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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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “[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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by Jeremy Keenan | 2/16/2014

    " more Halo... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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. "

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