I read this book when I was a teenager and loved it. It's still great, and even better on audio. Terrific performance, too, with Marc Vietor giving voice to the long cast of characters. If you like post-apocalytic fiction I'd recommend Lucifer's Hammer, it's a classic for good reason.
This is a loooonggg story.....the first hour or so is a little snoozy, but once you get past that, it picks up and is a great read.
This is a true original daddy of the genre, one of the first truly well written end of the world novels.
Enough scientific data to be credible to the layman without getting bogged down in detail.
Interesting characters get the reader involved, even if the plot is a little set up at times.
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I already have "Ringworld" in the pipeline.
I understand the discussion about racism in this title. There are at least some racist undertones, which could be a sign of the time period when the book was written. My biggest complaint is the length. I don't mind long books, but here, less protagonists and locations would not have harmed the book. I wasn't completely happy about the ending either. I'd have appreciated less fighting and a longer outlook into the future of the new civilization and it's building...
Marc Vietor has a likable voice I can listen to for hours. Sometimes, the performance could have been a little less solemn, but after all, he's was a good choice for this title.
Despite the shortcomings – people who love apocalypse stories should listen to this book.
Yes. It is quite engrossing.
Good characters and a story that is not too predictable.
Since it is set in the late 70s the characters perspective differs from our in a
Nope. Far too long for that.
Pointless question about an audio book this long.
My favorite part of this book is when Dan, the diabetic PhD, packs up and preserves his "civilization rebuilding library" and tosses it into his open septic tank. That's pretty surprising and definitely gave me the impression this was a well thought-out book. I'm not a sci-fi newbie, but I'm not an expert, either, so I appreciated the review of classic titles contained in this description, because it gave me a ready-made shopping list. Among those that I hadn't read yet were:
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
Nova by Samuel R. Delany
Corridors of Time by Poul Anderson
Half Past Human by T. J. Bass
Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber
Silverlock by John Myers Myers
King Conan by Robert E. Howard
Future Shock by Alvin Toffler
Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
There were other mystery novels in the list that I haven't included here. Many of these were from the 60s and not available on Audible, unfortunately. However, I take this as a personal recommended reading list from Larry Niven himself, and considering his status, it's worth a little extra effort to find them.
I don't know, maybe John Haldeman's Forever War. Mostly because I read them close to each other, but also because they present a stark view of the consequences of humanity's violent streak. I didn't take this book to be quite as negative, tho, since it portrays two sides of it.
The point where I got most teary-eyed was when they discussed the importance of "controlling the lightning". As an engineer, I believe that sentiment was dead on. Since then, I've gotten a kick out of using the phrase "go control the lightning" instead of "break a leg" as a way to say "good luck".
As a fan of apocalyptic fiction, this was a credit well spent. The basis of the story has a refreshing root in actual science (it is Niven, after all), so it comes off as believable in that regard. Some of the characters never felt entirely fleshed out, however, and there are a couple of relatively jarring jumps in timeline.
The premise of any worldwide apocalypse story begs for a multitude of settings around the world. Writing them all would create a never ending story, but Lucifer's Hammer goes the other direction, detailing effectively nothing but one section of California. I'm sure some people appreciate this book for not being The Stand, but I miss seeing something of the world at large.
Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the listen, and it was fun to go back to some Cold War era fiction.
Definitely a good vs evil. There were too many characters with little character development. I had trouble keeping them all straight. SK did it so much better in The Stand.