I'd read the print version of this years ago, but found the audio a completely new and enthralling experience. Outstanding narrator and plot with great twists.
Professor of American and World History at a community college. Enjoys hard science fiction, space fantasy and space opera, fantasy, and historical narratives. Heck, I'll read anything once!
I have read to destruction at least three copies of Ringworld over the decades. It's one of the books on my "yearly treat" list--once a year, I re-read it for the sheer pleasure of it. Now, I have a copy I can't ruin as I read it!
The audio version has all the perks of the print version--excellent story, fascinating characters, a narrative that set a very high bar for most science fiction that followed--plus the twin virtues of being able to listen to it whenever I want (reading a book while driving is NEVER a good idea, but listening ...) AND the copy is indestructible.
I'll keep my printed copies safe for now and, instead, add this to my yearly listening playlist!
I continue to be impressed at the various characters Larry Niven manages to weave together, along with all the back-story of the Known Space series. The very fact of the Ringworld itself is one of the most memorable moments in the book--an artifact that can frighten even the mighty puppeteers!
Oddly enough, it's his enunciation and pronunciation that I am happiest with. Reading the words puts certain tones and audible-cues into your head, including the occasional mispronunciation. Parker's various characterizations are excellent (especially for Speaker and Nessus) as is his ability to pronounce names like Harloprillalar without stumbling!
I've read this book in a single afternoon many times. I actually enjoyed the slower pace brought about by listening to it. The trouble with re-reading a book you're familiar with is that you might skip past phrases, sentences, or even whole pages of "boring" material to get to the good stuff. Parker's rendition, combined with the simple length of audio vs. printed media, stretches out the book. It's not long, by modern standards, but as an audiobook it's riveting stuff!
The sequel is high on my list of Things To Purchase With My Next Credit. Of course, that list is LONG. :)
Yes. It is a classic piece. Fairly original concepts, most of the characters well developed. The several alien civilizations are well elaborated and fairly interesting. The plot is moving well.
The prison cell.
I was able to hear the difference between the characters as Tom was reading their lines.
No. But I finished it in 5 days.
The female characters are to a certain degree too shallow.
Fans of Ringworld will enjoy this audio production. For those that are not already aware of Ringworld - be prepared for an interesting world with aliens, a quest, and a discussion of politics and human nature that will leave you wondering not just about the characters on the future of them - but yourself. This is a book that anyone who reads Sci-Fi must read - and its only the beginning in a series of Ringworld books!
The book/novel is one of my favorites. I would change nothing.
The description of Ringworld itself. Just an incredible concept.
Good inflection and a sense of the characters personality.
As a first time Audio Books listener, I was disappointed by the sound quality,
Oh...most assuredly. I would love to share it with anyone that likes Sci-fi. You are at times left to imagine little of the environment and aliens that were being described. There are descriptive details where needed rather than clouded images that leave it up to your own imagination. Too much to describe in one paragraph. I think you will be happy that you experienced Ringworld.
The different forms of aliens and their characteristics. How they thought as well, was very much a big part of the story. How they were very dangerous to the unknowing. The different planets visited all differed from how we know them.
Tom is a very fine performer and Ringworld was a very fine read for him. Larry Niven had theperfect man for the job.
The corner of the circle and beyond.
No, but i'm also not the type to watch a movie twice or read a book twice. Once was good enough.
I'm not sure.
Tom did a great job narrating. He was consistent in his voices and held my interest for many car rides.
No. It was great for listening to on my commute to work but not something i would be able to pay attention to long enough for the entire 11 hours.
My review doesn't really do the book justice. This is a high quality story told buy a great narrator. I kept coming back for more and am eager to listen to the next book in the series!
I guess I was expecting a harder form of science fiction -- the story was kitschy, and more like Star Trek than Arthur C. Clarke. I really liked this narrator. I just didn't care for the story.
For sci-fi lovers this is some awesome stuff. For the casual reader this is real heavy and will be slow going. I am some where in between so I liked it but I am not raving about it. Larry Niven has some fantastic novels and I know this is one that has spawned other ideas and inspired other authors and at least one massively popular video game. His mind goes places others can't touch.
This story is told from the point of view of Louie Wu but is really about Teela Brown. I can't go into why without spoilers so either read it or ask me later. There is not much of a plot here as the entire book is spent with the 3 alien races discussing thier own science and life philosophies (where Teela Brown's sitation comes in). This is what makes it classic science-fiction, the science is primary the story secondary.
It's Ringworld. Having read the book several times, being able to listen was a real treat.
Tom Parker did an excellent job of narrating it, really brought characters to life.
If you have a long drive ahead of you, or have a job where you can listen, (I do a lot of painting), then it is ideal, because just like the paper book, you don't want to put it down!