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Written over 60 years ago there are a few things in this novel that may put off the modern listener but it is well worth the effort. this book is space opera at its best from one of the founding fathers of science fiction. the tale of a chemist who stumbles upon a mysperious liquid who happens to have a rich best friend and they build a space ship and go off on a rescue mission to save the chemist's fiance from the villan is perhaps not too sophisticated a plot for todays reader. but its a gripping yarn (once you get past the first few chapters). Forgive the authour his sexism and the iffy science. the Skylark of Space is well worth a listen to.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Yes, This whole series is classic space opera - Marvelous new invention, impetuous brilliant hero, lovely virginal artistic stalwart but in need of rescuing maiden, wise counterbalalncing friend/sidekick, strange worlds, enemy who matches the hero and a Save the Galaxy from the supervillain to pull them together in uneasy harness..
This is not sensitive fiction (and earthly racism is implied - no black characters and a Japanese servant) , our heroes kick butt instead of "reasoning together" (or at least threaten to and mean it), And feel it necessary to destroy the evil race root and branch.
I've known the series since teenage hood (Boy does that date me - and must admit that I learned a lot of vocabulary from his love of adjectives and synonyms), and whatever the faults of his ideology by modern day bleeding heartism, he can tell a story and keep you enthralled.
The reader works well (though like most readers, voices of the opposite sex can be unrealistic) - but he tends to make most of the villains sound like the nasally, sneering Snidely Whiplash, even the ones specifically described as "deep bass". On the other hand, what I found hard to read again (yes, I still have my childhood copies), he made fun to listen to.
The science of course is totally whacko - at least at our current level of knowledge - but I'll keep enjoying this series .
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Skylark of Space is not sophisticated or overly thoughtful, but it is enjoyable. The narrator does a good job with the different voices so that it is easy to tell who is talking, and his pacing fits the action very well. I was listening to this book towards the end of the presidential election, and it was a very good escape from all the political babble on the radio.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful