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The Ringworld Engineers Audiobook

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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    John P. Connolly Fairmont, WV 08-13-15
    John P. Connolly Fairmont, WV 08-13-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Always a good story "

    Listening to this story after reading it so long ago has been a pleasure. I look forward to hearing the next.

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    Xxx 07-27-15
    Xxx 07-27-15
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    "Porn in Space!"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    Forest Gloomwood 07-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Glad for a second Audi book of Eingworlf"

    It took awhile to adjust to the change in narrator voice from the first audio read, but it was well worth it

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    Nelson 04-23-15
    Nelson 04-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A wonderful sequel."

    This book left me both delightfully satisfied and hungry for more. I can't wait to dive into more Ringworld.

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    charles 03-11-15
    charles 03-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Hard Sci-Fi"

    Larry Niven gives a great follow up to his Ringworld masterpiece. He wraps up most of the mysteries of the first book, leaving you wanting to know what comes next.

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    Rex Denver CO 02-06-15
    Rex Denver CO 02-06-15 Member Since 2014

    I'm a Denver based web designer who enjoys having (or making a commute) so that I can listen to my favorite books.

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    "Reader wasn't that bad"

    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

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    Corey Rochelle, IL 12-02-14
    Corey Rochelle, IL 12-02-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Dissappointing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ringworld Engineers to be better than the print version?

    Yes, The narration was great. The reader did a great job at the many voices and of conveying the emotion of each character!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael Garcia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First one


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

    Didnt have any extreme reactions. This book didn't do much for me. Not nearly as much as the First Ringworld Book!


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Kevin Gabbert 12-15-12
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    "Not as good as first book, but quite good"
    Where does The Ringworld Engineers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ringworld Engineers?

    Nothing really stands out since it was all about equally good. I did particularly like the fight at the end, however.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    A good reader who doesn't oversell but gets the tone just right almost every time.


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

    The look at addiction in the future was interesting and I've thought about it many times over the years.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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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


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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!"

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