The Man Who Used the Universe

  • by Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by Paul Ansdell
  • 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

No one knows the true motives of Kees vaan Loo-Macklin. He's a mastermind criminal who gave up his place at the head of the dark underworld to become a legitimate member of Evenwaith's cities. But soon he was reaching out to powerful enemies - the slimy aliens called the Nuel. Loo-Macklin negotiates an illusory peace agreement and gains precious alien secrets in the process. Is he after peace, power or pure evil? With enemy starships beginning to amass, we won't have to wait long to find out.


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Pretty good, but not without faults.

I first read this in paperback in about 1985, and when I saw it here thought I'd give it a shot.

A curious, if not bizarre reading from Ansell - he seemed to read every line as if it were coming to him as something of a surprise and was unexpected. After a while though it seemed to work, and fitte well with the storyline.

The story itself has aged well, but still suffers from the problem that Loo-Macklin is basically an unstoppable God-like being who triumphs at everything every time. There's no hardship to counter his success.

Early on it becomes apparent that although the reader doesn't know why he's doing what he's doing, it's obvious that he will be successful at it.

Character voices are all similar, and many of the accents seem to imply that everybody comes from Liverpool or the surrounding area, although a couple of the Nuel seem to have lived in Birmingham long enough to pick up an accent.

I enjoyed this book, and will listen to it again. The best part of the reading was the reading itself - better than the plot. It took a while to get used to it, and Ansell mispronounces a few common English words occasionally - which is a personal pet-hate of mine, but I warmed to it and am now considering other books read by him.
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- In car listener

Like Visiting An Old Friend After Many Years

Great to see this fine work of Alan Dean Foster finally available on audio. The Man Who Used The Universe is probably Foster's best work as it follows the lifelong obsession of one man from the criminal underworld to the heights of power and influence over Humans and alien's alike. Great performance as well from the narrator.
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- Rosie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-01-2017
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC