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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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.
On the top with Orson Scott Cards
The creativity with the characters was well done!
The groups encounters with the alien lifeforms on the Ringworld!
I actually liked
reader was very good easy to listen to
Louis Wu main Human character intellectual
Very good Audio book
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.
"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.
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.
"A classic of science fiction"
Over 40 years later, ringworld still remains relevant, intriguing and thought provoking. A great pillar of science fiction which has inspired scores of other stories and films since.
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.
"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.
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