The original Buck Rogers novella from 1928, narrated by science fiction author Scott Reeves.
Mining engineer Anthony Rogers is trapped by a mine collapse and falls into a state of suspended animation due to the presence of radioactive gases. He awakens nearly five hundred years later, to a United States that has been conquered by the Chinese. Using his 20th-century military knowledge, he helps the down-trodden Americans take back their country.
Public Domain (P)2014 Scott Reeves
Okay, I admit it - This is going to be an extremely prejudiced review, and with good reason.
I first read this book in the 70's. Yeah, it dates me a bit. However...
Nowlan was SO far ahead of his time with this novel, and now, an audiobook. Written in 1928, it was extremely far ahead for its time, and very well written. Edgy, cool and well-thought out for it's time.
I'm sure you've read the synopsis, but that's only the beginning of the story. From small squad fighting in the mountains, to rebel bunker life and warfare, to massive rocket battles sweeping the landscape, to high subterfuge deep within the Han palace, which stands on the remains of a once proud America, you are in for a ride.
This was the standard by which Buck Rogers was birthed. It changed a movie-going nation, and stirred the hearts and imaginations of people across the country that watched those short serials. They waited for the next in the series - And the next.
However, the serials couldn't capture the scope and drama of the book. It's a page-turner, and in this case, a wonderful listen.
Now, keep in mind the following - First and foremost, the narrator isn't stellar - at all. Reeves wouldn't have been my first or even second choice. A solid Dotrice would be excellent for this, Nolan's literary genre-building mark on science fiction. And, second, it's not a long novel. Still, great things come in small packages.
However, to show you how much of an impact this novel had upon me, I still have the faded, page worn copy from the seventies. I've read it many times since then, and this audiobook was a must have. A must listen. And TOTALLY worth it.
If you doubt this, go look at all of the write-ups and wiki articles on the work. They still rave on Armageddon 2419 A.D.
Dated? A bit. Older tech? Yep, but in a grand apocalyptic way, it actually makes sense.
Quite simply, this is iconic. You owe to yourselves to hear this audiobook.
Please, NEVER recommend an abridged book for me. Really. I love to read and I've become really addicted to audios.
Simple answer is a decent narrator. I'm sorry but the reading is pathetic.
Sixth Column by Robert Heinlein.
Almost any one. Scott Brick, George Guidall...someone.
It's hard to say as this is an old Novella and (as noted) the reader destroys almost any enjoyment value to be had.
Good book (I read it years ago) EXTREMELY POOR READER.
I tried three different times to listen to this book. The biggest problem is the reader seems to have no energy or enthusiasm for his reading. It is as if the reader is just bored with the material and did this for the payment. No attempt to provide different tones for different characters nor different volumes to cover things like inner monologue or even to separate narrative from character roles. All three times with this boring reading I was fast asleep by chapter 2 of the book. Which is dangerous because I listen once while trying to drive on a vacation.
Then there is actual record itself doesn't sound professional at all. It sounds as if the reader just recorded it off a built in computer speaker like some of the start up YouTube artists or in some poorly sound proofed room where the microphone picks up the reverb off the walls and everything. It has an almost tinny sound going on. Most of my other audible books sound rich and full of the speaker next to me, not phoning it in via speaker phone.
The story is good if you know early sci-fi this is the book that introduced Buck Rodgers. The other spaceman in fiction besides Flash Gordon and the later Star Trek/Star Wars leading heroes. Good book for the setup and telling of the story. Just bad record of the story. kinda of miffed I wasted a free credit on this.
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