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    Daniel 09-03-12
    Daniel 09-03-12
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    "Epic, entertaining, but confusing performance."

    Great story, but the overlapping voices were difficult to keep track of at times. Got a little slow in the middle, but all around a great epic sci-fi tale.

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    Patrick Katy, TX, United States 08-27-12
    Patrick Katy, TX, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story"

    This was an easy story for listening, comprehension and was enjoyable. I would enjoy reading the next installment whenever it comes along.

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    Amazon Customer Austin, TX USA 08-15-12
    Amazon Customer Austin, TX USA 08-15-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Great story but, yeah, substandard reader"

    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. ;-(

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    Amazon Customer Melbourne, FL, United States 07-30-12
    Amazon Customer Melbourne, FL, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good to the End?"
    What did you love best about The Mote in God's Eye?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 07-18-12
    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Lots of real tech and science enhance a good story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No I think it was very well written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Niven uses a lot of real tech and real science in the story. It makes the story much more interesting.


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

    A little more destinction between characters would have made it easier to follow in a few of the more complex passages.


    Do you think The Mote in God's Eye needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There are sequal to this book. I have not read/listened to them yet but I plan to in the future.


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    Tom 07-12-12
    Tom 07-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Ponderous but Good"

    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.

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    Ghost 06-01-12
    Ghost 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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