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Ringworld's Children Audiobook

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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    Alex 09-10-04
    Alex 09-10-04
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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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    Peewee 03-04-16
    Peewee 03-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Adifferent view"

    Though lesser than the original Ringworld it suspenseful with some predictability. Although this is or maybe the last Ringworld it left open possibilities. I would love more Louie Wu adventures aa compelling character.

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    Victoria Van Arnam 02-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Rough reading"
    Would you try another book from Larry Niven and/or Barrett Whitener?

    I love the ringworld series and stuck with this recording only to be able to understand what was happening in the last book.


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

    yes. Larry is a great writer.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Barrett Whitener’s performances?

    NO. Absolutely not. He did not characterize the voices and had no consistency with the few he did. The pronunciation of the proprietary vocabulary and names was completely different from that of any of the other readings. Different, and poorly excited. Not sure if he was not paid enough to care or is just this bad all the time.


    Could you see Ringworld's Children being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    eh, it would be ok.


    Any additional comments?

    So sad to have what could have been an ok story completely muddled into almost an almost unintelligible state. I would suggest Audible try and find an alternate reading of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Sitar Charlotte, NC USA 12-16-15
    Nicholas Sitar Charlotte, NC USA 12-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not bad, but not as good as the first two"

    The readers performance is passable, but have have listened to others that really do a great job of creating distinct characters with their voices. The story is also passable, has a few interesting bits, but the end feels like Larry got bored and just wanted to be done with it. Overall I am glad I listened to it as it did add to the overall storyline. Just wish it had as much as the first two books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    VINCENT 09-24-15
    VINCENT 09-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible narration"

    Narration was absolutely terrible. While the performance in the other books in the series (previous and following) seemed spot on and enjoyable this book's was awful to the point of distraction and difficult to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Boyung Brookfield, WI 09-02-15
    Charles Boyung Brookfield, WI 09-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, horrible narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ringworld's Children to be better than the print version?

    Not with this narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story was great overall. It's fairly convoluted at times, but that's Niven.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voices for the characters, especially the warrior-race K'zin, were absolutely horrible. It is especially bad because the narrator on the second and third books is absolutely amazing (and he did a good job to at least come close to the narrator on the first book).

    And the mispronunciation of several fairly common words (over and over again) is also quite annoying.


    0 of 0 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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    Steve PALM SPRINGS, CA, United States 06-21-15
    Steve PALM SPRINGS, CA, United States 06-21-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Bad Narration"
    What did you like best about Ringworld's Children? What did you like least?

    This would have been so much better with a different narrator.


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

    I kept remembering each time that I heard Acolyte's voice how a previous reviewer had compared him to Elmer Fudd. So true. Very distracting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Howland 05-29-15
    Howland 05-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertained and pondering"

    Ring world fans You must listen to one more installment in the history of ring world, much is revealed

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    Rocky Burrows II 04-19-15
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    "One of the better ringworld books"

    Enjoyed this book more than the last. The story telling was more on point which made it more enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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