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Ringworld | [Larry Niven]

Ringworld

Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.
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Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. Ninety-three million miles in radius - the equivalent of one Earth orbit or 600 miles long - 1,000 meters thick, and much sturdier than a Dyson sphere.

What other advantages are there to this world? The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping.

Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

©1970 Larry Niven (P)1996 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Allen Elanora, Australia 12-20-11
    Allen Elanora, Australia 12-20-11
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    What made the experience of listening to Ringworld the most enjoyable?

    reader was very good easy to listen to


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Louis Wu main Human character intellectual


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

    all


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Very good Audio book

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    Kevin 12-13-11
    Kevin 12-13-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow start but worth the follow through"
    What made the experience of listening to Ringworld the most enjoyable?

    The characters Niven's come's up with are alien, yet so familiar. His constant dialogue between the characters keep the book moving freely.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ringworld?

    I would love to own the


    Did Tom Parker do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, slight voice changes. Not over the top acting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Started sowly, but as the book evolved into the main plot I was hooked. Rated as Science fictions top 10. I would agree.


    Any additional comments?

    Top 10 Sci-Fi book for sure. Harry Harrison's Death world trilogy and West of eden trilogy series are probably the greatest Sci-Fi books ever .

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    W. Lambert 12-05-11
    W. Lambert 12-05-11 Member Since 2013

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    "Great revisit"
    What made the experience of listening to Ringworld the most enjoyable?

    I pretty much only listen on my commuter bus to/from work so need books that can be listened to in half hour bursts which this did very well. I read the book years ago and picked it on a whim when I saw it and enjoyed the characters and story every bit as much as before. I'll be searching for more in the series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


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    Clyde Dale 11-01-11
    Clyde Dale 11-01-11

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    "A Sci-Fi classic but showing it's age."

    I read this back in the 80s and loved it then, not so much now but it's still a good book, a classic. Considering it was written in 1970 (And later revised some) it's age shows with references to "Tapes", lack of HUD displays etc. et al. It's especially glaring when 40 years later when compared next to books by Peter F. Hamilton or Alastair Reynolds which I expect will hold up better to the test of time.

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    Scott Logan, UT 10-15-11
    Scott Logan, UT 10-15-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great novel, pretty good narration"

    Tom Parker does a fine job with this straight narration of the material. Not fantastic, but better than adequate. Once I eased into his flow, I had no problem maintaining attention, but I think a bit more could be asked in the characterization department.

    The main character in Ringworld is a 200 year old human named Louis Wu, who is approached by a Puppeteer (one of an alien race) who in turn is building a team to visit a star system that has an fabricated ring around it. The complete team includes Louis Wu, the Puppeteer, a Kzin, and a human female. The reasons for all these choices become clear during the novel.

    Niven’s style is such that you can be awed then amused on the same page. His characters are very comfortable with life, and talk physics like we discuss driving across town. After more than thirty years, the story remains interesting and the ideas fascinating.
    I highly recommend this audiobook, whether you’ve experienced Ringworld already or not.

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    Reid Cary, NC, United States 06-08-11
    Reid Cary, NC, United States 06-08-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Get a Dr. Seuss instead - you'll be glad you did"

    What a waste of time! Silly and insignificant are the best words I know to describe it.

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    Richard Palo Alto, CA, United States 03-26-11
    Richard Palo Alto, CA, United States 03-26-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Dated"

    I really liked this book when I was growing up in the 1950's. The narration here is good and the story is a classic.

    But, I was struck by how very dated this story is. If you are a cyberpunk fan, this is not the book for you.

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    Ryan Wayside, NJ, United States 09-07-10
    Ryan Wayside, NJ, United States 09-07-10

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    "Unremarkable"

    I found this book rather unremarkable. There isn't really much of a plot beyond "motley crew of species crash lands and needs to escape." Yes there is a lot of character development and relationships, but I didn't find any of the characters particularly compelling. The humans are bland and the aliens are silly and stereotypical. At no point in the story did I find myself anxious to find out what happened. With an hour left, I didn't care how it was going to end, and only felt compelled to finish it because I had bought it. It definitely feels like a "setup" for a series that I will not continue reading. Disappointing.

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    cindy ramona, CA, United States 08-09-10
    cindy ramona, CA, United States 08-09-10 Member Since 2009
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    "My first true sci-fi read/listen..."

    .....librarything guessed that I wouldn't like this....and were 78% sure that they were right. But actually, besides the misogynistic thought processes that Mr. Niven had back in the 70s when this was written, it was a pretty good story. A bunch of misfits head off on a mystery road trip to a place they know nothing about. All the characters (well, except for the vapid females) were rather likable...each made me laugh, think and by the end of the book, I was sorry to see them go....pretty good for a book written 40 years ago!

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    Colin Detroit 07-12-10
    Colin Detroit 07-12-10 Member Since 2015

    Thanks Audible for your continued support of "This Week in Tech" over at TWiT.tv

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    "read the prequils also - stands the test of time"

    First off I say you should go and read (or listen) to the prequels (Fleet of Worlds, Juggler of Worlds, Destroyer of Worlds, and [the soon to be released at the time of this writing] Betrayer of Worlds)

    being from 1970 I thought this might be "dated" but its not really

    there is some things that are dated like a "tape" is noted but they would be using probably anything other than actual "tapes" to record things - the science is good as far as I can tell, I am not not a science person I didnt go to college but I know lots and it was good

    Now the story - its great and I couldnt stop listening to this one - Narrator Tom Parker is great and he can do a good job at differentiating between the characters with different accents

    this story is followed by The Ringworld Engineers and The Ringworld Throne but they arent here on Audible, you can find it on cassette tape if you look but the narrator isnt as good - you can get The Ringworld Children on Audible and its great also so check that out

    I couldnt get enough of this story and I hope there are more so get this one for sure

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