I was amazed at the social and political savvy of the authors. Most sci fi authors seem innocents when it comes to that stuff but these guys were WAY ahead of the curve. Many of the negative reviews here will be from the politically correct. These authors knew those folks way back in the Seventies and had no patience for them back then. That's what ultimately makes this a classic though the story and writing is excellent too. Like one reviewer said here it starts out slow and that is a criticism of other Niven books as well but man does it kick in and you don't want it to finish right till the end. The narrator was great!
The first 10 hours of the book are a bit slow and confusing as all the various characters are built up. Mid-way through, it gets really good. Then it gets better.
Well narrated. A great choice for those interested in one way the earth could be reborn.
I read the reviews and was a little hesitant. I went in thinking I'd get a good '70's Irwin Allen style disaster story. It's that but better, more philosophical that I thought it would be. For those decrying the dated references to telegrams and the like, get over it! It does nothing to the story and I found it interesting and quaint. And once the comet hits, the dated technology is no longer relevant. It reminded me a little of "One Second After", which I also enjoyed. Check out the newly released on Audible "Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse" if you like this genre.
I will not bore you with a plot summary(I'm not that cruel.) I now have 845 audiobooks from my 12 years of being an Audible customer. Lucifer's Hammer has the honor of being the first Audible audiobook that I could not stand to finish. The narrator was great. But the story moved so slow as to nearly sink me into a coma. The worst thing-the conversations the characters had with each other sounded exactly like bad actors on a bad daytime soap opera. Folks, this is the worst. Stay away.
Wow. This book is proof that you can't go by the ratings. I don't know where to start- unbelievable story, mind numbing boring first half, ridiculous second half. The narrator is one of the worst I have ever heard, and one more attempt at singing would have resulted in my ipod getting thrown out of the car window. SERIOUSLY, don't waste a credit.
I had to check the copywrite date to understand. It's like, you feel you maybe saw the movie - you know? Then it came to me. This is the guy who first thought it up! I felt I had to give it 4STARS, but I didn't hear anything new.
This is a great story, told so poorly as to render it unreadable/unlistenable. Many interesting insights about what a meteor strike might do to the earth, etc., but VERY amateurishly written:
-dense amounts of superfluous and boring detail. (what characters ate for lunch and their entire job histories that play no factor in the story.)
-too many characters, with little indication of who is the protagonist(I never did figure that out)
-every quote is followed by the word "said."
-I'm embarrassed to admit I listened to 12 hours of it waiting to like it and then gave up.
*Waste of time*
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!