The Gripping Hand : Mote in God's Eye

  • by Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven
  • Narrated by L. J. Ganser
  • Series: Mote in God's Eye
  • 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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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.
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- Mara

A Little Extra Motie

This is the sequel to "the mote in god's eye" which was a brilliant book that left me wanting to know more about the odd civilization of the Motie race and the humans interaction with them. This book provides that little extra something. It was satisfying to rejoin the story, set some years after the original, but sharing most of the original protagonists, while adding in many new to the mix. It lacks some of the tension and drama of the first book and is perhaps more politically focused regarding the various factions but all in all was an enjoyable listen and well read by the same actor. I would recommend you listen to to the books in order, although it is possible to follow this story in isolation.
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- Thes

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-11-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios