This is a famous sci-fi title and award winner that should be celebrated for its big ideas more so than its drama. The concept of the Ringworld is big, fun, and treated in a realistic manner -- we 'discover' the physics of this impossible world along with the characters and are left to wonder how it was built like they do. My fourth star in the overall rating is for this concept alone. The drama leaves a little to be desired. There are a couple far-fetched plot points (the Puppeteers breeding program) and more than a few times when the dialogue feels stilted. It was definitely written to be read, not heard. Some of the book feels like antiquated science fiction and we can imagine that the same novel written today would look a lot more like Alastair Reynolds, for instance. But it's still a major work in the canon, and should be read by all science fiction fans. The audiobook reader is okay, but could be better.
The narration simply enhanced the words from the book. Larry Nivin is one of the very best Science Fiction writers and this audio version of the book made it come alive. This is one of my favorite books (series) in the genre.
I really enjoyed Ringworld, but it was more of a one time listen.
I will probably look at other Larry Niven books, because I enjoyed the ideas set out in this book and look forward to seeing other things he explores.
The audio version helped to me understand what was going on in the story more easily than if I had been reading it. If I had been reading, I would not have been able to picture what was happening in the story as easily.
Although it was a good book, it worked better listening to it in small chunks.
On the top with Orson Scott Cards
The creativity with the characters was well done!
The groups encounters with the alien lifeforms on the Ringworld!
I actually liked
reader was very good easy to listen to
Louis Wu main Human character intellectual
Very good Audio book
The characters Niven's come's up with are alien, yet so familiar. His constant dialogue between the characters keep the book moving freely.
I would love to own the
Yes, slight voice changes. Not over the top acting.
No. Started sowly, but as the book evolved into the main plot I was hooked. Rated as Science fictions top 10. I would agree.
Top 10 Sci-Fi book for sure. Harry Harrison's Death world trilogy and West of eden trilogy series are probably the greatest Sci-Fi books ever .
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.