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Betrayer of Worlds

Narrated by: Tom Weiner
Series: Known Space, Book 11, Ringworld Prequels, Book 4
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Summary

Since fleeing the supernova chain reaction at the galactic core, the cowardly Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds have - just barely - survived one crisis after another: the rebellion of their human slaves, the relentless questing of the species of Known Space, the spectacular rise of the starfishlike Gw'oth, the onslaught of the genocidal Pak.

Now fresh disaster looms, as though past crises have returned and converged. Who can possibly save the Fleet this time?

Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo and Nebula award–winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. Edward M. Lerner has degrees in physics and computer science, a background that kept him mostly out of trouble until he began writing science fiction full-time.

©2010 Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

“Exceptional freshness and suspense…full of startling revelations about human and puppeteer politics.” ( Booklist)
“Niven and Lerner have produced a novel that can stand on its own as well as part of the Known Space franchise.” ( Locus)
“A far-future SF mystery/adventure set two centuries before the discovery of the Ringworld by humans…Intriguing human and alien characters and lucid scientific detail.” ( Library Journal)

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Sorry, so very sorry

I loved the Earlier Mote books but this one just bored me to tears,so very very sorry but was just boring and in the end I gave up on it.

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Wait for it...

Niven has created such a rich universe with Known Space that initially spending the first third of the book in one confined space seems a waste. However Niven WITH Weiner can produce excellent Character focused stories and that's what this book is.
It builds on the past 40 years of existing Known Space fiction while not overtly relying on it and the ending is genius, using the perfectly paced build up till we get to the "Oh Really!" moment.

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Agree with others. Known Space Series too large

I'm a huge Larry Niven fan, it was him, Isaac Asimov and Michael Moorcock who let me in to the world of Sci Fi while I was a student in the 1980s. I was very happy to find out that Larry Niven had continued the Known Space series in recent years and listened to the first four through my library, but have had to get the 5th (this) and 6th from Audible.

The biggest problem with the whole 'Worlds' series (not Ring World series) is that Larry Niven has tried to do a series of stories from the perspectives of the Puppeteers and also a human race/tribe who have come about through a pre Ring World incident (if you're thinking of listening to this book then you'll have read/listened to the previous 4 and so know the back ground). Problem is the stories tend to delve and mire in Puppeteer politics, not all of which work. This book is no better or worse than the previous ones in the series, but they are not a patch on Niven's writings from the 1970s through to 90s.

If you're a fan then you should listen to this book (through the series) to help complete the over all story, but if you're new to Niven or don not see anything special in his work then it's not worth going through this series.

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Betrayer of Known-Space?

A poor end to the Fleet of Worlds series, It got too much into puppeteer politics and current day Political Correctness.

It Did however fulfilled Niven’s ‘Stated’ wish to undermine the original Known-Space series of short stories.

(See “N-Space” for reference here)

He was told by his publisher at that time that this kind of sabotage (Working title “Down in Flames”) would destroy his career…

As he got older her appears to not care so much,



Has a book, it’s just about passable - But for the penultimate book of the Worlds/Ringword series - NO. It doesn’t’ work.

(Gotta wonder how much damage was inflicted by the co-author?)

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  • Raymond
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 14-06-11

Betrayer of Worlds

This will be a classic series of books in the future, read them now, I can't wait for more!

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