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
The book/novel is one of my favorites. I would change nothing.
The description of Ringworld itself. Just an incredible concept.
Good inflection and a sense of the characters personality.
As a first time Audio Books listener, I was disappointed by the sound quality,
Oh...most assuredly. I would love to share it with anyone that likes Sci-fi. You are at times left to imagine little of the environment and aliens that were being described. There are descriptive details where needed rather than clouded images that leave it up to your own imagination. Too much to describe in one paragraph. I think you will be happy that you experienced Ringworld.
The different forms of aliens and their characteristics. How they thought as well, was very much a big part of the story. How they were very dangerous to the unknowing. The different planets visited all differed from how we know them.
Tom is a very fine performer and Ringworld was a very fine read for him. Larry Niven had theperfect man for the job.
The corner of the circle and beyond.
No, but i'm also not the type to watch a movie twice or read a book twice. Once was good enough.
I'm not sure.
Tom did a great job narrating. He was consistent in his voices and held my interest for many car rides.
No. It was great for listening to on my commute to work but not something i would be able to pay attention to long enough for the entire 11 hours.
My review doesn't really do the book justice. This is a high quality story told buy a great narrator. I kept coming back for more and am eager to listen to the next book in the series!
I guess I was expecting a harder form of science fiction -- the story was kitschy, and more like Star Trek than Arthur C. Clarke. I really liked this narrator. I just didn't care for the story.
For sci-fi lovers this is some awesome stuff. For the casual reader this is real heavy and will be slow going. I am some where in between so I liked it but I am not raving about it. Larry Niven has some fantastic novels and I know this is one that has spawned other ideas and inspired other authors and at least one massively popular video game. His mind goes places others can't touch.
This story is told from the point of view of Louie Wu but is really about Teela Brown. I can't go into why without spoilers so either read it or ask me later. There is not much of a plot here as the entire book is spent with the 3 alien races discussing thier own science and life philosophies (where Teela Brown's sitation comes in). This is what makes it classic science-fiction, the science is primary the story secondary.
It's Ringworld. Having read the book several times, being able to listen was a real treat.
Tom Parker did an excellent job of narrating it, really brought characters to life.
If you have a long drive ahead of you, or have a job where you can listen, (I do a lot of painting), then it is ideal, because just like the paper book, you don't want to put it down!
Larry Niven has created an interesting story with a weel fleshed out strange and new world. His charachters are nicely developed and the story rides along at a reasonable pace drawing the reader in.
Tom Parker has a good voice and mostly kept in voice for each charachter. I occassionally had trouble hearing the difference between what was actually narrator and the main charachter Louie.
This is the first part in a trilogy and the book abruptly ends with the heros still far away from their home worlds.
I did not think it is a must have book but I did enjoy it and wanted to see where the story went. I will continue into the next book.
The great concept of Larry Niven.
The after of the shadow square attack.
Not A biggie, but the character voices could be better.
The pupetter character is still magical also the Kizinti.
Aged fairley well
Audiobooks are the greatest invention ever!
I first read this book when I was in high school. Twenty-some years later I was happy to spend a credit on the book because I wanted to read it but was afraid I couldn't hold the book and the steering wheel at the same time.
It is a brilliant, imaginative story about a world that 10 authors could spend their entire career creating stories about.
Tom Parker does a fantastic job with the characters. It was so good I listened to it on both the journey and the return trip.
This is without a doubt my all time favorite sci-fi book. Tom Parker's narration is done well and has a natural flow. The story is interesting and I really enjoyed several novel concepts that are explored as well as the characters. Your understanding of the characters grows as they grow to understand each other.
I have probably listened to this audiobook in its entirety dozens of times over the past 10 years, and every time I listen to it I discover something new. Originally I listened to it on my commute to and from work and before bed. Then I found myself coming back to it to lull myself to sleep if I could not unwind. It is not boring, however I have heard it so many times it does not hold enough suspense to keep me awake, but it is interesting enough to distract my mind from the every day stresses that would otherwise keep me from going to sleep. I am amazed how I still sometimes notice something new in the story. If you've never heard it before I do not think it will put you to sleep.
I am not going to go into details about the characters or the story because I do not want to reveal any spoilers. I hope everyone finds as much unexpected enjoyment and wonder in this book as I did.
I have read criticisms about the book and the characters but for me this is #1 in sci-fi.
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