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 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!
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.
[almost]All SciFi, all the time...
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.
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.
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?
I enjoyed the Moties.
"Seek and you shall find...."
Excellent novel, especially for fans of hard sci-fi.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
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.
Epic story. A few silly details like all cities are called New Something (New Paris, New London, etc). Otherwise genuinely unique storyline.
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.
The intricate caste society Pournelle and Niven created amongst the Moties.
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!!
I have absolutely no idea how to answer this one. :-(
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.
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.
Each character had a unique voice, they all seemed to fit very well.
I believe the print version was better that the audio version.
Midshipman Potter was my favorite. Unpretentious and unassuming in manner. I think he was a nice counter personality to some of the others.
When Captain Blaine had to admit he has lost his ship.
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