Thoroughly enjoyable despite the narrator, Barret Whitener. Mr. Whitener has a highly annoying habit of reading phrases with an unwarranted ascending intonation. It adds an effect reminiscent of moaning and howling. Fortunately, thanks to the book's content, I was able to ignore it. Presently, as we are offered no choice of narrators, we should be happy to hear this book as offered. Sequel is implied. I look forward towards Audible providing us with other Niven books. (Even if they are read by Whitener.)
The book itself is good, but the reader screws up all the names, and the voices are not appropriate for the characters represented. It makes it really hard to listen to. Even well known names like Persephone are not spoken correctly. Names are not pronounced like in previous audiobooks.
He can't even pronounce Persephone correctly. Pak was always pronounced "pack" but he says "pock". The voice of Acolyte is absolutely ridiculous. The narrator should have at least had to listen to the pronunciations in the previous audiobooks. This book is just really hard to listen to.
The book focused a lot on the protectors, which is great. I was hoping that part of the series would be fleshed out. I enjoyed it.
However, the narrator used different voice and personality tone for many of the established characters, and some fictional words had different pronunciations. In at least one case this violated the author's own pronunciation instruction from a previous book. The problem is that this book is a part of a series, so these changes are distracting. I understand that the Narrator has a different voice, not much you can do about that, but he should have listened to one of the other books to keep pronunciation and tone similar.
Though lesser than the original Ringworld it suspenseful with some predictability. Although this is or maybe the last Ringworld it left open possibilities. I would love more Louie Wu adventures aa compelling character.
I love the ringworld series and stuck with this recording only to be able to understand what was happening in the last book.
yes. Larry is a great writer.
NO. Absolutely not. He did not characterize the voices and had no consistency with the few he did. The pronunciation of the proprietary vocabulary and names was completely different from that of any of the other readings. Different, and poorly excited. Not sure if he was not paid enough to care or is just this bad all the time.
eh, it would be ok.
So sad to have what could have been an ok story completely muddled into almost an almost unintelligible state. I would suggest Audible try and find an alternate reading of this book.
The readers performance is passable, but have have listened to others that really do a great job of creating distinct characters with their voices. The story is also passable, has a few interesting bits, but the end feels like Larry got bored and just wanted to be done with it. Overall I am glad I listened to it as it did add to the overall storyline. Just wish it had as much as the first two books.
Narration was absolutely terrible. While the performance in the other books in the series (previous and following) seemed spot on and enjoyable this book's was awful to the point of distraction and difficult to finish.
Not with this narrator.
Story was great overall. It's fairly convoluted at times, but that's Niven.
His voices for the characters, especially the warrior-race K'zin, were absolutely horrible. It is especially bad because the narrator on the second and third books is absolutely amazing (and he did a good job to at least come close to the narrator on the first book).
And the mispronunciation of several fairly common words (over and over again) is also quite annoying.
I really enjoyed the entire series. The first book probably had the best narration but the other two books were very good too. The last book had a great story, but really bad voice acting. Overall, still worth getting since the story is strong and it fits in well with the entire series. Just can't over Acolyte's voice -- that's just wrong. The voices for humans were fine, but the other characters were way off.