The newly liberated humans of the Fleet of Worlds and Sigmund Ausfaller, who had been transported by the Puppeteers from Earth to the Fleet, must contend not only with the sly Puppeteers but also the threat of the Pak, a very smart and utterly ruthless species who are fleeing the exploding galactic core in an armada of ships at near light speed. The Pak are headed towards the Fleet of Worlds, having destroyed entire planets in their wake. Sigmund and his human allies are sent by the Puppeteers to reconnoiter and divert the Pak. A Pak is captured, but even a well-guarded Pak prisoner can be lethal. Sigmund and the human colonists must cope with many unpleasant surprises, between the manipulative Puppeteers, the brilliant, violent Pak and a new species called the Gw'oth who, while seeming to be allies, have own agenda.
©2009 Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Niven and Lerner...clearly enjoy revisiting aliens familiar from Niven's menagerie while spinning an elaborate tale of interplanetary intrigue. Their many fans will, too." (Booklist)
"Niven and Lerner...adroitly expand upon familiar ground...and, at the same time, pour it into an entirely new bottle." (Starlog)
I'll preface this by saying I'm a big Niven fan. Since first picking up Ringworld and being completely blown away by his ability to open up new worlds to the reader, I began to slowly devour his anthology of works. My favorites were always the books that helped flesh out Known Space: Ringworld, Ringworld Engineers, Protector, The Integral Trees, etc. But I also have read many of his other works, such as Inferno, The Magic Goes Away collection, Lucifer's Hammer, etc.
There were times where I felt Niven had missed the mark. I was not very impressed with The Ringworld Throne. And I was even less impressed with Ringworld's Children. Those books just didnt capture my imagination like the first two in the series. I questioned whether I would read (or hear) another book from Niven that would bring the excitement back. That is, until I purchased this audible.
The story is excellent and the characters are full and real. Another plus is Tom Weiner's reading, which really brings each character and the world to life. After listening to Destroyer of Worlds, I realized that there are two other books that preceed this one, as a series! I guess that is a testement to how good this story is; it is able to stand on its own. But I'm hooked again on Niven. I'll be listening to Fleet of Worlds and Juggler of Worlds over the next few weeks.
All the time Niven spends thinking about alien character traits sure pays off. It's interesting to observe the interaction between species almost as if the species really exists. To Niven, aliens are not just "funny looking people" they often have truely alien perspectives.
This was an excellent continuation of the Ringworld universe. The characters and plot expanding and enhancing a story that I've already come to love.
Good but with annoying holes and strange ideas. Altogether, it's doable as a good technical exercise in writing popular fiction (conflict, conflict, conflict) but life is short and you deserve better.
Enjoy sci-fi & fantasy. Yet not horror.
The stupidity of the main characters. I couldn't handle listening to the rest of the series.
The story was just bad... guess I was so angry at the characters, I found myself yelling at the voice telling me the story. I think it was the story not the voice.
The idiocy of the 'bad' guy getting chance after insane chance.
I enjoyed both the story and narrator. The characters were a little wild but not so much that they did not fit. This one was good.
Mother of twins. No time to read, started listening to books 'n changing diapers at the same time. Been in love with audible ever since
As the first Niven/Lerner book I've picked up, I have to say I was a bit lost. I could not get into it. With this particular series maybe it's important you start from the beginning. In my experience, serials are designed so you can pick up any one and though there's background info missing, the book still stands alone well. This one just seemed too alien and I had the impression I've missed too much of the story to fully understand the plot. Other reviewers seem to have been a fan of the continuing series and have a different view. But if you haven't read others I wouldn't recommend starting with this one.
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OK so first off this is a great book, as well as the other 2 before it and the ones after it
but the narrator mispronounces a characters name again in this book - the character "Baedeker" in the first book "Fleet of Worlds" is pronounced as "bed-a-ker" and the second and third books it is pronounced as "beta-ker"
this distracts me from the book because I have herd it as "bed-a-ker" for like 6 hours and now its "beta-ker" now
how did something like this even happen?, didnt someone notice this like the people who recorded it, didnt the reader ger the recording from the first book he did and make sure he was doing voices correct for each character? so why not notice the mispronouncing of this name that is used like 100 times or more in the book
maybe its actually "beta-ker" not "bed-a-ker" but it was "bed-a-ker" from the start so thats how it should have been pronounced in the 2 other books
other then that its a great set of books
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