The choice of John Lee over Roy Dotrice a horrible mistake, lacking the engrossing characterizations of the former narrator and worse still showing a complete lack of understanding of the material. It sounds like a cold read - as if John Lee was sitting down and reading the book for the first time at the microphone. Truly awful. Ironic, considering that I found an interview with him where he boasts of his mastery of accents from many lands.
In addition, the AudioFile review on this page inaccurately gives John Lee credit for his characterizations since the very first book, rather than Roy Dotrice. They obviously didn't do their homework before writing their review, either, which doesn't exactly make me want to rush out and buy a copy of their magazine.
As far as the story goes, the Ringworld universe is a fascinating place. Unfortunately, Niven doesn't invest as much time into his character interaction as he does into the back story.
On the technical side, there is a definite, annoying ghost echo of the narrator's voice, lagging about a second behind. It's distracting and disappointing to say the least, and something that Audible could fix by running a simple audio filter on it.
The book is a must-read for any science fiction fan; however, its rich descriptions might be better served in their original book form. I often found myself wanting to skip back a few seconds and listen again to certain passages. Still, if you can't find the book, getting the audio book is definitely worth it.
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