• The Cosmic Computer

  • By: H. Beam Piper
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-02-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.0 (2 ratings)

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The Cosmic Computer, originally titled The Junkyard Planet, is one of Henry Beam Piper’s stories set in the alternate "Future History" of the 6,000 years following the year of the first nuclear chain reaction, 1942. This entry takes place in a distant, chaotic era of Piper’s detailed universe where many planets and human institutions have fallen apart. The audiobook’s protagonist, Conn Maxwell, returns to his particularly hard-hit home planet, what Maxwell refers to as a "junkyard of empire", aiming to raise hopes and funds with the promise of a legendary lost supercomputer hidden on a literal junkyard planet. Jeffrey Kaffer’s hard and tough performance enhances the sense of Maxwell as an assertive leader navigating a harsh but strikingly and exhaustingly described future.
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Summary

Conn Maxwell returns from Terra to his poverty-stricken home planet of Poictesme, “The Junkyard Planet”, with news of the possible location of Merlin, a military super-computer rumored to have been abandoned there after the last war. The inhabitants hope to find Merlin, which they think will be their ticket to wealth and prosperity. But is Merlin real or just an old rumor? And if they find it, will it save them - or tear them apart?
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jenny Everywhere on 28-01-17

Good, but reader should have looked stuff up.

My biggest problem with this reading was that the reader should have looked up how to pronounce "Poictesme". It's not "poyk-TEZ-mee", it's "pwah-TEM". It's a portmanteau of two French city names. The rest of the reading was okay, but every time I heard that mangled planet name, it jarred.

This is not an unreasonable expectation, for a reader to check the pronunciation for unusual words.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Londell on 17-03-16

Excellent storytelling

I simply love the major theme of this book. Everything needed to get the planets economy up and running was right in front of them the entire time. Merlin wasn't necessary.

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