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Footfall Audiobook
Footfall
Written by: 
Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
Narrated by: 
MacLeod Andrews
Footfall Audiobook

Footfall

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Publisher's Summary

They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods. Now the conquerors are descending on the American heartland, demanding servile surrender - or death for all humans.

©1986 Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Nobody does it better than Niven and Pournelle. I loved it!” (Tom Clancy)

"Rousing – the best of the genre.” (The New York Times Book Review)

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    JSH 05-27-12
    JSH 05-27-12

    Clinical treatment and research awareness. Sci-fi to Science to Maximim PC/parenting. How to best network HDMA? 70% SciFi-thrillers-30% science

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    "Enjoyable."

    Good enough to keep you listening. More action with a fun story. One themee point of a different perspective but not that engoosing. Good scifi action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer boise, ID, United States 04-14-12
    Amazon Customer boise, ID, United States 04-14-12 Member Since 2010

    I don’t have a lot of time for reading, but Audible allows me to listen to all the great books that I thought I would never get to read.

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    "Loved It!!"

    I love this book 10of10, best of Larry Niven , Jerry Pournelle!
    One of the best Sci-Fi books I have ever read, and loved it just as much on Audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pnar 04-03-12
    Pnar 04-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "*disappointing*"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron highfields, Australia 01-29-12
    Cameron highfields, Australia 01-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Classic Sci Fi"
    Where does Footfall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 30?? I have over 100 in my library and it is hard to decide.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Read the story in paperback years ago, just a good sci-fi story


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Good narrator


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    Just a good read and now a good listen as well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Harry 12-30-11
    Harry 12-30-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Great Sci-Fi and exceptional narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Footfall the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Footfall?

    The negotiation!


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, looking forward to them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No way. I enjoyed it over a couple weeks.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Snoodely 07-27-11
    Snoodely 07-27-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Too dated ... but excellent narrator"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Gruber 05-12-11
    Ben Gruber 05-12-11 Member Since 2006
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    "SPECTACULAR audiobook"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Noah New York, New York 05-12-11
    Noah New York, New York 05-12-11
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    "Niven & Pournelle do it again!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Canada 04-28-11
    Bruce Canada 04-28-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Painful"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AzDayton 04-01-11
    AzDayton 04-01-11 Member Since 2002

    - Dayton

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    "Excellent Book, Superbly Read"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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