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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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    F. Canady Raleigh, NC United States 06-10-12
    F. Canady 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
    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 Carol Stream, IL 04-23-12
    Mark Carol Stream, 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.


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    Theodore Alameda, CA, United States 12-19-11
    Theodore Alameda, CA, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2013
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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 Member Since 2015
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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 2015

    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.

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    Rubin 06-08-05
    Rubin 06-08-05 Member Since 2015
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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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