Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
In my early Science Fiction fan years I was a huge Larry Niven fan. I always enjoy the way he makes his readers think. When Niven teams up with Jerry Pournelle the result is an added dimension of realistic technological extrapolation. It seems also the Pournelle must be some kind of Soviet expert because his collaborations always have a strong Cold War element. What is more Pournelle understands the inner workings of the scientific community, so we are treated to the correct procedures of discovery and reporting of a comet discovery. I read this book thirty years ago and decided to revisit it in audible form recently in an attempt to recapture my youthful sense of wonder. This is a fun disaster novel, if such a thing can be said to be at all enjoyable. And even though the build-up to the inevitable comet strike and subsequent collapse unfolds slowly the situations presented are done so in such a realistic fashion that the youthful mind inside me can easily imagine going through such a crisis. It is natural for anyone who is mindful of history to try to put yourself in the place of the characters going through a crisis. I think that is a large part of the appeal of this book for me. I liked it as much this go ‘round as I did the first time.
Mark Vietor is a steady narrator in this book. His character voices are understated but strike just the right calm tone for the serious topics and themes covered when a natural disaster devastates the globe. Vietor makes this a very enjoyable entertainment.
In his long career, Larry Niven has written some outstanding hard SF (Ringworld, The Integral trees) but this isnt one of them. It is, however very entertaining and worth an Audible credit. As others have said, the story details are dated. SF written about the present or the near future don't hold up as well over time as stories of the distant future. It is a long book though so you get a lot of listening for the money. I listened to it in my deer blind over 3 days and it kept me in the woods and awake when the action outside was slow. Narration was OK.
With the wealth of characters, it would have benefitted greatly from a female as well as a male narrator. A single narrator is common, but the lack of the second in this one was continually noticeable. But the authors attacked a story with massive scope and came away with enough human drama to keep you focused on this group rather than wondering about the rest of the world. Book 1 I found to be more engaging than book 2, given the suspense built.
I read this book in 1985 and really enjoyed it and that much more after listening to the audible version. The story will give thoughts of , "What would you do?" Even though the book came out in 1977, it still reads well!
A well thought out and imagined catastrophe and the aftermath of how civilization would may be lost while facing survival of that fittest, religious extremism, racism, cannibalism... etc.
some of the imagery were truly horrifying and told with excellent writing, but few and far between.
almost all the characters develop but not deep enough making most, if not all very forgettable. yet, the interactions of the characters are almost always very grabbing and thought provoking.
Yes absolutely. It is a thoroughly interesting and engaging story focused on the end of the world as we know it.
Defending the citadel from the onslaught of the cult-like army besieging them.
Same as above.
I was very touched when I heard that the scientist had died. He worked so hard to devise weapons to save the people and in the end he died, but he knew he would. He could not get his insulin and could have spent time trying to synthesize more from the sheep present but instead he spent all time to ensure the community would survive. I was really hoping he would have made it.
If you enjoy sci-fi or post apocalyptic literature you have to give this a listen. It is a great and timeless tale and shows just how fragile civilization can be. It took me decades to get around to it but I am so glad I finally did!
This book is about POLITICS. Not what you would expect in a book about a meteor hitting Earth.
Certainly not another book from Niven.
Maybe, the narration wasn't spectacular; also, he isn't very good diferentiating caracters.
Great book. World is very fleshed out and interesting, great characters. At times it felt a little bigoted by having every black character except one be a terrible gang member type personality with no morals or civility.