Robert Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read". The San Francisco Chronicle declared that "as science fiction, The Mote in God's Eye is one of the most important novels ever published". Now Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award-winning authors of such best sellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote, and to the universe of Kevin Renner and Horace Bury, of Rod Blaine and Sally Fowler.
There, 25 years have passed since humanity quarantined the mysterious aliens known as Moties within the confines of their own solar system. They have spent a quarter century analyzing and agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens mankind has ever encountered - a race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function: Master, Mediator, Engineer, Warrior. Each supremely adapted to its task, yet doomed by millions of years of evolution to an inescapable fate. For the Moties must breed - or die. And now the fragile wall separating them and the galaxy beyond is beginning to crumble.
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I'm hoping for a 4th book now as my interest in this particular universe has been reignited. A good wrap up to the other books as the moties could never really be kept in forever. It's the how and what that makes the story interesting.
"Just not as good as the first"
I don't know who would enjoy this book after the first one. It was a fairly miserable sequel.
The performance wasn't that bad, the story was the problem.
Not really. Too silly on an ending, the characters got weak.
I wish I'd liked it.
"Sequel to "The Mote in God's Eye""
"The Mote in God's Eye" is one of my all-time favorite science fiction novels. When it appeared it took a truly novel, very anthropological approach to the subject of aliens, and it managed to make the Moties some of the most interesting aliens in the world of science fiction. This sequel picks up the story several decades after the original and spends the first half of the book reintroducing characters, reprising the plot line of the first book, and introducing a few new players (most of them descendents of people in the original). This reintroduction is long, tedious for someone who has read the original, and probably confusing for someone who hasn't. The second half picks up the pace because the Moties are back in the picture, and Pournelle and Niven do a great job of extrapolating the effects that contact with humans would have had on the Motie civilization. In summary, you definitely have to read the first book before you read this one, at which point you should fast forward through the first half of Gripping Hand as fast as your audio player will allow -- or get the WhisperSync version and skim to the middle and THEN listen. Ganser's narration is solid, but not worth the hours of listening required to get to the good stuff.
"Very disappointed with this sequel."
I was very disappointed with this sequel it answered no questions from the previous book in only left more questions
"Old school sci fi"
A level of detail and philosophy that is absent from a lot of modern sci-fi
"The sequel matches the first book"
The story is excellent , just like the first book you can get lost in the details and multiple number of characters. Do not expect a summary of events in this squeal, it only mentions events from the first book as the story progresses.
"I was wrong all these years"
I have never finished this novel despite The Mote in God's Eye being my favorite novel. I don't know if it was my extremely high expectations or I was just judging it too harshly. Well I listened to this and I really enjoyed it and found it to be a decent sequel to "The Mote" I think the reader "who was excellent" really brought the novel to life and greatly enhanced the experience. So thanks Audible I am really glad I listened to this. Well Done!
"Maybe its me but I found this difficult to follow."
It was ok but I had a hard time following the story line a lot of times. There seemed to be a lot of unimportant nonsense mixed in. Perhaps this was the authors method of building depth to the story/characters but I found it derailed the plot.
The first book was better...however, I found that the author trying to pass creatures that can modify and improve advanced technology as unintelligent animals was more than a stretch.
"good book, poor production"
This is a fascinating, classic book series. I enjoyed the first book, and this was a good follow-up. However, this was a poor audiobook production. It's not that the narrator isn't good; he's been great in other audiobooks. But somehow this book is tough to pull off by a single actor. Transitions between speakers are quick, not well delineated, so having a single voice actor do them all successfully is not easy. It was tough following who was speaking when. What's more, transitions across sections within a chapter were too quick, making it very hard to understand that we've changed setting and characters, resulting in a very confusing audiobook.
It's a pity that this fun book received such a subpar treatment.
"Worst audible so far"
That story is hard to follow, seems random and is mostly boring
He did the best to bring a lifeless story to life.
All of them
First part, "motes eye" is really worth to listen to, but this one is a waste of time.
"Not my favorite"
Perhaps its just me, but I find on average most sci-fi novels written with a British influence tend to progress the story VERY slowly and describe protocol at every opportunity. These two things really pulled me out of what is otherwise a very good story premise that is very well written. While I enjoyed the story enough to finish this listen, I probably will not be returning to this series anytime soon.
As I also have Larry Nivens Ringworld series on my playlist, I am hopeful this series was a creative exercise that does not translate over into what I understand is a very popular series. Reviews of the Ringworld series to come once I listen to a handful of faster paced novels and create some distance from this slow moving series.
"Waited for more"
In short - I was somehow disappointed in the book.
I had a unique situation, as I already had read the book once in paper format but as the first one (I read the first part of the series after this second part only - somehow started the other way around). So - the first time I loved the book - a lot! Then came a big pause (several years) until I got to read the first book of the series, liked it quite well and decided I had forgotten all about what happens in the second part, so let's read it again!
Well, somehow now it seemed that the first part was much more interesting and the main reason is that the story there moved much quicker. In this book - the Gripping Hand - half of the book or more you are waiting and waiting for some action to start at last, you are bored to death with descriptions of all the Imperial laws and casts and royals and lords and who knows what. Who cares, really??? Give me the aliens already! And when you get them and you already had read the first book, you don't have much of any surprises there left for them, and there seems to be much less interesting interactions with humans there as it was in the first book. So, maybe reading the first book, spoiled the second one... but it shouldn't be like that... so the only conclusion is that the author went wrong somewhere.
So - maybe, if you choose to read it as the only book of the series, it will still be a good choice. But I guess, you should better pick the first one.
I can't rate it bad though, as I loved it the first time I read it. And I liked the narrator, too.
"slowish start but give it a chance, trust me"
Slowish start but give it a chance, it really gets going. Very well narrated, and a gripping story
I did enjoy listening to this book however I did get lost in the middle and had to re-listen to several of the chapters to get back on track.
It was read well.
"Not as good as the previous book"
A shame really I really enjoyed the first book, nothing seriously wrong with this title but just not as good as the first
"Surprising sequel to Mote in God's Eye"
I haven't read the printed book.
Matrix 3. It answers all the hanging questions of Mote in God's Eye.
The reader has a good empathy with the written word.
If it wasn't so long I would listen to it in one hit. But if it was short enough to listen to in one go it wouldn't be as involving or enjoyable. I was happy to listen to this over several days.
A brilliant sequel, I'm just waiting for Hollywood to realise there are good stories out there without having to re-hash anymore fairy tails.
"Doesn't pack the punch of the first book..."
It's not often that I don't finish an audiobook since I drive and run quite a lot, in the end I just drifted away from this. I may go back to it at some point, for some reason I can't really explain I didn't feel quite compelled to carry on and switched back to podcasts whist waiting for my next two Audible credits.
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