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Publisher's Summary

The world named Mount Lookitthat was never meant for humans - it was shrouded in lethal mists. Life existed only on one plateau, unreachable except from space. But the disastrous decision to colonize the planet could not be reversed. So the settlers survived somehow - under a ruthless dictatorship. Mount Lookitthat was rebellion-proof. Then fate dealt the colonists a wild card named Matthew Keller, who had a talent that neither he nor anybody else knew about. At last the colonists had a glimmer of hope!

©2019 Larry Niven (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Human story in sci-fi setting

I always enjoyed this one, good pace and realistic characters. Not to weighty and fires the imagination. Story always stuck with me from childhood.

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Love the old sci fi

Strong, daring woman, and brave, flawed men. That's how the old guys used to write sci fi, because they actually understood human nature and, in their way, truly revered women
Wow....what the sjw's have been telling us is a lie. Who is surprised?

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A little dated

The story seemed a bit dated till you remember it was written in 1968. Amazing!

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yeaaaaa!!!

Just a great story, and LJ Ganser is always a fantastic narrator of book words

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Not one of his best

Read this 30 years ago. On revisit it doesn’t age well. Or maybe I haven’t. The reader does an admirable job trying to improve the story line.

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Organ Donor?

The audiobook does a great job with Larry Niven's second novel (1968). When I first read the book many years ago it was my least favorite of Niven's amazing early novels, but I really enjoyed the audiobook. The setting is the colony on a planet orbiting the nearby star Tau Ceti. The colony, settled 300 years earlier, has become a world of Have's and Have-not’s where society is broken up into the priveledged descendants of the original spaceship Crew and the subservient Colonists. The story really takes off when Matt Keller (colonist) finds himself running for his life following a police raid on a party hosted by his friends. The punishment for most crimes on the colony is to be condemned to the organ banks, but a robot spaceship from Earth has arrived carrying a cargo with the potential to change everything. The narrator does a really good job playing all the characters.

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  • 07-29-20

Quality scifi as usual from Niven!

Story was great and the narrator really nailed the character voices, you could really easily tell who was speaking just from the accents.