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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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    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!"
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    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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    Will Concord, MA, United States 12-27-13
    Will Concord, MA, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "This Book Overstayed Its Welcome"

    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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    Kevin der Kinderen 11-07-13
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    "90% Good"

    Excellent story until the very end. There was a lot of story and character development before the event though I'll have to go back to tie up some apparent loose ends. The event description was outstanding. The closer we get to the end the more the story turns obscure or pointless. In the end the speeches were hollow and it became difficult to listen to without being disappointed. Maybe it's odd to compare this story to The Stand but a similar apocalyptic formula was used with The Stand having a much stronger finish.

    Marc Vietor's narration was great. He had mostly believable voices for the characters and was consistent throughout. I'll be looking for more of Marc's work.

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    Kim Sanctuary Point 11-06-13
    Kim Sanctuary Point 11-06-13
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    "A true classic"
    What made the experience of listening to Lucifer's Hammer the most enjoyable?

    I read this book when it first came out in the 80's. Listening to it on audio is just as good as that first time.


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

    The realisation that the comet was actually going to strike the earth and various peoples preparation, or lack of.


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

    He narrates smoothly and gives accents more accurately than my reading does. (I'm Australian so some of the accents I am not clear on)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Towards the end was very sad with the battle. What a waste with so many people already dead from the catastrophy.


    Any additional comments?

    Get the authors book- Footfall. Another excellent book from this genre.
    Wish there were more like it.

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    Janet China Grove, NC, United States 08-19-13
    Janet China Grove, NC, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Pretty good disaster thriller written in 1977"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this even though some of the technical stuff is dated. The backbone of the story is still good.


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

    I enjoyed the narrator's emotions and think he did a great job.


    Do you think Lucifer's Hammer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I would love to read a 35 or 40 years later sequel. It would be nice to see how humanity has done and how those who only know the "after" have adapted.


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    Sparky Ian Blenheim, New Zealand 08-03-13
    Sparky Ian Blenheim, New Zealand 08-03-13

    let us be thankful for the fools but for them we would not suceeed. M Twain. I am a fan of Zombie books. Im a family man with two great kids

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    "Not bad but a little to civilized for Dysopian"

    Yea i liked it mostly. I think the characters were not always likable or admirable but the showed they had the stuff to survive. Would have liked to hear more about the destruction but that just might be ghoulish ole me. A bit soft core for me. And a little bit happy ending (ish) but i didn't regret the spent credit. My favorite character was not Hammer he was a jelly fish.

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    Rick BRISTOW, VA, United States 07-29-13
    Rick BRISTOW, VA, United States 07-29-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Excellent read for dystopian post-apocalyptic fans"
    If you could sum up Lucifer's Hammer in three words, what would they be?

    I would sum this book in 3 words by saying "The Hammer's Fallen"


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

    The impact of the meteor.


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

    No


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

    No, it's a great overall read.


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    Edward Temecula, CA, USA 07-21-13
    Edward Temecula, CA, USA 07-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Pass on it"
    Would you try another book from Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and/or Marc Vietor?

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    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lucifer's Hammer?

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    Paul Apelgren Los Angeles CA 07-13-13
    Paul Apelgren Los Angeles CA 07-13-13

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    "dated"
    What would have made Lucifer's Hammer better?

    This book has alarmingly racist undertones, even worse, the authors probably had good intentions. By the 3rd part, I was astounded. But still, there is something amazing about running along Dockweiler beach and listening to the part where Santa Monica gets destroyed by a tsunami. Especially fun to read on a sunny day as Hot Fudge Tuesday comes to pass.


    Has Lucifer's Hammer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I question Vietor's narration. Why does every female talk in a southern accent when it takes place in California.


    What didn’t you like about Marc Vietor’s performance?

    Southern accents in California.


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

    Destroying the world is always fun.


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