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Ringworld : Ringworld series, book 1

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  • Running Time: 11:15 hrs
    Narrator: Grover Gardner
    Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC, 2005
    Note: This book was purchased with support from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component.


  • Author: Niven, Larry
    Contributor: Gardner, Grover
    Edition: Unabridged

    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.

    (**Best Novel 1970 Nebula Award, Best Novel 1971 Hugo Award, Locus Award Winner)

    Subject(s): Fiction | Science fiction
    Original Publisher: Ashland, Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9781481598019