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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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    Andrei Bucuresti, Romania 03-11-13
    Andrei Bucuresti, Romania 03-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best books in this genre."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book is vivid, very realistic and seems very well documented.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole time you are unable to anticipate what will happen.


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    He knows how to make you "feel" the action in a very special way.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, for sure.


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    Sophie Smeenk Netherlands 03-11-13
    Sophie Smeenk Netherlands 03-11-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Great listen, had my earphones glued to my ears!"

    Lucifer's Hammer describes the end of civilization as we know it, by the strike of an enormous meteorite. What I found brilliant was how completely believeable the story is: the reaction of scientist and the public to the ever-increading chance of a hit, the belief, the unbelief, the religious craze, and then the very restrained description of the strike itself, followed by the enormous, devastating consequences and aftermath.

    Of course it doesn't end there, the description of the reactions of the different characters, the (mostly) loss of civilized behaviour, the choices people have to face, this all set me thinking about how my own reactions an behaviour would be in a similar situation.

    Marc Vietor reads it well, albeit sometimes a bit flat, as far as I'm concerned.

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    Monty R. May Guam 03-08-13
    Monty R. May Guam 03-08-13 Member Since 2017
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    "An enjoyable narration"
    If you could sum up Lucifer's Hammer in three words, what would they be?

    Comet damages earth.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration--the reader can do many different voices with emotion. The story--what would happen to a group of people in southern California if the earth were directly hit by a comet.


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

    The ability to do multiple voices with emotive nuance.


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

    Mankind did know how fragile the earth was.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle san diego, CA, United States 03-03-13
    Michelle san diego, CA, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Awful! Mysogynistic, 1-dimensional characters"

    I love this genre and having recently listened to Alas, Babylon Swan Song and One Second After I had high hopes based on the good reviews. WRONG! The writing is terrible, one-dimensional and cliched characters that I cared nothing about. It was written in 1977 (not 1957) so I was shocked that women are only there to serve the purpose of the male characters. Ick, I made myself listen until the second section and just couldn't any longer. Waste of a credit

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    MB Elizabethville, PA, United States 03-01-13
    MB Elizabethville, PA, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Primer for Being Prepared"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have recommended this book to friends. It was fantastic. Fiction for end of the world buffs and prepping fans. An end of the world saga for the survivalist. Truly amazing in every detail.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The postman - neither rain, nor sleet, nor deadly hammer! Made me think about a need to be useful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Two words - Thermite Grenades.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I can't stay awake that long. However, I always looked forward to the next part.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Oak Park, IL, United States 02-28-13
    John Oak Park, IL, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "interesting post-apocalyptic novel"

    The story is interesting throughout and the narrator is perfect for the part.

    I like the themes in the struggle between Hamner, Randall, and Jellison on one side (Stronghold) and Armitage (New Brotherhood Army) on the other side.

    The Stronghold group adheres to rationality and science and wants to preserve civilization. The New Brotherhood Army adheres to mysticism and fights civilization. Good stuff for fans of Ayn Rand.

    John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"

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    Nancy Wells Canton, NC 02-26-13
    Nancy Wells Canton, NC 02-26-13 Member Since 2013

    Curious Gardener

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    What made the experience of listening to Lucifer's Hammer the most enjoyable?

    The portrayal of human challenges, of soul searching and of real human response in the midst of the nobility that humans can show.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it all tied together. There were so many threads going at the same time. Just amazing.


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

    This is my first.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I had trouble getting into this, but once I did I was just enthralled.


    Any additional comments?

    I have long been an avid fantasy reader and have resisted sci-fi. Mr Niven has won me over and I will be seeking out more of his work.

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    Rubin 02-22-13
    Rubin 02-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Niven & Pournelle have nailed humanity in this one"
    Would you listen to Lucifer's Hammer again? Why?

    Sure would.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't say for sure. I think it was the hot neighbor wife that know what she wants and how she's going to get it. Then again the scientist dude that had the forethought to save book. Book last long er than brains......


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 02-20-13
    Mary 02-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "What if the earth were in the path of a comet?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lucifer's Hammer to be better than the print version?

    When you have little spare tie in your day, it is easier to listen to a book while you are driving than find the time to actually read it. In this way it is easier to "read" more books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the mailman because of his dedication to his job in all the chaos.


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

    The book made me think. I wonder what would happen if a comet were to hit the earth and we were suddenly thrown back to conditions as they were centuries ago.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jon rocky mount, VA, United States 02-17-13
    jon rocky mount, VA, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2016
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    "It was hard to stay focused the whole time..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I have a few friends who are into survival and end of the word kin of stuff and this book really has some interesting insights into end of the world survival for sure!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I don't enjoy books that bounce around different characters. This book does that a lot! I would have made it focus on one person.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end is a battle between these religious cannibals. I found that to be my favorite part of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I would say that if you see this book on sale it's a good listen but I wouldn't get this at full price. Its a fun listen if you like the stand, the road, earth abides or really any thing about the end of the world kind of story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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