A World Out of Time : The State

  • by Larry Niven
  • Narrated by Tom Weiner
  • Series: The State
  • 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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, where the unimaginable energies of the universe wrenched the fabric of time and space and promised final escape from his captors.
Then he returned to an Earth eons older than the one he’d left, a planet that had had three million years to develop perils he had never dreamed of - perils that became nightmares that he had to escape... somehow.
Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo and Nebula award–winning author of the Ringworld series, as well as many other science fiction masterpieces. His Beowulf’s Children, coauthored with Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes, was a New York Times best seller. He lives in Chatsworth, California.

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What the Critics Say

“This fantastic novel is a mix of Niven hard science and a time-travel concept to boggle the mind.…Even after the last line the feeling remains of the story still rushing on into the magic distance of the universe.” (A. E. van Vogt, winner of the SFWA Grand Master Award)
“Niven rams this fantastic tale at the reader with taut authority, mixing hard science with mind-boggling concepts of time and space to give us a whole new kind of trip.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Niven’s intoxicating concepts, ideas, scientific extrapolations, and exotic hardware bubble up from every page. Rich in imagination and astonishing in breadth…Will challenge the most sophisticated readers.” (Booklist)

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Do you know how people get old?

The first chapter of this book was a short story called Rammer. It was an excellent story and I would give 5 stars to it alone.

The rest of the book deviates from the first chapter in content, style and imagination. Niven has a great imagination as demonstrated in his books, Ringworld, Protector, The Integral Trees and Limits. The second half of this book sounds as if it was written by Philip Jose Farmer.

The question: Do you know how people get old? is asked a couple of times. For me it was listening to the second half of this book.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Don't drink while listening to this one

If you could sum up A World Out of Time in three words, what would they be?

Love and Hate


What did you like best about this story?

I loved the narration and the sense of wit of the main character. Some very cool concepts for sci fi fans


Which scene was your favorite?

anytime the main character interacted with his computer on the shace ship


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

out of body out of world experience


Any additional comments?

Do not drink while listening to this book as you will have no idea what is happening!

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- The Zombie Specialist

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-21-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.