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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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    Lady Pamela New Mexico 02-01-15
    Lady Pamela New Mexico 02-01-15

    And Buffalo George

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    "Why not?"

    It's very exciting plot, and also fairly approaches both the social and technological challenges of survival in a post-armageddon scenario. Further, the pre-armageddon story is believable--yet, why is there no political activity to survive the species? It was written in the 70s and hasn't been updated. Once you understand that, it's believable that the female characters attach to the alpha males and other such 70s ideas...but, why not? I listened to the audio version, 25 hours long. the story is exciting and I'd recommend this audio version to anyone who enjoys post-apocalyptic disaster stories.

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    Evan 01-22-15
    Evan 01-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The books pacing felt weird"
    What did you like best about Lucifer's Hammer? What did you like least?

    Near the end the pacing picks up quite a bit, and I really enjoyed how each of the characters was brought together. That being said the entire first portion of the book leading up to Hammerfall felt like it should have been one or two chapters. I guess science buffs might enjoy the long winded scientific explanations in a working society, but I kept wanting the comet to hit already.


    Could you see Lucifer's Hammer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, it would be incredibly boring for the whole first season, maybe if you started it at the time the comet actually hit and then filled characters back stories in as it went along.


    Any additional comments?

    Slow start aside, it did a pretty good job of exploring several different characters points of view and showing off how their underlying motivations would help or hinder them in an apocalypse.

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    Kraig Butler Layton, UT United States 01-22-15
    Kraig Butler Layton, UT United States 01-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Well thought out."

    Enjoyable book to listen to. The characters never really came alive to me but the story was cool. Great perspective on post apocalyptic society.

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    Amazon Customer 01-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "dark warning"

    a dark warning of a future event that will happen.
    will we be ready? not yet

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    burgertown 01-03-15
    burgertown 01-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    I really enjoyed it!
    Maybe I don't have a lot of disaster fiction to compare it to, but I hope I find something else as good. I liked every aspect, story and narration.
    I want more. I love long fiction. Where is the sequel?

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    Amazon Customer Fond du Lac,WI USA 12-31-14
    Amazon Customer Fond du Lac,WI USA 12-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth while life after end of the world story."

    Struggled to finish this novel. But was made possible thanks to Audible. Wish I had read this in high school.

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    Rolando 12-28-14
    Rolando 12-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Long"

    The nostalgic value almost made it worth the effort. Written in the '70's there are references to the Cold War and the racial tension of the day. However, the story dragged on and on. A credible antagonist finally appeared at the last fifth of the book. Just a long book, exhausting.

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    Krista San Antonio, Texas USA 12-18-14
    Krista San Antonio, Texas USA 12-18-14

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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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