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.
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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.
Larry Niven is amazing, his stories are like crack to me, I can't believe I only discovered him last year. I found a discarded copy of A World Out of Time, picked it up out of curiosity, and couldn't put it down. Tom Parker does an great job with character voices, not too over the top cheezey, but diverse enough to make things interesting. I'm just finished listening to The Protector (also excellent, though I would listen to Ringworld first) and am about to listen to both of them, as well as the second Ringworld book, over again because they were so good.
Tom Parker is very talented, and this talent shows through as he's reading. From very specific terminology (Tanj and Cziltang Brone come to mind) to the personalities of each character, his vocal work imbues the story with a very memorable feeling.
My only complaint isn't with the narration, but rather with the story. I recognize that Niven was working to give a bleak sense of hopelessness in certain places in the story, and he does this almost too well. I generally enjoy my stories to end positively, and while there's some hint of happiness at the end, overall it feels like it ends on a downer note.
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I have been a fan of Larry Niven's "Known Space" universe for quite some time. I had read Ringword in print, and I loved the opportunity to hear it. The story, while slow in spots, was an easy, if long, listen. The narrator gave just the right cast to the voices of Louie Wu and Speaker to Animals that made it very easy to hear the voices as coming from two different people instead of one. Overall, an enjoyable listen
The characters were all so well thought out and fleshed out. I loved the language the story, and the worlds they went to. I am listening to Ringworld Engineers right now I can tell you its hard to believe, but its even better than the first one. The colors, the technology, its just fantastic, their is a lot of good science fiction out there, but this is some of the best the genre has to offer over the last 40 years!
The size of the Ringworld over 3 million times the earth, you could spend generations investisgating it. The aliens, the Kazin, the Puppeteers, etc.
He is a very good reader, I give him a 95 he can do all the charactors.
Love Larry Niven Books, for you who have not read any of this Masters stuff, you are in for a treat!
There is no other world like Ringworld. To create it took epic creativity. I read this as a teenager and it is as exciting a story the second time around as it was the first.
I think the Robot series by Asimov because both take you to a place you never have been - or thought of.
This is my first but he did a great job.
I'm waiting for the rest of Ringworld books :)
This is a famous sci-fi title and award winner that should be celebrated for its big ideas more so than its drama. The concept of the Ringworld is big, fun, and treated in a realistic manner -- we 'discover' the physics of this impossible world along with the characters and are left to wonder how it was built like they do. My fourth star in the overall rating is for this concept alone. The drama leaves a little to be desired. There are a couple far-fetched plot points (the Puppeteers breeding program) and more than a few times when the dialogue feels stilted. It was definitely written to be read, not heard. Some of the book feels like antiquated science fiction and we can imagine that the same novel written today would look a lot more like Alastair Reynolds, for instance. But it's still a major work in the canon, and should be read by all science fiction fans. The audiobook reader is okay, but could be better.
The narration simply enhanced the words from the book. Larry Nivin is one of the very best Science Fiction writers and this audio version of the book made it come alive. This is one of my favorite books (series) in the genre.
I really enjoyed Ringworld, but it was more of a one time listen.
I will probably look at other Larry Niven books, because I enjoyed the ideas set out in this book and look forward to seeing other things he explores.
The audio version helped to me understand what was going on in the story more easily than if I had been reading it. If I had been reading, I would not have been able to picture what was happening in the story as easily.
Although it was a good book, it worked better listening to it in small chunks.
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