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)
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I already have "Ringworld" in the pipeline.
I understand the discussion about racism in this title. There are at least some racist undertones, which could be a sign of the time period when the book was written. My biggest complaint is the length. I don't mind long books, but here, less protagonists and locations would not have harmed the book. I wasn't completely happy about the ending either. I'd have appreciated less fighting and a longer outlook into the future of the new civilization and it's building...
Marc Vietor has a likable voice I can listen to for hours. Sometimes, the performance could have been a little less solemn, but after all, he's was a good choice for this title.
Despite the shortcomings – people who love apocalypse stories should listen to this book.
Yes. It is quite engrossing.
Good characters and a story that is not too predictable.
Since it is set in the late 70s the characters perspective differs from our in a
Nope. Far too long for that.
Pointless question about an audio book this long.
My favorite part of this book is when Dan, the diabetic PhD, packs up and preserves his "civilization rebuilding library" and tosses it into his open septic tank. That's pretty surprising and definitely gave me the impression this was a well thought-out book. I'm not a sci-fi newbie, but I'm not an expert, either, so I appreciated the review of classic titles contained in this description, because it gave me a ready-made shopping list. Among those that I hadn't read yet were:
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
Nova by Samuel R. Delany
Corridors of Time by Poul Anderson
Half Past Human by T. J. Bass
Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber
Silverlock by John Myers Myers
King Conan by Robert E. Howard
Future Shock by Alvin Toffler
Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
There were other mystery novels in the list that I haven't included here. Many of these were from the 60s and not available on Audible, unfortunately. However, I take this as a personal recommended reading list from Larry Niven himself, and considering his status, it's worth a little extra effort to find them.
I don't know, maybe John Haldeman's Forever War. Mostly because I read them close to each other, but also because they present a stark view of the consequences of humanity's violent streak. I didn't take this book to be quite as negative, tho, since it portrays two sides of it.
The point where I got most teary-eyed was when they discussed the importance of "controlling the lightning". As an engineer, I believe that sentiment was dead on. Since then, I've gotten a kick out of using the phrase "go control the lightning" instead of "break a leg" as a way to say "good luck".
As a fan of apocalyptic fiction, this was a credit well spent. The basis of the story has a refreshing root in actual science (it is Niven, after all), so it comes off as believable in that regard. Some of the characters never felt entirely fleshed out, however, and there are a couple of relatively jarring jumps in timeline.
The premise of any worldwide apocalypse story begs for a multitude of settings around the world. Writing them all would create a never ending story, but Lucifer's Hammer goes the other direction, detailing effectively nothing but one section of California. I'm sure some people appreciate this book for not being The Stand, but I miss seeing something of the world at large.
Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the listen, and it was fun to go back to some Cold War era fiction.
Definitely a good vs evil. There were too many characters with little character development. I had trouble keeping them all straight. SK did it so much better in The Stand.
This is a long book (24 1/2 hours on audio), which I think could have been trimmed a little. I found it hard to keep all the characters straight. That said it was an engaging book, leaving many pictures and ideas lingering in my mind. The first third is about the approach of the comet, the middle about the hit and immediate aftermath, and the last third covers time a little further out and who people deal with everything being changed and the loss of most modern conveniences and government.
Say something about yourself!
yes, its that good
I red this book 20 yrs ago, it made my day to see it was on audible. Great story
I ran across this book after doing an internet search for books about world ending or apocalyptic events and I'm glad I did. There are not many books that deal with the details of what happens after such an event versus leading up to it or preventing the event all together. Even though this book was written in the 70s before cell phones and the internet, or personal computers in general for that matter, it still works. In fact it might work even better because of the time period.
Either way the author does a great job developing the many characters in the book giving their individual account or perspectives of how the events impact their lives. There are those who do nothing and those who heed the warnings and prepare and just the right amount of detail is provided to setup the various stories and make them plausible. As the focus narrows to a smaller playing field it just feels right. The narration is on par with some of the best as well.
I hated to see this one end. I put this at the top of my personal list of books in this genre and can recommend it highly to anyone who finds this subject as fascinating as I do.
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
A fabulous book and story line. Loved it and wish there was more of it. Great stuff !!
Disaster fiction at its best. Lucifer's hammer spends exactly the right amount of time building toward the cataclysm, and then continues to grip the reader all the way through. A page turner, so to speak, which I find rare for a book of this length.
(Also, personally, this satisfies my itch for post apocalyptic fiction, too, with the added fun of seeing how the 'apocalypse' happens.)
"Comet one Earth none"
The film they should have made instead of Armageddon.
The story follows the struggle for survival against nature and barbarism to retain civilization, after a comet hits the Earth.
Niven and Pournelle at their best.
I keep coming back to this book again and again. It's brilliantly written and a pleasure to read. The story is told from several different viewpoints and the characters all feel real and believable. The disintegration of society and way people's lives change after the hammer are well done. A little 1970s-ish in places, but not in a bad way. I expect I'll be reading this again (and again).
"Pretty good for a pre-silicon novel."
Science fiction does not usually age well, and this epic written before mobile phones, internet and laptops is strange and hard to get used to initially. But read in the same way as H.G.Wells or other historic science fiction it does pretty well. The introduction of the characters is somewhat long winded, but once the action starts it's a rip roaring listen. I liked the ideas behind the post apacalypse survival stuff suggesting how quickly humanity could return to the laws of the jungle. It has a few holes in the plot, but not enough to affect it in any great sense. Recommended.
"Better 2012 than the film"
I enjoyed this book very much, I liked the way it plays out in the end, it wasn?t a happy end or sad but I could imagine it happing this way, worth getting.
"Post-apocalyptic entertainment at its best!"
The story kept moving and the various threads set up at the start of the story were woven into a believable whole towards the end.
A solid and reasonably detailed look at how the earth and humanity would be impacted by a comet strike. A fascinating topic to me and very well written by the authors.
No, but his performance was good compared to other readers.
Yes, but that was pretty unrealistic given the 24.5 hours required for that!
"A 1970’s take on the End of the World"
Before Deep Impact, before Armageddon there was Lucifer’s Hammer.
The novel is Crichton-nesque in its foundation in real science and level of detail; they carefully build the story and it teaches you a lot about comets/meteors and the havoc they can cause.
It was told from a 1970’s perspective; but good story telling doesn’t go out of fashion and it actually it’s a bit interesting looking back it after 40 years it ages well, almost a period sci-fi piece.
The Authors Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle are very well read and they disperse at the beginning of chapter insightful quotes from various other authors throughout the book. It helps make for very interesting reading, and I think I’ve added several new books on my to-read list.
It does start slow, but you need to have little patience while he builds the characters for you.
After the strike the second story begins, and it is as riveting as the telling of the strike and preparation for it are. It held my attention to the end.
An Interesting and satisfying read.
one of my favourite listens.
Harvey - trying to do the best he can in difficult circumstances
Batlle scence at the end
how quickly life can change
really good book, not dated and tackles the real issues faced by humanity after such a catastrophic event. Good characterisation and I would love to see a sequel or movie!
Book went along at good pace.
"Is this the end?"
I saw this book and the narrater and knew it must be good. The many strands are woven together in unexpected ways. It is not until the last page that it all comes together and it leaves you wanting more. My kind of book. Not the armeggedon you are expecting.
"An Older Story with Current Themes"
This a story of the time! Tsunamis and earthquakes, whilst triggered this time by a meteor shower, gives a powerful image of what would happen. It's scary stuff, because it is based on scientific facts and we can all see just how devastating such an event would be. Scary also is how soon people revert to looting, violence and the law of physical might. It is survival of the fittest all over again. You cannot help thinking that we really have not moved very far forward in our evolution. It will make you think about much we rely on technology that is fragile and useless when fuel is not available. How good would any of us be in building from scratch? Where would the raw materials come from? What would you do with the raw materials anyway?
I certainly want to read more books from this legendary duo and luckily Audible has them available.
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