The end is a bit abrupt, I guess I have to read the sequel to get some answers. I was going to do that anyway.
Wonderfull series with well thought out ideas. Larry Niven even adapts the books in response to real world calculations and discussion on the stability pf the ring world, with such efasis on attention to detail ots hard to avoid thos book and the series.
I listened this but the second time and found that it was not as well written or interesting as I had remembered. The narrator was pretty rough at times to listen to. And the story was sometimes hard to follow. Niven had some great ideas but the narrative and writing we're definitely the weak point.
I love this story and enjoyed listening to it. However, I wasn't really happy with the narration. The audio quality sounded like it was recorded 30 years ago, not bad or hard to hear just kind of lo-fi. Less than what I've come to expect from audible books. The narrator had a slightly posh lilt to his voice that I didn't feel was well matched with the tone of the book, though his performance was good otherwise.
Louis Wu is a unique hero in that his strengths lie not in physical daring or special powers but in his deductive and insightful prowess. That's to be expected from a 200 year old adventurer, no?
Colorful characters, a world of promise, mystery, and adventure I'm now hooked on the ring world series. Only real comparing was the books pace at times: this one doesn't drag at all, in fact it goes quickly enough that i would rather read it myself if only to contemplate the gravity of the situations Louis and company stumble upon. There are a few concepts in here that straddle the line between science fiction and science fantasy, but damned if i didn't buy every word. Well written overall, not a single sentence is wasted. I can't wait to pick up the next one!
It inspires wonder and adventure. IMP just what anyone reading (or listening) to SciFi is hoping to find.
I have listened to many books. Of all, this guy is truly outstanding. I am going to look through his repertoire and listen to more. Even if it is not SciFi.
Laugh in a few places of course. I didn't feel the need to cry and wasn't hoping to find that. The book was written in 1970 and is a wonderful generator of creative thinking.
You know it is hard to find what they call "contemporary" SciFi to have the mind warping adventure and scientific wonder I find in these, I guess 'classic' works. Is it because it's harder to generate that with so many topics already covered? I love to hear what others think. Or be pointed in the direction of a few top-notch writers of today.