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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 59 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 16 Oct. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009RFAG94
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At the start of the book the narrative style is on a par with what a 12-year-old might write. For example alien plants and animals are routinely described as "strange" - I'm afraid I cannot picture a "strange" animal, I need more. It does improve as the book progresses but never rises to a level deserving of publication. And talking of progress, for some reason every single instance of the word "progress" has a mysterious space in it, ie "pro gress"; also the word "plea sure" but that only occurs once.
The plot errors are glaring and the action unlikely. Internal consistency is mandatory in SF and it's missing here. In micro-gravity people still get stamped on and walls are climbed. The internal layout of the spaceship is never described and I have no idea where the characters eat or sleep or work on board. Do they have cabins? Or go back and sleep in their suspended animation units due to lack of space elsewhere? And talking of suspended animation - our hero wakes after eighty years of sleep and tucks into some biscuits he packed as a wake-up snack! Eighty-year-old food? I wouldn't. And on rising he then takes several chapters to even inquire after news from Earth. And news when it does come is entirely technical.Read more ›
The builders are not that effective and seem to slip up when dealing with Humans. One definition of a Mary-Sue character is when the opponents lose fifteen IQ points. QED.
The Human crew of the Earth starship have little to differentiate them and, as another reviewer said, they merged into one. The Aliens really were not that alien and the remaining crew on the ship seemed not to spend too much effort trying to communicate with the Bowl's owners.
All in all, not a great story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As usual from Larry, large concepts well written but I can't escape the similarities with ringworld. Read morePublished 3 months ago by tim
I do like Larry Nivens books and have read many 2 or 3 times. Unfortunately I couldn't finish this and only got a third of the way through it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. Perpete
I logged in here because, after buying everything that Larry Niven has written as soon as it appeared, I was actually finding this book tedious.... Read morePublished 7 months ago by L. Robertson
Great, as usual Larry Niven inhabits a make believe world with real charactures. I can't wait to read Shipstar.Published 13 months ago by Pat