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)
"Rousing – the best of the genre.” (The New York Times Book Review)
Believable, great yarn
The Congressman, he's like the every-man of the story.
Pronunciation of the alien names was difficult when reading the print version.
Yes but it was great for a long car ride.
This book is pure entertainment! It is like candy for my ears. I am still in the first part of the book, but I am having such a great time listening to it, I am ready to rate it. It is one of those rare finds where the story and the narrator are a perfect match and the result is delightful.
Because I haven't actually finished the book, I can't say much about the story but thus far it has totally sucked me in. I can hardly put it down.. The broad range of characters is astonishing and the narrator's ability to voice each one differently and so naturally switch between them is amazing.
I gotta go now. Right now the Russian general's secretary is sitting on his lap unbuttoning her blouse...
I loved this story when it 1st came out. It was one of the 1st SF books I reccomended to my son to read as a young adult and he also loved it.
A good story with interesting charactors......Harry Red Rules
Harry Red. Average guy that does good. Could be next door neighbor
Clinical treatment and research awareness. Sci-fi to Science to Maximim PC/parenting. How to best network HDMA? 70% SciFi-thrillers-30% science
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.
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.
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!
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.
Top 30?? I have over 100 in my library and it is hard to decide.
Read the story in paperback years ago, just a good sci-fi story
Just a good read and now a good listen as well.
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.
"An effort to understand!"
I was recommended this book to read but decided to get it from Audible, as I was doing some long road journeys and it would be most convenient to listen to it on my iPhone, however the narrator has used a very heavy accent, which makes listening in a car very hard work - I frequently had to rewind to understand the story.
Over of the great first contact novels. Niven and Pournelle at their creator best. . A classic. .
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