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  • Ringworld | Larry Niven

    Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5045)
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    (3522)
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    (3546)

    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.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
  • Lucifer's Hammer | Larry Niven,Jerry Pournelle

    Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5448)
    Performance
    (3898)
    Story
    (3918)

    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....

    Eric Berger says: "Very solid book"
  • The Mote in God's Eye | Larry Niven,Jerry Pournelle

    The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5781)
    Performance
    (4057)
    Story
    (4098)

    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".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
  • The Ringworld Engineers: The Ringworld Series, Book 2 | Larry Niven

    The Ringworld Engineers: The Ringworld Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1305)
    Performance
    (1172)
    Story
    (1175)

    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.

    Kevin der Kinderen says: "Good Story, Wrong Narrator. Way Wrong."
  • Ringworld's Children | Larry Niven

    Ringworld's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (505)

    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.

    Wayne K. Werner says: "Distracting narration."
  • The Ringworld Throne: The Ringworld Series, Book 3 | Larry Niven

    The Ringworld Throne: The Ringworld Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (544)

    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.

    J. Gowan says: "Rishathra,Rishathra,Rishathra"
  • Footfall | Larry Niven,Jerry Pournelle

    Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1503)
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    (1055)
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    (1051)

    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.

    Flatlander says: "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
  • The Gripping Hand | Jerry Pournelle,Larry Niven

    The Gripping Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (1088)
    Story
    (1098)

    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.

    TS says: "Just not as good as the first"
  • Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld | Larry Niven,Edward M. Lerner

    Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
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    (388)
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    (388)

    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.

    Colin says: "A fitting end to a great story from 42 years ago"
  • Fleet of Worlds: 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld | Larry Niven,Edward M. Lerner

    Fleet of Worlds: 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (390)

    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.

    G. Parish says: "Not bad..."
  • Destroyer of Worlds | Larry Niven,Edward M. Lerner

    Destroyer of Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
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    (289)
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    The newly liberated humans of the Fleet of Worlds and Sigmund Ausfaller, who had been transported by the Puppeteers from Earth to the Fleet, must contend not only with the sly Puppeteers but also the threat of the Pak, a very smart and utterly ruthless species who are fleeing the exploding galactic core in an armada of ships at near light speed. The Pak are headed towards the Fleet of Worlds, having destroyed entire planets in their wake.

    Rob says: "A wonderful story in Known Space"
  • Protector | Larry Niven

    Protector

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (169)
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    (153)
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    (153)

    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.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "WHAT THE FINAGLE"
  • A World Out of Time | Larry Niven

    A World Out of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (913)
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    (821)
    Story
    (834)

    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.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Don't drink while listening to this one"
  • Madness from the Inconstant Moon: A Collection of Short Works from Larry Niven | Larry Niven

    Madness from the Inconstant Moon: A Collection of Short Works from Larry Niven

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Madness from the Inconstant Moon is a collection of early short science fiction works by Larry Niven, the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series. This classic collection includes "The Inconstant Moon", the basis for a forthcoming film by The Arrival producer Shawn Levy.

  • Betrayer of Worlds | Larry Niven,Edward M. Lerner

    Betrayer of Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (274)

    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?

    Mark says: "Different voices. Better voices..."
  • Shipstar | Gregory Benford,Larry Niven

    Shipstar

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gregory Benford, Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Zach Villa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
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    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    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.

    Rob S. says: "I loved it, Great hard science fiction,"
  • The Legacy of Heorot | Larry Niven,Jerry Pournelle,Steven Barnes

    The Legacy of Heorot

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (280)

    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.

    Thomas says: "Great read!"
  • Juggler of Worlds: 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld | Larry Niven,Edward M. Lerner

    Juggler of Worlds: 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (255)

    Covert agent Sigmund Ausfaller is Earth's secret weapon, humanity's best defense against all conspiracies, real and imaginary, and all foes both human and alien. Who better than a brilliant paranoid to expose the devious plots of others?

    But Sigmund may finally have met his match in Nessus, representative of the secretive Puppeteers, the elder race who wield vastly superior technologies.

    John says: "boring rewrite"
  • Inferno | Larry Niven,Jerry Pournelle

    Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (272)

    After being thrown out of the window of his luxury apartment, science-fiction writer Allen Carpentier wakes to find himself at the gates of Hell. Feeling he's landed in a great opportunity for a book, he attempts to follow Dante's road map. Determined to meet Satan himself, Carpentier treks through the nine circles of Hell, led by Benito Mussolini, and encounters countless mental and physical tortures.

    R. Reed says: "Dante done in the 70's"
  • Red Tide | Larry Niven,Brad R. Torgersen,Matthew J. Harrington

    Red Tide

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Brad R. Torgersen, Matthew J. Harrington
    • Narrated By Steven Menasche
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Loosely based on Larry Niven's 1973 novella Flash Crowd, Red Tide continues to examine the social consequences of the impact of having instantaneous teleportation, where humans can instantly travel long distances in milliseconds. This is a theme that has fascinated the author throughout his career and even appears in his seminal work, Ringworld, where the central character celebrates his birthday by instantly teleporting himself to different time zones, extending his birthday.

    Dan says: "Yawn"
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