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    • Ringworld

    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Tom Parker
    • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 647
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      4 out of 5 stars 541
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      4 out of 5 stars 541

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel Ringworld is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Vast

    • By aeromys on 21-07-15

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Lucifer's Hammer

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 24 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 745
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 559
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 556

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best-of genre

    • By Tara on 24-12-12

    Regular price: £20.19

    • The Ringworld Throne

    • The Ringworld Series, Book 3
    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
    • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 61

    Come back to the Ringworld - the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to myriad humanoid races, and world of some of the most beloved science fiction stories ever written.

    The human Louis Wu; the puppeteer known as the Hindmost; Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee: legendary beings brought together once again in the defense of the Ringworld. Something is going on with the protectors.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Worst so far in series. Very poor.

    • By Mr. J. Forsyth on 11-12-16

    Regular price: £21.69

    • The Gripping Hand

    • By: Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
    • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 99

    Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award-winning authors of such best sellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote, and to the universe of Kevin Renner and Horace Bury, of Rod Blaine and Sally Fowler. There, 25 years have passed since humanity quarantined the mysterious aliens known as Moties within the confines of their own solar system. They have spent a quarter century analyzing and agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens mankind has ever encountered - a race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function: Master, Mediator, Engineer, Warrior.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Waited for more

    • By Mara on 07-07-14

    Regular price: £27.49

    • The Mote in God's Eye

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: L J Ganser
    • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 493
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 343
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 349

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A classic showing its age

    • By Simon on 25-11-14

    Regular price: £20.19

    • The Ringworld Engineers

    • The Ringworld Series, Book 2
    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
    • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 147

    It’s been 20 years since the quixotic and worldsweary Louis Wu discovered the Ringworld. Now he and SpeakertoAnimals are going back, captives of the Hindmost, a deposed puppeteer leader.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Best Ringworld Novel

    • By Stephen on 26-11-11

    Regular price: £21.69

    • Gateways

    • Original New Stories Inspired by Frederik Pohl
    • By: Elizabeth Anne Hull (editor), Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, and others
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    It isn’t easy to get a group of bestselling SF authors to write new stories for an anthology, but that’s what Elizabeth Anne Hull has done in this powerhouse book. With original, captivating tales by Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Ben Bova, David Brin, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Joe Haldeman, Harry Harrison, Larry Niven, Vernor Vinge, Gene Wolfe, and others, Gateways is a SF event that will be a must-buy for SF readers of all tastes, from the traditional to the cutting edge; from the darkly serious to the laugh-out-loud funny.

    Regular price: £28.99

    • Fleet of Worlds

    • 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld
    • By: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Fleet of Worlds takes a closer look at Human-Puppeteer (Citizen) relations and the events leading up to Niven's first Ringworld novel. Kirsten Quinn-Kovacks is among the best and brightest of her people. She gratefully serves the gentle race that rescued her ancestors from a dying starship, gave them a world, and nurtures them still. If only the Citizens knew where Kirsten's people came from.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Naive sci fi.

    • By Sean Blicher Marschall on 14-08-19

    Regular price: £18.39

    • Footfall

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 106
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      4 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 67

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the better First Contact novels

    • By S. J. ATTWOOD on 10-06-16

    Regular price: £20.19

    • Ringworld's Children

    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 53
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    The Ringworld is a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band 3-million-times the surface area of Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of which are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • From a space opera to the muppet show

    • By Joachim on 13-08-16

    Regular price: £22.99

    • A Gift from Earth

    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
    • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    The world named Mount Lookitthat was never meant for humans - it was shrouded in lethal mists. Life existed only on one plateau, unreachable except from space. But the disastrous decision to colonize the planet could not be reversed. So the settlers survived somehow - under a ruthless dictatorship. Mount Lookitthat was rebellion-proof. Then fate dealt the colonists a wild card named Matthew Keller, who had a talent that neither he nor anybody else knew about. At last the colonists had a glimmer of hope!

    Regular price: £16.69

    • Red Tide

    • By: Larry Niven, Brad R. Torgersen, Matthew J. Harrington
    • Narrated by: Steven Menasche
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Loosely based on Larry Niven's 1973 novella Flash Crowd, Red Tide continues to examine the social consequences of the impact of having instantaneous teleportation, where humans can instantly travel long distances in milliseconds. This is a theme that has fascinated the author throughout his career and even appears in his seminal work, Ringworld, where the central character celebrates his birthday by instantly teleporting himself to different time zones, extending his birthday.

    Regular price: £18.29

    • The Goliath Stone

    • By: Larry Niven, Matthew Joseph Harrington
    • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Doctor Toby Glyer has effected miracle cures with the use of nanotechnology. But Glyer’s controversial nanites are more than just the latest technological advance, they are a new form of life - and they have more uses than just medical. Glyer’s nanites also have the potential to make everyone on Earth rich from the wealth of asteroids.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not Compelling

    • By Frank on 29-07-13

    Regular price: £19.39

    • Destroyer of Worlds

    • By: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    The newly liberated humans of the Fleet of Worlds and Sigmund Ausfaller, who had been transported by the Puppeteers from Earth to the Fleet, must contend not only with the sly Puppeteers but also the threat of the Pak, a very smart and utterly ruthless species who are fleeing the exploding galactic core in an armada of ships at near light speed. The Pak are headed towards the Fleet of Worlds, having destroyed entire planets in their wake.

    Regular price: £27.09

    • The Burning City

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      2 out of 5 stars 4
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      2.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Set in the world of Larry Niven’s popular The Magic Goes Away, The Burning City transports listeners to an enchanted and ancient city bearing a provocative resemblance to our own modern society. There, Yangin-Atep, the volatile and voracious god of fire, alternately protects and destroys the city’s denizens. In Tep’s Town, nothing can burn indoors, and no fire can start - except when the Burning comes upon the city. At that time the people, possessed by Yangin-Atep, set their own town ablaze in a riotous orgy of destruction that often comes without warning

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Master Storytelling

    • By Ian Warrender on 17-05-17

    Regular price: £23.69

    • Fate of Worlds

    • Return from the Ringworld
    • By: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    For decades, the spacefaring species of known space have battled over the largest artifact - and grandest prize - in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless resources and technology of the Ringworld. Now, without warning, the Ringworld has vanished, leaving behind three rival war fleets. If the fallen civilization of the Ringworld can no longer be despoiled of its secrets, the puppeteers will be forced to surrender theirs - everyone knows that they are cowards. But the crises converging upon the trillion puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds go far beyond even the onrushing armadas.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Mr on 22-07-15

    Regular price: £20.29

    • A World Out of Time

    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    After more than two hundred years as a corpsicle, Jaybee Corbell awoke in someone else’s body and under threat of instant annihilation if he made a wrong move while they were training him for a one-way mission to the stars. But Corbell bided his time and made his own move. Once he was outbound, where the society that ruled Earth could not reach him, he headed his starship toward the galactic core.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A sci-fi roller coaster

    • By Ian Warrender on 12-03-18

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Betrayer of Worlds

    • By: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Sorry, so very sorry

    • By Nick Evans on 09-02-11

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Juggler of Worlds

    • 200 Years Before the Discovery of the Ringworld
    • By: Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    Covert agent Sigmund Ausfaller is Earth's secret weapon, humanity's best defense against all conspiracies, real and imaginary, and all foes both human and alien. Who better than a brilliant paranoid to expose the devious plots of others?

    But Sigmund may finally have met his match in Nessus, representative of the secretive Puppeteers, the elder race who wield vastly superior technologies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really good use of the existing lore

    • By Ian Warrender on 18-08-15

    Regular price: £21.69

    • Rainbow Mars

    • By: Larry Niven
    • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Hanville Svetz was born into a future to match the sorriest predictions of Greenpeace. Most of Earth's original life forms are extinct. It had been Svetz's job to go back in time and retrieve them but he's been transferred. He now must figure out why the Martian canals have gone dry and what that means for Earth's future, because Mars was inhabited. When Svetz learns how the sapient Martian species was wiped out, he realizes that Earth could soon fall victim to a similar fate.

    Regular price: £22.89

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