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3.00049067713445 out of 53.00049067713445 out of 53.00049067713445 out of 53.00049067713445 out of 53.00049067713445 out of 5 3.00 (4,076 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Niven Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2013 ISBN: 9781482948035
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This Hugo-nominated work is a classic of Niven’s Known Space saga.

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.

He was never seen again—at least not by those alive at the time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Both halves of the book are permeated with the ingenuity that has been the driving energy of Niven’s stories since his earliest work.”

    Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

  • A 1974 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 1974 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 2/12/2017

    " Phssthpok the Pak was by any definition an epic hero. Too bad Mankind is so frightfully independent! Protector is perhaps my favorite book in Larry Niven's Known Space universe. I have read more than a couple paperbacks to death over the years, and now have a kindle version which should last longer. But my new love is audiobooks in my earbugs while I work, so I purchased a copy from audiobookstore.com. It was my first purchase from them, and I didn't know what to expect. Needless to say I was very pleasantly surprised! The narration easily adjusts itself in my mind to the countless readings I've done of the book over the years, and really brings it to life! Well done! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 2/1/2014

    " The Protector was a genius. Great classic sci-fi with great ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/28/2014

    " Just love the idea that humans are meant to undergo a metamorphosis and how it neatly fits in with human physiology after age 35 or so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cptcrackers | 1/13/2014

    " Awesome quick read. Probably most interesting if you've read the Ringworld or other Known Space books, but will stand on its own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bradley | 1/12/2014

    " Just good, hard Sci-Fi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Sammis | 1/12/2014

    " One of my favorite Niven novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefan Vucak | 1/7/2014

    " A great entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey | 1/6/2014

    " Not as good as Asimov, but interesting and good on the detail. Very inventive storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Jacoby | 12/23/2013

    " This was one of the more challenging books that I read as a teenage scifi fan. But I found that I just could not put it down. This led me to reading other novels by Larry Niven, most of which were a good blend of science, science fiction, and good story telling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus | 12/18/2013

    " I really liked this book. It has held up well with age. My only complaint is that the martians felt tacked on and completely unnecessary to the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aaron Anderson | 12/13/2013

    " Useful story, for Niven's Known Space universe, but the actual book wasn't very compelling to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sourabh Mookherjee | 9/9/2012

    " Totally indescribable. Probably one of the best science fiction book that I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 6/6/2012

    " As with most of the 'Known Space' stories, this is a great premise even if the execution is a little inelegant. I've stayed away from funny smelling bananas ever since reading this, and I've been keenly interested in strange sides of biology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 NiJaal | 5/28/2012

    " I just happened to time the reading of this book perfectly. I read it shortly after I read Ringworld. Things started to make more sense as I moved into Ringworld Engineers and Ringworld Throne. It is a bit slow in places but it picks up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 4/20/2012

    " The review for this book is on Episode 15 of ComicPop Library. It will be uploaded Friday (March 30) or Monday (April 2, 2012). You can find the podcast on iTunes or listen at our website at comicpoplibrary.com. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 3/4/2012

    " Very thoughtful and critical foundation information needed when reading the classic 'Ringworld Engineers' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leif | 8/1/2011

    " This is actually one of my favorite Niven books. I think this is one of his best formats. The story is long enough to be engaging, but not so long that the novelty of the idea starts to wear off. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashish | 5/9/2011

    " Again, so-so. Too many characters, hard to keep track. Some story arcs feel too trivial in the larger scheme, others too large to absorb. I rate this worse than Children.
    Somehow felt very... lost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 4/16/2011

    " Loved all of the books in this series.
    A great imaginative world, books have a great flow very easy to read impossible to put down at times.
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cold | 12/7/2010

    " The first two Ringworld books were a lot of fun. This one was boring as hell and dragged on forever. I am not a quitter when it comes to reading books. I like to give the benefit of the doubt and stick it out until the end. I couldn't here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wes | 11/4/2010

    " I can't believe this is Niven... maybe I'll finish this book someday, but there are too many good books out there to read to waste any more time on this. I got about 2/5 of the way through and I've completely lost interest. :( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jerry | 5/12/2010

    " Glad I am done with the series, or at least all that I am going to read. Didn't enjoy the series at all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fisher | 3/20/2010

    " The worst novel I have ever read across any genre. The flimsy less-than-half-assed plot combined with the piss poor prose makes this book near impossible to read. Science Fiction at its worst. I dare you to see for yourself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse | 3/1/2010

    " Not as good as the first 2. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Booknerd | 1/10/2010

    " This was a disappointment. I mean, Niven knows how to get you to turn the page, but the first part of the story is about characters I'm not really attached to, and the second part was something of a rushed train wreck. It's the opposite of over-written, it was under-written "

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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.