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Lucifer's Hammer Audiobook

Lucifer's Hammer

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Publisher's Summary

The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization.

But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival - a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

©1985 Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Take your earthquakes, waterlogged condominiums, swarms of bugs, colliding airplanes, and flaming what-nots, wrap them up and they wouldn't match one page of Lucifer's Hammer for sweaty-palmed suspense." (Chicago Daily News)
"Massively entertaining." (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

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    Jeremy 07-07-15
    Jeremy 07-07-15
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    "Wanted to like it more than I actually did"

    I really liked the idea of this book and I felt that the authors put decent amount of thought into what might happen to a society facing 'the Hammer'.

    On the other hand, I wasn't really drawn into this story as I would have expected. Big, exciting events felt somewhat flat. It could be that variations of this story have been told and retold for decades now, but it never really felt that the story moved too far beyond the expected. That could just be a consequence of being a classic.

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    Ted Scottsdale, AZ, United States 06-24-15
    Ted Scottsdale, AZ, United States 06-24-15 Member Since 2012

    Avid rock climber and adventurer. Lover of sci-fi and Action-Adventure. Advocate of revolutionary thinking.

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    "Great timeless story!"

    The language and social norms of that era in no way detracted from the timeliness of the story! It is a testament to the lasting value of the story and the storyteller!

    We need to think about reprioritizing our space program as well as our technology toward sustainability and resilience! To do less is shortsighted and depreciates our legacy.

    What kind of world do we wish to leave to our progeny? This story is more than entertaining! It is a strong argument for thinking ahead and never forgetting the bigger picture! At the same time, the characters were well-developed and compelling, which made the reading a joy on multiple levels.

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    Amazon Customer 06-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Dated But Fun Story"

    This is a fun story about the end of modern civilization--a well-written but typical doomsday book. The book lacks any real surprises but is fun nonetheless. Unfortunately, the book is getting a bit dated both in terms of technology and society--certainly more stereotypes than you are likely to find in more recent books. If you can look past that and think of it as a product of its times, then the story is entertaining...no deep thoughts here but fun entertainment.

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    Jamie S. Cullen 05-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The end of the world is coming"

    This a well written novel with plenty of great twists and turns. The writing stands the test of time. I loved the amazing set of characters. I felt their emotions along the journey. This is a must read. You may need to have a dictionary with you as I found that I needed to look up a few words. This didn't take away from a great book either way.

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    DEAN milwaukie oregon 05-21-15
    DEAN milwaukie oregon 05-21-15 Member Since 2014

    i drive a truck full of produce,and have tons of time to listen

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    "hard to quit listening"
    Would you listen to Lucifer's Hammer again? Why?

    i read lucifers hammer years ago , but listening makes it easier to follow.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the fact that this is in the realm of the possible


    Which scene was your favorite?

    having to fight savages to keep some small part of civilization


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    planetwide katrina


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    Nancy Chilton-Kendrick Ouray, CO United States 05-10-15
    Nancy Chilton-Kendrick Ouray, CO United States 05-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Still Great After All These Years"

    A must read. Couldn't stop until the end. You will never forget this book which will leave you pondering every time you hear about a comet's near miss to our planet.

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    whiterabbit 05-06-15
    whiterabbit 05-06-15 Member Since 2013

    harmony

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    "A good cosmic yarn"

    Lovely classic sci fi. Brilliantly narrated. Overall a great audiobook experience for anyone who enjoys apocalyptic sci fi in its most classic form. Pleasantly good physics included. Has a 1960's feel to it that is entirely enjoyable.

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    Michael Mayer Gaithersburg, MD USA 04-30-15
    Michael Mayer Gaithersburg, MD USA 04-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love it"

    Not only was this a well told story in two acts. It is also an interesting dive into the nature of humanity when the chips are down (way down).

    Also, this book was written in the 1970s, it makes for an interesting (nostalgic) archaeological "dig" into what life was like 40 years ago. An opportunity to explore how we have changed and how we have stayed the same.

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    Brandon 04-28-15
    Brandon 04-28-15
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    "I just didn't like it."

    I suppose I'm just used to epic novels. There's not a ton of character development, so I never had an opportunity to bond with any of them. I always found myself confusing one character for another.

    I won't recommend it. But I don't recommend against it, either.

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    John 04-23-15
    John 04-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Decent "What If" story"

    Good post apocalyptic story, but after listening to a full cast read World War Z, the one man performance could be better. There are a few points when the story feels dated, but it was easy enough to overlook and stay in the story. I enjoyed it.

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