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Ringworld's Children | [Larry Niven]

Ringworld's Children

The Ringworld is a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band 3-million-times the surface area of Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of which are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe.
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The Ringworld is a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band 3-million-times the surface area of Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of which are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe.

Explorer Louis Wu, an Earth-born human who was part of the first expedition to Ringworld, becomes enmeshed in interplanetary and interspecies intrigue as war, and a powerful new weapon, threatens to tear the Ringworld apart forever. Now, the future of Ringworld lies in the actions of its children: Tunesmith, the Ghould protector; Acolyte, the exiled son of Speaker-to-Animals, and Wembleth, a strange Ringworld native with a mysterious past. All must play a dangerous role in order to save Ringworld's population, and the stability of Ringworld itself.

Blending awe-inspiring science with non-stop action and fun, Ringworld's Children, the fourth installment of the multiple-award-winning saga, is the perfect introduction for readers new to this New York Times best-selling series and for long-time fans of Larry Niven's Ringworld.

©2004 Larry Niven; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Ausbin Centerville, GA, USA 09-23-04
    Ausbin Centerville, GA, USA 09-23-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Great Sci-Fi"

    I for one happen to like the reading by Whitener. One should read at least "Ringworld" and "Protector" before reading this book as this one is based on both of these works. Great read, one that you don't want to stop until it is finish and then you want more.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Guy Elk River, MN, USA 09-11-04
    Guy Elk River, MN, USA 09-11-04
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    "Back to his roots."

    This book brought me back to the original excitement I felt when I first read Ringworld and Engineers. Much better than Throne or other titles. I agree with the other review about the narration. I often found myself thinking that the narrator had no comprehension whatsoever of the material he was reading. Every sentence seems to be read in an earnest fearful tone of voice that is totally out of context with the material he?s reading. I found it especially irksome that he choose to use a voice that resembled Goofy or Cletus the Slake Jawed Yokel for the Kzinti Accolite. He defiantly wasn't "getting it"
    Still... It's great book. Glad I listened.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tall Tom Olathe, KS 06-08-08
    Tall Tom Olathe, KS 06-08-08 Listener Since 2005
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    "Great sequel but deserves a better narration"

    Ringworlds Children is as enticing as Ringworld, and I've been a fan of Ringworld since it's original release in the 70's. I won't spoil the ending for anyone here but it was excellent, you won't be disappointed. I have heard better narrations though and would buy this audio book again if a better narration was made. Still, it's great sci-fi.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Chicago, IL, USA 01-02-09
    Jason Chicago, IL, USA 01-02-09
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    "where are books 2 & 3 from this series?"

    This is book 4 in the Ringworld Series. I enjoyed Ringworld and thought this was the sequel, but quickly became lost when starting to listen to it. I did some research and found that the 2nd book is called "The Ringworld Engineers", and the 3rd is called "The Ringworld Throne". Unfortunately, these do not seem to be available on Audible. Not sure how to rate it since my issue is with Audible and not the book - so going with 3 stars.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne K. Werner Staten Island, NY USA 08-25-12
    Wayne K. Werner Staten Island, NY USA 08-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Distracting narration."

    Mispronounced words, ridiculous voicing of characters. Narration is just plain terrible. Acolyte sounds like a silly version of the cowardly lion. Really detracted from what would otherwise be a good addition to the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Clive La Crescenta, CA, USA 06-16-05
    Clive La Crescenta, CA, USA 06-16-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Book - Breaks the Normal Ringworld mold."

    Its better than most of the other ringworld books as it ties up many of the old storylines and is takes ringworld out of just a book about the ring to a book about the ringworld and how it is changing the world of know space.

    Great book.

    PS> I think the voice used for the Kzinti was really off key. Kzinti do not sound like ellmer Fudd.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Plymouth, MI, MI, USA 05-08-05
    Michael Plymouth, MI, MI, USA 05-08-05
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    "Good if you love the Ringworld"

    Ringworld (also available at Audible) is fantastic Sci Fi. The sequel to it, Ringworld Engineers is also good (not available at Audible), but beyond that, there is just a lot of the same stuff. Bad Protectors killing each other over--and over--and over. Still, the narrator was decent and the story was pretty good if you love the Ringworld.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Encinitas, CA, USA 09-10-04
    Alex Encinitas, CA, USA 09-10-04 Member Since 2002
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    "great hardcore sci-fi"

    Thoroughly enjoyable despite the narrator, Barret Whitener. Mr. Whitener has a highly annoying habit of reading phrases with an unwarranted ascending intonation. It adds an effect reminiscent of moaning and howling. Fortunately, thanks to the book's content, I was able to ignore it. Presently, as we are offered no choice of narrators, we should be happy to hear this book as offered. Sequel is implied. I look forward towards Audible providing us with other Niven books. (Even if they are read by Whitener.)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John CHICAGO, IL, United States 08-01-14
    John CHICAGO, IL, United States 08-01-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Convoluted presentation of the wrapup"

    The narration by Barrett Whitener makes Acolyte, Kzinti child of Chmeee, sound like a petulant human teenager. It would be helpful if Whitener had been given direction or communicated with the author on pronunciation. His characters ran together and sounded whiny. The audiobook leads off with a glossary which gives away plot points.

    Niven references "Carlos Wu's autodoc" without explanation. How did we know it was Carlos Wu's? Why is it mentioned in an aside?

    Of all the Ringworld series, this seems to be the weakest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JeffB 04-08-14
    JeffB 04-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story - Narration Not So"
    What made the experience of listening to Ringworld's Children the most enjoyable?

    Concluding the forth book of the series. I know there are more but I may just stop here.


    What other book might you compare Ringworld's Children to and why?

    Any other Ringworld book, Fuzzy Planet, and Old Mans War. All deal with interaction with alien entities, learning about new ways of thinking about things.


    What didn’t you like about Barrett Whitener’s performance?

    I think is should be required to listen to the other audio books in a series before one sets out to narrate. There were SEVERAL character names and Item names that were just wrong. Key example - FLUP - Barrett kept pronouncing it FLUPE... nowhere in the book does it have a long U. As stated character names have the same issue.

    The reading was slow and without much emotion. It teetered on boring... RingWorld is not boring. Though Barrett tried to use different voices to distinguish the different characters he sis not do so well.

    There were several time I almost stopped but I could not find this book read by someone else.

    The previous 3 books were done by 2 different narrators and either would have made this book much more enjoyable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Really and truly… it should be a requirement to review the pronunciation of the established items and characters in a book series, any book series. Imagine reading a Star Wars book where Luke becomes Luk and Vader becomes Vadder or a Star Trek book where Picard is Pickerd. It is very annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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