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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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    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Temecula, CA, USA 07-21-13
    Edward Temecula, CA, USA 07-21-13 Member Since 2016
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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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    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle again?

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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of 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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    Michael Janosky LYNDORA, PA, US 06-28-13
    Michael Janosky LYNDORA, PA, US 06-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Comet Drama"

    Lucifer's Hammer is a good book. I would recommend it to anyone. There less Sci-Fi than I was expecting. There was a lot more drama than I was expecting too! All the characters are believable as well as the situations that they have to go through. Overall Lucifer's Hammer was flat for me as I had no excitement to read more even at the end.

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    William Leesburg, VA 05-17-13
    William Leesburg, VA 05-17-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "The Hammer is Coming!!"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scenes of the book were when people realized what was going to happen, and then when the characters realized exactly how much their lives were going to be impacted.


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

    As I listened to this book there were several times when I cried and laughed with the characters, the narrator did a great job of conveying the emotion of the moment and the feelings of the characters through out the story.


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    L. WORLEY OKLAHOMA 05-16-13
    L. WORLEY OKLAHOMA 05-16-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Oh sooooo boring."
    What disappointed you about Lucifer's Hammer?

    So slow and boring. Little action. Lame dialogue.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle again?

    Not if it was written in the 70s or 80s. I think that was the main issue. I didn't look at the publication date.


    What aspect of Marc Vietor’s performance would you have changed?

    His performance was okay. Some of the voices were strange.


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

    The comet details.


    Any additional comments?

    Book is just out of date.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E=MC2 04-10-13
    E=MC2 04-10-13
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    "It's an OK book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I purchased this hopping it would be close to : A word out of time.
    Not quite at that level yet not a waste of my credit.
    Scientifically , seems pretty good researched.
    Entertaining , non the less.


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    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 04-09-13
    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 04-09-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Good plot. Dated ideology."

    Even though this was written before I was born, it's still a good SCI-FI story about the end of the world. It deals a lot with the time before the impact, the impact itself, and the following month trying to establish a steady settlement.

    I personally thought the book was a little too methodical in showing everything from everyone's point of view, the plot was decent and well thought out.

    However, the book was dated, and it really showed in the ideology seeping from between the pages. Most people might not noticed, but knowing libertarian political ideologies I was able to tell that the authors are libertarians, confirmed after finishing the book. Libertarianism is a small but vocal group people. Their ideology negatively affected the story in the following ways:

    1. Anti-Environmentalism: The environmentalists are constantly being slapped down and shown as hypocrites (some of whom see the error of their ways and convert). Also, since the publication of the book in 1978, we now know how terrible CFCs in aerosol cans were for the ozone layer and by banning them almost immediately stopped all growth of the ozone hole and it has been repair itself every since. However, in this book 'rabid' environmentalists are derided for believing aerosol cans need regulation. Environmentalists are seen as obstacles and are assumed to be wrong.

    2. Anti-Union sentiment is clearly as the authors only mention unions in a negative light when they barely need to be mentioned at all.

    3. Anti-Communist and extremely pro-USA. The USA is better at everything in this book. I was only alive at the tail end of the Cold War, and I don't know about the relative capabilities of Soviet and American technology at the time, but the authors sure loved to rub it in if it was true, or perjured themselves if it's not.

    4. Benevolent Sexism: This book was ahead of its time with regard to its sexist attitude. Women were strong, capable and independent. In my 20s I would have thought this was a good thing. But women are simply treated in a different sexist way. In some ways they act a lot like men. And they are always ready to conform to any male fantasy. Ready to have sex with you at the drop of hat, or death of her husband. Similar to Heinlein's treatment of women.

    5. Meritocracy: Anyone who is hardworking and knowledgeable is good. Anyone good is hard working and knowledgeable. And anyone hardworking and knowledgeable is instantly recognized as such, and welcomed (and put to work). Because in the real world no one lets politics, jealousy and personal dislike get in the way of recognizing the Truly Deserving.

    6. The wise leader, swift justice, and willing to make the tough calls (which are always right). Common tropes in libertarian fiction (Heinlein, Goodkind, Rand). Bad guys and bureaucrats always get killed.

    I also read that some people were put off by the pro-science slant of this book. But unless your anti-science, I don't think that's a big thing. (Then again, I'm hugely pro-science.)

    The ideology really detracted from my enjoyment of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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