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The Man in the Maze

 

Written by: Robert Silverberg
Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
Genres: First Contact | Space Opera
Published: 24th of January, 2017
Length: 6 Hours 50 Minutes

 

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Once a hero, now a pariah, Richard Muller is humanity's last hope.

Richard Muller was an honorable diplomat who braved unimaginable dangers to make contact with the first-known race of intelligent aliens. But those aliens left a mark on him: a psychic wound that emanates a telepathic miasma that his fellow humans can neither cure nor endure. Muller is exiled to the remote planet of Lemnos, where he is left, deeply embittered, at the heart of a deadly maze - until a new alien race appears, seemingly intent on exterminating humanity. Only Muller can communicate with them, due to the very condition that has made him an outcast. But will Muller stick his neck out for the people who so callously rejected him?

 

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Reviewed: 2021-01-09

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Left Me Wanting More
The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg is certainly a product of its time. Manly men cavorting across the universe with women there for decoration and to have sex with. If you can get past all that, you're left with a fairly decent sci-fi story that I wish had more... well, more story.

It's a fairly straight forward story - a mysterious maze as old as time kills anyone who tries to navigate it. Except for one guy who managed to get all the way in. Of course, it's this guy and only this guy who can possibly save the universe.

The whole maze-of-death thing was interesting, and I felt for most of the novel I wanted more of it. Even though most of the story is inside it, it just felt to me as if we were only really skimming the surface. Perhaps if this was re-done by someone like John Scalzi I'd get the story I really wanted.

That's not to say the whole thing wasn't enjoyable. It was certainly interesting, but I doubt I'll be rushing back for another listen. If it wasn't for all the rampant misogyny I'd probably give it more stars.

Narration by Stefan Rudnicki was a good choice. His deep voice provided the "mans man" type of voice this story requires to match the characters.

 

 

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