As with all Niven/Pournelle's collaborations, a great read, but sadly I was unable to finish the audio version because of the irritating reader. Too much acting and silly voices. Not enough punctuation. My star rating refers only to the reading. For the book itself I would give five stars.
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 have to say that I thought the story was excellent in both plot and pace with the anticipation and final resolution leaving you guessing until the end. The only problem I had while listening was the names of some of the alien characters were harder to keep straight because of the alien names.
Some of the references are a bit dated but it has good twists and turns though out. The narrator did an excellent job of voicing many different characters without sounding like he was just repeating a couple of voicings. Overall it was a fun book.
Even while following conventions of the type there is something a little different about this alien invasion yarn and the tone belies a deep undertow of satire. If that's not enough, brilliantly sharing some of the story line from the point of view of the invading species only sets the human condition in high relief. Fun adventure and thought provoking drama mixed with a little hard Sci-fi give Footfall an original approach to well warn pathways.
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.
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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 ...
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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.