The State
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(3.9 based on 490 ratings)
  • 1

    A World Out of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
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    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (331)

    After more than two hundred years as a corpsicle, Jaybee Corbell awoke in someone else’s body and under threat of instant annihilation if he made a wrong move while they were training him for a one-way mission to the stars. But Corbell bided his time and made his own move. Once he was outbound, where the society that ruled Earth could not reach him, he headed his starship toward the galactic core.

    James says: "Do you know how people get old?"
    Do you know how people get old?

    The first chapter of this book was a short story called Rammer. It was an excellent story and I would give 5 stars to it alone.

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    Reviewed on November 13 2012 by James (Springfield, MO, United States)
  • 2

    The Integral Trees: The State, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (16)
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    (14)
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    (14)

    Leaving Earth, the crew of the spaceship Discipline were prepared for a routine assignment. Dispatched by the all-powerful State on a mission of interstellar exploration and colonization, Discipline was aided - and secretly spied upon - by Sharls Davis Kendy, an emotionless computer intelligence programmed to monitor the loyalty and obedience of the crew. What they weren’t prepared for, however, was the Smoke Ring - an immense, gaseous envelope that had formed around a neutron star directly in their path. The Smoke Ring was home to a variety of plant and animal life-forms evolved to thrive in conditions of continual free fall.

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  • 3

    The Smoke Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    In the free-fall environment of the Smoke Ring (an envelope of breathable atmosphere around a neutron star), the descendants of the crew of the Discipline no longer remember their Earth roots - or the existence of Sharls Davis Kendy, the ship's computer-program despot. Until Kendy initiates contact once more.

    Dennis says: "Poor narration"
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