Ringworld Prequels
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  • 1
    Fleet of Worlds: 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld | Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner

    Fleet of Worlds: 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Fleet of Worlds takes a closer look at Human-Puppeteer (Citizen) relations and the events leading up to Niven's first Ringworld novel. Kirsten Quinn-Kovacks is among the best and brightest of her people. She gratefully serves the gentle race that rescued her ancestors from a dying starship, gave them a world, and nurtures them still. If only the Citizens knew where Kirsten's people came from.

    Lacks the fire of the old stuff

    Fills in some of the gaps from Crashlander and other Niven Known Space stories. A bit slow and less complex than I am used to. Only reason I gave it 4..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 04 2009 by Edward (Newport News, VA, USA)
  • 2
    Juggler of Worlds: 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld | Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner

    Juggler of Worlds: 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Covert agent Sigmund Ausfaller is Earth's secret weapon, humanity's best defense against all conspiracies, real and imaginary, and all foes both human and alien. Who better than a brilliant paranoid to expose the devious plots of others?

    But Sigmund may finally have met his match in Nessus, representative of the secretive Puppeteers, the elder race who wield vastly superior technologies.

    boring rewrite

    This book reminds me of one of those "clip show" tv shows where they clip together past scenes to make a new show when the writers are too l..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 25 2009 by John (Jeffersonville, IN, United States)
  • 3
    Destroyer of Worlds | Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner

    Destroyer of Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The newly liberated humans of the Fleet of Worlds and Sigmund Ausfaller, who had been transported by the Puppeteers from Earth to the Fleet, must contend not only with the sly Puppeteers but also the threat of the Pak, a very smart and utterly ruthless species who are fleeing the exploding galactic core in an armada of ships at near light speed. The Pak are headed towards the Fleet of Worlds, having destroyed entire planets in their wake.

    A wonderful story in Known Space

    I'll preface this by saying I'm a big Niven fan. Since first picking up Ringworld and being completely blown away by his ability to open up new world..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 11 2009 by Rob ()
  • 4
    Betrayer of Worlds | Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner

    Betrayer of Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (222)
    Story
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    Since fleeing the supernova chain reaction at the galactic core, the cowardly Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds have - just barely - survived one crisis after another: the rebellion of their human slaves, the relentless questing of the species of Known Space, the spectacular rise of the starfishlike Gw'oth, the onslaught of the genocidal Pak. Now fresh disaster looms, as though past crises have returned and converged. Who can possibly save the Fleet this time?

    More in a great series

    Well the thing about these books is that the Narrator does a great job but for some reason after the first book he mispronounces the character "Baedek..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 06 2013 by Colin (Detroit)
  • 5
    Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld | Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner

    Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
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    For decades, the spacefaring species of known space have battled over the largest artifact - and grandest prize - in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless resources and technology of the Ringworld. Now, without warning, the Ringworld has vanished, leaving behind three rival war fleets. If the fallen civilization of the Ringworld can no longer be despoiled of its secrets, the puppeteers will be forced to surrender theirs - everyone knows that they are cowards. But the crises converging upon the trillion puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds go far beyond even the onrushing armadas.

    A fitting end to a great story from 42 years ago

    This is the end of the story that started with Ringworld written in 1970, then some prequels were written that are pretty good and a must read if you ..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 01 2013 by Colin (Detroit)