I pretty much only listen on my commuter bus to/from work so need books that can be listened to in half hour bursts which this did very well. I read the book years ago and picked it on a whim when I saw it and enjoyed the characters and story every bit as much as before. I'll be searching for more in the series.
I read this back in the 80s and loved it then, not so much now but it's still a good book, a classic. Considering it was written in 1970 (And later revised some) it's age shows with references to "Tapes", lack of HUD displays etc. et al. It's especially glaring when 40 years later when compared next to books by Peter F. Hamilton or Alastair Reynolds which I expect will hold up better to the test of time.
Tom Parker does a fine job with this straight narration of the material. Not fantastic, but better than adequate. Once I eased into his flow, I had no problem maintaining attention, but I think a bit more could be asked in the characterization department.
The main character in Ringworld is a 200 year old human named Louis Wu, who is approached by a Puppeteer (one of an alien race) who in turn is building a team to visit a star system that has an fabricated ring around it. The complete team includes Louis Wu, the Puppeteer, a Kzin, and a human female. The reasons for all these choices become clear during the novel.
Niven’s style is such that you can be awed then amused on the same page. His characters are very comfortable with life, and talk physics like we discuss driving across town. After more than thirty years, the story remains interesting and the ideas fascinating.
I highly recommend this audiobook, whether you’ve experienced Ringworld already or not.
What a waste of time! Silly and insignificant are the best words I know to describe it.
I really liked this book when I was growing up in the 1950's. The narration here is good and the story is a classic.
But, I was struck by how very dated this story is. If you are a cyberpunk fan, this is not the book for you.
I found this book rather unremarkable. There isn't really much of a plot beyond "motley crew of species crash lands and needs to escape." Yes there is a lot of character development and relationships, but I didn't find any of the characters particularly compelling. The humans are bland and the aliens are silly and stereotypical. At no point in the story did I find myself anxious to find out what happened. With an hour left, I didn't care how it was going to end, and only felt compelled to finish it because I had bought it. It definitely feels like a "setup" for a series that I will not continue reading. Disappointing.
.....librarything guessed that I wouldn't like this....and were 78% sure that they were right. But actually, besides the misogynistic thought processes that Mr. Niven had back in the 70s when this was written, it was a pretty good story. A bunch of misfits head off on a mystery road trip to a place they know nothing about. All the characters (well, except for the vapid females) were rather likable...each made me laugh, think and by the end of the book, I was sorry to see them go....pretty good for a book written 40 years ago!
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First off I say you should go and read (or listen) to the prequels (Fleet of Worlds, Juggler of Worlds, Destroyer of Worlds, and [the soon to be released at the time of this writing] Betrayer of Worlds)
being from 1970 I thought this might be "dated" but its not really
there is some things that are dated like a "tape" is noted but they would be using probably anything other than actual "tapes" to record things - the science is good as far as I can tell, I am not not a science person I didnt go to college but I know lots and it was good
Now the story - its great and I couldnt stop listening to this one - Narrator Tom Parker is great and he can do a good job at differentiating between the characters with different accents
this story is followed by The Ringworld Engineers and The Ringworld Throne but they arent here on Audible, you can find it on cassette tape if you look but the narrator isnt as good - you can get The Ringworld Children on Audible and its great also so check that out
I couldnt get enough of this story and I hope there are more so get this one for sure
Niven's ring world has a few slow spots, but over all it was worth the time. The characters were all developed well enough to get to like them. I agree with another comment here, the ending was a bit flat and lacking in closure. Definitely left the door open for the sequel.