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
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.
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.
Not with this narrator.
Story was great overall. It's fairly convoluted at times, but that's Niven.
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.
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.
This would have been so much better with a different narrator.
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.
Concluding the forth book of the series. I know there are more but I may just stop here.
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.
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.
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.
Winds up the Ringworld Story nicely. An enjoyable adventure with a bunch of loose ends tied up.
No! This narrator almost made me stop listening. Why Blackstone Audio changed narrators on us is beyond me. It totally changed the tone the book. Parts 2 & 3 were beautifully narrated. Even the pronounciation of the names changed! I found it hard to tell characters apart at times.
Much better than the third part. Like the second part it still falls short of the first which was just amazing.
Larry Niven's Ringworld saga/extended thought experiment comes to a conclusion.
In the foreword, the author reveals that he never really intended for Ringworld to be more than a one-off story and interesting thought experiment. However, it captured the imagination, and so he returned for 3 more novels, adding the concept of Pak Protectors, another thought-experiment-turned-saga from his Known Space universe for novels 2 through 4.
We're at the final chapter, and there is now a burgeoning "fringe" war among the species of Known Space (mostly Humans and Kzinti) while the protector Tunesmith, Louis and their companions try to keep the Ringworld safe from invaders. The story is a pretty good windup to the saga...although it is now getting somewhat long in the tooth, and it is good that this is the last one.
However, I find the narrator pretty irritating. He makes Tunesmith sound like an overly cheery salesman (rather than a ghoul-turned-wizard) and Acolyte sound like a mentally subnormal child rather than an (adolescent) 7-foot tall feline predator. Especially a come-down after listening to the excellent narration of the previous book in the cycle, The Ringworld Throne.
The narrator did a great job on this, his performance matched my own 'inner voices' for the characters and in this way I think enhanced the audio version over the printed one.
Discovering the true history of the Ringworld
Pretty much - in fact I completed it in a couple of days of travelling
Poor Teela Brown
Louie Wu. Because he can always count on out-maneuvering those who would control him.
Just about everything, his alliteration, tonal infliction, &c
Tribes of Ringworld
I was somewhat dismayed that Teela's luck finally ran out on her and would have preferred a more storybook ending for her.
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