• by Gregory Benford, Larry Niven
  • Narrated by Zach Villa
  • 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Science fiction masters Larry Niven (Ringworld) and Gregory Benford (Timescape) continue the thrilling adventure of a human expedition to another star system that is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure cupping a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths. And which, tantalizingly, is on a direct path heading toward the same system the human ship is to colonize.
Investigating the Bowl, or Shipstar, the human explorers are separated - one group captured by the gigantic structure’s alien inhabitants, the other pursued across its strange and dangerous landscape - while the mystery of the Shipstar’s origins and purpose propel the human voyagers toward discoveries that transform their understanding of their place in the universe.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I loved it, Great hard science fiction,

Wonderful story, that kept me wanting to know what was next. Smart concepts, that have a lot of thought behind them, running through the story in a way that builds a world, and shows you it to you through storytelling. This is a clever and interesting hard science fiction adventure.
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- Rob S.

Should have been titled "Falling Star"

What did you like best about Shipstar? What did you like least?

Poor descriptions of action and inadequate character development made it difficult for me to maintain an interest in the storyline.

Has Shipstar turned you off from other books in this genre?

Shipstar did not turn me off to this genre, nor did it turn me off to Larry Niven or Gregory Benford. Not every story can be a homerun, but this story had a difficulty making it to first base.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last chapter, where the human crew were deciding who would stay and who would go on the mission.

Was Shipstar worth the listening time?

I probably would not have listened to Shipstar had I known how poor the quality; I was ready to move on to another book after 2 hours.

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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios