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Ringworld Audiobook

Ringworld

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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. Ninety-three million miles in radius - the equivalent of one Earth orbit or 600 miles long - 1,000 meters thick, and much sturdier than a Dyson sphere.

What other advantages are there to this world? The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping.

Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

©1970 Larry Niven (P)1996 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Mike N Sweden 01-07-14
    Mike N Sweden 01-07-14
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    "A classic"
    Where does Ringworld rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top quartile


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ringworld?

    When the scale of the Ringworld was conveyed.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this one purely because I'd never read it, and it seemed like a gap in my sci-fi background ... It's well worth a listen, though elements of the plot may perhaps be considered a little cheesy today.

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    Michael 12-01-13
    Michael 12-01-13
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    "Boring. Missing something"

    Totally uninteresting characters. Pointless narrative. Some say this is more about the science than the characters. However, I find a story lacking without characters that are interesting or at least doing something interesting. I was so un-enthralled with the story that I frequently found myself not paying attention. But I listened to the end to find out what happened and Spoiler Alert?? nothing happened. The only reason I did not return the book is because I did listen to the end.

    As to the narrator, again quite uninteresting. Unlike better narrators, his characters all spoke in so nearly the same voice that it was difficult at times to determine who was speaking. But not the worst narrator, by far, so gave him a middling three stars.

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    Eric Madison, WI, United States 11-16-13
    Eric Madison, WI, United States 11-16-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Nicely written, plausible sci fi"
    What made the experience of listening to Ringworld the most enjoyable?

    The pacing was great. Solid science.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Ringworld itself took on an aspect of character, mysterious and consistent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Exploration of the Ring World, the logic and dimensions of the thing made is surprisingly viable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "We were never alone..."


    Any additional comments?

    Good science fiction, interesting characters that consistently reflect an evolved societies world view. Exploration and trial. A perfect example of the heroic journey without the heavy handed tropes of typical "space opera" or contemporary fiction.

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    Donk murfreesboro tn 09-25-13
    Donk murfreesboro tn 09-25-13 Member Since 2006

    "I'll be a story in your head, but that's OK. We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? The Doctor

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    "Almost 4 stars but for Teela"

    First, I love Tom Parker/Grover Gardner reading anything! He brings such life into anything he reads. His different voices for the characters, is distinguishable, but not oddly so. I find some narrators try to make the voices so different that it is distracting or seems like they are trying too hard. Especially when attempting different genders. Parker/Gardner lulls me into the story like no other.

    Despite my 3 stars I actually liked the story of Ringworld. Audible should break down rating into “story” and “characters”. The story I enjoyed. A little adventure in space… What could be better?

    I should always consider the publication year when I read books (or never consider anything by B V Larson). Sometimes, not frequently, I run into what I like to call the “Madmen” phenomena: Stories set, or written in a time where women who are just there to be pretty and have “relations” with the men. This story was a bit like that.

    Spoilers ahead:

    Poor pitiful Teela too unadventurous to have ever left her world, falls in “love” , and like a puppy, follows a man across the universe. Then her naiveté puts her in danger constantly (you know, because she is a silly women) and her over-dramatic behavior has her crying all the time (SUCK IT UP), and her feeling are hurt constantly. What this!.... she falls in “love” again in a mere week! Silly women and their unformed brains, unable to be in anyway alone or independent! We should use them as chattel! At the end did she grow as a person?...NOPE! She again decides to follow a random man on his adventure. I would have just as soon left her out.

    Everyone else I liked… Louis was a little “madmen” for having a 20 year old girl-friend. Plus I would have thought he would have better taste than the insipid, whinny little Teela. Nessus and Speaker where interesting counterpoints to each other. I enjoyed their argument quite a lot.

    All in all, not a bad read.

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    John Cliver Raleigh, NC USA 07-17-13
    John Cliver Raleigh, NC USA 07-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Tough Entry"

    Such a memorable book but I almost gave up. I started this audio book several times and had a hard time "grabbing hold" of what was going on. Maybe it was a little "too sci-fi" for me or maybe Tom Parker just wasn't dynamic enough to help me picture it, but it was really hard to keep names, places, and all the future technologies sorted in my mind.

    I persevered and was glad I did. The scale of the story is epic and I couldn't believe that when it was over, I immediately considered continuing with Niven's next book in the timeline.

    It's that strange book that you can really enjoy but is still hard to recommend. Listen to the sample and if you don't think you can spend 11 hours with Parker, get the paperback.

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    CJ 06-12-13
    CJ 06-12-13
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    "It Just Doesn't Grab Me"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure if it's the story or the performance, but I don't care what happens to these characters. Listening to the book is a way to pass the time, nothing more.

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    Joel 06-05-13
    Joel 06-05-13

    Joel

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    "Tom Parker seems to pause between sentences"

    Tom Parker seems to pause for a second (or even two) between sentences. I like the story, and Tom's voice, but the pauses started driving me nutty.

    Thankfully, Audible allows books to be returned so try giving it a read. Maybe it's just me.

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    Jim 05-29-13
    Jim 05-29-13
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    "great performance of a fascinating sci-fi classic"

    I'd read the print version of this years ago, but found the audio a completely new and enthralling experience. Outstanding narrator and plot with great twists.

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    David 05-13-13
    David 05-13-13 Member Since 2013

    Professor of American and World History at a community college. Enjoys hard science fiction, space fantasy and space opera, fantasy, and historical narratives. Heck, I'll read anything once!

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    "An old classic!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ringworld to be better than the print version?

    I have read to destruction at least three copies of Ringworld over the decades. It's one of the books on my "yearly treat" list--once a year, I re-read it for the sheer pleasure of it. Now, I have a copy I can't ruin as I read it!

    The audio version has all the perks of the print version--excellent story, fascinating characters, a narrative that set a very high bar for most science fiction that followed--plus the twin virtues of being able to listen to it whenever I want (reading a book while driving is NEVER a good idea, but listening ...) AND the copy is indestructible.

    I'll keep my printed copies safe for now and, instead, add this to my yearly listening playlist!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ringworld?

    I continue to be impressed at the various characters Larry Niven manages to weave together, along with all the back-story of the Known Space series. The very fact of the Ringworld itself is one of the most memorable moments in the book--an artifact that can frighten even the mighty puppeteers!


    What does Tom Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oddly enough, it's his enunciation and pronunciation that I am happiest with. Reading the words puts certain tones and audible-cues into your head, including the occasional mispronunciation. Parker's various characterizations are excellent (especially for Speaker and Nessus) as is his ability to pronounce names like Harloprillalar without stumbling!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I've read this book in a single afternoon many times. I actually enjoyed the slower pace brought about by listening to it. The trouble with re-reading a book you're familiar with is that you might skip past phrases, sentences, or even whole pages of "boring" material to get to the good stuff. Parker's rendition, combined with the simple length of audio vs. printed media, stretches out the book. It's not long, by modern standards, but as an audiobook it's riveting stuff!


    Any additional comments?

    The sequel is high on my list of Things To Purchase With My Next Credit. Of course, that list is LONG. :)

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    Darko 04-30-13
    Darko 04-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic SF literature"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a classic piece. Fairly original concepts, most of the characters well developed. The several alien civilizations are well elaborated and fairly interesting. The plot is moving well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ringworld?

    The prison cell.


    What does Tom Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I was able to hear the difference between the characters as Tom was reading their lines.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. But I finished it in 5 days.


    Any additional comments?

    The female characters are to a certain degree too shallow.

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