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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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    Randall Richton, Montserrat 03-23-16
    Randall Richton, Montserrat 03-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Hot Fudge Sundae"

    Just finished Lucifer's Hammer again! Oh what I'd give to see it as a mini series!!! They could start showing it on Hot Fudge Sundae which falls on a Tuesday!😆👍😜😉

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    Janet Averill 03-21-16
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    "Great old story...."

    by two of the best storytellers. If you like end of the world tales...this is a good one.

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    CoachZC 03-20-16
    CoachZC 03-20-16 Member Since 2015

    Educated, Country, Southern, Fitness oriented, Patriotic, and PREPared.

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    "worth the listen"

    while the plot does take quite a long time to develop with many key players weaving in and out of the story, it is definitely worth the listen in order to understand where this genre began and how it originated.

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    Shannon Chapel 03-12-16 Member Since 2007
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    I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't do it for me. My biggest complaint is you have to read 1/3 of the novel before anything happens. It's okay, very well written and thoroughly researched, and the narrator is fantastic, but it's not a book I'd recommend or listen to again.

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    Angus Fort Collins, CO, United States 03-10-16
    Angus Fort Collins, CO, United States 03-10-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Get your Hammer Fever On."

    Tim Hamner is a wealthy bachelor living off of the residuals from his family's soap business and playing seriously at being an amateur astronomer. Invoking the word “seriously” I mean that he has built his own professional grade observatory high in the Sierras and staffed it with a disgruntled graduate student. Harvey, an ex-war correspondent, wants to make a documentary about Tim's co-discovered new comet. This leads to lots of people taking an interest, and a lot of others laughing it off...right up until it hits the earth and civilization evolves.
    Natural disasters as aftershocks, rioting, Lord of the Flies situations, desperate couplings of frightened people and cannibalism are just some of the areas the story lines brush up against. The folks who were interested from the start coined the phrase “Hot fudge Sundae but on a Tuesday”. As the date approached the survivalists preparing were said to have “Hammer Fever”. After impact, those remaining were reduced to a kernel of civilization and a whole lot of savagery.
    The effects of impact were well thought out in this story yet I sense that they were scaled down from what really would have happened. I'm certain the co-authors argued back and forth about how much mayhem would leave them anything to work with in the aftermath for the story line. They did manage to produce an excellent work of Science Fiction. The Narration was well done also with voice range and delivery. Four units of nerdy satisfaction are thus assigned. Carry On!

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    S. D. Schwaitzberg Boston 02-28-16
    S. D. Schwaitzberg Boston 02-28-16 Member Since 2014

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    "it's still a great read nearly 40 years later"

    I was recently introduced to this book by my friend Chris from Canada who has a signed first edition. when an avid sci-fi fan remarks on a book that impacts is life it's a temptation too great to avoid. despite the advances in technology the book is not outdated and focuses on the moral and personal struggles of the various protagonist. these tensions are still true today. the book is well written with lots of little tidbits. If you read it carefully you will find a reference to "the mule " . you can research that on your own. I have previously enjoyed longer serious such as The Change novels by SM Stirling and if you like those you will like this is well even though you wish the universe would continue on from this book. this is a classic!

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    susan b. davis crescent city, ca United States 02-27-16
    susan b. davis crescent city, ca United States 02-27-16 Member Since 2012
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    "a gripper"
    What made the experience of listening to Lucifer's Hammer the most enjoyable?

    living in California & being able to personnal relate to people/places


    What did you like best about this story?

    the premise of survival by cooperation


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

    no particular moment, but several crystal clear scenes that my mind keeps going back to again & again.


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    Dennis Sweden 01-07-16
    Dennis Sweden 01-07-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic"
    If you could sum up Lucifer's Hammer in three words, what would they be?

    A gritty journey thru the end of civilization


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lucifer's Hammer?

    The Hammer


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

    Marc is a great reader. He's the only one what can compete with Steven Pacy


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

    Yes, but it's to long


    Any additional comments?

    i've read six books the past months on the end of the world and this one is probably the most entertaining one

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    Tom Caines 01-04-16
    Tom Caines 01-04-16
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    "Hit the nail on the head"

    I thoroughly enjoyed Lucifer's Hammer. Very interesting characters and interactions. Opening chapter with a quote really set the mood.

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    George and Nicole Harrell 12-27-15
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    "A little slow to start, but worth the wait."
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    This book is hard to get into, it is very slow going in the beginning, but ultimately very much worth the wait. It is truly a classic on par with Alas, Babylon. Do yourself a favor and listen to this one!

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