Ringworld’s Children

By Larry Niven
Read by Barrett Whitener

The Ringworld Series: Book 4

9.32 Hours 10/01/2004 unabridged
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Welcome to a world like no other. The Ringworld is a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band three million times the surface of the Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of whom are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe. Explorer Louis Wu, an Earth-born human who was part of the first expedition to Ringworld, becomes enmeshed in interplanetary and interspecies intrigue as war and a powerful new weapon threaten to tear the Ringworld apart forever. Now the future of Ringworld lies in the actions of its children: Tunesmith, the Ghould protector; Acolyte, the exiled son of Speaker-to-Animals, and Wembleth, a strange Ringworld native with a mysterious past. All must play a dangerous game in order to save Ringworld’s population—and the stability of Ringworld itself. Blending awe-inspiring science with non-stop action and fun, Ringworld’s Children is the perfect introduction for readers new to this New York Times bestselling series, and long-time fans won’t want to miss it.

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Summary

Summary

Welcome to a world like no other.

The Ringworld is a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band three million times the surface of the Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of whom are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe.

Explorer Louis Wu, an Earth-born human who was part of the first expedition to Ringworld, becomes enmeshed in interplanetary and interspecies intrigue as war and a powerful new weapon threaten to tear the Ringworld apart forever. Now the future of Ringworld lies in the actions of its children: Tunesmith, the Ghould protector; Acolyte, the exiled son of Speaker-to-Animals, and Wembleth, a strange Ringworld native with a mysterious past. All must play a dangerous game in order to save Ringworld’s population—and the stability of Ringworld itself.

Blending awe-inspiring science with non-stop action and fun, Ringworld’s Children is the perfect introduction for readers new to this New York Times bestselling series, and long-time fans won’t want to miss it.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Great story telling is still alive in science fiction because of Larry Niven, and his finest work is the Ringworld series.” Orson Scott Card
“Niven’s masterly use of SF strategies hits every note and springs surprises and plot turns with dizzying pace. Niven…lifts readers far from the conventional world—and does it with dash.” Los Angeles Times
“Niven jams enough ideas for several novels into each one he creates.” Seattle Times
“I enjoyed nearly every minute of the nine and a half hours of listening in Ringworld’s Children. In fact, I would have been happy with another nine hours!” SFFAudio.com

Reviews

Reviews

by Chmee 9/13/2017
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A good Niven story, marred by inaccurate voice acting

The narration for this book is done by Barrett Whitener. Previous books had Paul M Garcia as the narrator. Unfortunately, it seems like Whitener didn't take the time to research and listen to the previous narrations. In the previous books Kzinti had voices that sounded like enormous predators. Whitener's Kzinti sound like Yogi Bear. Kzinti are meant to be scary hunters, not imbecilic teddy bears.
Protector's suffer from similar voicing problems. In the previous narrations the Protectors Bram and Tunesmith had slower, deliberate voices with little emotion and slightly slurred speech caused by anatomical differences in a Protector's lips and jaw. Whitener has the Protector Tunesmith sounding like an overly friendly Jim Carrey from the Truman show.
There are other errors too. For example the pronunciation of Ringworld words like "flup" are entirely different than in past books. I could look past these if the character voices weren't so off.

To Whitener's credit Louie Wu is well-voiced.

The story itself is good though; just I would encourage reader's to actually read this one and skip the audio book.
by Orlando 9/13/2017
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A Sore Disappointment After the First Three

As readers go, Barrett Whitener tried but failed to capture the world of Larry Niven as did Paul Michael Garcia. Paul labored to make this book sing -- made me feel like Niven's world was alive. Unfortunately, Barrett Whitener did not continue the character voices in the same manner so the joy of listening to this great book was MUCH lessened. If I were King of the Ringworld (or our world), I would -- in deference to Barrett's good try at reading -- rehire Paul Garcia to do the job again, OR if not available, have Barrett redo the story and mimic the voices of the Puppeteer, Louis Wu, the Kzin, and the protectors in the same manner as Garcia. This reading needs it.

Author

Author Bio: 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 9.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English