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Oh my God! The first half of this book is dialog between two characters that you can't bring yourself to care anything for. They spend all of the time telling the story instead of showing the story. I felt like the two characters were about as interesting as sock puppets. The narration is barely passable -- I'll give him three stars for a good effort. I am Nivan fan and read many of his books, so I was really excited when this book was released.
This doesn't even qualify as classic Sci Fi because the technology just doesn't wash. I got half way through the book and decided I really didn't care what happens. You know what? When I finished it, I shouldn't have. I give this a hard pass, don't waste the listening hours like I did.
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What disappointed you about The Goliath Stone?
Characters, dialogue and plot all seem both one dimensional and forced.I forced myself to bear with it through to the end, and it turned out to be as disappointing and predictable as I feared.To sum it up without giving too much of the plot away, this novel is Atlas Shrugged with nanobots, IN SPACE!
Has The Goliath Stone turned you off from other books in this genre?
I never did like Randian dross, sci-fi or otherwise.
What three words best describe Jeff Woodman’s voice?
Could be worse
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Both sadness and disappointment
Any additional comments?
Listening to this is less painful than nailing your schlong to a coffee table, but not by a wide margin.
What did you like best about The Goliath Stone? What did you like least?
I liked the subject matter of nanotechnology and the medical aspects covered.
What was most disappointing about Larry Niven and Matthew Joseph Harrington ’s story?
The book basically rambled on without a clear direction and the end was non-conclusive and abrupt.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Was The Goliath Stone worth the listening time?
Any additional comments?
I am an avid fan of Larry Niven and have read many of his books (some with Jerry Pournelle) such as Footfall, Dragons of Heorot etc. Of course not every book has the same consistency of appeal to every reader but I was really interested as this was a new writing partnership to me with the promise of fresh input. I was really disappointed.
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