Educated, Country, Southern, Fitness oriented, Patriotic, and PREPared.
while the plot does take quite a long time to develop with many key players weaving in and out of the story, it is definitely worth the listen in order to understand where this genre began and how it originated.
I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't do it for me. My biggest complaint is you have to read 1/3 of the novel before anything happens. It's okay, very well written and thoroughly researched, and the narrator is fantastic, but it's not a book I'd recommend or listen to again.
Tim Hamner is a wealthy bachelor living off of the residuals from his family's soap business and playing seriously at being an amateur astronomer. Invoking the word “seriously” I mean that he has built his own professional grade observatory high in the Sierras and staffed it with a disgruntled graduate student. Harvey, an ex-war correspondent, wants to make a documentary about Tim's co-discovered new comet. This leads to lots of people taking an interest, and a lot of others laughing it off...right up until it hits the earth and civilization evolves.
Natural disasters as aftershocks, rioting, Lord of the Flies situations, desperate couplings of frightened people and cannibalism are just some of the areas the story lines brush up against. The folks who were interested from the start coined the phrase “Hot fudge Sundae but on a Tuesday”. As the date approached the survivalists preparing were said to have “Hammer Fever”. After impact, those remaining were reduced to a kernel of civilization and a whole lot of savagery.
The effects of impact were well thought out in this story yet I sense that they were scaled down from what really would have happened. I'm certain the co-authors argued back and forth about how much mayhem would leave them anything to work with in the aftermath for the story line. They did manage to produce an excellent work of Science Fiction. The Narration was well done also with voice range and delivery. Four units of nerdy satisfaction are thus assigned. Carry On!
I was recently introduced to this book by my friend Chris from Canada who has a signed first edition. when an avid sci-fi fan remarks on a book that impacts is life it's a temptation too great to avoid. despite the advances in technology the book is not outdated and focuses on the moral and personal struggles of the various protagonist. these tensions are still true today. the book is well written with lots of little tidbits. If you read it carefully you will find a reference to "the mule " . you can research that on your own. I have previously enjoyed longer serious such as The Change novels by SM Stirling and if you like those you will like this is well even though you wish the universe would continue on from this book. this is a classic!
living in California & being able to personnal relate to people/places
the premise of survival by cooperation
no particular moment, but several crystal clear scenes that my mind keeps going back to again & again.
A gritty journey thru the end of civilization
Marc is a great reader. He's the only one what can compete with Steven Pacy
Yes, but it's to long
i've read six books the past months on the end of the world and this one is probably the most entertaining one
This book is hard to get into, it is very slow going in the beginning, but ultimately very much worth the wait. It is truly a classic on par with Alas, Babylon. Do yourself a favor and listen to this one!
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.