It’s been 20 years since the quixotic and worldsweary Louis Wu discovered the Ringworld. Now he and SpeakertoAnimals are going back, captives of the Hindmost, a deposed puppeteer leader.
With Louis’ help, the Hindmost intends to regain his status by bringing back such extraordinary treasures from the Ringworld that his fellow puppeteers will have to be impressed. But when they arrive, Louis discovers that the Ringworld is no longer stable—and will destroy itself within months. To survive, he must locate the control center of the legendary engineers who built the planet.
His quest becomes a wild and gripping venture blended with the mysteries and spectacular technologies that only Larry Niven can conjure.
©1980 Larry Niven (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“The Ringworld Engineers has all the imaginativeness, convincing detail, and narrative vivacity that have come to be associated with the works of Larry Niven. Furthermore, it answers a lot of questions that have been tantalizing his readers for a long time. Most highly recommended!” (Poul Anderson)
I am a huge Niven fan, and grew up reading his short stories and known space books. It was one of the great highlights of my young life and had a major impact on leading me into the scientific careers I have worked in over the years. However, something went sideways when he started writing sequels to Ringworld.
Somehow, Larry Niven developed an obsession with sex, nudity, and ritualistic cross-species sex. I am not at all a prude. I enjoy sexual material as much as the next guy, but not as a primary plot device in hard science fiction.
These plot-killers grew slowly over the first two sequels and began to obscure the true story. In Engineers, the story somehow survived between bouts of sex. But in Throne, the story pretty much disappeared beneath a sea of absurd and unnecessary lecherous writing.
I have tried several times to slog through these sequels, but always end up giving up somewhere within Thrones. It breaks my heart to say this about one of my literary heroes, but I would not recommend reading the Ringworld saga beyond the first, and truly amazing, book: "Ringworld".
I WOULD, however highly recommend any of the early Known Space novels. I would also say that Larry Niven is one of the all time great short story authors, so be sure to pick up all of his early short story collections, such as Neutron Star, Convergent Series, A Hole In Space, and several others.
I'm a Denver based web designer who enjoys having (or making a commute) so that I can listen to my favorite books.
Admittedly, he's very different from the first book's reader who, by the end of the book gives you the image that Louis Wu is a 180 year old crotchety guy who's hilariously active. In this book you meet him in a much different state and so I gave the reader a chance and by the end of the book had accepted him for how he performed the characters. I feel like everyone else just took that transition harder than I did. All in all he's a good reader and it's not a painful experience to listen to the book. I recommend it if you like the series
Yes, The narration was great. The reader did a great job at the many voices and of conveying the emotion of each character!
The most interesting was learning about all the tech on the Ringworld and how it all worked! The story did seam to draw out way too long at times
Didnt have any extreme reactions. This book didn't do much for me. Not nearly as much as the First Ringworld Book!
1st Ringworld book was great, This one however did nothing to peak my interest and I actually lost all interest in the series and have no desire to continue on with any more of the Ringworld series
About an eight out of ten. I'll definitely listen to it several more times in the years to come, whereas some audiobooks need a long time in-between.
Nothing really stands out since it was all about equally good. I did particularly like the fight at the end, however.
A good reader who doesn't oversell but gets the tone just right almost every time.
The look at addiction in the future was interesting and I've thought about it many times over the years.
This is one of my go-to books for working out, shopping, cleaning. That sort of thing. Some books demand your undivided attention, but this is one that is long and interesting, but I can do other things at the same time.
I'd rank it about equal to the last four Harry Potter books for its consistent flow and engagement of the listener. There are battles and action-focused sections, but its mostly about character interactions and science.
Not top ten, but still very very good
It brought back all characters from the first novel in plausible ways, then culminated in a whirlwind event like the first novel
His voice IS the voice of the characters
Several times I did laugh
I have, and I love the series.
Troy rising, by John Ringo, however Larry Niven is a slightly better writer.Mr Niven can write Fantasy as well as Science fiction, he is just one of the great ones.
The emotions, and the feelings of the charactors.
Yes but it is just too long for that.
I give Mr. Niven a 97 out of 100 on this one, but I didn't like the incarnation of teela brown, but that is my only complaint. Other than that it was a wonderful journey I will love to take again, again.I didn't have a problem with the sex in the book, I thought it was appropriate, and important to the story. I also loved the intro by Larry Niven, "The ring world is unstable!"
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