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The Gentle Giants of Ganymede

Narrated by: John Pruden
Series: Giants, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
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Long before the world of the Ganymeans blew apart millennia ago, the strange race of giants had already vanished. All that remained of them was a wrecked ship abandoned on a frozen moon of Jupiter. Now Earth’s scientists are there, determined to ferret out the secret of the lost race. But when suddenly the Ganymeans return, they bring with them answers that will reveal the secret of our own as well.

©1984 James Patrick Hogan (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"Scientists’ efforts to uncover the unexpected genetic link between Terran and Minervan life is aided by the equally unexpected reappearance of a Minervan ship. Interesting reading for sf enthusiasts and for those who enjoy a methodical analysis of a complex theory." ( Kliatt)

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  • Gary
  • Las Cruces, NM, United States
  • 11-10-16

Ideas are more interesting than people!

This book takes the series in a different direction from what I expected. As always, with Hogan one gets more ideas than characters. (The author reminds me of Arthur C. Clark in that respect). Here the ideas involve around more in depth understanding on the nature of evolution, time dilution, and planet formation. One could read this story without having had read book one and would have no problem following the story.

Hogan's one of my favorite science fiction authors and with this second book in the series he doesn't disappoint.

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  • Steven
  • RIVERVIEW, FL, United States
  • 06-02-13

Great Story of First Contact

So much of sci-fi is pessimistic in nature. Taking the ills of society and extrapolating them to the extreme. Hogan's "Giant's Series" is so good because he show's humanity for the good they can do. The scientific progress they can make and how welcoming they can be. Get this book.

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Info Dump Maddness

If I hear the phrase "Well let's review what we know..." (or something similar). one more time...

This reads less like a story and more like a thought experiment on what our first encounter with alien life might be like. Like a 9-hour info dump masquerading as a story. If you removed all the technobabble and naval gazing, there is probably only about 2 hours of story, of which the stakes are zero. There is no one and nothing to cheer or root for, there is no obstacle to overcome,

I'll probably get the third book just so I know how it ends. My guess is it will end with the phrase "Let's review what we know..."

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  • JULIA
  • Tracyton, WA, United States
  • 11-09-18

Great 'read'

This book (and the first two of the series) are terrific stories. Have read them many times, and - now - listened to them several as well. Good performance; it felt as though I were right there with Vic, Caldwell, Lynn, Garuth, and all the others, "watching" the tale unfold. Thanks, Audible, for making them available!

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A Fabulous Who Done It

While it is not Inherit The Stars, this second book in the series brings enough twists and turns to keep the reader/listener wanting more.
The second I'm a three book series is always the toughest to execute, but Hogan is a Master at keeping his readers turning the pages to find the answers to each new question he raises.
Time to see where it all leads. Bring on "Giant's Star"!

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Great story. Start with the first book.

A fantastic story weaving evolutionary theory with a taste of Sherlock Holmes and sci-fi. This is a series I always go back to.

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Everything we leaned in Inherit the Stars was wron

What did you love best about The Gentle Giants of Ganymede?

I first read Inherit the Stars 35 years ago... and I can honestly say that it was one of the inspirations that lead me to become a scientist. Being a young reader, I followed up with The Gentle Giants. In a fit of nostalgia, I bought the audio book (along with the two direct sequels to the trilogy). Although the book feels very dated and sexist, it is still an enjoyable story without diverting too much into new age phooey (unlike the final book of the trilogy, Giant's Star). I did truly enjoy many of the concepts regarding how the Giants evolutionary pathway and physiology determined their race's outlook on life. Some of the science does tend to get a bit far fetched, but still more or less works. The narration is passable at best.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-04-15

Too complicated

I gave up with this book after just 40 mins. Too complicated and badly read

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