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Ringworld Audiobook

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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    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 03-31-12
    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2011

    MIke Charette

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    "Beautiful writing as only Niven can do it"
    What made the experience of listening to Ringworld the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The size of the Ringworld over 3 million times the earth, you could spend generations investisgating it. The aliens, the Kazin, the Puppeteers, etc.


    What does Tom Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a very good reader, I give him a 95 he can do all the charactors.


    Any additional comments?

    Love Larry Niven Books, for you who have not read any of this Masters stuff, you are in for a treat!

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    Pipilo 03-20-12
    Pipilo 03-20-12
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    "Classic SIFI at its best."
    What did you love best about Ringworld?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Ringworld to and why?

    I think the Robot series by Asimov because both take you to a place you never have been - or thought of.


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

    This is my first but he did a great job.


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

    Oh YES.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm waiting for the rest of Ringworld books :)

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    Matthew Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-21-12
    Matthew Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-21-12
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    "Classic Ideas; Decent execution"

    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.

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    Carole 02-08-12
    Carole 02-08-12
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    "Excellent narration of a top notch sci-fi story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ringworld to be better than the print version?

    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.


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    Michael KINGMAN, KS, United States 01-22-12
    Michael KINGMAN, KS, United States 01-22-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Hard Sci-fi story"
    Would you listen to Ringworld again? Why?

    I really enjoyed Ringworld, but it was more of a one time listen.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Larry Niven? Why or why not?

    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.


    What does Tom Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    Although it was a good book, it worked better listening to it in small chunks.


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    Rahno 01-17-12
    Rahno 01-17-12
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    "Truely a great Audio!"
    Where does Ringworld rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On the top with Orson Scott Cards


    What did you like best about this story?

    The creativity with the characters was well done!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The groups encounters with the alien lifeforms on the Ringworld!


    Any additional comments?

    I actually liked

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    Allen Elanora, Australia 12-20-11
    Allen Elanora, Australia 12-20-11
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    "Ringworld"
    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 2016

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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

    Clydesdale

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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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  • Matt
    LeedsUnited Kingdom
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    "Superb"

    This is my first audio book from Audible and I have to say I'm really impressed. The narration was good, the story decent, and overall I'd really recommend this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Celtic Exile
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    "Never run out of space again"

    What can be said about Ringworld that has not been said a thousand times before. The tale of how a rag tag band of people are selected by a mad member of paranoid reclusive alien race to travel to a distant part of the universe to 'see what's there'. This is a reflective book, interested in discussing theoretical concepts about the evolving nature of existence. The reason you have never seen the film of Ringworld is because the book is about ideas not action. Where a lot of things do happen then they are more a framework for discussing why we are who we are and what got us to where we are right now. Many of the concepts are so bizarre by modern standards such as transparent ship hulls and pleasure induced control devices but where The Ringworld is the setting it is the characters and their journey that is the tale to tell here. Some people have called this book boring and the characters unlikeable but this is a slow moving, reflective tale of the human condition as seen by a not always benevolent outsider. This book will make you think, it cannot fail to if you let it into your mind and imagine the possibilities that you can consider from the crew of The Liar.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pierre
    Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
    2/22/11
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    "Ringworld"

    Hate the accent of the narrator. The story is my absolute favourite. I really enjoyed listening to this.

    I have enjoyed this so much I have planned books for the next 12 months.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • aeromys
    Surrey
    7/21/15
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    "Vast"

    The immensities of this structure never fail to amaze me, and Niven's story telling is a gentle introduction into the pure physics of its construction. Fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom
    9/23/09
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    "Hmm... Didn't really work"

    I found this quite tedious and quickly forgettable. I listened to it because it had won the Hugo and the Nebula awards, but unfortunately, despite a fascinating concept, the story was slow and the characters uniteresting.

    7 of 19 people found this review helpful

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