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
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.
© 1970 by Larry Niven
“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.”
“[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.”
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One of my favorite novelsNovember 26, 2013I first listened to this for free during the dot.com boom. When I found it on this site for purchase, I didn't think twice before buying; it is one of the best narrations I have heard of any novel, and it is one of my favorite novels. Larry Niven seems more clear-minded in his storytelling in this Ringword priemere than he does in sequels, which drown in drugs and sex (Wireheads and Rishathra).
Ok as recommendedMarch 31, 2013I remember a few of my friends recommending and referring to this book a great deal while I was growing up. As I did not like reading much, and did not know much about audiobooks at the time, I never really gave much consideration to the series. When I found out that Downpour/Blackstone Audio carried this title, this became my first real experience to the series, as well as audiobooks. I am now hooked. The book was written very well and narrated by one of the best readers in the industry, Grover Gardner. I would recommend this title and series to any scifi buff.
Wonderful with a few quirksMarch 6, 2013I really enjoyed this book. While I agree that this is fine piece of science fiction literature, there were parts that were a little slow and the ending is abrupt. But at its core, Ringworld is a real treat of science fiction. The audiobook is very well read and the characters come alive. Would definitely recommend.
A true gem of Science FictionDecember 13, 2012For any person who identifies as a fan of science fiction, Larry Niven's "Ringworld" is at the top of the list for must read books. A true pioneer of the genre, Niven's seminal work has been an inspiration to many and true joy for millions. I am so glad to be able to add this audio version to my collection. I like the narrators voice and I look forward to listening to Ringworld again and again.
A must for Larry Niven fans.December 13, 2012A must for fans of Larry Niven's fine sci-fi series. Grover Gardner's award-winning voice tells an engaging story of art, technology and imagination. Good for when you want to escape.
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.