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"
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.
I don't know what other first contact story I might compare it to, but the writing style reminds me of Larry Niven.
Overall, Ms. Exelberth did a fine job, but her pronunciation was off on certain words and it stuck out memorably
"Nice Ideas, but is a byproduct of another time"
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.
First one I read
yes, it has some interesting ideas that I'm not sure I want to spoil
"New hard scifi"
I only experienced the audible version of this.
The narration was fine, except the pronunciation of alien drove me nuts.
New classic scifi: a first contact.
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.
"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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