Larry Niven has created an interesting story with a weel fleshed out strange and new world. His charachters are nicely developed and the story rides along at a reasonable pace drawing the reader in.
Tom Parker has a good voice and mostly kept in voice for each charachter. I occassionally had trouble hearing the difference between what was actually narrator and the main charachter Louie.
This is the first part in a trilogy and the book abruptly ends with the heros still far away from their home worlds.
I did not think it is a must have book but I did enjoy it and wanted to see where the story went. I will continue into the next book.
The great concept of Larry Niven.
The after of the shadow square attack.
Not A biggie, but the character voices could be better.
The pupetter character is still magical also the Kizinti.
Aged fairley well
Audiobooks are the greatest invention ever!
I first read this book when I was in high school. Twenty-some years later I was happy to spend a credit on the book because I wanted to read it but was afraid I couldn't hold the book and the steering wheel at the same time.
It is a brilliant, imaginative story about a world that 10 authors could spend their entire career creating stories about.
Tom Parker does a fantastic job with the characters. It was so good I listened to it on both the journey and the return trip.
This is without a doubt my all time favorite sci-fi book. Tom Parker's narration is done well and has a natural flow. The story is interesting and I really enjoyed several novel concepts that are explored as well as the characters. Your understanding of the characters grows as they grow to understand each other.
I have probably listened to this audiobook in its entirety dozens of times over the past 10 years, and every time I listen to it I discover something new. Originally I listened to it on my commute to and from work and before bed. Then I found myself coming back to it to lull myself to sleep if I could not unwind. It is not boring, however I have heard it so many times it does not hold enough suspense to keep me awake, but it is interesting enough to distract my mind from the every day stresses that would otherwise keep me from going to sleep. I am amazed how I still sometimes notice something new in the story. If you've never heard it before I do not think it will put you to sleep.
I am not going to go into details about the characters or the story because I do not want to reveal any spoilers. I hope everyone finds as much unexpected enjoyment and wonder in this book as I did.
I have read criticisms about the book and the characters but for me this is #1 in sci-fi.
Larry Niven is amazing, his stories are like crack to me, I can't believe I only discovered him last year. I found a discarded copy of A World Out of Time, picked it up out of curiosity, and couldn't put it down. Tom Parker does an great job with character voices, not too over the top cheezey, but diverse enough to make things interesting. I'm just finished listening to The Protector (also excellent, though I would listen to Ringworld first) and am about to listen to both of them, as well as the second Ringworld book, over again because they were so good.
Tom Parker is very talented, and this talent shows through as he's reading. From very specific terminology (Tanj and Cziltang Brone come to mind) to the personalities of each character, his vocal work imbues the story with a very memorable feeling.
My only complaint isn't with the narration, but rather with the story. I recognize that Niven was working to give a bleak sense of hopelessness in certain places in the story, and he does this almost too well. I generally enjoy my stories to end positively, and while there's some hint of happiness at the end, overall it feels like it ends on a downer note.
Gadget and Software Geek
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 :)