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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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    Krista San Antonio, Texas USA 12-18-14
    Krista San Antonio, Texas USA 12-18-14 Member Since 2012

    magicalfire

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    "Hooked!"

    What a fantastic story! It was a little slow starting, but eventually had me completely and utterly hooked. A very realistic end-of-the-world scenario that will have you contemplating your own future. Great characters, and a disturbing look into the deep, dark recesses of human nature.

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    Brian 05-14-14
    Brian 05-14-14
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    "First Audible Book I have stopped listening to!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I honestly gave this book 3+ hours, every minute telling myself it will pick up. It never did pick up so it got shut off.


    What was most disappointing about Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle ’s story?

    far too many characters to keep up with, long drawn out intros into the life of the characters.....dry painful listen


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    Danish Princeton, NJ 05-08-14
    Danish Princeton, NJ 05-08-14 Member Since 2016

    I recently started listening to books and am addicted! Sci-fi is my favorite genre!

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    "Pre-hammer fall was too long and too boring"
    Would you try another book from Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and/or Marc Vietor?

    Maybe


    Would you recommend Lucifer's Hammer to your friends? Why or why not?

    I will, if they can persevere the boredom of the first half


    What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought the intensity to the story especially when the story itself was flat!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Ra! US 05-02-14
    Ra! US 05-02-14 Member Since 2016

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    "This story grew on me"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Ray 04-08-14
    Ray 04-08-14
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    "A must listen, for a very long journey."

    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.

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    Mark Tulsa, OK, United States 04-05-14
    Mark Tulsa, OK, United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2011

    My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine; (fortunately) everybody drinks water. - Mark Twain

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    "Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic"

    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.

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    Snoopy 04-04-14
    Snoopy 04-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Too dated"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


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    Wolf 01-14-14
    Wolf 01-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story and interesting characters"
    Where does Lucifer's Hammer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best SIFI story so far.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The brotherhood's attack on Senator's Jellison's ranch.


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

    Mankind is 3 meals away from revolution.


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    Fredrik Ersmark, Sweden 01-04-14
    Fredrik Ersmark, Sweden 01-04-14
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    "Incredibly boring and mundane."
    Would you try another book from Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and/or Marc Vietor?

    If this was the only book I ever read by these authors, no, I would not.


    What could Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Marc Vietor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I can't find any fault with the narration.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The dynamics between the russian and american astronauts, even though the russians are depicted from a very american viewpoint.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Paul Oakville, ON, Canada 12-28-13
    Paul Oakville, ON, Canada 12-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very enthralling. I couldn't put it down!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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