RINGWORLD by Larry Niven (unabridged) was produced by Blackstone Audio and comes with what is perhaps the best audiobook app available (see below for features list).
• Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel
• Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel
Louis Gridley Wu begins the novel by bar-hopping the world, teleporting west and always staying behind the local midnight in order to extend his birthday. Being two centuries old (thanks, “boosterspice”!) has advantages, but puts him at risk for boredom. His birthday tele-tripping is interrupted, Louis finds himself facing an armless, headless Pierson's Puppeteer—a rare species of technologically-advanced-yet-cowardly aliens. As a cure for the boredom blues, Louis enlists as one of three mercenaries the Puppeteers seek to hire. Their mission: investigate what threats a recently discovered “ring” world might pose to Known Space and—more specificaly—the entire race of Pierson's Puppeteers.
Self-contained, this audiobook app is perfect for your commute, on a trip, or while relaxing. Based on a library-quality recording, this app was built especially for your iPhone and iPod Touch. No unreadable text, no endless scrolling. The audio is of higher-than-normal quality, making for a great listening experience that will not tire your ears or grate on your nerves.
NOTICE: This app includes the same 5-star recording that is available through other retailers for higher prices. It is unabridged and professionally recorded at Blackstone Audio by one of AudoFile Magazine’s Golden Voice narrators, Tom Parker. You are not buying yet another amateur or volunteer narration. No clicks, background noises, throat clearing, mispronunciations, tinny voices or monotones will be found here.
“Tom Parker captures the personalities of the travelers through individual vocalization and provides smooth, expressive narration. The listener is soon caught up in the adventures of these vivid characters as they struggle to survive… a rousing adventure.” —AudioFile
•EXPERIENCE. About 11.5 hours of narration. Created as a Folium enhancedAudio™ edition, this book includes extra functions and features not found on lesser players.
•PLAYER CONTROLS. Includes listen (play), pause, multi-speed fast forward/reverse, jump ahead/back, chapter skip, volume control, one-touch chapter- and bookmark browser. There is also a “scrub” bar that finds any point inside the chapter with just a tap.
•SLEEP TIMER. Have you ever fallen asleep watching TV or listening to a book? If so, you'll love this feature. Once set, the book will stop, place a bookmark, and allow you to jump back to where you probably began dozing.
•CLEAR & ELEGANT DESIGN. Simple, clean, intuitive, and smarter than average.
•CHAPTER TIMINGS. Always know how much time it will take to finish a chapter. Plus, the progress bar at the top of the screen shows how far into the book you’ve come.
•OFFLINE LISTENING. You are airplane-ready! Once downloaded, listen uninterrupted without threat from a lost network connection. Downloads are usually just 5-10 minutes, but depend upon your network speed.
•AUTO-BOOKMARKING. The player remembers where you stopped listening and returns to that exact spot when you open the book again.
•TELL-A-FRIEND. An easy way to recommend the book to your friends or Twitter feed.
•FEEDBACK. Share your ideas for books, functions, and features. We are very responsive to our listeners and appreciate all feedback and ideas.
RATING: 12+ For some mature situations, violence, an sexuality.
“Niven's style is such that you can be awed, then titillated, then amused all on the same page. After more than thirty years, the story remains interesting, and the ideas fascinating. I highly recommend this audiobook, whether you've experienced Ringworld already or not. I enjoyed every minute.” —SFFAudio.com
- iPod Touch