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Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Larry Niven

Narrated By: Tom Weiner

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: December 2013

Duration: 7 hours 7 minutes


This Hugo-nominated work is a classic of Niven’s Known Space saga.

Phssthpok the Pak had been traveling for most of his thirty-two thousand years. His mission was to save, develop, and protect the group of Pak breeders sent out into space some two and a half million years before.

Brennan was a Belter, the product of a fiercely independent, somewhat anarchic society living in, on, and around an outer asteroid belt. The Belters were rebels, one and all, and Brennan was a smuggler. The Belt worlds had been tracking the Pak ship for days, and Brennan figured to meet that ship first.

He was never seen again—at least not by those alive at the time.

“Both halves of the book are permeated with the ingenuity that has been the driving energy of Niven’s stories since his earliest work.”—The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction


  • Anonymous

    The voicing for protectors on this audiobook was extremely annoying with it sounding very much like somebody bringing air into their stomach and then belching the words. The pak words all reduced to clicks and spits with no other audible syllables. (pak, pisshpok, etc. all were just clicks and spits. No 'A' sound in pak, no 'P' sound in pak, just a click.) After listening to hour after of hour of belching and clicking it became like the sound of fingernails on a blackboard. Good luck for any niven fans who try to listen to to the end of this audiobook.

  • cdf

    Larry Niven explores Earth's first contact with Protectors. For those not versed, Protectors are the next stage in the development of hominids (people). They are super-intelligent and powerful creatures that have a primal instinct to protect their direct offspring. If they have no direct offspring they sometimes will adopt their entire species as their children. Protectors are transformed from regular people (breeders) into protectors by eating from a particular root that is not indiginous to Earth. These type of characters are developed in the Ringworld Engineers and Ringworld's Children. The story itself is of a medium quality and is good for those people that are addicted to Niven's Ringworld universe. I haven't read/listened to all of Niven's works, but this is not quite as gripping as some of the others I have perused. Hope this helps.


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