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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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    Theodore Alameda, CA, United States 12-19-11
    Theodore Alameda, CA, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Ouch."
    What did you like best about Ringworld's Children? What did you like least?

    Great to continue the saga. Wish I could stand to listen to the narrator's voice.


    If you’ve listened to books by Larry Niven before, how does this one compare?

    In print, a good story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Turned it off after five minutes. Painful to listen to.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    Would love to hear this book read by someone else. Anyone else. Of the 50 or so Audible recordings I've listened to, this is the only one that was unlistenable due to the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Framingham, MA, United States 07-19-11
    Edward Framingham, MA, United States 07-19-11
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    "Can't get past the narrator"

    Barrett Whitener's reading is so harsh with a creaky brass-toned voice that I just can't get into the book. This is too bad, as I thought Mr. Whitener a good choice for Protector, and he did a decent job in Catch me if You Can. Sorry, Mr. Whitener, but I'll have to buy the paperback after all some time, and hope it's not as poorly plotted and interminable as Ringworld Throne. Give me the original Ringworld anyday over the sequels.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Detroit 07-12-10
    Colin Detroit 07-12-10 Member Since 2009

    Thanks Audible for your continued support of "This Week in Tech" over at TWiT.tv

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    "Finishes up story, also leaves it open"

    so if you havent read the other books go and do that - look to my other review of Ringworld to learn more

    this is hopefully not the last book in the "Known Space" universe that follows the Ringworld story but if it is then it ended properly but also leaves another story

    there isnt really much about actual "Ringworld's Children" in the book since it is actually something that someone says to Louis Wu as he is pretending to be someone else that was born on the Ringworld - but it is more about the "Fringe War" that is happening and how the Ringworld will survive this War, or escape it?

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    Joe Muskegon, MI, United States 07-08-11
    Joe Muskegon, MI, United States 07-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Waste of Time"

    Story line is weak, characters are not consistent with previous novels. Narrater has little inflection and makes it difficult to follow story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rubin Everett, WA, United States 06-08-05
    Rubin Everett, WA, United States 06-08-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Just like the first"

    This was still a good read/listen like the first.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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