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The Ringworld Throne: The Ringworld Series, Book 3 | [Larry Niven]

The Ringworld Throne: The Ringworld Series, Book 3

Come back to the Ringworld - the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to myriad humanoid races, and world of some of the most beloved science fiction stories ever written.

The human Louis Wu; the puppeteer known as the Hindmost; Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee: legendary beings brought together once again in the defense of the Ringworld. Something is going on with the protectors.

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Publisher's Summary

Come back to the Ringworld - the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to myriad humanoid races, and world of some of the most beloved science fiction stories ever written.

The human Louis Wu; the puppeteer known as the Hindmost; Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee: legendary beings brought together once again in the defense of the Ringworld. Something is going on with the protectors. Incoming spacecraft are being destroyed before they can reach the Ringworld. Vampires are massing. And the Ghouls have their own agenda - if anyone dares approach them to learn.

Each race on the Ringworld has always had its own protector. Now it looks as if the Ringworld itself needs a protector. But who will sit on the Ringworld throne?

Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo and Nebula award–winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. His Beowulf’s Children, coauthored with Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Chatsworth, California.

©1996 Larry Niven (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Readers who remember Ringworld from earlier encounters will no doubt relish the latest installment of the saga.” (New York Times Book Review)

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    Aerindel 09-06-12
    Aerindel 09-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Should have stopped at the second book."

    Unfortunately, this book is not really science fiction, or at least not the kind you normally expect from Larry Niven.

    Taking place eleven years after the events in The Ringworld Engineers this book oddly is mostly about sex, and no, not romance but a kind of formalized inter-species ritual that all the the cultures on the ringworld seem to be obsessed with. They do it to seal trade negations, celebrate battle, or whenever they meet someone new.

    Oh yeah, and vampires. Lots of vampires who emit a pheromone that makes everybody....you guessed it....want to have sex.

    Now I don't mind sex and I don't particularly mind vampires but neither subject makes a good focus for what is supposed to be a hard sci-fi novel.

    This really is a far cry from the the first book and very disappointing. I don't think I will continue with the series.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Niall ALEXANDRA HILLS, Australia 10-08-12
    Niall ALEXANDRA HILLS, Australia 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "well read, but the story seems to ramble"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    not allow it to ramble as much.


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

    I genuinely enjoy the reader's performance. His use of tone & inflection is quite remarkable


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Carol Stream, IL 04-24-12
    Mark Carol Stream, IL 04-24-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Low point of the Ringworld series"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Disappointing. I loved the original Ringworld book, but the sequels have gotten progressively worse. Most of this book seemed to focus on how much the Ringworld inhabitants are obsessed with having sex. I found it hard to follow, and unsatisfying. The hard science (fiction) of the Ringworld was nearly absent.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael Garcia – was your favorite?

    The narrator was actually quite good. I enjoyed the various voices he used for the different characters. They were convincing, and appropriate.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    michaelt 10-24-14
    michaelt 10-24-14
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    "Disappointing book"
    What would have made The Ringworld Throne better?

    Less rishathra and more good story telling


    What could Larry Niven have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Come up with a good plot, explore the ring world more, focus on the main characters.


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

    It was just fine. He's got more patience than I do to make it through this book, all while reading it aloud!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arenlor Pennsylvania, USA 08-12-13
    Arenlor Pennsylvania, USA 08-12-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "If you liked the first two, don't bother"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    While the quality is great, the book itself is crap.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Niven again?

    I wouldn't bother listening if this is what he's turned into.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really did not enjoy the book at all.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Ringworld Throne?

    I didn't listen past the first hour.


    Any additional comments?

    Just don't bother if you liked the first two, especially if you liked the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Detroit 03-31-13
    Colin Detroit 03-31-13 Member Since 2009

    Thanks Audible for your continued support of "This Week in Tech" over at TWiT.tv

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    "A worthy sequel but just short of the others"

    Well it goes without saying that if you liked the first 2 books then you will probably like this one, Louis Wu, the puppeteer known as the Hindmost, and Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee who was "Speaker to Animals" in the first book.

    There are some people who think that this book shouldn't have been written, and in some aspects they are right. Larry Niven the Author never planed to write a second book but it had to be done to clear up some of the inaccuracies in the first book, this book sorta falls short of the others and I assume at the time it was released it wasn't that good compared to the last ones, but read as a whole this book fits in nicely in the story line with the other books.

    In this book there are 2 major story lines that come together in the end of the book, without giving anything away here it has to do with the vampires on the world, more specifically a vampire protector - if any "hominid" eats "Tree of Life root" and they are of the proper age they can become a protector which is what the Ringworld needs, a "Protector"because its old and relatively week when it comes to what it can be subjected to.

    This is a must read, its not as up to par as the other 2 books or the ones that follow but its a good book and fits right in the middle of the story so its worth reading if you read the second book "The Ringworld Engineers" and really want to experience more of this Ringworld and the Universe its in this is where it starts

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Portland, OR, United States 01-07-13
    Arthur Portland, OR, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Continues the "history" of The Ringworld"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ringworld Throne the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy knowing more about the amazing place that Larry Niven created.


    If you’ve listened to books by Larry Niven before, how does this one compare?

    I enjoy his "Known Space" books, and think his works are very entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Burghfield Common, United Kingdom 12-10-12
    Wayne Burghfield Common, United Kingdom 12-10-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting Sequel"
    What did you like best about The Ringworld Throne? What did you like least?

    For me the constant infatuation with rishathra draws away from the story rather than enhancing it. I realise it is key to the society of Ringworld but this book just repeats the theme almost to the point of a teenage fantasy, maybe the fact I'm married is colouring my view...


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I immediately downloaded and listened to the next book in the series (I'd read them as a teenager).


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

    Excellent dramatisation and realisation of the characters. I really liked the way he coloured his voices to match the physical reality of the characters.


    Do you think The Ringworld Throne needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, and fortunately Larry gave us Ringworld's Children :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Heath Freppon 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up The Ringworld Throne in three words, what would they be?

    I enjoyed this book and give it good reviews. However it seems to jump around. Still overall I would recommend it.


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    john queanbeyan, Australia 09-11-12
    john queanbeyan, Australia 09-11-12
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    "Yet another fun read."
    Where does The Ringworld Throne rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there!


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

    Spoiler alert!! Tunesmith killing Bram and brams passing did it for me.


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

    His voice characterizations were quite good. He tried to bring the characters to life in what I am sure was a grueling time.His Bram was especially good as the character would struggle with pronunciation as it had no lips or teeth!


    Any additional comments?

    Well done Mr Niven and Mr Garcia

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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