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Publisher's Summary

The Makers searched for the secret to faster-than-light travel for 100,000 years. Their chosen instruments were the Life Probes, which they launched in every direction to seek out advanced civilizations among the stars. One such machine searching for intelligent life encounters 21st-century Earth. It isn't sure that it has found any....

©1983, 2009 Michael McCollum (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Finally In Audio Form

What made the experience of listening to Life Probe the most enjoyable?

I first read this book in the 1980s when my uncle gave me his copy. I then rapidly went through Michael McCollum's works and impatiently waited for the next. I re-bought the books from Mr. McCollum when he started self publishing in the '90s and am continuing the trend with the audiobooks. It's fantastic that these are being released to fill the gap in the post-Christmas dry season.

What other book might you compare Life Probe to and why?

I don't know what other first contact story I might compare it to, but the writing style reminds me of Larry Niven.

Have you listened to any of Melissa Exelberth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Overall, Ms. Exelberth did a fine job, but her pronunciation was off on certain words and it stuck out memorably

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Nice Ideas, but is a byproduct of another time

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not to my friends, it has some interesting ideas, but it is really racist and mysoginist, most of the time it didn't matter but I don't think I'll continue reading the rest of the series, I don't really want to put up with this again.

If you’ve listened to books by Michael McCollum before, how does this one compare?

First one I read

Was Life Probe worth the listening time?

yes, it has some interesting ideas that I'm not sure I want to spoil

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New hard scifi

Would you consider the audio edition of Life Probe to be better than the print version?

I only experienced the audible version of this.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was fine, except the pronunciation of alien drove me nuts.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

New classic scifi: a first contact.

Any additional comments?

I enjoy classical hard scifi and new versions of the same with adequate character development. I enjoyed this enough to get other audible books from the author.

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Potential was there but didn't really take off.

I bought this book because I enjoyed one of the author's other books, Gibraltar Earth. This book, as a series, has potential but this particular book didn't really grab my interest until the last several chapters, and then only passingly. As for the performance, I got used to the slightly-off pronunciation of certain words after a time but it was oddly distracting at first.

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  • John G.
  • lebanon, nh United States
  • 11-11-18

Lifelong SciFi reader

I am a lifelong Syfy reader, I am 62 years old and have been reading SCIFI since about 8YRS. life probe is certainly one of my cherished pieces of Jewelry in a bookcases full of Gems. the story a journey of entertainment making me eager to soak up the next page and left me wanting more .