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A World Out of Time | [Larry Niven]

A World Out of Time

After more than two hundred years as a corpsicle, Jaybee Corbell awoke in someone else’s body and under threat of instant annihilation if he made a wrong move while they were training him for a one-way mission to the stars. But Corbell bided his time and made his own move. Once he was outbound, where the society that ruled Earth could not reach him, he headed his starship toward the galactic core.
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Publisher's Summary

After more than two hundred years as a corpsicle, Jaybee Corbell awoke in someone else’s body and under threat of instant annihilation if he made a wrong move while they were training him for a one-way mission to the stars.

But Corbell bided his time and made his own move. Once he was outbound, where the society that ruled Earth could not reach him, he headed his starship toward the galactic core, where the unimaginable energies of the universe wrenched the fabric of time and space and promised final escape from his captors.

Then he returned to an Earth eons older than the one he’d left, a planet that had had three million years to develop perils he had never dreamed of - perils that became nightmares that he had to escape... somehow.

Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo and Nebula award–winning author of the Ringworld series, as well as many other science fiction masterpieces. His Beowulf’s Children, coauthored with Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes, was a New York Times best seller. He lives in Chatsworth, California.

©1976 Larry Niven (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“This fantastic novel is a mix of Niven hard science and a time-travel concept to boggle the mind.…Even after the last line the feeling remains of the story still rushing on into the magic distance of the universe.” (A. E. van Vogt, winner of the SFWA Grand Master Award)

“Niven rams this fantastic tale at the reader with taut authority, mixing hard science with mind-boggling concepts of time and space to give us a whole new kind of trip.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Niven’s intoxicating concepts, ideas, scientific extrapolations, and exotic hardware bubble up from every page. Rich in imagination and astonishing in breadth…Will challenge the most sophisticated readers.” (Booklist)

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    Kai 11-24-13
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    "Very good listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Good story and the reader is good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character.


    What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a nice voice to listen to and does the different characters very well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    None


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    David Port Lavaca, TX, United States 07-13-13
    David Port Lavaca, TX, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2015

    i love storys about magic with adult humor in the storys like Piers Anthony and Orson Scott Card i also like some sci-fi storys. The storys i like best is : On a Pale Horse, The Lost Gate, Ender's Game, Split Infinity. i do not like short storys.

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    "fun little story"

    Tom Weiner did a great job Narrating this story. i enjoyed it vary much.
    it was fun and funny. i think most will like this story.
    give it a try audible good about returning credits if you dont like it so what do you have to lose. i buy more books knowing i dont have to worry about if i dont like it.
    i love audible. best place to buy audio books.
    i look at the reviews and try the simples and if it sounds like i may like it i get it knowing im safe to try it.
    you cant lose.
    so go for it, i think youll like it.

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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 03-11-13
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 03-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Larry did it again!"

    This is a very well written and very well narrated book. All I will say is that I'm glad I'm NOT the guy in this book! lol

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    Matt Clinton, TN, United States 02-27-13
    Matt Clinton, TN, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Bored"
    What disappointed you about A World Out of Time?

    The narrator was mono-toned and the story was boring. The characters change names and come to crazy conclusions.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Niven again?

    maybe


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes


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    ILoveAmazon 02-24-13
    ILoveAmazon 02-24-13
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    "Aging but good Niven tale, mediocre narration"
    What did you like best about A World Out of Time? What did you like least?

    The story is good but you can feel its age. What really bothered me was the narration, which was not good.


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    Nurlip 02-18-13
    Nurlip 02-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great Niven tale"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a really interesting story that kept me guessing throughout. I loved the Ringworld series so i had high hopes for this story, it didn't disappoint. Considering this book was published in 1976, the technological speculation in it is very good and it doesn't feel like an 'old science fiction' story. The only short-sighted aspect of this book was the government system and how long it supposedly lasted. More accurately, it seemed the author really couldn't grasp the concept of 1 million (or 3 million) years of human existence. It's a tough challenge to tackle to be sure but there are some inconsistencies in the story in terms of time frame that you have to ignore in order to enjoy the whole story. By the end, you will.

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    Jeffrey Ector, TX, United States 01-29-13
    Jeffrey Ector, TX, United States 01-29-13
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    "Great production!"
    If you could sum up A World Out of Time in three words, what would they be?

    Classic Niven, not hard science but very interesting, kept me coming back


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no extreme reactions but i didn't want to stop listening.


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    V. Allen Il, USA 01-21-13
    V. Allen Il, USA 01-21-13 Member Since 2009

    I love hard Sci-Fi and Fantasy. And I pepper in there a few Bios.

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    "Niven writes my kind of sci-fi."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love sci-fi and I love futurist stories and Niven excells at this. His projected futures always come from an extension scientific principles and then he builds amazing stories inside a rooted world where the rules make sense.
    I loved this story of what happens when societies are insulated and over specialized.


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    Kathy Choctaw, OK, United States 12-30-12
    Kathy Choctaw, OK, United States 12-30-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Vintage Niven"

    Entertaining look at the future of the world through the eyes of Niven. Much of the story involves the interaction of the main character with the computer he shares his shop with. This could get stale, but Niven keeps the story moving.

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    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 12-14-12
    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 12-14-12 Member Since 2004

    Computer Geek

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    "Classic SF"

    While a few of the concepts of the future world are a bit dated (though one could argue that as most of the story is from the perspective of a man who died in the 1970's) it overall is an interesting romp that covers an impressive scope of time (not just throwing us hundreds of years into the future, but millions!!!).

    Corbell begins this tale as a corpsicle, frozen on the off chance getting revived in the future. And lucky for him he does... sorta. Waking up in a new body he finds he is merely fodder for the "State", his old body is ground up to extract his memories and tied into a body of a criminal who has been wiped. Slated to be a operator of a ramscoop ship, he eventually has his own ideas and ends up hijacking it and eventually returning to the Earth 3 million years after he left. Afterward he spends the rest of the book on the prowl for a special treatment that will make him young again.

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