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.
“Nobody does it better than Niven and Pournelle. I loved it!” (Tom Clancy)
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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.
Overall the book is a good listen, but it fails miserably in the closing chapters, very much like some of Stephen Kings later works. The "well it's time to finish the book, this will be the last chapter" mentality. The ending is abrupt and feels unfinished with to many unresolved story lines. If this were the start of a series, the ending would be fine.
As others have mentioned - the reader is extremely annoying. Especially when narrating the alien parts of the story.
I 100% agree with the the other review. The reader's attempt at the alien names was distracting and annoying. I really didn't find a character I cared much about and by the end I was just hanging on to see if the human's won
The scene where baby elephant aliens are watching Linda Lovelace in "Deep Throat" was too much. Not for prudish reasons, but that it epitomizes the cheap prose of this book.
I just gave up midway through the second half.
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