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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    J. Alaly Temple, TX 07-03-05
    J. Alaly Temple, TX 07-03-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting science, but clumsy plot and dialog"

    The author has some fascinating ideas about what a ring shaped world would be like, and these ideas are what make this book worth listening to. But there are many, many wince-inducing moments where you may find yourself wondering, what editor approved this silly stilted conversation? Would people marooned on a planet a million times the size of Earth really do these things? Are these really the types of people who would go and explore unknown worlds, and would they really get unhappy if they didnt have martinis or whatever considering their situation? The stranded characters act as if they are adventuring on the holodeck: no one is really in danger, and gosh isn't this situation annoying since I don't have a cup of coffee? Kind of ruins the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Skip Gibson USA 12-19-03
    Skip Gibson USA 12-19-03 Member Since 2003

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    "Ringworld"

    This book is outstanding to read and hearing it on Audible Books brings it even more to life. I have been a fan of Larry Niven's for years and Ringworld has been considered his finest. I have read the book at least 4 times over the years to experience the incredible adventure in Ringworld. It is a story which is clever and interesting as well as imaginative and well thought out science fiction. After all my reads the opportunity to purchase it as an Audible Book brought it even more alive and enjoyable.

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    Kevin Hingham, MA, USA 09-14-03
    Kevin Hingham, MA, USA 09-14-03
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    "Great story and reading"

    This is a great audiobook of a very creative sci fi book. The reader does an excellent job of using very different voices for the characters. It is a very long book, but keeps you wanting more.
    I hope that Audible gets the follow-up book in audio format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ricardo Somerville, MA, USA 12-31-04
    Ricardo Somerville, MA, USA 12-31-04
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    "Acceptable but frequently annoying"

    Although this reading was acceptable, the reading of the Teela, the one major female character, is very annoying, to the point of almost spoiling it. Yes, it is challengig for a reader to convey different voices for each character, particularly of a different genre, but this Teela sounded like a whiny little girl. Very annoying.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    gaylemichel 08-26-04
    gaylemichel 08-26-04 Listener Since 2003

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    "Technobabble"

    I had a tough time staying interested through the extensive techobabble. The characters were interesting enough, but the too extensive descriptions of the ringworld was exhausting. I finally gave up to go to another book I was anxious to get started on.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Antonio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 02-03-12
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    "Not as good as people say."
    Would you try another book from Larry Niven and/or Tom Parker?

    Maybe


    What could Larry Niven have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Eliminating all the tecno-blaber that the we have to go through. And less caricatural caracters.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Parker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Excellent.


    Was Ringworld worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book, but, some people compare this with Randevouz With Rama, which is a masterpiece, Ringworld, despite some cool concepts, is just OK. And Niven is nowhere near Clarke, or any of the

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Massey Kennesaw 10-20-11
    A. Massey Kennesaw 10-20-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Sets the standard for Hard Science Fiction"
    If you could sum up Ringworld in three words, what would they be?

    Big ideas, excellent characters, physics based


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ringworld?

    The descriptions of the sheer size of the structure. Something this big is hard to grasp, but Niven does a great job conveying just how huge the ring world really is.


    What does Tom Parker bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I read the book many years ago and loved it then, listening to the book was like reading it again for the first time. Parker does an excellent job.


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    Joe Austin Austin TX 09-26-09
    Joe Austin Austin TX 09-26-09 Member Since 2010

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    "If you love Sci Fi, you must hear this one"

    I read this book quite a few years ago. It's remarkable how long ago this book was written, and just how many thoughtful predictions were made. We'll have to wait quite a few years to see if they all bear out. You'd be cheating yourself if you didn't give this a chance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Parker, CO, United States 08-31-04
    Bryan Parker, CO, United States 08-31-04
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    "Mildly interesting and thoroughly unfulfilling"

    The high concepts were interesting but the author tried too hard to be unique. His efforts to be unlike any other story made it tedious. Overall the story was just a random assemblage of vaguely related stories that really went nowhere.

    When this book was over I felt like it was not complete. This is definitely a first book, not a standalone. Now if only I cared enough to read another one.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Burghfield CommonUnited Kingdom 10-05-07
    Wayne Burghfield CommonUnited Kingdom 10-05-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Classic"

    If you like Sci-Fi you need to listen to this book as it is one of the seminal and defining works of Science Fiction.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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