the author prologue pretty much explains it: this book was written to address some Physics problems raised by the first book. it addresses these issues neatly and satisfactorily but in doing so the narrative seems to ramble from point A to point, visiting strange aliens at random until finally finding an outlet for the rest of the story. the story was entertaining and the narrator was good, even the story was okay reading as a sort of second-rate rendezvous with Rama, but having just read the first book the sequel was disappointing.
I really liked the idea of the book and what Niven discusses in the prologue, but I think he just took the reader information a bit too far. In the end, it seemed like Niven was more focused on implementing all of the reader suggestions than just simply putting together an amazing story.
I enjoyed this one every bit as much as the first novel. I thought the narrator did a very good job despite the other reviews I read to the contrary. Looking forward to listening to the next sequel!
I am a huge Niven fan, and grew up reading his short stories and known space books. It was one of the great highlights of my young life and had a major impact on leading me into the scientific careers I have worked in over the years. However, something went sideways when he started writing sequels to Ringworld.
Somehow, Larry Niven developed an obsession with sex, nudity, and ritualistic cross-species sex. I am not at all a prude. I enjoy sexual material as much as the next guy, but not as a primary plot device in hard science fiction.
These plot-killers grew slowly over the first two sequels and began to obscure the true story. In Engineers, the story somehow survived between bouts of sex. But in Throne, the story pretty much disappeared beneath a sea of absurd and unnecessary lecherous writing.
I have tried several times to slog through these sequels, but always end up giving up somewhere within Thrones. It breaks my heart to say this about one of my literary heroes, but I would not recommend reading the Ringworld saga beyond the first, and truly amazing, book: "Ringworld".
I WOULD, however highly recommend any of the early Known Space novels. I would also say that Larry Niven is one of the all time great short story authors, so be sure to pick up all of his early short story collections, such as Neutron Star, Convergent Series, A Hole In Space, and several others.
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Admittedly, he's very different from the first book's reader who, by the end of the book gives you the image that Louis Wu is a 180 year old crotchety guy who's hilariously active. In this book you meet him in a much different state and so I gave the reader a chance and by the end of the book had accepted him for how he performed the characters. I feel like everyone else just took that transition harder than I did. All in all he's a good reader and it's not a painful experience to listen to the book. I recommend it if you like the series