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. Sigmund and his human allies are sent by the Puppeteers to reconnoiter and divert the Pak. A Pak is captured, but even a well-guarded Pak prisoner can be lethal. Sigmund and the human colonists must cope with many unpleasant surprises, between the manipulative Puppeteers, the brilliant, violent Pak and a new species called the Gw'oth who, while seeming to be allies, have own agenda.
I'll preface this by saying I'm a big Niven fan. Since first picking up Ringworld and being completely blown away by his ability to open up new worlds to the reader, I began to slowly devour his anthology of works. My favorites were always the books that helped flesh out Known Space: Ringworld, Ringworld Engineers, Protector, The Integral Trees, etc. But I also have read many of his other works, such as Inferno, The Magic Goes Away collection, Lucifer's Hammer, etc.
There were times where I felt Niven had missed the mark. I was not very impressed with The Ringworld Throne. And I was even less impressed with Ringworld's Children. Those books just didnt capture my imagination like the first two in the series. I questioned whether I would read (or hear) another book from Niven that would bring the excitement back. That is, until I purchased this audible.
The story is excellent and the characters are full and real. Another plus is Tom Weiner's reading, which really brings each character and the world to life. After listening to Destroyer of Worlds, I realized that there are two other books that preceed this one, as a series! I guess that is a testement to how good this story is; it is able to stand on its own. But I'm hooked again on Niven. I'll be listening to Fleet of Worlds and Juggler of Worlds over the next few weeks.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
All the time Niven spends thinking about alien character traits sure pays off. It's interesting to observe the interaction between species almost as if the species really exists. To Niven, aliens are not just "funny looking people" they often have truely alien perspectives.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Good but with annoying holes and strange ideas. Altogether, it's doable as a good technical exercise in writing popular fiction (conflict, conflict, conflict) but life is short and you deserve better.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Niven's not my thing. Dunno why. Several stops & restarts mean I throw Larry to the curb.
What can I say, I’m a life long Niven fan. I enjoyed the book, and I’m ready for the next one in the series, as soon as I work up the nerve to toss an Audible credit at a 10 hour book.
somebody stop me I'm addicted to this whole series. at first listening to the narrator I have thought he was dry, but after only a few chapters I really appreciated this book.
Niven and Lerner have once again thrill my mind with a mixing, churning suspenseful tale. I can't wait to get the next one!
This was an excellent continuation of the Ringworld universe. The characters and plot expanding and enhancing a story that I've already come to love.
Would you try another book from Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner and/or Tom Weiner?
What was most disappointing about Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner ’s story?
The stupidity of the main characters. I couldn't handle listening to the rest of the series.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Weiner?
The story was just bad... guess I was so angry at the characters, I found myself yelling at the voice telling me the story. I think it was the story not the voice.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Destroyer of Worlds?
The idiocy of the 'bad' guy getting chance after insane chance.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed both the story and narrator. The characters were a little wild but not so much that they did not fit. This one was good.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful