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James

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  • The Skylark of Space: Skylark Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E. E. "Doc" Smith
    • Narrated By Reed McColm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    Brilliant government scientist Richard Seaton discovers a remarkable faster-than-light fuel that will power his interstellar spaceship, The Skylark. His ruthless rival, Marc DuQuesne, and the sinister World Steel Corporation will do anything to get their hands on the fuel. They kidnap Seaton's fiancée and friends, unleashing a furious pursuit and igniting a burning desire for revenge that will propel The Skylark across the galaxy and back.

    Madge says: "Space Operas - Good Story telling!"
    "Most defiantly a period piece"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Skylark of Space better?

    The characters's personalities where far too idealized. They are so much of a stereotype they seemed to lose their humanism. Also the relativistic effects where total ignored.


    Would you ever listen to anything by E. E. "Doc" Smith again?

    Doubtful


    Which character – as performed by Reed McColm – was your favorite?

    All the characters as performed where great.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It started strong. It was deep into the science. The writer has a strong engineering background which I loved.


    Any additional comments?

    I maybe too hard on the writer. Einsteins space/time concepts where new at the time this book was written and maybe I should give the author a break, but combine this with overly stereotypical characters just left me with a negative feeling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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