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
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.)
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.
the space cadet from Austin
Like pretty much every Niven story, it's an entertaining ride. I was really bothered by some inconsistencies in how the stepping disc plot device worked. Namely that the velocity mismatch restriction, a limitation that was a crucial plot device in other books in this series, seems to have disappeared with no explanation. But that's just me being anal. The overall pacing is fast, keeps you guessing, and demands to be listened to for hours at a stretch.
I found the recording quality somewhat lacking. There was some room noise, and I found the narrator's breathing distracting. The voice he chose for Acolyte was also somewhat annoying. Overall performance was good enough; once the story got going I stopped noticing the audio issues.
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.
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