E.E. "Doc" Smith was the father of space opera, and the Lensman series was by far his finest work. Each book is 10 hours of breathless, over-the-top purple prose - titanic space battles, lantern-jawed hero, fiery-tempered nurse girlfriend, vile but stupid drug peddlers, and brilliant scientists inventing godlike new technologies with dazzling rapidity. Nearly every modern space opera trope, from Death Stars to deflector shields, got its start with the Lensman series. Everything that is now cliche was fresh when Doc Smith invented it.
In other words, if you like space opera, listen to the Lensman books.
Reed McColm, the narrator, does a very good "1950s American radio guy voice", but makes quite a few pronunciation errors.
This book is without a doubt the trippiest, weirdest, most mind-bending book I've read.
Only Philip K. Dick's UBIK is this confusing and ambiguous and weird and far-out.
I have not.
The most memorable character was the bad guy. You'll see why. I can't describe it.
The narrator, because his sense of wonder and love of science are evident all throughout the book.
This is the only one I've listened to.
The part where the narrator gets together with his friends and tries to think of an alternative to string theory was just amazing.
Also check out Not Even Wrong, a book about the same subject.
I would. Tony Daniel is a great writer, even if the story is not incredibly original.
I liked the portrayal of the alien commander.
No; it was a little militaristic for my tastes. But it was very fun.
I wish they'd bring Tony Daniel's other books to Audible!! They're actually far better than this one!
No, because I already know everything that's in it. But you should read it.
The section on Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium models.
After you listen to the book, check out the author's blog.
The author's wry, funny writing style.
No other book I know has this combination of scientific accuracy and entertaining narration.
No, it's a book to be savored over a long period of time!
Phil Plait is one of the Alpha Nerds of our generation. Give him a listen!
Mongols kick ass!!!
Genghis Khan, OF COURSE. Here is a guy who begins with *nothing*, absolutely nothing, and goes on to conquer more territory than any other human being in history. Along the way he bans slavery, implements freedom of religion, abolishes aristocracy and implements meritocracy, rescues his wife from abduction, adopts her son, and tries to give him the whole empire. He does kill his brother, though. And a lot of other guys. Hey, if you're going to make an omelette...
The scene where Temujin (Genghis) rescues his wife and kills her abductors.
The Mongol Empire was a whole different world with a whole different history. Start here to get lost in it.
I haven't read the print version.
Isaac Newton, because he is at once brilliant and insane.
Well, for one thing, I can read it while I commute. That's hard to do with a paper book.
No, it's a book about the history of science.
These questions were strangely inappropriate for a history-of-science book. Are they randomly generated? Anyway, listen to this book, it's excellent.
Robert Charles Wilson: Yes.
Scott Brick: NO.
I have not.
A howler monkey? A bobcat in heat? The singer from Slayer?
They'd have to add some vivid action scenes.
Please re-record all the awesome books that are narrated by Scott Brick, so I can listen to them.
Relaxed readable epic
The main characters are wonderfully vivid and real. The story starts slow and even sounds a little bit generic, but it builds and builds until it's absolutely capitvating. It doesn't really need set-piece battles, world-shattering doom, or magical pyrotechnics; this is a fantasy story you want to get lost in.
He's a great narrator.
"Not your ordinary pair of thieves."
The sequels are even better...Sullivan is like the Terminator of fantasy authors; he relentlessly batters his way into your heart.
The tiny shards of real insight are lost in the ocean of pseudo-intellectual windbaggery.
No. There are great ones out there.
The author? Heh.
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