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The Ringworld Engineers: The Ringworld Series, Book 2 | [Larry Niven]

The Ringworld Engineers: The Ringworld Series, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

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)

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    Tyler hayward, CA, United States 10-08-12
    Tyler hayward, CA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Series Continues and Only Gets Better!"
    Where does The Ringworld Engineers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not top ten, but still very very good


    What did you like best about this story?

    It brought back all characters from the first novel in plausible ways, then culminated in a whirlwind event like the first novel


    What does Paul Michael Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice IS the voice of the characters


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

    Several times I did laugh


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 04-30-12
    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2011

    MIke Charette

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    "Great Story by a Master story teller!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have, and I love the series.


    What other book might you compare The Ringworld Engineers to and why?

    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.


    What does Paul Michael Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotions, and the feelings of the charactors.


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

    Yes but it is just too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    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!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clyde Dale 11-01-11
    Clyde Dale 11-01-11

    Clydesdale

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    "A Sci-Fi classic but showing it's age - again"

    Written 10 years after Ringworld it's better but still showing it's age and I find Niven's use of sex in this novel rather odd, bordering on creepy and nonsensical. Still, a good read if you've nothing else and it's fun going back to books I read when I was a kid.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence L. 10-22-13
    Lawrence L. 10-22-13

    AsiaTraveler

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    "Good Story Mediocre Reader"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The reader


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a reasonable follow on to the original story, and contained a lot of good plot twists.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Michael Garcia?

    Tom Parker


    Was The Ringworld Engineers worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue with the series, but may avoid the ones with Garcia with his gayness, and his gross lack of connection with the material.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 03-15-13
    Bill 03-15-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Horrible, Horrible Disappointment - Skip It"

    In this novel, Niven is mostly concerned about sex (rishathra, sexual practice outside one's own species but within the intelligent hominoids). He even created a vampire being whose pheromones cause similar races to have an uncontrollable desire to have sex with them.

    Rishathra is used as the basis of sealing negotiations, birth control, forming alliances and just meeting new people. It is sad how obsessed with sex Niven is in this book. I have been told, the third book is even worse (and he doubles down on rishathra), so I am giving up on this series.

    Moving past rishathra, it was a weak story. The Ringworld is larger than 3 million Earths, yet Niven generalizes it down the societies that live there into simple terms very quickly. His characters figure it all out too quickly and easily. There is no surprise, mystery, suspense, awe or wonder in this novel. A fairly straightforward story with not much imagination. I didn't even care about the characters.

    The best part of the series is the idea of The Ringworld itself. The story Niven weaves around it is not worthy of his great imagination. I have been a fan of Larry Niven for a long time. His short story collection, "Stories from Known Space," is some of the best pure SciFi of all time.

    On the bright side, I really liked the narrator. Paul Michael Garcia did a great job.

    The first Ringworld novel should have been the last.

    Don't waste your time on this book. It will only tarnish your memories of The Ringworld.

    0 of 1 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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    "Great Fun Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If you enjoy hard sci fi, you will enjoy the Ringworld engineers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Teela Brown and Chmee the Kzin were my favourite characters. Teela as the Protectors always intrigue me and the Kzin, well who wouldn't love a battle cat?


    Did Paul Michael Garcia do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes and no. I find one reader has a hard time bringing the different characters to life. Even trying different accents for different characters. A cast of readers would be much better see the Time Machine classic radio sci fi available on Audible. It was an old radio show I believe with lots of readers, sound effects, music etc etc. Very entertaining. Sci fi has so much going for it where sound effects would really lift the experience.


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

    Killing Teela. Very sad, regrettable.


    Any additional comments?

    The original Rinworld was written as a stand alone novel. The books that followed did a great job of blending the Protector Novel into the Ringworld Saga and known space scenarios. As the books go forward Niven seems to have improved his writing. The Ringworlds Children was a very entertaining novel, it just finished too soon! More please Mr Niven!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John LONG ISLAND CITY, NY, United States 07-30-12
    John LONG ISLAND CITY, NY, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Should have stuck with just 1 sequel"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The slow pace and the confusing cast of characters with equally complicated names.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Niven again?

    Yes


    Did Paul Michael Garcia do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He was very good.


    Was The Ringworld Engineers worth the listening time?

    Because I am a Larry niven fan yes; however, any further books in the series--no way.


    Any additional comments?

    Absoultly should of quit at 2.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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