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)
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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
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!"
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.
It was a reasonable follow on to the original story, and contained a lot of good plot twists.
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.
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.
Yes. If you enjoy hard sci fi, you will enjoy the Ringworld engineers.
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?
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.
Killing Teela. Very sad, regrettable.
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!
The slow pace and the confusing cast of characters with equally complicated names.
He was very good.
Because I am a Larry niven fan yes; however, any further books in the series--no way.
Absoultly should of quit at 2.
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