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    • Ringworld

    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5,676
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4,098
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,121

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Genuinely Creative

    • By Kennet on 05-25-03

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Lucifer's Hammer

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 24 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5,968
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,386
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,404

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story from front to back

    • By DJM on 07-30-09

    Regular price: $21.95

    • The Mote in God's Eye

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: L J Ganser
    • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6,283
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4,518
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,561

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great read!

    • By J. Rhoderick on 02-12-10

    Regular price: $22.99

    • The Ringworld Engineers

    • The Ringworld Series, Book 2
    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
    • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,486
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,338

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good Story, Wrong Narrator. Way Wrong.

    • By Kevin der Kinderen on 04-16-13

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Ringworld Throne

    • The Ringworld Series, Book 3
    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
    • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 678
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 611
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 617

    Come back to the Ringworld - the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to myriad humanoid races, and world of some of the most beloved science fiction stories ever written.

    The human Louis Wu; the puppeteer known as the Hindmost; Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee: legendary beings brought together once again in the defense of the Ringworld. Something is going on with the protectors.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Should have stopped at the second book.

    • By Aerindel on 09-06-12

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Gripping Hand

    • By: Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
    • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,399
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,246
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,257

    Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award-winning authors of such best sellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote, and to the universe of Kevin Renner and Horace Bury, of Rod Blaine and Sally Fowler. There, 25 years have passed since humanity quarantined the mysterious aliens known as Moties within the confines of their own solar system. They have spent a quarter century analyzing and agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens mankind has ever encountered - a race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function: Master, Mediator, Engineer, Warrior.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Sequel to "The Mote in God's Eye"

    • By Ken on 01-14-13

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Protector

    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186

    Phssthpok the Pak had been traveling for most of his thirty-two thousand years. His mission was to save, develop, and protect the group of Pak breeders sent out into space some two and a half million years before.

    Brennan was a Belter, the product of a fiercely independent, somewhat anarchic society living in, on, and around an outer asteroid belt. The Belters were rebels, one and all, and Brennan was a smuggler. The Belt worlds had been tracking the Pak ship for days, and Brennan figured to meet that ship first.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My all time favorite

    • By JerryStarrOR on 07-21-16

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Fate of Worlds

    • Return from the Ringworld
    • By: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 472
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 430
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 431

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not - really - a RingWorld book.

    • By Craig on 10-10-12

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Flatlander

    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145

    Gil 'The Arm' Hamilton was one of the top operatives of ARM, the elite UN police force. His intuition was unfailingly accurate, his detective skills second to none, and his psychic powers - esper sense and telekinesis - were awesome.

    Now you can hear all the classic stories of the legendary ARM operative, collected in one volume for the first time - plus, an all-new, never-before-published Gil Hamilton adventure!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sci-fi Detective Stories in Known Space

    • By Lactosefighter on 03-16-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Footfall

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,595
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,141
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,137

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best

    • By Flatlander on 06-24-10

    Regular price: $21.95

    • Ringworld's Children

    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 829
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 558
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 560

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Distracting narration.

    • By Wayne K. Werner on 08-25-12

    Regular price: $24.47

    • A World Out of Time

    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,043
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 937
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 950

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Don't drink while listening to this one

    • By The Zombie Specialist on 06-11-14

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Gateways

    • Original New Stories Inspired by Frederik Pohl
    • By: Elizabeth Anne Hull (editor), Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, and others
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 59

    It isn’t easy to get a group of bestselling SF authors to write new stories for an anthology, but that’s what Elizabeth Anne Hull has done in this powerhouse book. With original, captivating tales by Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Ben Bova, David Brin, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Joe Haldeman, Harry Harrison, Larry Niven, Vernor Vinge, Gene Wolfe, and others, Gateways is a SF event that will be a must-buy for SF readers of all tastes, from the traditional to the cutting edge; from the darkly serious to the laugh-out-loud funny.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sensawonda

    • By Kindle me this: on 09-23-16

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Fleet of Worlds

    • 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld
    • By: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 662
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 423
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 429

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not bad...

    • By G. Parish on 05-02-16

    Regular price: $19.57

    • The Legacy of Heorot

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 362
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 321
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 318

    Best-selling science fiction superstars Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle combine their talents with those of Steven Barnes in an extraordinary adventure of humankind’s first outpost in the farthest reaches of space. Light years from Earth, colonists land on a planet they name Avalon. It seems like a paradise - until native creatures savagely attack. It will take every bit of intelligence, courage, and military-style discipline to survive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great read!

    • By Thomas on 12-05-12

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Crashlander

    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Christopher Prince
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 121
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105

    Crashlander Beowulf Shaeffer has long been one of the most popular characters in Known Space. Now, for the first time ever, Larry Niven brings together all the Beowulf Shaeffer stories - including a brand-new one - in one long tale of exploration and adventure! Plus - an all-new framing story that pulls together all of Beowulf Shaeffer's adventures and allows Shaeffer and his family to make a clean start at life once and for all!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Visit Known Space and you won't want to leave!

    • By I miss W on 04-26-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The California Voodoo Game

    • Dream Park, Book 3
    • By: Larry Niven, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Dream Park, the ultimate in amusement parks, was about to embark on the greatest game ever: the California Voodoo Game. Across the world bets were being placed; fortunes and reputations hung in the balance. Gaming careers would be made - or destroyed. And the most advanced software package ever invented was going to be tested. But one of the players was a murderer - and worse. Only Alex Griffin, head of Dream Park Security, and Game Master Tony McWhirter guessed the extent of the treachery tainting the Game.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dungeons and Dragons meets Westworld, Awesome!

    • By Atonal on 10-09-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Beowulf's Children

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 255
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 226
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 225

    A new generation is growing up on the island paradise of Camelot, ignorant of the Great Grendel Wars fought when their parents and grandparents first arrived on Earth. Setting out to explore the mainland, this group of young rebels feels ready to fight any grendels that get in their way. On Avalon, however, there are monsters that dwarf the ones their parents fought, and as the group will soon learn, monsters also dwell in the human heart. Avalon does not give up her secrets easily, and some of those mysteries are wicked as sin and blacker than the grave.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great follow to legacy!

    • By Chuck on 11-12-12

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Shipstar

    • By: Larry Niven, Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Zach Villa
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 140
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 140

    Science fiction masters Larry Niven ( Ringworld) and Gregory Benford ( Timescape) continue the thrilling adventure of a human expedition to another star system that is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure cupping a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths. And which, tantalizingly, is on a direct path heading toward the same system the human ship is to colonize.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I loved it, Great hard science fiction,

    • By Rob S. on 02-20-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Betrayer of Worlds

    • By: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 371
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 296
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 299

    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?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Different voices. Better voices...

    • By Mark on 01-27-15

    Regular price: $19.56

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