The narrator was amazing with earthling and alien accents. I was truly mesmerized and never distracted from the story. I don't think I've ever heard a narrator add so much to a story since I listened to the Aubrey Maturin Series with Simon Vance.
The story was fresh and full of political and scientific interest. I believed all the characters, alien and earthlings motivation. It always made sense so that when everything came together I got it. Foot Fall. Great Title.
No, looking forward to them.
No way. I enjoyed it over a couple weeks.
Niven and Pournelle published "Footfall" in 1986 -- five years before the collapse of the Soviet Union. The story takes place at some unspecified time in the future, when -- assuming that both the Soviet Union and the United States are still going strong -- the two super-powers must form an uneasy alliance to confront an alien invasion from Alpha Centauri. Perhaps this scenario intrigued people back in the 1980s; but it had a short shelf-life, for obvious reasons. "Footfall" demonstrates the risky nature of the futuristic science fiction genre: We never really know what's going to happen, do we? If you are considering listening to this audiobook, I would advise you to think of it as "alternate history," a la Harry Turtledove. I did try this while I was listening to "Footfall," but the tactic didn't work for me. It didn't overcome the dated assumptions upon which the authors based their premises. But, then, I don't favor science fiction stories much, in general. Still, I forced myself to listen to "Footfall" all the way through, since I had paid for it ... and sometimes books that start off badly do improve, with patience. But this one never did, for me. The excellent narration of MacLeod Andrews kept me slogging on, though. This amazing young actor has chops! I will be looking for other audiobooks narrated by him. He does a wonderful rendition of the unpronounceable alien words, plus difficult accents -- such as Russian and South African -- and clear voice distinctions among the various characters. I would have given this audiobook only one star, except for Mr. Andrews narration. On balance, I would advise you not to purchase "Footfall," unless you enjoy science fiction unconditionally, or appreciate good acting unconditionally.
I have never felt the urge to write a review of the many audiobooks to which I have listened before. The reading of this book is spectacular. I have a copy of Footfall in paperback sitting on the shelf at home, but I could not get past the first section where the aliens are talking. I could not get a handle on the alien jargon just reading the book. Mr. Andrew gives this book real life. He has created over 20 different voices for the many human and alien characters, and his management of the alien speech is astounding. The book itself is truly a great work in my opinion, although since it was written before the collapse of the Soviet Union, there are some things that are out of date. I recommend this audiobook very highly.
Sci-fi's most famous duo does not disappoint. While Footfall doesn't dive as deeply into the everyday lives and human struggles of its characters as did the better-known Lucifer's Hammer, it makes up for it with a climax that is far more gripping. With believable, sympathetic, and yet still scary aliens, and noble but flawed humans, Footfall just might be the greatest alien invasion novel ever written.
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The narration is terrible. The material is okay to good, although due to the fact it was written in the 1980's, the continual references to Soviet society and cold war are jarring.
But the narrator is so awful, there were times I almost gave up listening.
The book itself is well-written and well thought out. Niven and Pournelle are a winning team, and I've never failed to enjoy one of their collaborations.
The narration is simply amazing. The alien names and words are difficult enough to read, but to actually pronounce... well my hat's off to Mr Andrews. Also the various voices and accents are nicely varied and consistent. Bravo!
This was maybe the longest book I have ever listened to. I had a hard time picturing small elephants taking over the world........did say this book was long. I am thinking it was about 283 hours long....give or take an hour or two.
Did I mention this was on the long side?
A fun book with a lot to offer but it is most definitely a book of the 80's. Very gung-ho Americana. The philosophical discussions and studies into what generations of living within a spacecraft would do to a culture are great food for thought. Entertaining over all for certain just a bit dated.
Slinger of code. Eater of sushi.
I read the story ages ago and with an upcoming road trip decided to re-read it via audio book. The story itself is quite unique, and while the science in it seems strong, the story felt a bit thin and jumpy. Not my favorite from these authors, but still good. The narration was excellent. If you are a Niven and Pournelle fan and can't find anything else that excites you, this would be a worthy listen. The story however isn't nearly as satisfying as Mote in God's Eye or Lucifer's Hammer.
I'd have to agree with the other reviewers. The voice acting is over-the-top. Please don't make all the Russian voices sound like Pavel Chekov from the original Star Trek. I really wish narrators would just stop it with the ethnic voices. The alien voices are just terrible. I realize that narrator had his hands tied when it came to pronouncing the alien names, but simpering, lisping alien voices are distracting. Just read the damn story.