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Publisher's Summary

The Ringworld is a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band 3-million-times the surface area of Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of which are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe.

Explorer Louis Wu, an Earth-born human who was part of the first expedition to Ringworld, becomes enmeshed in interplanetary and interspecies intrigue as war, and a powerful new weapon, threatens to tear the Ringworld apart forever. Now, the future of Ringworld lies in the actions of its children: Tunesmith, the Ghould protector; Acolyte, the exiled son of Speaker-to-Animals, and Wembleth, a strange Ringworld native with a mysterious past. All must play a dangerous role in order to save Ringworld's population, and the stability of Ringworld itself.

Blending awe-inspiring science with non-stop action and fun, Ringworld's Children, the fourth installment of the multiple-award-winning saga, is the perfect introduction for readers new to this New York Times best-selling series and for long-time fans of Larry Niven's Ringworld.

©2004 Larry Niven (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Another must read/listen story by Niven.

The Ringworld is faced with new dangers from every direction. New and old heroes have to invent otherworldly solutions to save the lives of billions of people in this epic space adventure saga.

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I dislike changing the reader(s).

this readers pronunciations and personalizations of the characters are incredibly different from the previous book. it's incredibly difficult to get used to. I don't know if I can continue listening after 4 chapters. I'm most likely going to switch to print version.

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Not so much

I couldn’t really get into the book because of the poor characterization by the narrator. In fact, the narration was so bad that I returned the book for a refund after just one hour of listening.

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Ruined by pronunciation

The reader obviously didn’t listen to any other Ringworld audiobooks or he wouldn’t have mispronounced so many names.

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great book horrible narration

the ring world series is great as a whole but the voice over for this part is good awful. the narrator makes every person sound the same and does not continue the pervious three books tradition of making certain races have voice traits. the narrator even pronounces several names differently than the first three books. what were they thinking when they hired this guy and approved his performance.

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Miss other narrator

The story is great but I miss the other narrator. in my opinion I don't see why you would let a new narrator pronounce things so differently than a previous narrator. I don't know the process so maybe there was a good reason or maybe I'm too much a creature of habit and I should embrace change more, but I just didn't like how different it sounded. It was like thus guy hadn't listened to any of the previous recordings. I'm not saying he should have wasted his valuable time listening to all the previous books but someone should have played snippets for him or something.

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Narrator was kinda off, still worth it

Narrator kinda made it sound like a kids book with over exaggerated voices. Still mostly good

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  • C. Tilley
  • Las Vegas, NV United States
  • 05-21-17

Not a good narration of this story

Would you try another book from Larry Niven and/or Barrett Whitener?

I am a fan of Larry Niven's work. I have read and enjoyed nearly all of his books.
I fully enjoyed the audible narration and tone provided by Paul Michael Garcia in his readings of "The Ringworld Engineers" and "The Ringworld Throne". However, I did not enjoy Barrett Whitener's narration of "Ringworld's Children". The narrator sounds too much like a text to speech engine circa 2000. It was particularly off putting at the beginning of the book as the narrator bores you to death by reading a glossary of terms, as if you needed to know about all of Larry Niven's previous works to enjoy the book. Unfortunately, you will find yourself snoozing by the time the narrator actually begins reading Chapter 1.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator did not continue with the pronunciations of the words and phrases that are unique to the Ringworld series. Further the narrators voice sounds like a rudimentary text to speech engine.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

The audible version of this book requires a do-over.

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narrator is brutal!

this is a rough book to listen to. very very dry voice! not much differences in the different roles he is depicting.

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Couldn't listen to it

unfortunately the narrator was completely off base with this book. I've listened to the first 3 books in the Ring World series, excellent books. It is very important though, especially 4 books in, the pronunciation of specific words remain the same. Also even though every narrator speaks slightly differently, it's important that general voices/accents remain the same. The Narrator of Ring Worlds Children did none of this...listening to this book after the first 3 it feels like Barrett Whitener is making everything up from scratch. A little research into the previous 3 books would have been prudent. Consistency would have made for a much more enjoyable experience for the listener.

Unfortunately I was not able to listen to this book so I am unable to rate the story itself, although I'm sure it would have been great like the previous 3.