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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,862 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Niven Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ringworld Series Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455172467
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The artifact is a vast circular ribbon of matter, some 180 million miles across, with a sun at its center. Pierson’s puppeteers—strange, three-legged, two-headed aliens—discovered this “Ringworld” in a hitherto unexplored part of the galaxy. Curious about the immense structure, but frightened by the prospect of meeting the builders, they set about assembling a team to explore it:

Louis Wu, human—old and bored with having lived too fully for too many years, seeking an adventure, and all too capable of handling it.

Nessus, puppeteer—a trembling coward from a species with an inbuilt survival pattern of nonviolence. This particular puppeteer, however, is insane.

Speaker-to-Animals, kzin—large, orange-furred, and carnivorous. The kzin are one of the most savage life-forms known.

The party’s expedition, however, goes disastrously wrong when their ship crash-lands and its motley crew faces a daunting trek across thousands of miles of Ringworld territory.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Larry Niven’s 1970 Hugo Award winner, Ringworld, is arguably one of the most influential science fiction novels of the past fifty years…It’s clear that Ringworld hasn’t just become a cultural staple because it’s a good idea: its inspirational power comes from Niven’s success in bringing it to life. The sense of scale and wonder is joyful. I challenge you to read it without feeling awestruck.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “[Grover Gardner] captures the personalities of the travelers through individual vocalization and provides smooth, expressive narration. The listener is soon caught up in the adventures of these vivid characters as they struggle to survive…A rousing adventure.”

    AudioFile

  • “Niven’s style is such that you can be awed, then titillated, then amused all on the same page…After more than thirty years, the story remains interesting, and the ideas fascinating. I highly recommend this audiobook, whether you’ve experienced Ringworld already or not. I enjoyed every minute.”

    SFFAudio

  • “[Gardner] skillfully uses inflection and timing to heighten drama or highlight humorous details as appropriate. Parker deftly brings to life Louis Wu and other members of the ‘motley crew’…This is SF—and narration—at its best.”

    Kliatt

  • Winner of the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 1971 Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 1971 Locus Award for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kirrus | 2/20/2014

    " I'm giving up on this! For something I eagerly awaited coming through my Bookmooch wishlist, I just can't attain full-immersion into the book. It's not gripping me. A shame! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 TQM Doctor | 2/17/2014

    " A very slow book that strayed from the plot (didn't know there was one) continuously. Very booooooring!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy Keenan | 2/16/2014

    " more Halo... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/10/2014

    " I loved the original Ringworld. This one only ok. Parts of it were outright boring - vampire hunting. The protector portion at the end just felt confusing and lame. I wasn't all that impressed really but felt like I needed closure. I'll probably read Ringworld Children as well but I don't anticipate being impressed. I still love the concept of Ringworld and there are so many possibilities....its a shame that it was squandered. "

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

    " Not quite as good as the first two in the series. I seemed to get lost in the narrative and spent half the book in bewilderment instead of wonder. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 1/23/2014

    " Disappointing third book in the Ringworld Series. Way too much focus on Rishathra and too many characters to realistically follow. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 1/15/2014

    " I almost never quit reading a book. But I quit this one about 20 pages in. Simply terrible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Junius Johnson | 1/9/2014

    " Not as good as Ringworld Engineers, to my mind. The story seemed to meander a bit, and once the real plotline hits, several characters with whom we have spent a lot of time just get dropped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 1/7/2014

    " Another Ringworld sequel. This one was starting to get a little weird. I didn't like it quite as much as Niven's earlier work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wes Hofmann | 1/1/2014

    " 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. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clark | 12/28/2013

    " I know Larry had to establish the depth of the various cultures on the Ringworld, but I felt much of it to be gratuitous and I almost stopped reading it. I'm glad I kept at it because I was satisfied with the ending. This was not nearly as good as the first 2 Ringworld books, imho... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Drybrough | 12/18/2013

    " third novel out of a series of 4 read the first two or i garentee youll never understand it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hien | 12/3/2013

    " Rishathra out the wazoo or in the wazoo as the case may be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 11/22/2013

    " Finally finished this one. Definitely a clunker. And then you get to the end and you find out that you have to read the next book to get the end of the story. Bleh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joshua | 5/16/2013

    " Disjointed. Terrible writing style. Too many characters introduced last-minute. One of Niven's worst books. As "WTF?" as Rainbow Mars (please, don't read that one). Only reading to see the overall plot of the Ringworld. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ghoover318 | 4/17/2013

    " Confusing end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Da | 8/14/2012

    " I'm pretty sure I finished the book, had to force myself. The ring world idea carried me through a lot of books, but boy did I feel like I was scraping bottom on decent reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jerry | 4/25/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carl | 4/19/2012

    " Gotta be pretty hard core to get thru this 3rd book in the RW series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew Mcdouall | 4/7/2012

    " Really it was OK, but it took a damn long time to get there. Too much rishing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fred | 9/10/2011

    " The series started out as pretty good sci-fi, but vampires? C'mon... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tyler | 4/29/2011

    " Disappointing is the main word I have for this series. While it had some interesting ideas, the plot always fizzled out. All three books started in a good way, but the story always ended me with a feeling of being cheated. Not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/21/2011

    " This is the third book in the Ringworld series, and brings the series to a satisfactory conclusion. A war threatens to destroy Ringworld, and a rejuvenated Louis Wu is instrumental in assisting the new generation of Ringworld residents in developing a solution.
    "

  • 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.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tristan | 8/31/2010

    " It is on page 250 of 288: It's a great concusion to the seris, though I would have made it very different. I'm glad Louis Wu didn't end as a protecter. I dont like clifhanger endings. At least to a seris.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/29/2010

    " Not bad. Feels sorta like this was a re-hash of the first book in some ways (stranded, confused) but still an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 8/26/2009

    " After the greatness that was Ringworld and the awfulness that was Ringworld Throne, I didn't know what to expect, but this was a decent book, and it adds some layers to Ringworld that didn't exist before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fred | 3/25/2009

    " Although I didn't particularly like the previous installment, I gave this final book in the series a shot. It was much more enjoyable read than I was expecting. Niven got it together for this finale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 12/12/2008

    " Much better than Ringworld Throne, but otherwise forgetable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 10/17/2008

    " Fun read, the ending was a little too open. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremy | 10/14/2008

    " i dont know why vampires got added... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hien | 8/27/2008

    " Still way too much rishathra but at least we have protectors duking it out which is always enjoyable to read.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 7/14/2008

    " 4th and final novel in the series tying together all the loose ends and leaves you wit ha smile "

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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

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.