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Lucifer's Hammer | [Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle]

Lucifer's Hammer

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....
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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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    emma Burns Lake, BC, Canada 10-07-11
    emma Burns Lake, BC, Canada 10-07-11 Member Since 2005
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    "The Hammer didn't really Fall"


    A larger description of what was going on elsewhere would have helped along with a female reader for the female parts. A bit of a let-down at the conclusion.

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    Mark Westminster, CA, United States 07-19-11
    Mark Westminster, CA, United States 07-19-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Classic Sci-Fi Built on Hard Science"

    Don't pay attention to the reviews talking about "dated" technology. If that was a point to separate a good story from bad anything over three years old would be a "bad" story.

    This story was written 35 years ago. Of course technology has advanced! When a character has a "pocket computer" it's not a smart phone it's a scientific calculator!

    The voice talent is not spectacular but good enough.

    This is a classic sci-fi story built on solid science.

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    Brian Kissimmee FL 07-16-11
    Brian Kissimmee FL 07-16-11
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    "A real classic"

    This one has it all. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I loved it!!

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    Michele Brier, WA, United States 06-08-11
    Michele Brier, WA, United States 06-08-11 Member Since 2011
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    "ok"

    The story itself is good and well written. However, there are so many characters and so few with any real brains and strength to back it up...I wouldnt want to be involved with any of them.

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    Melinda Moore 06-05-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Boring"

    Many reviews say that this is a great classic story about a meteor striking the earth. I wish a meteor would have struck this book before it was published.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Wayne, NJ, United States 04-26-11
    Dave Wayne, NJ, United States 04-26-11 Member Since 2001
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    "too dry, narrator kills it for me"

    It was too dry, mainly because I did not like how the narrator read the book. Someone else said that it took too long for the meteor to hit, I agree. I do not remember that from reading the actual book years ago. I did not get far into the audio version before I gave up on it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Berwick, Australia 04-24-11
    Steven Berwick, Australia 04-24-11
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    "A story of two halves"

    Lucifer's Hammer is a difficult audio book to rate as the quality of the writing seems to differ hugely between the pre-comet strike and the post-strike. Pre-strike is a lightweight, corny intro to a 70s disaster movie. There are way too many characters who are mostly shallow. The post-strike story is much better, and would almost standalone as a novel. If you have the stamina to listen through the first 12 hours of the story, then you'll be rewarded. The narrator did a very good job in reading a story with an excessive number of characters. If you want a good post-apocolyse story, then listen to The Road or Alas Babylon.

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    Thomas H. Smith Goleta, Ca 08-01-10
    Thomas H. Smith Goleta, Ca 08-01-10 Listener Since 2007

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    "A Classic"

    I was amazed at the social and political savvy of the authors. Most sci fi authors seem innocents when it comes to that stuff but these guys were WAY ahead of the curve. Many of the negative reviews here will be from the politically correct. These authors knew those folks way back in the Seventies and had no patience for them back then. That's what ultimately makes this a classic though the story and writing is excellent too. Like one reviewer said here it starts out slow and that is a criticism of other Niven books as well but man does it kick in and you don't want it to finish right till the end. The narrator was great!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Woodbridge, CT, United States 03-25-10
    Jason Woodbridge, CT, United States 03-25-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Starts slow, but worth the wait"

    The first 10 hours of the book are a bit slow and confusing as all the various characters are built up. Mid-way through, it gets really good. Then it gets better.

    Well narrated. A great choice for those interested in one way the earth could be reborn.

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    John Austin, TX, United States 03-15-10
    John Austin, TX, United States 03-15-10 Member Since 2014
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    "credit worthy listen, don't be put off by reviews"

    I read the reviews and was a little hesitant. I went in thinking I'd get a good '70's Irwin Allen style disaster story. It's that but better, more philosophical that I thought it would be. For those decrying the dated references to telegrams and the like, get over it! It does nothing to the story and I found it interesting and quaint. And once the comet hits, the dated technology is no longer relevant. It reminded me a little of "One Second After", which I also enjoyed. Check out the newly released on Audible "Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse" if you like this genre.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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