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  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455126659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455126651
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 16.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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[Larry Niven is] the paradigm SF personality of the last several decades. (Gregory Benford)

An offbeat story of power politics, with a dozen likeable heroes and nasty villains from absurdly alien, yet weirdly familiar creatures, THE RINGWORLD THRONE is a traditional space opera that races toward its breathless climax at relativistic speed. (STARBURST)

As ever, the science is impeccable, the lifeforms ingenious. (TIME OUT) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Larry Niven has won the prestigious Hugo Award five times. He is known to millions as the premier modern author of rigorous, scientifically consistent hard SF, the champion of 'SF without a net'. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Aug. 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a book of two halves, The first half barely merits 1 star, its got too many characters with poor characterization, few new ideas and poor plot which is nearly irrelevant to 2nd half. It also appears to contradict and undo some of the previous book. The 2nd half is slightly better, if only because it returns to some of the more interesting ideas in the earlier books. It still has a poor and over complicated plot which is difficult to follow due to the large number of characters.
Niven could have probably written a far more interesting sequel if he had concentrated on the invasion and defence of Ringworld.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Feb. 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Larry Niven (in my humble opinion) is one of the premier writers of science fiction, up there with the Heinliens and Clarkes of the SF world. His ideas are without parallel and the "known space" franchise is one of the best imagined and constructed since Tolkien created middle earth. On the down side, he has a habit of writing in a fashion that keeps readers at arms-length and makes them feel as they they are constantly missing important directions to plot and character development. Nowhere is this more apparent than in "the ringworld throne". Even after 300 pages, I was still left wondering where the story was going and what it's focus was. This book is a real disappointment after the ultra-brilliant "ringworld" and it's worthy successor "the ringworld engineers". It's lack of direction and "in the know" writing style still leaves me frustrated and unfulfilled even after having read it several times. Read the first two books and stop there is my advice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marchespie on 22 Jun. 2009
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Let me start by saying that Larry Niven is one of my favourite SF authors and that Ringworld is in my opinion his best work and one of the best pure SF books out there. I enjoyed the whole Known Space sequence hugely, with its wild inventiveness combining wilful implausibility with inarguable possibility. Niven always seemed to say, "wouldn't it be interesting if THIS existed???" - the more odd the better, as long as there was a grain of scientific plausibility to it. Mount Lookitthat, The planet of Jinx, the Puppeteers and the Ringworld itself are all good examples. His early work seemed full of energy, of the joy of possibilities.

So why is this book SO bad? So VERY bad? It's a total pointless mess from start to finish. Ringworld was ten out of ten, the sequel a solid eight - this book not only fails to live up to that high standard, it's a sad stain on their brilliance. I read it with a feeling of mounting frustration, neither understanding not caring what the hell was going on. I reached the end and goggled in disbelief. What happened?? I don't know and I didn't really care - I was just glad it was over for me. some of the other reviews of this book are far too polite and loyal to the Author. He's great. This is NOT! Avoid at all costs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Brown on 21 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
Definitely the third best of the "Ringworld" books. A potboiler cashing in on the merited success of its predecessors. Too long, repetitive, too many characters, but no charaterisation. If you have trouble sleeping, buy this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Dinosaur on 21 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
The Ringworld Throne is the third instalment of Larry Niven's Ringworld series, published in 1996.

This is a very strange book, it's a book of two halves which are barely related; and both of them seem to be simply chronicles of events rather than an actual story. Very few new ideas are brought into the picture and the effect is one of bemused disappointment come the end.

The first half follows various species of hominids as they attack and destroy a shadow nest (a vampire den) below a large floating city. In my opinion this is the better half of the book - there is a section where this city is explored by one of the protagonists - and it is found to be ancient and ruined within. It really does provide an enthralling read for a few pages at least.

The second half focuses more on the Pak Protectors of various races and their struggle to save the Ringworld. The main problem is that even towards the end, there is no real single story thread - instead the book seems to take a sort of "wait and see where this goes" approach.

Although I enjoyed reading it, I found the lack of purpose or direction frustrating and disappointing. Hopefully the next instalment will be better. If you enjoyed the first two, read this one, but heed warning that it's not in the same league.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 April 2005
Format: Paperback
Over the years I have read many Niven books. Mostly I have been captivated by his ability to introduce staggering ideas or just follow seemingly simple premises to surprising conclusions.
Sadly Ringworld Throne is not one of his better efforts. There seems to be little focus, an unnecessary proliferation of characters, and a meandering plot. There also appear to be anomalies that are not explained. Maybe Ringworld's Children will make up for it . .
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Oct. 1999
Format: Paperback
More adventures on ringworld. All the usuals; the puppeteer, the human and the kzin, with assorted ghouls, vampires, giants and a protector or two thrown in. It seems to have a rather weaker plot than the first two books. Admittedly the ideas aren't so original any more, but even allowing for that things don't seem to mave along as well. I can't decide whether the ending just peters out on purpose, or if it's setting the scene for another sequel.
If you haven't read ringworld or ringworld engineers, then buy one of those instead of this book; if you have read them, then you'll probably want to read this too - it may not be original any more, but it's still much better than a lot of other SF books.
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