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Eons ago, a gentle race of giants fled the planet Minerva, leaving the ancestors of man to fend for themselves. Fifty thousand years ago, Minerva exploded, hurling its moon into an orbit about Earth.

In the 21st century, scientists Victor Hunt and Chris Danchekker, doing research on Ganymede, attract a small band of friendly aliens who are lost in time - and who begin to reveal something of the origin of mankind. Finally, man believed that he comprehended his place in the universe...until he learned of the Watchers in the stars. Now Earth finds itself in the middle of a power struggle between a benevolent alien empire and an offshoot group of upstart humans who hate Earth more than any alien ever could.

©1981 James P. Hogan (P)2013 Blackstone Audiobooks

"Truly imaginative technology." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Gary
  • 16/02/2017

Fun and entertaining

This author really likes educating his reader about science and the moving parts that go into making up possible theories about the world from justified true beliefs and lays the ground work for explaining how science really works while telling a passable sci-fi story.

One also gets a peek into the angst that defined the 1970s and how at times we thought there would never be a future. The Russians are still the Russians in the future he describes and are a super power to be reckoned with. Oh yeah, he did something that Time Magazine used to always do in the 50s, he used the expression while describing someone as "Mediterranean looking" and "swarthy looking". With Time they would always say that when describing an Italian because they just didn't seem to like Italians (for whatever reason, I have no idea why). In this case for this author, I'll just say that we are always victims of the world we are thrown into and sometimes we are that world, but fortunately, we move ahead.

This book does propose one of my all time favorite theories regarding religion. According to a possible interpretation, all previous religious beliefs with their accompanying superstitions were enabled by aliens so that humanity would progress at a snails pace and not be a threat to the aliens when they return in the future. That explanation just cracked me up.

I once was talking with a neighbors and one had mentioned that Mars might have a fossil of a fish on it's surface. The other neighbor had mentioned that would be impossible, but I wanted to illustrate that science is always underdetermined by the facts, that there is always more theories possible than the known facts and one always bump up to the Quine Duhem thesis and not know it. This book with its alternate theories could fully explain the phenomenon of a fish on Mars.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Moore Creative
  • 08/10/2018

Good science discussions with probable concepts

Although this was written in the 70s, it is filled with small concepts that today still come up in alternate human evolution discussions that range from outlandish concepts to truth that I can imagine will one day be proven and accepted as correct. The story continues the journey and delivers the same thought provoking ideas that were enjoyable in the series.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Andrew Townsend
  • 06/12/2016

Decent, but not great

The first two books of the Giant series were far better than Giants Star. I tried reading through it years ago, but could never finish. The audio book did the trick, but only because I was persistent with it. Others who point out the sexist nature of the dialog are correct. Also, the narration was overdone. John Pruden overemphasized the character voices to such a high degree, that many characters sounded like winey little kids. Certainly not how I imagined them. Think of the old silent movies where actors would overemphasize their acting because you could not hear them.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Doug
  • 29/01/2015

Douglas Smith

I first read this series years ago... just as good as I remembered. loved it!!

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  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • C. White
  • 18/06/2014

Fan of Inherit the Stars? Dont bother w/ this one

What did you like best about Giants' Star? What did you like least?
I first read Inherit the Stars 35 years ago... and I can honestly say that it was one of the inspirations that lead me to become a scientist. In a fit of nostalgia, I bought the audio book (along with the two direct sequels to the trilogy). 35 years ago, I found this installment so convoluted that I never finished it... and even in audio book form, I had a hard time finishing it. Of the three books, this one is VERY dated and very sexist. I rapidly slides into a mire of pysdo science-new age phooey. Enjoy the first two books of the trilogy and skip this one. The narration is passable at best.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • LuvMyAnime
  • 21/01/2021

Narrator mostly tells what happens.

For the most part, the narrator just tells what happens. We don’t get to see it happening with the characters. It reminds me of the quote, “Show, don’t tell.” This is definitely not taking that advice. It has a good storyline, though.

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Walter W. Chu
  • 01/11/2020

Humph

Getting past the ancient sexist attitudes displayed in the story it is an okay story. A lot of science here, like the older Sci Fi books are. Some of it seems convenient to fit the story, as is the case in most books.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Cole MacGrath
  • 25/10/2020

More action than the previous books

This book had more action than the previous two, which sounded like a lecture on theoretical science. That being said, it never felt like the characters were ever in any kind of danger and everything felt pretty one-sided. I won't be reading the final two books in this series.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Micchael F. Dassau
  • 09/03/2018

Great listen

Excellent story and excellent listen. James Hogan was an excellent storyteller. Awesome! Spellbinding adventure! Nice wrap-up of Giants trilogy.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • sanwizard
  • 08/06/2017

awesome storytelling

one of the better science fiction novels i have listened to this year. total fun.