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....
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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
Potential was there but didn't really take off.