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The Ringworld Engineers Audiobook

The Ringworld Engineers: The Ringworld Series, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

It’s been 20 years since the quixotic and worldsweary Louis Wu discovered the Ringworld. Now he and SpeakertoAnimals are going back, captives of the Hindmost, a deposed puppeteer leader.

With Louis’ help, the Hindmost intends to regain his status by bringing back such extraordinary treasures from the Ringworld that his fellow puppeteers will have to be impressed. But when they arrive, Louis discovers that the Ringworld is no longer stable—and will destroy itself within months. To survive, he must locate the control center of the legendary engineers who built the planet.

His quest becomes a wild and gripping venture blended with the mysteries and spectacular technologies that only Larry Niven can conjure.

©1980 Larry Niven (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

The Ringworld Engineers has all the imaginativeness, convincing detail, and narrative vivacity that have come to be associated with the works of Larry Niven. Furthermore, it answers a lot of questions that have been tantalizing his readers for a long time. Most highly recommended!” (Poul Anderson)

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    Larry Stuart 01-09-17
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    "Kinda hard to follow"

    I enjoyed it, but it has a lot of physical descriptions of made-up objects and thus is not really well suited to the audiobook format. Also I thought it was pretty funny that the dude just rolls around and bangs every remotely human looking alien he comes across

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    Andrew J. Riemer 11-04-16

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    "Thought provoking--an amazing world"

    Upon completion, I am left pondering why I did not approach the Ring World series sooner. I only wish there were thirty more volumes for me to consume!

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    Amazon Customer 04-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "a classic forever"

    Niven at his best. nothing has its scope, nothing it's grandeur, you just have to listen to it

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    dboone 03-29-16
    dboone 03-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Better than the first"

    I feel like I wanted to give these five stars, but they are just not quite there. He gives good descriptions and I love the idea that drives these books, but there are times I feel like this book should have gotten more immersive it strayed away, it sped up when I wanted to soak it in and slowed when I wanted to speed it up. Overall though very enjoyable.

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    Aaron 03-23-16
    Aaron 03-23-16
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    "I wish I was Louie."

    Driving, and just finished the book. I think Larry Niven is a fantastic author. I can't wait to hear more about the Ringworld adventurers.

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    Dante 03-15-16
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    "Okay by itself, but doesn't stand up to original"

    the author prologue pretty much explains it: this book was written to address some Physics problems raised by the first book. it addresses these issues neatly and satisfactorily but in doing so the narrative seems to ramble from point A to point, visiting strange aliens at random until finally finding an outlet for the rest of the story. the story was entertaining and the narrator was good, even the story was okay reading as a sort of second-rate rendezvous with Rama, but having just read the first book the sequel was disappointing.

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    Adam 12-22-15
    Adam 12-22-15
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    "Loved Book 1, This One Is Good Not Great"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I really liked the idea of the book and what Niven discusses in the prologue, but I think he just took the reader information a bit too far. In the end, it seemed like Niven was more focused on implementing all of the reader suggestions than just simply putting together an amazing story.


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    Emily 08-20-15
    Emily 08-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    I enjoyed this one every bit as much as the first novel. I thought the narrator did a very good job despite the other reviews I read to the contrary. Looking forward to listening to the next sequel!

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    John P. Connolly Fairmont, WV 08-13-15
    John P. Connolly Fairmont, WV 08-13-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Always a good story "

    Listening to this story after reading it so long ago has been a pleasure. I look forward to hearing the next.

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    Xxx 07-27-15
    Xxx 07-27-15
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    "Porn in Space!"
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    I am a huge Niven fan, and grew up reading his short stories and known space books. It was one of the great highlights of my young life and had a major impact on leading me into the scientific careers I have worked in over the years. However, something went sideways when he started writing sequels to Ringworld. <br/><br/>Somehow, Larry Niven developed an obsession with sex, nudity, and ritualistic cross-species sex. I am not at all a prude. I enjoy sexual material as much as the next guy, but not as a primary plot device in hard science fiction. <br/><br/>These plot-killers grew slowly over the first two sequels and began to obscure the true story. In Engineers, the story somehow survived between bouts of sex. But in Throne, the story pretty much disappeared beneath a sea of absurd and unnecessary lecherous writing.<br/><br/>I have tried several times to slog through these sequels, but always end up giving up somewhere within Thrones. It breaks my heart to say this about one of my literary heroes, but I would not recommend reading the Ringworld saga beyond the first, and truly amazing, book: "Ringworld".<br/><br/>I WOULD, however highly recommend any of the early Known Space novels. I would also say that Larry Niven is one of the all time great short story authors, so be sure to pick up all of his early short story collections, such as Neutron Star, Convergent Series, A Hole In Space, and several others.<br/>

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