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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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    James Springfield, MO, United States 11-13-12
    James Springfield, MO, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2010

    New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.

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    "Do you know how people get old?"

    The first chapter of this book was a short story called Rammer. It was an excellent story and I would give 5 stars to it alone.

    The rest of the book deviates from the first chapter in content, style and imagination. Niven has a great imagination as demonstrated in his books, Ringworld, Protector, The Integral Trees and Limits. The second half of this book sounds as if it was written by Philip Jose Farmer.

    The question: Do you know how people get old? is asked a couple of times. For me it was listening to the second half of this book.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Heather redlands, CA, United States 03-26-13
    Heather redlands, CA, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2009

    Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.

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    "Relocating planets is just one of the cool topics!"

    This is my third Niven book and I just can't get enough. My favorite book so far as been Ringworld but I also found this one to be very interesting. It involves plenty of space travel, some AI, and plenty of dystopia. I loved how the novel technically takes place over a huge time period because the main character goes into cryo so often. This book encompasses so many theories of how the world could go in the future: What if girls ruled the sky and boys ruled the earth? What if adults were just used to make children? What if there was immortality? What if you could move planets? Plus there's a whole Les Mis kinda part where a government official is obsessed with bringing to justice the main character. Lots of action and plenty of interesting science.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    aaron Clearfield, UT, United States 12-10-12
    aaron Clearfield, UT, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2011

    I am 36 years old. Married with 3 kids - 2, 4, 13. I work at night, my wife during the day. I don't have time to read, so I listen at work.

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    "A must listen for any time travel buffs."
    What did you love best about A World Out of Time?

    I actually loved that this wasn't just a time travel book. There is a good chunk of it that takes place in interstellar space. That learning is done by memory shots. That even in millions of years cars will still be an accepted form of transportation. I love Peerssa for some reason. I love the cat tails. I loved that despite this book being written in the 70s, it is still a brilliant piece of fiction.


    What other book might you compare A World Out of Time to and why?

    I have only listened to 3 other time travel books, "The Time Travelers Wife", and "Times Eye", both of which are nothing like this book. If I had to make a comparison to anything, it would be the Blockbuster movie, "The Time Machine".


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    Everything, every voice was distinct and separate. Mirelly-Lyra even had that old crony sound. Tom was awesome!


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

    I didn't laugh or cry but I had an acute interest in getting to the next chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    Got to ask yourself...would you ever take a one way trip 3 million years into the future?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wil Kenner, LA, United States 01-14-13
    Wil Kenner, LA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Got through it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator would have gotten it to at least a 3 star review. I don't think there is anything that could have me commit to a 4 star or higher though.


    Would you recommend A World Out of Time to your friends? Why or why not?

    It depends on the friend. If it were a friend that enjoys wildly imaginative worlds and characters and philosophies, I probably would recommend this one. A friend that enjoys a more structured story with character depth I would advise to skip it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He had a repetitive tone. I have listened to narrators before that had inflection and feeling to their reading based on the situation. I never found that here. It even took me out of the story sometimes as I was listening to the same sentence pattern after same sentence pattern. I would just listen to the da da da da daaa. It varied of course based on sentence length obviously, but was clearly evident.

    I should clarify that it wasn't horrible. I have listened to many worse narrators. It was just monotonous for long stretches which is not suitable to my attention span.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadly, no reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my 2nd Niven book; my 1st being Ringworld. If you are a fan of the Larry Niven style and imagination I do think you will enjoy this book regardless of narration. Had I not known it was the same author as Ringworld, I would have noticed the similarity in styles. That said, however, Ringworld was a much better book and while it may not be fair to compare this book to one as acclaimed as that, you should at least be cognizant so as to have lessened expectations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Don Willingboro, NJ, United States 03-09-13
    Don Willingboro, NJ, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This is Jaybee Corbell for Himself"

    Imagine waking up in someone else s body and being told that you have no value other than the function you can perform for the US Government, the state. This job opportunity will give you a chance to travel through space and live an extended life. And should you succeed and return, we will give you your freedom. Wink! Wink!

    While most of us don't face this exact challenge, the repercussions of meeting the challenge are all to familiar. Don't do the job and face starvation. Don't do the job and face eviction, Do the job and hope you receive your reward. But is there another option other than doing the job or not doing the job.

    In this galactic tale Jaybee Corbell gets to see more than any human alive because he stood up for himself. He got to stand up for humanity because he stood up for himself. He gets to do this because he seems to constantly evaluate his position and knows when to make a move.

    I really enjoyed this story. Larry Niven made Jaybee Corbell interesting and someone that most people can relate to. Then Tom Weiner gave an outstanding performance giving him life. Tom's voice was a little rough for some of the female voices but there was enough distinction between them that that you can listen to the cadence of the voice and know which character was speaking.

    Overall this is a great listen! Check it out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Las Vegas, United States 04-02-12
    Jan Las Vegas, United States 04-02-12
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    "Not bad, but not the first book I'd recommend."
    What did you like best about A World Out of Time? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the ideas of what the future may hold. I felt that it lagged in the middle.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I don't know if it's the sort of book you could change much.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Weiner – was your favorite?

    Jaybee Corbell


    Did A World Out of Time inspire you to do anything?

    Ummm nope.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Curmudgeon Cow Hampshire 03-19-12
    Dr. Curmudgeon Cow Hampshire 03-19-12 Member Since 2008

    Doctor of misanthropy

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    "Generic Niven, Generic Goodness"

    This book struck me as something to listen to if you're in the mood for some Larry Niven. It pretty solidly delivers on that, albeit not exceptionally so.

    Semi-thought provoking, but feels rather dated (anything more recent that concerns life extension always seems to trot out telomeres, and this doesn't). Doesn't detract at all from the story, though.

    I wouldn't mind some sort of sequel, which is to say that it seems to leave itself open to one, but I honestly don't know Nivens' bibliography well enough to say whether there is one.

    The narrator is the same who's narrated the last few Niven books I've listened to. Does a decent job, and has more or less taken up residence in my mind as the "Voice of Nivens."

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dean Thomas Caloundra, Qld Australia 06-11-14
    Dean Thomas Caloundra, Qld Australia 06-11-14 Member Since 2013

    the world's fastest fat man

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    "Don't drink while listening to this one"
    If you could sum up A World Out of Time in three words, what would they be?

    Love and Hate


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the narration and the sense of wit of the main character. Some very cool concepts for sci fi fans


    Which scene was your favorite?

    anytime the main character interacted with his computer on the shace ship


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    out of body out of world experience


    Any additional comments?

    Do not drink while listening to this book as you will have no idea what is happening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Isak California 01-26-14
    Isak California 01-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A good listen"
    Would you listen to A World Out of Time again? Why?

    I would listen to the book again. I thought it was a well written, well thought out story. It did seem show a bit of its age, but that didn't bother me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character. He was a grumpy old man, in a likable way. Larry Niven got the personality to come across quite well.


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    It was very well done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kai Madison, WI, United States 11-24-13
    Kai Madison, WI, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2012
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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