Bowl of Heaven

  • by Larry Niven, Gregory Benford
  • Narrated by Zach Villa
  • 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this first collaboration by science fiction masters Larry Niven (Ringworld) and Gregory Benford (Timescape), the limits of wonder are redrawn once again as a human expedition to another star system is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure half-englobing a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths...and it's on a direct path heading for the same system as the human ship.
A landing party is sent to investigate the Bowl, but when the explorers are separated - one group captured by the gigantic structure's alien inhabitants, the other pursued across its strange and dangerous landscape - the mystery of the Bowl's origins and purpose propel the human voyagers toward discoveries that will transform their understanding of their place in the universe.

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RECOMENDED FOR NIVEN FANS

REMINISCENT OF NIVENS RINGWORLD BOOKS WITH SOME OBVIOUS BENFORD INFLUENCES.FAST PACED,WITH BELIEVABLE CENTRAL CHARACTERS,OBVIOUSLY THE FIRST BOOK OF A SERIES,THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT.
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- DENNIS

So disappointing

What would have made Bowl of Heaven better?

I wonder how Larry Niven's name ended up on this title. The intricacies and character quality of Niven's other works were in no way evident here. I see this as a cynical promotion of a poor ringworld-esque facsimile.
Perhaps if Niven were actually a participating author?


Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Niven and Gregory Benford again?

Probably not. This was dire


Would you be willing to try another one of Zach Villa’s performances?

The characterisation was wooden and halting. I'll probably stay away.


What character would you cut from Bowl of Heaven?

The shipstar and the folk and the crew. Replace all that lot and you might have something.


Any additional comments?

I bought this because Larry Niven's name was on it. I don't feel as though his hand was in it.

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- Bob Powell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-10-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios