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.
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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".
Traveler and writer of strange tales. AKA The Editor's Gadfly
I always liked the puppeteers, but not do much now. The manipulation of the fertility lottery was was forgivable in my eyes. However, Tte experimentations done on the colonist paint the puppeteers in a much darker light.
Divorced, old, opinionated, judgmental, politically incorrect and a smarta55. If you agree with me, fine. If not, also fine.
Answers lots of questions about the puppeteers... All Ringworld fans should love it and tell others.
Excellent Detailed Unique
The characters are very deep and they become favorites
HE does a great job with all of them.
This also ends up on Amazon, so I'll make it short.:)
Anyone but Weiner reading it. Seriously the guy has a very limited vocal set and he messes up Puppeteers.
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.
This book spoked anger. The story is good, but the reading is horrible.
I'll stay away from all Niven books because of this.
"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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