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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 5,674
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4,096
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,119

    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

    • 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 6,281
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4,517
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,559

    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

    • 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 5,963
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,382
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,399

    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 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 1,398
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,245
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,256

    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 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

    • 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 828
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 557
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 559

    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

    • 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

    • 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 162
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144

    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

    • 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

    • The Draco Tavern

    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 337
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167

    When a tremendous spacecraft takes orbit around Earth's moon and begins sending smaller landers down toward the North Pole, the newly arrived visitors quickly set up a permanent spaceport in Siberia. Their presence attracts many, including Rick Schumann, who establishes a tavern catering to all the various species of visiting aliens, a place he calls the Draco Tavern. From the mind of best-selling author Larry Niven come 27 tales and vignettes from this interstellar gathering place.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Great Listen

    • By D. Arkless on 04-07-07

    Regular price: $20.97

    • 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 1,042
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 936
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 949

    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

    • The Integral Trees

    • The State, Book 2
    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 96

    Leaving Earth, the crew of the spaceship Discipline were prepared for a routine assignment. Dispatched by the all-powerful State on a mission of interstellar exploration and colonization, Discipline was aided - and secretly spied upon - by Sharls Davis Kendy, an emotionless computer intelligence programmed to monitor the loyalty and obedience of the crew. What they weren’t prepared for, however, was the Smoke Ring - an immense, gaseous envelope that had formed around a neutron star directly in their path. The Smoke Ring was home to a variety of plant and animal life-forms evolved to thrive in conditions of continual free fall.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • entertaining

    • By Lena K Schroeder on 05-26-18

    Regular price: $20.97

    • 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

    • Dream Park

    • By: Larry Niven, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    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

    • Destroyer of Worlds

    • By: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 486
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 319
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 321

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful story in Known Space

    • By Rob on 12-11-09

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Escape from Hell

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 191
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 117

    Allan Carpentier escaped from hell once but remained haunted by what he saw and endured. He has now returned, on a mission to liberate those souls unfairly tortured and confined. Partnering with the famous poet and suicide, Sylvia Plath, Carpentier is a modern-day Christ who intends to harrow hell and free the damned. But now that he's returned to this Dantesque inferno, can he ever again leave?

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A confused book

    • By R. Reed on 04-20-09

    Regular price: $19.56

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