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  • The Mote in God's Eye

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: L J Ganser
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,461
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,685
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,727

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".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By J. Rhoderick on 02-12-10

ALIUMS!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-09

A good book about alien contact and it goes into the depth to which we would likely misunderstand anything that would be alien. Well written with a fair amount of societal and structural understanding. Not as much of a War In Space book as I was concerned about, good mix of military and social sci-fi. Recommended with only slight reservations.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Ringworld

  • Free Version
  • By: Larry Niven
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel Ringworld won the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an enjoyable listen

  • By Listens-a-lot on 09-25-15

Highly Recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-09

This book was well done. Though a bit odd this has been one of the most enjoyable books I've listened to in quite a while. It leaves questions unanswered. It has aliens who are actually alien. It lays out a good visual world where things don't happen overnight but also you don't feel like you are reading about the 3 months of boredom that is happening. A very good pick overall.

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,244

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

Enjoyable if predictable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-09

The basics of the story (strong young man comes in and saves primitive but good people upsets the world as we know it) are not exciting but the story is mostly well done. The world is well created and the detailed. The book doesn't feel dated as many sci-fi books often feel. Well done as an audiobook as well, great narration.

  • The Sparrow

  • By: Mary Doria Russell
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,151

Emilio Sandoz is a remarkable man, a living saint and Jesuit priest who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience - the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial life - begins with a small mistake and ends in a horrible catastrophe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly Written and Thought-provoking

  • By Jim N on 08-15-12

Not for me, maybe for you

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-09

I didn't really enjoy this book but could easily see how others would really like it and get a lot out of it. If you are looking for a book that explores the Catholic Church from a very critical but loving point of view thru hard sci-fi this book may be for you. But if you don't really care to deeply and critically spend a whole book exploring the depth of the Catholic Church and the way it interacts with the world and itself then skip it.

13 of 18 people found this review helpful