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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 5,780
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4,196
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,220

    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 6,035
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,445
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,464

    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 6,357
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4,587
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,630

    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 1,526
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,375

    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 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 1,426
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,267
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,279

    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

    • 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 692
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 624
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 630

    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

    • Flatlander

    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156

    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

    • 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 478
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 436
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 437

    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

    • Footfall

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,611
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,154
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,151

    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 837
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 564
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 566

    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

    • Protector

    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194

    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

    • 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 672
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 432
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 438

    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

    • 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 376
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 299
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 302

    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

    • 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 372
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 330
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 327

    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

    • Dream Park

    • By: Larry Niven, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    A group of pretend adventurers suit up for a campaign called "The South Seas Treasure Game". As in the early role-playing games, there are dungeon masters, warriors, magicians, and thieves. The difference? At Dream Park, a futuristic fantasy theme park full of holographic attractions and the latest in VR technology, they play in an artificial enclosure that has been enhanced with special effects, holograms, actors, and a clever story line. The players get as close as possible to truly living their adventure.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Role-playing to death. What is real? What is fake?

    • By The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem on 12-27-17

    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 1,060
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 950
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 964

    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

    • World of Ptavvs

    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 203
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 181
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 183

    A reflective statue is found at the bottom of one of Earth's oceans, having lain there for 1.5 billion years. Since humans have recently developed a time-slowing field and found that one such field cannot function within another, it is suspected that the "Sea Statue" is actually a space traveler within one of these time fields. Larry Greenberg, a telepath, agrees to participate in an experiment: a time-slowing field is generated around both Greenberg and the statue, shutting off the stasis field and revealing Kzanol.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Hard to follow

    • By JerSully on 04-13-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Smoke Ring

    • The State Series, Book 3
    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    In the free-fall environment of the Smoke Ring, descendants of the crew of the Discipline no longer remember their Earth roots or the existence of Sharls Davis Kendy, the computer-program despot of the ship - until Kendy initiates contact once more. Fourteen years later, only Jeffer, the Citizens Tree Scientist, knows that Kendy is still watching and waiting. Then, when the Citizens Tree people rescue a family of loggers, they learn for the first time of the Admiralty, a large society living in free fall amid the floating debris called the Clump.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • probably the weakest story in the series.

    • By Mac on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Secret of Black Ship Island

    • Heorot, Book 2
    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 84

    The oldest children of the settlers on Avalon are now in their late teens and want independence from their parents and guardians. And they especially don’t want them around for the initiation ceremony held on Black Ship Island for the younger children just reaching their teens. But when previously unknown creatures make their deadly appearance, things go horribly wrong.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another interesting tale from Avalon.

    • By R. King on 01-26-17

    Regular price: $17.47

    • All the Myriad Ways

    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
    • Length: 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Detective-Lieutenant Gene Trimble faces an increasing number of bizarre suicides in a world struggling to come to terms with its place in a multiverse of different timelines, where every decision ever made by anyone becomes an alternate universe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the Best

    • By Anonymous User on 03-11-18

    Regular price: $0.99

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