This is a great story. I read the book at least three times when I was younger. The story is still wonderful, it's the reader that made me not finish the audio version. The main problem is his voicing of the aliens. I assume the reader attempts to sound like what a talking elephant would sound like. The problem is you can't understand everything the characters are saying. More importantly, the readers pronunciations of the alien names are unintelligible. It was impossible for me to keep up with which alien was talking or which one was being referenced. I was very much looking forward. to an audible release of one of my favorite books and now that it's here it is un-listenable. Very sad. At least Lucifer's Hammer lived up to all my expectations.
I loved when I was a kid. Now the way they dealt with women seems dated.
The narration was poor. I didn't care for his portrayal of some of the female characters. The voicing of John and Carrie Underwood made them sound like ignorant hicks. They aren't sympathetic characters, but still.
Read the book while at sea (USN) in the late 80's. The Cold War with the Soviets at that time does come through in the story. I digress. Great book - read or audible. Must read/listen.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
This is a novel that I had read and enjoyed thirty years ago while vacationing in the Pacific Northwest. I knew that parts of the story took place in my home town of Colorado Springs so I was excited to read it, but I didn’t know that other parts took place in Bellingham Washington the very site of my holiday. This strange synchronicity heightened my interest. As a result I read this over the space of just a few days and remember thinking at the time that this was a very fun book and that Niven and Pournelle were pretty good together. I still wax nostalgic whenever I see an old Niven book on the shelf.
Fast forward to a few months ago—I had just listened to the first two Expanse novels from James S. A. Corey; another two man writing team. Those books rekindled in me the same sense of wonder and sense of fun that I used to get from Niven and Pournelle. So that prompted me to revisit some of their old titles. I listened to this immediately after Niven and Pournelle’s LUCIFER’S HAMMER. The similarities between these two books is remarkable. They both feature Colorado Springs prominently as the last bastion of government after a world-wide disaster. This difference is that in the earlier novel the disaster is natural, a comet strike, and the latter novel features an alien invasion. The parallels were fun to relate. And, in fact, the element of fun is central in both books. That is the best way to enjoy this book: look for the light-hearted fun element and you will have found the key principle of FOOTFALL.
Macleod Andrews puts a lot of effort into creating interesting voices for the various characters; some of them border of \n the melodramatic. I encourage this type of performance and so give him extra marks for that. He even gives an Yeoman’s effort into pronouncing some of the unpronounceable alien names. On the printed page your eye can just skip over these alien names but hearing Andrews say them is always a little unsettling. Without being too critical it must be said that Andrews pitch is higher than my preference in a narrator’s voice would normally be. Because of that I never really warmed up to his narration.