Best SIFI story so far.
Dan Forrester the scientist. He's solving problems through his knowledge of science and his character/personality is most resilient to the post apocalyptic world.
The brotherhood's attack on Senator's Jellison's ranch.
Mankind is 3 meals away from revolution.
Wow! This book drones on and on for almost six hours before the disaster it's focused on even occurs! It's just too much and it's not interesting and it feels really outdated. Going into the second of three parts (another 9 hours for part two) I realized I just cannot continue. There are a slew of characters to keep track of and I didn't connect with any of them. Walking away. I do not recommend!
If this was the only book I ever read by these authors, no, I would not.
They could have written a less mundane book. I guess the book is supposed to be soft-scifi, but I don't find the choice of characters and their stories engaging at all, it being a cross of real-world drama with very weak sci-fi elements.
I can't find any fault with the narration.
The dynamics between the russian and american astronauts, even though the russians are depicted from a very american viewpoint.
After listening to the book for 6 hours and getting nothing but uninteresting, unappealing character stories the comet has yet to hit the earth. I just don't think it's relevant to any sci-fi story to explore however a journalist has sex on wednesdays or mondays, wether their wife is pretty enough at parties, what nickname a gangster has taken after running away from home or other real world events that I read sci-fi to avoid.
I read "a mote I god's eye" in the days before e-readers and Audible and remembered enjoying it. So purely on the vague recollection I thought I'd give this a try. Yes it's a little dated... The commies are America's greatest enemy and calculators are referred to as "pocket computers" but that quickly fades into the irrelevant as the strength of the characters and the story takes the forefront. It sucks you in and keeps you engaged right to the last word.
I was really captivated by this book from the very start. It sweeps you into the story right away and teases you into following every turn. The build-up and the event are definitely good listening.
The aftermath, however, started well... then kept on going... and going. It's seemed like it would never end. Too much detail and too many threads that I didn't really care if they were tied up or not.
If you read this one you can easily stop when you start getting bored of the aftermath. You won't miss anything at the end.
The narrator did a decent job. He disappeared into the woodwork like he should, and didn't distract from the story with annoying habits or bad performance.
There is a long buildup with back story and character development before the collision but for a science fiction novel first published in 1977 it still holds up quite well.
Excellent story until the very end. There was a lot of story and character development before the event though I'll have to go back to tie up some apparent loose ends. The event description was outstanding. The closer we get to the end the more the story turns obscure or pointless. In the end the speeches were hollow and it became difficult to listen to without being disappointed. Maybe it's odd to compare this story to The Stand but a similar apocalyptic formula was used with The Stand having a much stronger finish.
Marc Vietor's narration was great. He had mostly believable voices for the characters and was consistent throughout. I'll be looking for more of Marc's work.
I read this book when it first came out in the 80's. Listening to it on audio is just as good as that first time.
The realisation that the comet was actually going to strike the earth and various peoples preparation, or lack of.
He narrates smoothly and gives accents more accurately than my reading does. (I'm Australian so some of the accents I am not clear on)
Towards the end was very sad with the battle. What a waste with so many people already dead from the catastrophy.
Get the authors book- Footfall. Another excellent book from this genre.
Wish there were more like it.
I would recommend this even though some of the technical stuff is dated. The backbone of the story is still good.
I enjoyed the narrator's emotions and think he did a great job.
I would love to read a 35 or 40 years later sequel. It would be nice to see how humanity has done and how those who only know the "after" have adapted.
let us be thankful for the fools but for them we would not suceeed. M Twain. I am a fan of Zombie books. Im a family man with two great kids
Yea i liked it mostly. I think the characters were not always likable or admirable but the showed they had the stuff to survive. Would have liked to hear more about the destruction but that just might be ghoulish ole me. A bit soft core for me. And a little bit happy ending (ish) but i didn't regret the spent credit. My favorite character was not Hammer he was a jelly fish.