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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,138 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Niven Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The State Series Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781470806262
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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, where the unimaginable energies of the universe wrenched the fabric of time and space and promised final escape from his captors.

Then he returned to an Earth eons older than the one he’d left, a planet that had had three million years to develop perils he had never dreamed of—perils that became nightmares that he had to escape…somehow.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This fantastic novel is a mix of Niven hard science and a time-travel concept to boggle the mind…Even after the last line the feeling remains of the story still rushing on into the magic distance of the universe.”

    A. E. van Vogt, winner of the SFWA Grand Master Award

  • “Niven rams this fantastic tale at the reader with taut authority, mixing hard science with mind-boggling concepts of time and space to give us a whole new kind of trip.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Niven’s intoxicating concepts, ideas, scientific extrapolations, and exotic hardware bubble up from every page. Rich in imagination and astonishing in breadth…Will challenge the most sophisticated readers.”

    Booklist

  • “Terrific fun!”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 2/4/2014

    " Reading Joe Haldeman's latest, slightly disappointing, book reminded me of this one. Now this here is a time travel novel! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 1/31/2014

    " I like the hard science; especially the bit about moving a planet and the ram-scoop ships. But, the plot is a little far reaching for less than 300 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 1/9/2014

    " Most of the plot of this book takes place 3,000,000 years in the future in Antarctica. The main character, however, lived most of his life before 1970. Very creative. Silly in parts, but fascinating and well described as well. Includes some very colorful description of a journey to the center of the galaxy and close orbit around a supermassive black hole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 1/6/2014

    " Niven is always good at the Hard science fiction. Very cool far future stuff with an enormous scale. Charactors are not the strongest, but compelling enough to get you through to the good bits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 1/2/2014

    " 1970s sexual politics (or lack of, Girls dominate Boys and almost destroy the earth) it's a fun read but uneven and a bit bitsy. Like the Bussard ramjets though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dodie Reed | 12/28/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Larry Nevin is a favorite author of mine. He has a lively imagination and a very sysinct writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel | 12/26/2013

    " My first book from Larry Niven. I tend to enjoy hard sci-fi and Niven didn't disappoint. Very fast moving for the genre too, which was a pleasant surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 11/24/2013

    " A classic of 70's sci-fi. Big ideas strong prose and hard science. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caleb Liu | 11/21/2013

    " Yet another post-apocalyptic pulp SF novel. Not much here to recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barrett Brown | 11/20/2013

    " Enjoyable, if a little silly. Light reading, no amazing moral overtones here, but still interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhiannon Hart | 10/7/2013

    " Four stars for the beginning, one star for the rest of it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 8/11/2013

    " A novel that tells a complete, compelling, entertaining story in about 250 pages? What was Mr. Niven thinking!?! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cliff | 8/3/2013

    " Read this too long ago to remember much about it, except for the "cat-tails." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will Reeves | 7/30/2013

    " It almost seems that the plot mostly exists to display the sci-fi concepts to the reader, but it was still enough to keep me reading long into the night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 6/1/2013

    " Very intriguing book.... What would happen if found yourself landing on earth. You have traveed about 30yrs your time, but, 1 million years has pssed on earth!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justine | 4/27/2013

    " I can't put a finger on exactly why, but this is my favourite book of all time. Where's the sixth rating star? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chip | 3/4/2013

    " TL;DR: Man takes a nap and then a quick trip around the galactic core and now everything is fucked up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Battlecat | 2/6/2013

    " A very odd book but very interesting. It's a very imaginative look at a potential distant future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Urg Boot | 12/10/2012

    " I give this five stars because of the first time I read it. I was in high school and at the time thought it was the most incredible thing I'd ever read. It is the book that is most responsible for propelling me into the world of science fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mason | 9/29/2012

    " Niven writes well enough to make a fluffy, forgettable story a better read than average. But this isn't a great book by any stretch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 5/5/2012

    " Another very entertaining read from Larry Niven. This one you'll have to find in a used book store. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allen Massey | 2/27/2012

    " I had read this book years before and it was not half as good as I had remembered it being. "

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About the Author
Author Larry Niven

Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author of the Ringworld series, as well as many other science fiction masterpieces. His Footfall, coauthored with Jerry Pournelle, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Chatsworth, California.

About the Narrator

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.