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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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    peter 03-12-13
    peter 03-12-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Dated"

    The story takes place in the third millennium, but is nonetheless filled with 20th century tropes. Entertaining space opera, but dated.

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    Ed Newark, DE, United States 03-05-13
    Ed Newark, DE, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Read it to find out what a Mote was ;-)"

    It could cut down on the new concepts/words introduced in thia book. Too many to really keep track of.

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    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 02-22-13
    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The only book I can't finish"

    This is the first book in 50 or 60, that I just can't finish. It sounds like it probably has a good plot, but it's all driven by one dialog after another, giving long, history accounts to fill us in on where we are. Too tedious to finish. I know it has to be a good book. Just not my style I guess.

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    Russell Arlington, Texas USA 02-20-13
    Russell Arlington, Texas USA 02-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun listen"
    What did you love best about The Mote in God's Eye?

    Intriguing space novel, Odd to have very little combat in space theme. This was fun.


    Any additional comments?

    Very different story concept, fun to think about. I like a book that challenges me to think.

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    bookouri 02-11-13
    bookouri 02-11-13
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    "probably the least favorite Niven book I've read"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Niven has given us some really good sci-fi stories, but for me, this was not one of them. A little too "juvenile" and superficial, not at all "believable" plot. The "starring" characters are unbelievably inept and dense. I was really disappointed. I felt like I was in the 60's again.


    Has The Mote in God's Eye turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all.


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

    I prefer books read by the author to any professional reader. No matter how bad the author is as a reader.


    What character would you cut from The Mote in God's Eye?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I know the book was nominated for all the awards ,and I've read all the reviews about how great it is. But I just didn't see it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Larry United States 01-30-13
    Larry United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    drop the last chapter to boring


    Would you recommend The Mote in God's Eye to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes held my attention all the way untill last chapter


    Could you see The Mote in God's Eye being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Ari Goldstein Palo Alto, CA USA 01-23-13
    Ari Goldstein Palo Alto, CA USA 01-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "While Aging, Still Holds Value"
    What did you like best about The Mote in God's Eye? What did you like least?

    I like the length of time to build the characters of the story. I also like the way the aliens are unusual and have mysterious motives. I felt like the mystery of their personalities held up well in the story and kept my attention throughout the story. The idea that an alien race, that exists for over 1 million years, has strange behaviors and ruling structures is appropriate, not bad writing as some reviews claim. I also liked the Scottish accent. While I did want to lean towards documenting plot and character problems, the overall story was more important to me than the problems that would occasionally strike my critical filters. I wanted to continue on with the book and not use it as a punching bag. I didn't want to wreck it with cheap pot shots. I can say that I didn't easily accept a masculine voice to speak in the higher tones of a coy woman. Also the fact that it is 2300 and they have very little conceptualization of genetic engineering, seems a bit of a stretch.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mote in God's Eye?

    The initial discovery of an alien ship, the autopsy report structural body of the aliens, the exploration of the alien planet, the final solution gathered by the Mote envoy and the humans.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is hard for one to come to mind as a favorite. I liked the entire progression of the plot, the characterizations, the literary license used for the story and the pacing.


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

    Yes, and there is one. Overall it was an important book by itself, because it shows human's tendency to maintain their flaws and greatness. It also shows humans in a light of ingenuity and uniqueness, while not as mature as the aliens.


    Any additional comments?

    While many critique this as a worthless book, it HAS some value. It presents the possibility of aliens with different perspectives and motivations than those we can initially understand.

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    Tamara 01-09-13
    Tamara 01-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Dated stereotypes, lack of character development"

    Some of my favorite science fiction is pretty dated, but I think the problem with this book is the stereotypes --- male (the bread winner) versus female (only interested in marriage and family), military (totally distrusting) versus scientist (totally distrusting), nobility (so worthy and responsible) versus not (jealous of/intimidated by the nobility), even engineers being Scottish (I kid you not!), etc. And some of the character motivations were really hard to understand (more below, but contains spoilers).

    It would be fun to explore the alien culture described in this book. I don't feel that it was well explained, and I think the story focused too much on one aspect which was not as well justified as I would have liked.

    The narration sometimes used accents and voices, but I still had a lot of trouble telling the characters apart. Part was the story itself, but I think some narrators do a better job of giving the characters more distinction.

    I considered stopping time and time again. I listened until the bitter end, but it really wasn't worth it.

    --- Spoilers Follow ---

    (Mild Spoiler) Early in the book, the single female character is rescued from a prison camp. She initially quite withdrawn but eventually recovers (we're not entirely sure why) and it's never referred to again that I can recall. It's not cited as motivation for later actions.

    (Big Spoiler) And don't even get me started on the way that everyone seems to implicitly trust the aliens. Argh. Why???

    (Small Spoiler) And how can non-intelligent aliens do more than the smartest humans? Makes no sense to me!

    (Ironic Spoiler) It's funny that the book was so sexist and yet simultaneously paid homage to birth control (though proper ladies don't resort to that, of course).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Oak Park, IL, United States 12-28-12
    John Oak Park, IL, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "interesting, but dragged at times"

    This is fundamentally a very interesting novel with an important theme regarding the need for birth control to prevent warfare.

    However, the authors could have cut at least 25% of the prose and communicated the same themes. The novel would have been more gripping in a shorter form.

    The narration was good and appropriate for the content.

    John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"

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    David Cupertino, CA, United States 11-22-12
    David Cupertino, CA, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Classic which hasn't lost it's appeal"
    Would you listen to The Mote in God's Eye again? Why?

    The story is interesting and thought provoking even if some of the technology it discusses has turned out different. The core theme of handling extraterrestrial life encounter if fascinating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it forces you to think about how would you choose to act based on what you are learning as you go through the story. Would you make the same choices.


    Have you listened to any of L J Ganser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but this performance was excellent


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

    Man's First Contact - Are you ready


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