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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,666 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: December 2013 ISBN: 9781482947878
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In the free-fall environment of the Smoke Ring, descendants of the crew of the Discipline no longer remember their Earth roots or the existence of Sharls Davis Kendy, the computer-program despot of the ship—until Kendy initiates contact once more.

Fourteen years later, only Jeffer, the Citizens Tree Scientist, knows that Kendy is still watching and waiting. Then, when the Citizens Tree people rescue a family of loggers, they learn for the first time of the Admiralty, a large society living in free fall amid the floating debris called the Clump. It is likely that the Admiralty has maintained, intact, Discipline’s original computer library. Exploration is a temptation neither Jeffer nor Kendy can resist, and neither Citizens Tree nor Sharls Davis Kendy will ever be the same again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The setting of Niven’s 1984 novel The Integral Trees was striking and imaginative, even for this acclaimed world builder; it’s well worth the second visit made in this sequel….A wonderful imaginary world, where people can fly like birds and ponds full of fish hang in midair.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cary Spratt | 1/29/2014

    " An excellent sequel to 'The Integral Trees', picking up the story about 15 years later. More of the smoke ring ecology is described and Kendy learns the truth about the mutiny that he had deleted from his memory banks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 1/29/2014

    " While not quite as good as, and a bit more confusing than, The Integral Trees, this was still quite enjoyable. It was good to pick up the characters where the story left off and get a bit more of the backstory, especially on the mysterious Kendy. It would be even better if Niven ever decides to wrap up the remaining loose ends, perhaps showing what the Smoke Ring civilization might look like a generation or two down the line, but I would bet against him picking the thread back up again twenty years after the last installment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 1/28/2014

    " Just started. For now it seems very typical of Larry Niven's hard scifi. It's very enjoyable to enter the physically strange worlds that he cooks up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey Wheeler | 1/17/2014

    " This is another book in the author's Ringworld series. As with the other books it is very helpful if the reader has at least some understanding of astronomy, physics, chemistry and biology as the author refers to various terms and situations that are scientific in nature without any real explanation of what it means. It is not intended to be a stand alone book. One needs to read the previous ones in the series before reading this one or the reader will be challenged to adequately follow the plot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teddy | 1/11/2014

    " I started listening to this one and just couldn't get into it. There was a little too much technical and not enough people development for my liking and there are just too many books out there to spend time on the ones that I am reading strictly for pleasure, but not enjoying. "

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

    " Sequel to The Integral Trees. Classic Niven--intriguing astrophysics situation with a story wrapped around it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 10/10/2013

    " Sequel to Integral Trees, it follows the adventures of the people of Citizens Tree as they encounter the Admiralty in the Clump. We find out more about Sharls Davis Kendy as he rediscovers the memories he deleted about the origins of the people in the Smoke Ring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike H. | 9/12/2013

    " The end of this book was set up for a sequel but none was ever written. Kind of annoying if you ask me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 7/12/2013

    " The sequel to the Integral Trees. Although it had some of the same characters as before, the main character from the first book didn't star in this one. Again, it had some cool science fiction stuff in it, but it was also a little hokey, too. Not a bad read, but not a great one, either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregg | 6/27/2013

    " I feel like there is still room for another in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zachary Stewart | 9/17/2012

    " The second story of the most fantastic of Niven Worlds. The story is much smaller than the setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 5/12/2012

    " A fun read, not as good as the ringworld buck I have read. But worth the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 1/8/2012

    " Read this originally while in the Navy. Fantasy world where existence is within a small halo of atmosphere. Adaptive human life lives within fauna of this halo. Pure fantasy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Lee | 11/30/2011

    " great old fashioned sci fi with a great whalen cover "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.D. Beckwith | 10/4/2010

    " Niven's worldbuilding at its best! Great Read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 9/14/2010

    " Just started. For now it seems very typical of Larry Niven's hard scifi. It's very enjoyable to enter the physically strange worlds that he cooks up. "

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

    " The sequel to the Integral Trees. Although it had some of the same characters as before, the main character from the first book didn't star in this one. Again, it had some cool science fiction stuff in it, but it was also a little hokey, too. Not a bad read, but not a great one, either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 7/6/2009

    " Read this originally while in the Navy. Fantasy world where existence is within a small halo of atmosphere. Adaptive human life lives within fauna of this halo. Pure fantasy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas | 7/26/2008

    " Sequel to The Integral Trees. Classic Niven--intriguing astrophysics situation with a story wrapped around it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 5/7/2008

    " He's great at creating very imaginative alien environments, but not so good at creating realistic characters. At the end of the book, I still felt like the characters were shallow sketches. But, at least I did make it to the end of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 7/7/2007

    " The end of this book was set up for a sequel but none was ever written. Kind of annoying if you ask me. "

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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.