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Author: Larry Niven Narrator: Richard Powers Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Series:The Ringworld Series Release Date: October 2011 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781483060132

Publisher Description

It’s been twenty years since the quixotic and worlds-weary Louis Wu discovered the Ringworld. Now he and Speaker-to-Animals are going back, captives of the Hindmost, a deposed puppeteer leader.

With Louis’ help, the Hindmost intends to regain his status by bringing back such extraordinary treasures from the Ringworld that his fellow puppeteers will have to be impressed. But when they arrive, Louis discovers that the Ringworld is no longer stable—and will destroy itself within months. To survive, he must locate the control center of the legendary engineers who built the planet.

His quest becomes a wild and gripping venture blended with the mysteries and spectacular technologies that only Larry Niven can conjure.

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Quotes

  • “The Ringworld Engineers has all the imaginativeness, convincing detail, and narrative vivacity that have come to be associated with the works of Larry Niven. Furthermore, it answers a lot of questions that have been tantalizing his readers for a long time. Most highly recommended!”

    - Poul Anderson
  • “Adventurous exploration of a mind-boggling landscape.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “This rousing sequel to the classic Ringworld continues the adventures of Louis Wu and Speaker-to-Animals on that fantastic planet.”

    - School Library Journal
  • “When I finished The Ringworld Engineers, I cleared my calendar for a week, sat down, and reread every word of the Known Space cycle from scratch, then reread TRE. It was worth the effort, and left me staggered by the breadth and scope of Larry’s vision…If you count yourself as a true friend of Larry Niven, race right out there and get this one.”

    - Analog Science Fiction Magazine

Awards

  • An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • Finalist for the 1981 Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • Nominated for the 1981 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " More technical than Ringworld but also more disturbing in a good way. "

    - carl, 2/14/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This one was even a little more disappointing than the first - in order to fit into this story, Niven contradicted what was basically the whole point of the first book. Again, an entertaining story that keps you reading, but disappointing characters, uninspired aliens and a bad ending ruined the redeeming qualities of the book. Maybe I'll change the rating after reading the third book, we'll have to wait and see. "

    - Tyler, 2/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not as good as the earlier books. "

    - Curtis, 2/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Sequel to the original. It was good, but I think I am done with the series. "

    - MVV, 2/7/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Enjoyable - definitely feels like more of a set-up to a bigger story! "

    - Kris, 2/2/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I just finished RINGWORLD and loved it so I thought I'd keep going. We'll see how far I get. Definitely won't be reading RINGWORLD THRONE. Sorry, Larry. "

    - Sean, 1/25/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Felt somewhat contrived at parts, but overall a good read. "

    - Cory, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I like Niven's take on hard SF. Worth reading. It was a little bit hung up on sexy times, though. "

    - doug, 1/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great follow-on to Ringworld. Answers a lot of questions and ties up some loose ends. "

    - Jan, 1/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was not as good as the first. "

    - Dennis, 12/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Grand vision that challenged my imagination, but was sometime hard to follow. "

    - Kris, 12/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I enjoy Niven, he is very Assimov like only witha pg13 rating. Good science "

    - Kevin, 12/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Again, interesting to learn more about the world. Don't really care about or for the characters. "

    - Unit, 12/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I stopped reading at page 108. Maybe I will continue again one day, but until that day my rating is one as I didn't like it enough to finish. The story felt very similar to the first story and I didn't feel like I was learning more about the Ringworld. "

    - Jeanne, 12/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This seemed a little disjointed and I had trouble following it. "

    - Teddy, 12/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " a disappointing sequel to ringworld. overall it's a good story but it pales to near-insignificance compared to its predecessor. not one of niven's best efforts. "

    - Sara, 10/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Very bad. Only read if you are one of the last people on the planet who has no TV and cannot aimlessly watch hours of [fill in whatever mindless TV show your prefer]. "

    - Lucinda, 8/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Even sillier than the original. Just can't take it seriously. It's almost like Gulivers Travels in a SciFi setting. "

    - Gordon, 6/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A sequel that lives up to, if not surpasses, the legendary original. "

    - Constantine, 4/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Back to the Ringworld, but this time, we get to learn about what makes it tick. All the right characters are back, and the writing is again strong. Once again, a satisfying read. "

    - Mark, 4/18/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Good, but not as good as the first book, Ringworld. "

    - Owen, 2/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I heard the sequels were not as good as the original. Someone wrote "don't bother with the sequel." I quite enjoyed this and if the rest of the sequels are as good, I'll probably read through them all. "

    - John, 2/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This book disappointed me. It explained quite a bit and took a lot of the mystery of the Ringworld from me. "

    - Daniel, 10/12/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The Ringworld Engineers by Larry Niven (1980) "

    - Roman, 10/1/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " See review of Ringworld. Never finished the series. "

    - Bob(by), 6/18/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Loaded as an audiobook on my iPhone. This'll be my next audiobook, starting on tomorrow morning's commute. "

    - Jessica, 2/15/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The science is brilliant, but his descriptions of almost everything are unintelligible. "

    - Rusty, 12/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Liked this one better than the first one. The female characters get better roles, there's more twists in the plot, and hey--libraries! I like a good library scene. "

    - Lauren, 10/12/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A fun return to ringworld, but little more than that for me. "

    - Brent, 9/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " More technical than Ringworld but also more disturbing in a good way. "

    - carl, 9/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A bit less 'Captain Kirk' than the first book. The explanations were more comprehensive. "

    - Rick, 7/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " from my science fiction days, ok follow-on from ringworld "

    - Cirque, 6/12/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not as good as the 1st novel "

    - Steve, 5/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I stopped reading at page 108. Maybe I will continue again one day, but until that day my rating is one as I didn't like it enough to finish. The story felt very similar to the first story and I didn't feel like I was learning more about the Ringworld. "

    - Jeanne, 5/28/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Bigger, better story. Better ending. Weirder beginning. "

    - Darren, 5/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The heros are back on the Ringworld pieceing together more of the puzzle. My favourite of all of the series. 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. "

    - Mark, 4/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Almost as good as the first book "

    - Bryan, 4/8/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This seemed a little disjointed and I had trouble following it. "

    - Teddy, 4/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The sense of adventure and wonder returns, along with the mysteries of the massive ring. Taken back to the Ringworld, Louis Wu and Speaker-to-Animals (now known as Chmeee) must choose between saving themselves, or saving everyone. "

    - Brian, 2/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Could've alternately been titled "Luis Wu And His Quest To Have Intercourse With All Of Known Space" "

    - Lee, 2/22/2011

About the Author

Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo, Locus, and Nebula Award–winning author of science fiction short stories and novels, including the Ringworld series, as well as many other science fiction masterpieces. His Footfall, coauthored with Jerry Pournelle, was a New York Times bestseller.

About the Narrator

Richard Powers has published thirteen novels. He is a MacArthur Fellow and received the National Book Award. His book, The Overstory, won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.