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They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods. Now the conquerors are descending on the American heartland, demanding servile surrender - or death for all humans.

©1986 Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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  • Lawrence
  • Deerfield Beach, FL, United States
  • 10-12-12

A WOW OF A STORY! REMINDS ME OF INDEPENDENCE DAY

Would you listen to Footfall again? Why?

I read this on talking books
A very exciting story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roger.
Because that's the name of a friend of mine.

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

No

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I wondered if the 'good guys' were going to win

Any additional comments?

No comments for now.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Merrimack, NH, United States
  • 10-09-12

Good SciFi, technology is believable.

If you could sum up Footfall in three words, what would they be?

Believable, great yarn

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Congressman, he's like the every-man of the story.

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

Pronunciation of the alien names was difficult when reading the print version.

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

Yes but it was great for a long car ride.

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Thoroughly engaging - a perfect gem!

This book is pure entertainment! It is like candy for my ears. I am still in the first part of the book, but I am having such a great time listening to it, I am ready to rate it. It is one of those rare finds where the story and the narrator are a perfect match and the result is delightful.

Because I haven't actually finished the book, I can't say much about the story but thus far it has totally sucked me in. I can hardly put it down.. The broad range of characters is astonishing and the narrator's ability to voice each one differently and so naturally switch between them is amazing.

I gotta go now. Right now the Russian general's secretary is sitting on his lap unbuttoning her blouse...

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Old Classic

What made the experience of listening to Footfall the most enjoyable?

I loved this story when it 1st came out. It was one of the 1st SF books I reccomended to my son to read as a young adult and he also loved it.

A good story with interesting charactors......Harry Red Rules

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry Red. Average guy that does good. Could be next door neighbor

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Enjoyable.

Good enough to keep you listening. More action with a fun story. One themee point of a different perspective but not that engoosing. Good scifi action.

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  • Kyle Rose
  • boise, ID, United States
  • 04-14-12

Loved It!!

I love this book 10of10, best of Larry Niven , Jerry Pournelle!
One of the best Sci-Fi books I have ever read, and loved it just as much on Audiobook!

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*disappointing*

poor story,.. unnecessary dialogues and characters, i really don't get the good reviews? better get larry niven's 'mote in god's eye'.. save this one. waste of credit.

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  • Cameron
  • highfields, Australia
  • 01-29-12

Classic Sci Fi

Where does Footfall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 30?? I have over 100 in my library and it is hard to decide.

What did you like best about this story?

Read the story in paperback years ago, just a good sci-fi story

What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

Good narrator

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really

Any additional comments?

Just a good read and now a good listen as well.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Sci-Fi and exceptional narration

What made the experience of listening to Footfall the most enjoyable?

The narrator was amazing with earthling and alien accents. I was truly mesmerized and never distracted from the story. I don't think I've ever heard a narrator add so much to a story since I listened to the Aubrey Maturin Series with Simon Vance.

The story was fresh and full of political and scientific interest. I believed all the characters, alien and earthlings motivation. It always made sense so that when everything came together I got it. Foot Fall. Great Title.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Footfall?

The negotiation!

Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, looking forward to them.

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

No way. I enjoyed it over a couple weeks.

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  • Snoodely
  • Santa Barbara, CA United States
  • 07-27-11

Too dated ... but excellent narrator

Niven and Pournelle published "Footfall" in 1986 -- five years before the collapse of the Soviet Union. The story takes place at some unspecified time in the future, when -- assuming that both the Soviet Union and the United States are still going strong -- the two super-powers must form an uneasy alliance to confront an alien invasion from Alpha Centauri. Perhaps this scenario intrigued people back in the 1980s; but it had a short shelf-life, for obvious reasons. "Footfall" demonstrates the risky nature of the futuristic science fiction genre: We never really know what's going to happen, do we? If you are considering listening to this audiobook, I would advise you to think of it as "alternate history," a la Harry Turtledove. I did try this while I was listening to "Footfall," but the tactic didn't work for me. It didn't overcome the dated assumptions upon which the authors based their premises. But, then, I don't favor science fiction stories much, in general. Still, I forced myself to listen to "Footfall" all the way through, since I had paid for it ... and sometimes books that start off badly do improve, with patience. But this one never did, for me. The excellent narration of MacLeod Andrews kept me slogging on, though. This amazing young actor has chops! I will be looking for other audiobooks narrated by him. He does a wonderful rendition of the unpronounceable alien words, plus difficult accents -- such as Russian and South African -- and clear voice distinctions among the various characters. I would have given this audiobook only one star, except for Mr. Andrews narration. On balance, I would advise you not to purchase "Footfall," unless you enjoy science fiction unconditionally, or appreciate good acting unconditionally.