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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (262 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ringworld Series Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781470804930
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The explosive finale to the Ringworld and the Fleet of Worlds series

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.

Something must justify the blood and treasure that have been spent. 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.

Adventurer Louis Wu and the exiled puppeteer known only as Hindmost, marooned together for more than a decade, escaped from the Ringworld before it disappeared. And throughout those years, as he studied Ringworld technology, Hindmost has plotted to reclaim his power.

One way or another, the fabled puppeteer race may have come to the end of its days.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A new Known Space book, particularly one with new information about Puppeteers and their doings behind the scenes of human history, needs recommending within the science fiction community about as much as a new Harry Potter novel does, well, anywhere. But Niven and Lerner have produced a novel that can stand on its own as well as part of the Known Space franchise.”

    Locus

  • “Exceptional freshness and suspense…Full of startling revelations about human and puppeteer politics.”

    Booklist

  • “Tying together many story threads, the final title in the "Fleet of Worlds" series (a prequel to Niven's "Ringworld" series) brings to a stunning close a multivolume saga that has captured the imaginations of a multitude of readers…Coauthors Niven and Lerner use their expertise in depicting memorable human and alien characters to enhance a story that will attract attention from series fans as well as readers of hard sf.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee | 1/22/2014

    " Although it was definitely amusing to pick up the adventures of characters I'd read a long time ago (I read Ringworld in high school, but never really thought about going back for more), I couldn't maintain a lot of interest in the characters, and only a little more in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 1/14/2014

    " A little difucult should have started the series off with book one but other than that I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 1/14/2014

    " And in the whole series, I waited in vain for someone to shout "Devil take the Hindmost!" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Sebesta | 12/8/2013

    " Too much reaching, too much inuendo, too many miraculous escapes. Not a worthy ending to the saga. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 11/30/2013

    " The knot is too neat. Gaps creak. But a typically great read from Niven. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 11/11/2013

    " Finishes off Known Space, resolving any remaining hints and threads like the bow on a present. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Hanley | 11/10/2013

    " It was a decent conclusion to the Ringworld series. Not my favorite of the books, and I kind of hope this remains the conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Horwath | 10/16/2013

    " Wishing for more, this helped feed my ringworld wants but still I felt it was missing something that the original series had. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 9/7/2013

    " Like the rest of the Fleet of Worlds series, and indeed all books in the Ringworld saga save the original classic, this is a satisfying read if you want to keep your head in the world of the Puppeteers and the Ringworld all the way to the apparent conclusion of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clayton Ellis | 6/1/2013

    " I always enjoy this universe . . . And they left it open for more. Still entertained "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 1/11/2013

    " I have decided the thing I like best about a Larry Niven book is that I am never 100% certain I understood what just happened so I can then go back and read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 nooker | 12/19/2012

    " I found this one really hard to follow. I have not read the prequels, so I don't know if they would help with understanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 10/8/2012

    " Thoroughly enjoyable, I will miss all of these characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 9/26/2012

    " Typical work in the Larry Niven universe. If you've read the other books, read this one to complete the series. If you've never read Niven, read Ringworld. I fell in love with Ringworld 30 years ago and, of all the scifi planets, it the only one where I'd like to retire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al Menaster | 8/27/2012

    " OK, but not great. Intended to tie up all the Niven stuff, protectors, ringworld, fleet of worlds. "

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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 the winner of eight Earphones Awards and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.