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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,611 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: July 2013 ISBN: 9781470898847
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Leaving Earth, the crew of the spaceship Discipline were prepared for a routine assignment. Dispatched by the all-powerful State on a mission of interstellar exploration and colonization, Discipline was aided—and secretly spied upon—by Sharls Davis Kendy, an emotionless computer intelligence programmed to monitor the loyalty and obedience of the crew. What they weren’t prepared for, however, was the Smoke Ring—an immense, gaseous envelope that had formed around a neutron star directly in their path. The Smoke Ring was home to a variety of plant and animal life-forms evolved to thrive in conditions of continual free fall. When Discipline encountered it, something went wrong. The crew abandoned ship and fled to the unlikely space oasis.

Five hundred years later, the descendants of the Discipline crew living on the Smoke Ring no longer remember their origins. Earth is more myth than memory, and no recollection of the State remains. But Kendy remembers. And just outside the Smoke Ring, Discipline waits patiently to make contact with its wayward children.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Niven’s masterly use of SF strategies once more hits every note, springing surprises and plot turns with dizzying pace.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Niven has come up with an idea about as far out as one can get…This is certainly classic science fiction—the idea is truly the hero.”

    Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

  • Winner of the 1985 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
  • A 1985 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 1984 Nebula Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wetdryvac | 2/9/2014

    " Another elementary school late night read. I remember there being so many WTF moments in this book that my disbelief simply kicked in and stayed in. Not what I look for from a book. Need to re-read now and see if I was missing some reach of science on Niven's part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Rawski | 1/28/2014

    " Another great world created by Larry Niven, very airy and captivating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clark | 1/28/2014

    " I'm not sure when I first read this, but I became an instant Larry Niven fan. The combination of fantasy and sci-fi caught me like my friend Matt's Venus fly traps...(heh) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 1/25/2014

    " Excellent study of a civilization living in a strange environment. A nice addition to Larry's "The State" universe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 1/23/2014

    " I love Niven's ability to imagine new worlds, and human societies very different from our own. If you like fun escapist sci-fi, then this should appeal. "

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

    " Doesn't have the humor or character development in Ringworld, but this world is equally imaginative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 poetsespresso Anderson | 1/8/2014

    " I loved this book. Growing up, it fueled my imagination and created new worlds, full of imagination and ideas and senses. If you like science OR fiction you must read this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nachtkind | 12/12/2013

    " Just a lot of fun. "

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

    " I sort of liked this book until my favorite character (or the only character I felt any sympathy for) was forced to do something I couldn't forgive. Excellent world-building by Niven. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/14/2013

    " I read this serialized in Analog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Webber | 11/4/2013

    " As with most Niven books, the setting is the thing. There was more character development than in his other stories to balance the concept of living a primitive existence in zero gravity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Palmer | 10/24/2013

    " Life is interesting living in a gas torus around a neutron star. I have read this book several times and it is always fun!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryo Chijiiwa | 10/4/2013

    " Entertaining, but some of the "science" seemed implausible (e.g. significant physiological "evolutionary" change to the human species in only 500 years). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike H. | 10/3/2013

    " I've read this first as a kid and I've reread it several times. It always brings back a sense of nostalgia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 9/26/2013

    " Classic old-school sci-fi: weird solar system, no gravity, humans have evolved prehensile toes... you get the picture. I think the book jacket says it all: "The idea is truly the hero." You won't get attached to any of the characters, but it's still engaging reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bradford | 4/6/2013

    " Great setting, bad plot, awful characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Jacobs | 3/28/2013

    " One of my absolute favorite two books of all time. Niven's imagination and the scope of this one was breathtaking. A civilization living in freefall. Wow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/12/2013

    " Very interesting world, with an acceptable story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 10/22/2012

    " This book was a pleasure to read. SciFi that bends what you know about gravity, the earth beneath your feet, and other "absolutes." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zachary Stewart | 8/12/2012

    " An amazing idea. Iffy execution. A sign of Niven starting to lose it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica Keepe | 6/18/2012

    " Didn't much care for this book, it was very strange.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 6/5/2012

    " Larry Niven has created a world without gravity. A remarkable departure from the status quo: life in a gas cloud instead of a solid planet. Good fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 5/25/2012

    " Fascinating. Niven creates another believable world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TQM Doctor | 3/2/2012

    " A confusing book to get started with. So much so that it took me two tries to get into it. But once I started to understand this new universe, the story began to be much more enjoyable. Now I'm on to the next in the two-book series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacia | 11/10/2011

    " Probably my favorite Niven. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 9/29/2011

    " Life in a zero G atmosphere. Essentially, its a civilization in the sky. Crazy stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 8/11/2011

    " Great ideas of a spacefaring society living in huge trees living in space. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael B | 7/9/2011

    " Excellent hard science-fiction. Niven creates a very well-realized setting for his characters and propels them in an engrossing story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matt | 4/25/2011

    " The setting is a world fascinating in its oddity...but Niven fails miserably with his characters. They are shallow and boring, and the story goes nowhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shido | 4/25/2011

    " Another great Larry Niven fiction. Larry has a brilliant imagination. Imagine human beings living in a free-fall world where they depend on giant floating trees as their land! Larry always attempts to bring science into his narratives, and he does so again with his story The Integral Trees. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 9/6/2010

    " Read in serial form in Analog. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Morgan | 6/2/2010

    " I wish I could give this negative stars. Good ideas embedded in sickening sexism and mediocre writing. I couldn't get past the first few chapters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 5/13/2010

    " This was a decent book, with a pretty cool science fiction premise. Not sure I'd necessarily recommend reading it unless you like science fiction or Larry Niven, but it wasn't painful to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gendou | 1/23/2010

    " Comparable with Ringworld, and just as physically interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 1/19/2010

    " A Sci-Fi novel that takes places in a breathable gas cloud orbiting a star in a low gravity environment. It might remind you of the "islands in the sky" in the film 'Avatar' though these are humans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 7/13/2009

    " An intriguing set up. Couldn't really geat my head around the science of how the smoke ring worked but it was certainly interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 4/9/2009

    " Tremendous fun as only Niven can write... a return to "sense of wonder" SF. Another gigantic ring habitat.... but this one is a gas torus around a nearly dead neutron star! Very cool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/14/2007

    " While this doesn't quite manage to capture the imagination the way [title: Ringworld] did, it is still an enjoyable read. "

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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.