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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 Member Since 2014
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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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    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.

    5 of 5 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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    RYAN 02-19-15
    RYAN 02-19-15
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    "narrator ruined consistency"

    If you listen to these books in order then you'll have a hard time listening to this one. The new narrator has the usual pronunciations changes but has also completely changed the way characters sound. Ok fine no two actors are the same but now everything is cartoon-ish and annoying. Tunesmith nows sounds like a over energetic salesman and the kazin all sound like depressed cartoons with stuffed noeses. Good extension of the story ruined by the voice acting. Its so anoying im having a hard time finishing.

    1 of 1 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 2015
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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 09-10-04
    Alex 09-10-04 Member Since 2015
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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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    Jason G. Taylor Flowery Branch, GA USA 06-24-15
    Jason G. Taylor Flowery Branch, GA USA 06-24-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Good story that needs better voices"

    I really enjoyed the entire series. The first book probably had the best narration but the other two books were very good too. The last book had a great story, but really bad voice acting. Overall, still worth getting since the story is strong and it fits in well with the entire series. Just can't over Acolyte's voice -- that's just wrong. The voices for humans were fine, but the other characters were way off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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