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I have been a fan of Larry Niven's "Known Space" universe for quite some time. I had read Ringword in print, and I loved the opportunity to hear it. The story, while slow in spots, was an easy, if long, listen. The narrator gave just the right cast to the voices of Louie Wu and Speaker to Animals that made it very easy to hear the voices as coming from two different people instead of one. Overall, an enjoyable listen
This was a really fun book to listen to, and it's stuck with me; I've often found myself reflecting on the story, and retelling parts of it to friends.
Although this story is science fiction, and it takes place in the future, and it's got aliens, it's very much a book about people and the human condition. All of the characters are likable. The aliens are so creative--no cliches here, which is unusual for science fiction.
Niven has a remarkable ability to move beyond the mental confines of our subjective reality, and he has created a world that would never occur to most of us, or even to many other well-regarded science fiction writers.
I really enjoyed the narration. Parker's reading brings out the quirks in the story and the characters, and brings the tale to life.
The book does start out a little slow, but it picks up quickly once we get to Ringworld. Definitely stick it out until the end, because there are wonderful surprises in store for you.
This is a classic, and if you're a science fiction fan check don't miss this.
The characters were all so well thought out and fleshed out. I loved the language the story, and the worlds they went to. I am listening to Ringworld Engineers right now I can tell you its hard to believe, but its even better than the first one. The colors, the technology, its just fantastic, their is a lot of good science fiction out there, but this is some of the best the genre has to offer over the last 40 years!
The size of the Ringworld over 3 million times the earth, you could spend generations investisgating it. The aliens, the Kazin, the Puppeteers, etc.
He is a very good reader, I give him a 95 he can do all the charactors.
Love Larry Niven Books, for you who have not read any of this Masters stuff, you are in for a treat!
There is no other world like Ringworld. To create it took epic creativity. I read this as a teenager and it is as exciting a story the second time around as it was the first.
I think the Robot series by Asimov because both take you to a place you never have been - or thought of.
This is my first but he did a great job.
I'm waiting for the rest of Ringworld books :)
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 .