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Publisher's Summary

The explosive finale to the Ringworld and the Fleet of Worlds series...

For decades, the spacefaring species of known space have battled over the largest artifact - and grandest prize - in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless resources and technology of the Ringworld. Now, without warning, the Ringworld has vanished, leaving behind three rival war fleets.
If the fallen civilization of the Ringworld can no longer be despoiled of its secrets, the puppeteers will be forced to surrender theirs - everyone knows that they are cowards. But the crises converging upon the trillion puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds go far beyond even the onrushing armadas.
Adventurer Louis Wu and the exiled puppeteer known only as Hindmost, marooned together for more than a decade, escaped from the Ringworld before it disappeared. And throughout those years, as he studied Ringworld technology, Hindmost has plotted to reclaim his power.
One way or another, the fabled puppeteer race may have come to the end of its days.
Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series, as well as many other science fiction masterpieces. His Footfall, coauthored with Jerry Pournelle, was a New York Times best seller. He lives in Chatsworth, California.
Edward M. Lerner has degrees in physics and computer science, a background that kept him mostly out of trouble until he began writing science fiction full time. His books include Probe, Moonstruck, and the collection Creative Destruction. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Ruth.
©2012 Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A new Known Space book, particularly one with new information about Puppeteers and their doings behind the scenes of human history, needs recommending within the science fiction community about as much as a new Harry Potter novel does, well, anywhere. But Niven and Lerner have produced a novel that can stand on its own as well as part of the Known Space franchise." ( Locus)
"Exceptional freshness and suspense.… Full of startling revelations about human and puppeteer politics." ( Booklist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Colin on 04-01-13

A fitting end to a great story from 42 years ago

This is the end of the story that started with Ringworld written in 1970, then some prequels were written that are pretty good and a must read if you are getting into these books so start there if you haven't read Ringworld years ago.

There isn't much to say about these reviews of books that are latter in a series other to say that its good or bad because if you have read the past books and liked them then its safe to say if other reviews say its good you don't have to know much more that that - well this is a great book, its the last one but there could be many more of them if the Authors want to write more of them.

This is a great book so if you liked the others then you will like this one.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Craig on 10-10-12

Not - really - a RingWorld book.

This book, while set in the Ringworld universe, has very little Ringworld in it. None of the actual story takes place on Ringworld, it is only mentioned as background and side-story for what I'll call "The Flight of the Puppeteers".

Tom Weiner gives an even, consistent performance.

Nothing sticks out in my mind regarding this story. Basically, if you are a Ringworld fan, you need to listen to (or read) this story just for completions sake.

It's definitely listenable and mildly entertaining, but I sit here a month or so later and can't really recall much about what happened.

I really expected more from Niven / Lerner.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mr on 07-22-15


Disappointing as it sewellel too much on a complex past, and it was sometimes a difficult listen with the spiralling reflective conversations
I skipped a lot towards the end as I lost interest

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mrs J Green on 04-16-15

only 2 hours, I don't know if I can continue

What would have made Fate of Worlds better?

Unsure how to review this adaptation as I have only endured two hours. I am contemplating in stopping as the main narration is so dull it is sending me to sleep. As a result, I can not follow the story.

How could the performance have been better?

Tom Weiner voice for the main narration is too monotonous. Each time the narrator performs narrative dialog I lose concentration. Character performance is fine, but sometimes too close to the main narrative voice.

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