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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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    John 08-01-14
    John 08-01-14
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    "Convoluted presentation of the wrapup"

    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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    JeffB 04-08-14
    JeffB 04-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story - Narration Not So"
    What made the experience of listening to Ringworld's Children the most enjoyable?

    Concluding the forth book of the series. I know there are more but I may just stop here.


    What other book might you compare Ringworld's Children to and why?

    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.


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

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    PAUL 05-23-13
    PAUL 05-23-13
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    "Good Sequel - Awful Narrator"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Winds up the Ringworld Story nicely. An enjoyable adventure with a bunch of loose ends tied up.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Much better than the third part. Like the second part it still falls short of the first which was just amazing.

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    Joel D Offenberg 02-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Fairly good windup, but..."

    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.

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    Wayne Burghfield Common, United Kingdom 12-10-12
    Wayne Burghfield Common, United Kingdom 12-10-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "Great sequel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ringworld's Children to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ringworld's Children?

    Discovering the true history of the Ringworld


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Pretty much - in fact I completed it in a couple of days of travelling


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    Jon Lysne 11-05-12
    Jon Lysne 11-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Horrendous narration."
    What disappointed you about Ringworld's Children?

    I was extremely annoyed by the change in narrators. The difference in pronunciation and ridiculous voices for the main characters was a constant letdown and distraction throughout the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great story. Very well written.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barrett Whitener?

    Tom Parker or Paul Michael Garcia did an excellent job on their narration throughout the series.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    john queanbeyan, Australia 09-11-12
    john queanbeyan, Australia 09-11-12
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    "Love this Book! So does my Son."
    Where does Ringworld's Children rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The small Protector was a standout. Finally a different character you could empathise with.Pretending to be a pet chimp ook ook really cracked me up.


    What three words best describe Barrett Whitener’s voice?

    Ok his voice was ok. Sorry Barrett the Tunesmith voice was way too human, with perfect pronunciation etc. And the Kzin Battle cat sounded like a castrated teenager! Barrett could have used some help with other readers to do the different voices.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Spoiler alert, Louis turning Protector then human was a nice twist.


    Any additional comments?

    More please Mr Niven.

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    falexc Raleigh, NC United States 06-10-12
    falexc Raleigh, NC United States 06-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Dissapointed"

    Ringworld is my all-time favorite sci-fi audiobook for both story and narration. I was looking forward to listening to this because I wanted more of the same.

    Unfortunately I could not finish this. The narration makes the story hard to follow, or the story is hard to follow, or both. For me it was a disappointment.

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    Wayne 06-05-12
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    "The dead tree edition is much better."
    Would you listen to Ringworld's Children again? Why?

    I love the story and plot lines, however Barrett Whitener should have listened to the earlier volumes if for no other reason than to stay consistent on how to pronounce character's names and the names of objects. It is a little irritating to hear these mispronounciations over and over again.
    Another complaint is the speech patterns of some of the characters is all wrong for their personality and again, as they were in earlier volumes, for consistency sake.
    Except for these issues, it's OK, but I preferred the hard copy version to the audio book. Usually it is the other way around.


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    Mark West Chicago, IL 04-23-12
    Mark West Chicago, IL 04-23-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Disappointing narrator compared to previous books"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?


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

    I've listened to all the previous Ringworld and some other of Niven's books on audio, and this is the first one where I found the narrator's performance disappointing. Not only were names from previous books pronounced completely differently (which alone, I might forgive, if no guidance was given by the author), but this narrator made some bizarre choices for portrayal of some of the characters. For Acolyte, the Kzin, the narrator chose a rather goofy sounding voice, which actually reminded me of Goofy as opposed to a 7-foot speaking tiger! For the Protector Tunesmith, he made no attempt to sound like a protector might sound, speaking with a hardened beak-like mouth. Previous narrators have very convincingly portrayed how this speech "impediment" might sound. The puppeteers voice didn't convey the musical or feminine nature that is usually used to describe them. On the whole, the voices were just more whimsical and jovial that I would have expected. There were also some off inflections which made me think the narrator didn't understand what he was reading... like when referring to Louis Wu as a "current addict". The inflection made it sound as if he meant current as in "right now" as opposed to "electricity". Perhaps if I was completely unfamiliar with Niven's universe or previous books, I might not notice these subtleties, but I found them quite distracting.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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