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)
the author prologue pretty much explains it: this book was written to address some Physics problems raised by the first book. it addresses these issues neatly and satisfactorily but in doing so the narrative seems to ramble from point A to point, visiting strange aliens at random until finally finding an outlet for the rest of the story. the story was entertaining and the narrator was good, even the story was okay reading as a sort of second-rate rendezvous with Rama, but having just read the first book the sequel was disappointing.
I really liked the idea of the book and what Niven discusses in the prologue, but I think he just took the reader information a bit too far. In the end, it seemed like Niven was more focused on implementing all of the reader suggestions than just simply putting together an amazing story.
I enjoyed this one every bit as much as the first novel. I thought the narrator did a very good job despite the other reviews I read to the contrary. Looking forward to listening to the next sequel!
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.
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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
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