Galactic Patrol : Lensman

  • by E. E. 'Doc' Smith
  • Narrated by Reed McColm
  • Series: Lensman
  • 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Galactic Patrol's Lensmen are the most feared peacekeepers in the galaxy. The "Lens", a telepathic jewel matched to the ego of its wearer, is the ultimate weapon in the war against the merciless pirate Boskone and his forces of lawlessness. The only problem is the Galactic Patrol isn't sure how to capitalize on the Lens' incredible powers. But new graduate Kimball Kinnison is determined to learn. Taking command of the experimental fighting ship the Brittania, Kinnison and his crew set off on a journey of harrowing adventures, coming face to face with deadly space creatures and the evil pirate Helmuth...who may be the dreaded Boskone himself.

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What the Critics Say

"The most towering figure in science fiction, thanks to the enormous scope of his novels." (Isaac Asimov)
"If you wish to understand the roots of modern science fiction, you have to read the Lensman saga." (Allen Steele)
"A finalist for a special Hugo Award for All-Time Best Series, 'Lensman' is considered by many sf heads to be the greatest of the space operas and clearly a source for such successors as Star Trek and Star Wars." (Library Journal)

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Don't listen to the foreword - it blabs the ending

Great book, which I read decades ago when I was a teenager - a proper, old-school ripping yarn, very inventive. I thoroughly enjoyed this reading BUT!!! incredibly, there is a foreword that actually quotes the entire final para of the book so you know exactly how it ends. Unbelievable!

Being a talking book, it's hard to find the actual beginning of the book so you can skip this appalling foreword but the start is at 13 mins 30 secs. Go straight there!

Interesting article on Wikipedia about the author - a big surprise that he was a food engineer specialising in doughnut chemistry!
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- Rogue Eyebrow

Classic space opera

Great in its own way. Does show age and narration a little stilted but great fun all the way !
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- mr richard e starzecki

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-08-2007
  • Publisher: Books in Motion