I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
So, I'm working my way through all the top sci-fi classics, and I keep bumping into Larry Niven and his okay-ish novels.
My problem with Niven is that he has no clue how to write an interesting character. Throughout all of his novels I haven't been able to make myself care about any of them. That being said, it's hard to care about any plot if you don't have a stake in the outcome.
Footfall was one of those books I had to really work to get through. I was bored almost the entire time.
I found the pacing weird as well. How long did it take for this story to unfold? Months? Years? Decades? I'm not sure. I found the time transitions to be confusing, and I didn't like the book enough to sort it out.
Oh, and the narrator's alien voice was a bold choice... that annoyed the heck out of me. "A" for effort, "D-" for execution.
nerd, biker, finnish, middle-aged and cool
Ending was good and enjoyable.
The voices of russians and aliens ... Oh my. Luckily, along the way these did not irritate as much as in the beginning.
This actually might work nicely as a movie.
The first two thirds was not fun, but when the third part started ...
Tell us about yourself!
This is one of the lamest books ever. Reads very much like Lucifer s Hammer. Another not so interesting read. Save your money and time don't get this book.
i would listen to it again.oh yeah.
the Congressman, of course. a natural born hero.
the outstanding pronunciation of the alien names. what a trip! i read the book years ago, and never got it right in my head.
all of it.
Science Fiction fan
The book is fine. The narrator is horrible. It sounds like he has a mouthful of marbles.
It's hard to believe this was ever publish. It sounded like a great story idea, but in the hands of these two authors, it has weak 1-dimensional characters that are like bad cliches of themselves the plot is non-existant, and this seems to be written with zero knowledge of the subject.
As a caveat, I half way through the first file (of three) before I had to stop listening in disgust. Up until that point it was like hearing a train wreck in the sense I couldn't beleive anything this bad had been published.
I spend money on this book... money well spent. Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle are 2 writers whos works stays in my permanent libraries, electronic, audible, print. Anyone who likes The Mote in Gods Eye or War World will like this book.
The story was pretty good. However it was almost unlistenable due to the alien voices the narrator was using. It really sounded to me like he was trying to talk around a mouthful of pasta every time he was reading the alien's dialog. That was distracting all the way through.
Great story! Really like it. Then it just ENDED. Was there supposed to be a Part 2?
Phenomenal performance! Reader did an exceptional job!
Anger and disappointment over how the story stopped.