Escape from Hell

  • by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by Tom Weiner
  • 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Allan Carpentier escaped from hell once but remained haunted by what he saw and endured. He has now returned, on a mission to liberate those souls unfairly tortured and confined.Partnering with the famous poet and suicide, Sylvia Plath, Carpentier is a modern-day Christ who intends to harrow hell and free the damned.But now that he's returned to this Dantesque inferno, can he ever again leave?


What the Critics Say

"This well-constructed tale will inspire many readers to seek out the original Divine Comedy." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Actually I have several. Niven and Pournelle used this as a way to complain about modern problems. They hit everyone in New Orleans pretty hard. At first I thought too much so, and then the night I finished the book, the news had a story on the New Orleans Mayor, who had just been convicted of bribery and taking money on construction projects. They hammered hard on scientist that gave false evidence. They mentioned scientists in the 1970's who warned us about a coming Ice Age. They hinted that today's Global Warming Scientist might be scamming us. The talked about DDT and how it should have never been banned and the lives it cost to ban it. They talked about Silicon Breast Implants and how it was never proved they caused any harm. Lawyers got hit hard, etc...

Even though I agreed with a lot they had to say, the book had no plot as of course neither did Daunte's book. I would think two smart writers could visit Hell and have a plot. No character development here, today's readers need more.

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- Jim "The Impatient" "My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books."

Poor sequel

I love Niven's and Pournell's works ... well, generally I do. But I have to say that this book is a terrible disappointment. It is a sequel and really adds nothing to the original. It does not have multiple layers that unfold before you. It does not ask questions.

It is a very shallow 'formula' story. Sometimes it reads almost like a children's story - although the subject matter is not for children. Pseudo-spoiler alert. The entire book is a series of the same scene repeated ad nauseum : hero goes up to someone and says "follow me, I'll lead you out of here". That person responds, for some reason he can't leave, and then the hero moves on to a different person.
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- Ronald Albury

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-17-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.