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Fleet of Worlds Audiobook

Fleet of Worlds: 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld

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Publisher's Summary

Fleet of Worlds marks Larry Niven's first full novel-length collaboration within his Known Space universe, the playground he created for his best-selling Ringworld series. Teaming up with fellow SF writer Edward M. Lerner, Fleet of Worlds takes a closer look at Human-Puppeteer (Citizen) relations and the events leading up to Niven's first Ringworld novel.

Kirsten Quinn-Kovacks is among the best and brightest of her people. She gratefully serves the gentle race that rescued her ancestors from a dying starship, gave them a world, and nurtures them still. If only the Citizens knew where Kirsten's people came from.

A chain reaction of supernovae at the galaxy's core has unleashed a wave of lethal radiation that will sterilize the galaxy. The Citizens flee, taking their planets, the Fleet of Worlds, with them.

Someone must scout ahead, and Kirsten and her crew eagerly volunteer. Under the guiding eye of Nessus, their Citizen mentor, they explore for any possible dangers in the Fleet's path - and uncover long-hidden truths that will shake the foundations of worlds.

©2007 Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Niven is an undisputed master in the field." (David Gerrold)
"For three and a half decades, nobody's done it better than Larry Niven." (Steven Barnes)
"Great storytelling is still alive in science fiction because of Larry Niven, and his finest work is the Ringworld series." (Orson Scott Card)

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    G. Parish 05-02-16
    G. Parish 05-02-16 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "Not bad..."

    This is a prequel set in the Ringworld universe. It does have interesting stories that are layered in complex and surprising ways. Having said all of that I rarely connected to the characters and was not seriously drawn into the book at any time. I would only suggest buying this one if it was on sale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward 01-04-09
    Edward 01-04-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Lacks the fire of the old stuff"

    Fills in some of the gaps from Crashlander and other Niven Known Space stories. A bit slow and less complex than I am used to. Only reason I gave it 4 stars was the fact that it exists - first Known Space thing I have seen in a while.

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    Nelson Victoria, BC, Canada 08-03-08
    Nelson Victoria, BC, Canada 08-03-08
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    "Good writing; not-so-good listening"

    When I read a book, I visualize the locations and the characters and... their voices. When I'm lucky, the person narrating the book will let me hear and imagine the story without imposing their own personality.
    Sadly, this presenter's voice didn't match my expectations. While he has an impressive, "big", deep voice, his tendency to prolong the final word of every other sentence was at first distracting, then just an annoying drawl.
    Or, as he might have said it, "...then just an annoying drawwwlll..."
    The focus should be on the storytelling, not the storytellerrr.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tall Tom Olathe, KS 09-07-08
    Tall Tom Olathe, KS 09-07-08 Listener Since 2005
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    "Fleet of....ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz...."

    Very disappointed in this book. I am a great fan of Ringworld & Ringworlds Children but this one just never got that interesting or compelling. Even with all the different characters introduced not one of them was as interesting as Louis Wu or Speaker to Animals. The little bit of Nessus' home-world we got to explore in Ringworld is far more interesting than what is described in this entire book. This just proves that Ringworld is a hard act to follow, but keep trying Larry, you did it with Ringworlds Children.

    As far as the narrator goes, he has an impressive range of voice inflections and is consistent with the tone and style he uses for each character, the listener knows exactly which character is speaking. But, he has the lonnnggggest drawlllll when using his normal narration voice. Also, with as many female characters in this book as well as the unique feminine voices of the puppeteers why wasn't a female narrator used? A female narrator would have pleased the feminine audience that this book was apparently targeted for.
    Conclusion: The Puppeteers home-world location is better off unknown to the "wild humans".

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Aj Gonzo 09-21-16
    Aj Gonzo 09-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing!"

    absolutely fantastic! and audible makes it so easy to just listen while I work! amazing book!

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    mike 10-25-15
    mike 10-25-15 Member Since 2015

    Divorced old opinionated judgmental politically incorrect smarta55. If you agree with me, fine. If not, also fine.

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    "Very good!"

    Answers lots of questions about the puppeteers... All Ringworld fans should love it and tell others.

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    Amazon Customer 01-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Well written, well read"

    worth it, if you have read ring world and liked it you will enjoy this. narrator and book are great, very entertaining.

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    BJW 10-28-13
    BJW 10-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up Fleet of Worlds in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent Detailed Unique


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are very deep and they become favorites


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

    HE does a great job with all of them.


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    William New Bedford, MA, United States 05-10-13
    William New Bedford, MA, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2016

    This also ends up on Amazon, so I'll make it short.:)

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    "Weiner ruins it."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Anyone but Weiner reading it. Seriously the guy has a very limited vocal set and he messes up Puppeteers.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    When the narrator describes the musical quality of a puppeteer voice then does one of his two voices - an imitation of Christian Bale's Batman it really distracts from everything.


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

    This book spoked anger. The story is good, but the reading is horrible.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll stay away from all Niven books because of this.

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    J Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 10-12-12
    J Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2010

    First book, Ray Bradbury collection of short stories. First series, Dune. Favorite series, Thomas Covenent

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    "Cant get past the Voice"
    Would you try another book from Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner and/or Tom Weiner?

    Yes, of course...but not narrated by Tom Wierner. Also, the format was weird.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    B.V. Larson


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tom Weiner’s performances?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fleet of Worlds?

    None, could not get through the first 5 min.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    4/18/16
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    "Very enjoyable if a tad predictable"

    Having read all the Ringworld series several times this book as a prequel was enjoyable but somewhat predictable.

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