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.
"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)
I recently started listening to books and am addicted! Sci-fi is my favorite genre!
I will, if they can persevere the boredom of the first half
He brought the intensity to the story especially when the story itself was flat!
As one of the other reviewers mentioned, the first half of the story was simply dragging. The writers spent far too much time in character development which, when you look at it, wasn't all that necessary. I got the book to read more about the dystopian world, what I got was more of the back story of the characters, and what it seemed like, lasted for more than half the book. But I don't want to say that the story was all bad, I liked it when it finally picked up after the hammer struck the earth. I liked the story even more when the writers finally portrayed the end of the world scenarios.
Like others said, it took a long time for this to get going - a lot of characters, a lot of situations. Though I figured it was all set up for the rest of the book, sometimes I was still like "Ok, WHO is this now??" Especially when you haven't really figured out who is who yet -- a lot of the names are similar, so its kind of confusing (especially while you're driving your commute!) -- you have Maureen, Eileen, Colleen... lot of "eens" there. Then there's Harvey, Harry and Hamner... over time (and this is a loong book, which is good) - you finally get used to who is who..
I found the black "lingo" laughable - but I guess that's how it was back "in the day" in some parts of the country but it sounds silly now. Other than that -- it definitely picked up and was very satisfying - I ended up enjoying it very much.I'd recommend to those who like TEOTW disaster stories.
While this story is based in the 70's it is an utterly enthralling book and is a must listen. Fabulously performed by Marc Vietor I found myself hanging on every chapter. A frighteningly real scenario from which many movies were no doubt spawned. Loved it.
I like to read books, but sometimes it's more convenient to listen to them. Just don't say you "read" a book when you really listened to it.
Highly recommended for science fiction enthusiasts. An amatuer astronomer discovers a comet. At first scientists don't veiw it as a threat, but as it gets closer the chances of an impact grow. The main characters are first assaulted by the destructive comet, then horrified at the world after impact, and finally must struggle for their existence. For science fiction this novel has aged well, especially because much of the book is set in a world where technology has been destroyed. Stephen King's "The Stand" clearly found some of it's inspiration for this classic science fiction piece.
Unfortunately, the story is too dated. Writing is ok but needed some serious editing. Some parts were laughable even though they weren't suppose to be. Don't waste your time, try Swan Song instead.
Best SIFI story so far.
Dan Forrester the scientist. He's solving problems through his knowledge of science and his character/personality is most resilient to the post apocalyptic world.
The brotherhood's attack on Senator's Jellison's ranch.
Mankind is 3 meals away from revolution.
Wow! This book drones on and on for almost six hours before the disaster it's focused on even occurs! It's just too much and it's not interesting and it feels really outdated. Going into the second of three parts (another 9 hours for part two) I realized I just cannot continue. There are a slew of characters to keep track of and I didn't connect with any of them. Walking away. I do not recommend!
If this was the only book I ever read by these authors, no, I would not.
They could have written a less mundane book. I guess the book is supposed to be soft-scifi, but I don't find the choice of characters and their stories engaging at all, it being a cross of real-world drama with very weak sci-fi elements.
I can't find any fault with the narration.
The dynamics between the russian and american astronauts, even though the russians are depicted from a very american viewpoint.
After listening to the book for 6 hours and getting nothing but uninteresting, unappealing character stories the comet has yet to hit the earth. I just don't think it's relevant to any sci-fi story to explore however a journalist has sex on wednesdays or mondays, wether their wife is pretty enough at parties, what nickname a gangster has taken after running away from home or other real world events that I read sci-fi to avoid.
I read "a mote I god's eye" in the days before e-readers and Audible and remembered enjoying it. So purely on the vague recollection I thought I'd give this a try. Yes it's a little dated... The commies are America's greatest enemy and calculators are referred to as "pocket computers" but that quickly fades into the irrelevant as the strength of the characters and the story takes the forefront. It sucks you in and keeps you engaged right to the last word.
I was really captivated by this book from the very start. It sweeps you into the story right away and teases you into following every turn. The build-up and the event are definitely good listening.
The aftermath, however, started well... then kept on going... and going. It's seemed like it would never end. Too much detail and too many threads that I didn't really care if they were tied up or not.
If you read this one you can easily stop when you start getting bored of the aftermath. You won't miss anything at the end.
The narrator did a decent job. He disappeared into the woodwork like he should, and didn't distract from the story with annoying habits or bad performance.
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