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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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    Joshua Devlin 10-03-15
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    "Good science"

    Good science but very dated. Still worth a listen for real sci/fi aficionados. Could use a modern day rewrite or update

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    Tariq Dammam, Saudi Arabia 10-03-15
    Tariq Dammam, Saudi Arabia 10-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "For those who caught the lightning"

    A well thought out and imagined catastrophe and the aftermath of how civilization would may be lost while facing survival of that fittest, religious extremism, racism, cannibalism... etc.

    some of the imagery were truly horrifying and told with excellent writing, but few and far between.

    almost all the characters develop but not deep enough making most, if not all very forgettable. yet, the interactions of the characters are almost always very grabbing and thought provoking.

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    Michael Henryville, PA, United States 10-01-15
    Michael Henryville, PA, United States 10-01-15

    Mike

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    "So glad I finally read this one!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes absolutely. It is a thoroughly interesting and engaging story focused on the end of the world as we know it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lucifer's Hammer?

    Defending the citadel from the onslaught of the cult-like army besieging them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Same as above.


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

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    I was very touched when I heard that the scientist had died. He worked so hard to devise weapons to save the people and in the end he died, but he knew he would. He could not get his insulin and could have spent time trying to synthesize more from the sheep present but instead he spent all time to ensure the community would survive. I was really hoping he would have made it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy sci-fi or post apocalyptic literature you have to give this a listen. It is a great and timeless tale and shows just how fragile civilization can be. It took me decades to get around to it but I am so glad I finally did!

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    Skip Sanders PC, FL 09-25-15
    Skip Sanders PC, FL 09-25-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Cautionary Tale"

    I was intrigued with this book from the start. It provides both pessimistic and optimistic story of human dignity and action.

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    Heloisa São Paulo, Brazil 09-23-15
    Heloisa São Paulo, Brazil 09-23-15
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    "Couldn't finish it"
    What disappointed you about Lucifer's Hammer?

    This book is about POLITICS. Not what you would expect in a book about a meteor hitting Earth.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Certainly not another book from Niven.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Marc Vietor?

    Maybe, the narration wasn't spectacular; also, he isn't very good diferentiating caracters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


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    Ian 09-21-15
    Ian 09-21-15
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    "Very long but very interesting"

    Great book. World is very fleshed out and interesting, great characters. At times it felt a little bigoted by having every black character except one be a terrible gang member type personality with no morals or civility.

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    Amazon Customer 09-14-15
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    "Interesting"

    a lot of foul language but I suppose it's necessary to portray the characters. some insights can be learned about preparing for a disaster emergency.

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    ugh 08-31-15
    ugh 08-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Exciting end of the world novel."

    An end of the world story. What happens when a comet strikes the earth?
    What happens to various people that manage to survive the initial strikes? Interesting following their lives to see if they can survive the earth quakes and tsunamis caused by the impacts.

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    James Fort Meade, MD, United States 08-22-15
    James Fort Meade, MD, United States 08-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best of the best."

    Nothing more to say here. Don't wonder about it, just read or listen to this book.

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    amabuyer 07-29-15
    amabuyer 07-29-15 Member Since 2015

    Bert

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    "Captivating Experience"

    Pros:
    • Great narration
    • Enthralling story
    • Plausible

    Cons:
    • Story is somewhat given to stereotyping

    It's a great listen over all. I read the book, and the narrated version is just as gripping.

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