Footfall is another Great book by Larry Niven. It is well written and very well narrated!
You will not go wrong with one. It is differant then what you would think. Try It!
I fell in love with Niven and Pournelle in Mote in God's Eye, and thought I'd give this one a try. So glad I did. While it was a little outdated with the Soviet Union in the play, it read more like alternate history, and the social issues of an invasion were tackled from every angle, including the point of view and politics of the aliens. The payoff at the end was amazing, and the characters were fully-formed people I could route for.
There is some amazingly difficult pronunciation in this book (which gave a bit of a listening learning curve, too, but you'll get used to it quick enough), and honestly, I applaud the narrator for tackling it head-on and doing a good job throughout.
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend and I have I enjoyed the characters, the plot and just dated feel of it. I know that's strange but I like being taken back to a different time period by reading old sci-fi like this, you can almost taste the polyester and hairspray. I also enjoyed the structure and the background of the aliens with their culture.
The falling of the foot.
it was good and easy to understand
Good sci-fi, Also loved Lucifers Hammer
Footfall was one of the most tedious science fiction book I've ever read... or listened to in this case. The book had way too many "main" characters, most of whom had no bearing on the outcome of the book. Some seemed completely pointless. The alien names were unnecessarily complex and having a section of the book describing their language and its construction seemed self indulgent (of the authors) and tedious.
The book suffered from uninteresting characters, a lack of coherent story line, pointless dialogue, and unbelievable events. The premise was interesting (alien invasion), but the execution was poor, with the book jumping from place to place for seemingly no reason... certainly not to advance the plot.
I give it two stars only because the narrator of the audio book (MacLeod Andrews) was simply spectacular. The man deserves a medal for pulling off the bizarre pronunciations and for making the aliens' speech very distinctive from the humans. His narration was the reason I was able to suffer through the book to the (disappointing) ending.
I love science fiction but not this book. Dated story, laughable plot (see baby elephants with hang gliders and foam shoes invading Kansas!) and thinly drawn characters. Science fiction writers lounge with captured alien sipping frozen drinks in mud bath while advising the President how to save the world. One of the main characters, Jenny, has been promoted from Airman to Colonel and close Presidential advisor by standing around and looking pretty. I didnt care for any of the characters in this book and was actually rooting for the aliens to fling another big one at earth. Maybe a better read than audio but narration makes the flaws in this book leap out at you. Do not recommend.
Many might quickly dismiss this story because of the hokey premise of alien invading elephants. That would be short sighted; robbing one selves of an amazing delve into a “what if” in a realistic understanding of human nature. The science is realistic as well. The plot intertwines a variety of characters where Niven and Pournelle bring you inside their heads, including the aliens. To do it more so it would have to be written in first-person. Andrews’ gifted performance, true to the story, does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life. No spoiler here, the ending is captivating and leaving me wanting more.
poor story,.. unnecessary dialogues and characters, i really don't get the good reviews? better get larry niven's 'mote in god's eye'.. save this one. waste of credit.
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this is probably the worst book i have listened to while being with audible. I don't even know where to start in criticising it, it was just bad.
The story was pretty much straight-up scifi. I kind of wish the details of the alien species was fleshed out a little more, but you learn enough about them to create a good mental image.
I think they should have taken another strategy when trying to emulate the alien voices. There's a multitude of digital voice changers that the narrator could of used, but instead he opted to slur his speech as if he just had all of his wisdom teeth pulled out. You got used to it, but it was still distracting.
Also, the ending was definitely sequel bait. It's been almost 26 years and no sequel.
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I tried very hard to like this book. I listened to over 10 hours of this day long book (24 and a half hours) After about six hours I went to check the reviews to see if they said things like, well it started slow, but then really pick up. Nobody said that. They either loved it from start to finish or hated it.
I liked the idea of Alien Elephants, although elephants skydiving seem a little stupid, but not as stupid as the government turning to Science Fiction Writers to save the day. That seemed more like a Niven/Pournelle wet dream.
I think N&P tried to hard to build characters and several of them at that. The problem being, that is not there strong suit. I found I could not care about any of the characters. If they would have narrowed it down to a couple of humans and a alien invader it might have been possible, they just bit off more then they could chew.
It was seven hours into the book before we even hear from the aliens. It was about eight hours into the book before they even invaded.
Narrator didn't help much, he was not very good.