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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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    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."
    Any additional comments?

    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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    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 12-21-15
    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 12-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Extinction Level Event Survival Guide"

    In my early Science Fiction fan years I was a huge Larry Niven fan. I always enjoy the way he makes his readers think. When Niven teams up with Jerry Pournelle the result is an added dimension of realistic technological extrapolation. It seems also the Pournelle must be some kind of Soviet expert because his collaborations always have a strong Cold War element. What is more Pournelle understands the inner workings of the scientific community, so we are treated to the correct procedures of discovery and reporting of a comet discovery. I read this book thirty years ago and decided to revisit it in audible form recently in an attempt to recapture my youthful sense of wonder. This is a fun disaster novel, if such a thing can be said to be at all enjoyable. And even though the build-up to the inevitable comet strike and subsequent collapse unfolds slowly the situations presented are done so in such a realistic fashion that the youthful mind inside me can easily imagine going through such a crisis. It is natural for anyone who is mindful of history to try to put yourself in the place of the characters going through a crisis. I think that is a large part of the appeal of this book for me. I liked it as much this go ‘round as I did the first time.

    Mark Vietor is a steady narrator in this book. His character voices are understated but strike just the right calm tone for the serious topics and themes covered when a natural disaster devastates the globe. Vietor makes this a very enjoyable entertainment.

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    Doug Brown 11-22-15
    Doug Brown 11-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book but past its prime"
    What did you like best about Lucifer's Hammer? What did you like least?

    In his long career, Larry Niven has written some outstanding hard SF (Ringworld, The Integral trees) but this isnt one of them. It is, however very entertaining and worth an Audible credit. As others have said, the story details are dated. SF written about the present or the near future don't hold up as well over time as stories of the distant future. It is a long book though so you get a lot of listening for the money. I listened to it in my deer blind over 3 days and it kept me in the woods and awake when the action outside was slow. Narration was OK.


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    Jeremy Fairbanks 10-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good P-A yarn "

    With the wealth of characters, it would have benefitted greatly from a female as well as a male narrator. A single narrator is common, but the lack of the second in this one was continually noticeable. But the authors attacked a story with massive scope and came away with enough human drama to keep you focused on this group rather than wondering about the rest of the world. Book 1 I found to be more engaging than book 2, given the suspense built.

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    SgtMug 10-10-15
    SgtMug 10-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable!!!!"

    I read this book in 1985 and really enjoyed it and that much more after listening to the audible version. The story will give thoughts of , "What would you do?" Even though the book came out in 1977, it still reads well!

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    Joshua Devlin 10-03-15
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    "Good science"

    Good science but very dated. Still worth a listen for real sci/fi aficionados. Could use a modern day rewrite or update

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    Tariq Dammam, Saudi Arabia 10-03-15
    Tariq Dammam, Saudi Arabia 10-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "For those who caught the lightning"

    A well thought out and imagined catastrophe and the aftermath of how civilization would may be lost while facing survival of that fittest, religious extremism, racism, cannibalism... etc.

    some of the imagery were truly horrifying and told with excellent writing, but few and far between.

    almost all the characters develop but not deep enough making most, if not all very forgettable. yet, the interactions of the characters are almost always very grabbing and thought provoking.

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    Michael Henryville, PA, United States 10-01-15
    Michael Henryville, PA, United States 10-01-15
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    "So glad I finally read this one!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes absolutely. It is a thoroughly interesting and engaging story focused on the end of the world as we know it.


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

    Defending the citadel from the onslaught of the cult-like army besieging them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Same as above.


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

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    I was very touched when I heard that the scientist had died. He worked so hard to devise weapons to save the people and in the end he died, but he knew he would. He could not get his insulin and could have spent time trying to synthesize more from the sheep present but instead he spent all time to ensure the community would survive. I was really hoping he would have made it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy sci-fi or post apocalyptic literature you have to give this a listen. It is a great and timeless tale and shows just how fragile civilization can be. It took me decades to get around to it but I am so glad I finally did!

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