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  • Galactic Patrol: Lensman Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By E. E. 'Doc' Smith
    • Narrated By Reed McColm
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    The Galactic Patrol's Lensmen are the most feared peacekeepers in the galaxy. The "Lens", a telepathic jewel matched to the ego of its wearer, is the ultimate weapon in the war against the merciless pirate Boskone and his forces of lawlessness. The only problem is the Galactic Patrol isn't sure how to capitalize on the Lens' incredible powers. But new graduate Kimball Kinnison is determined to learn.

    Dennis says: "Lensmen Series Is Still Fun"
    "Space opera, and nothing but..."
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    Kimball Kinnision is a Lensman---one of the elite who bears the Lens which grants great mental powers to the Jedi Knight who carries it...

    Um...

    OK, yes, there are huge parallels between the Lensmen and Star Wars' Jedi Knights. Keep in mind, however, that Galactic Patrol predated Star Wars by a good 4 decades. These ideas were really original when E.E. "Doc" Smith wrote them, even if they have been imitated many times since then.

    This is classic Space Opera. The Galactic Patrol is up against the pirates of Boskone, and Kinnision---a freshly graduated Lensman---is given a tricky assignment to obtain the pirates' technology and, eventually, break the hold of Boskone. Along the way, he meets aliens (both hostile and friendly), strange planets, attractive females and Helmuth...Helmuth speaks for Boskone.

    If you are looking for pure adventure-oriented escapism in a sci-fi setting, you've found it. The writing is a bit stiff and pretentious, but it's a fun story. If you are looking for depth to the characters or subtle narrative, look elsewhere.

    Reed McColm's reading is OK; he doesn't add much but doesn't hurt the story, either.

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