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First Lensman: Lensman Series | [E. E. 'Doc' Smith]

First Lensman: Lensman Series

In the not-too-distant future, while fleets of commercial space ships travel between the planets of numerous solar systems, a traveler named Virgil Samms visits the planet Arisia. There, he becomes the first wearer of the Lens, the almost-living symbol of the forces of law and order. As the first Lensman, Samms helps to form the Galactic Patrol, a battalion of Lensmen who are larger-than-life heroes. These soldiers are the best of the best, with incredible skill, stealth, and drive.
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Publisher's Summary

In the not-too-distant future, while fleets of commercial space ships travel between the planets of numerous solar systems, a traveler named Virgil Samms visits the planet Arisia. There, he becomes the first wearer of the Lens, the almost-living symbol of the forces of law and order. As the first Lensman, Samms helps to form the Galactic Patrol, a battalion of Lensmen who are larger-than-life heroes. These soldiers are the best of the best, with incredible skill, stealth, and drive. They are dedicated and incorruptible fighters who are willing to die to protect the universe from the most horrific threat it has ever known.

Hi-fi sci-fi: listen to more in the Lensman series.

© and (P)2006 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with The Estate of E. E. "Doc" Smith and Virginia Kidd, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The most towering figure in science fiction, thanks to the enormous scope of his novels." (Isaac Asimov)
"If you wish to understand the roots of modern science fiction, you have to read the Lensman saga." (Allen Steele)
"A finalist for a special Hugo Award for All-Time Best Series, 'Lensman' is considered by many sf heads to be the greatest of the space operas and clearly a source for such successors as Star Trek and Star Wars." (Library Journal)

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    DJM Franklin, TN USA 03-18-09
    DJM Franklin, TN USA 03-18-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Lensman Series is Still Fun"

    Okay. The narrator of this series is not the best. Nevertheless, this story still works if you can get past some of writing (the "look of eagles" in the eyes of Lensmen for instance). If you've never dipped into these before, get Galactic patrol, Gray Lensman, Second Stage Lensmen and Children of the Lens in that order. If you are still hooked, go back and pick up First lensman. You have to be a real diehard lensmen fan to slug through Triplanetary.

    This is classic space opera, good versus evil, with the guys in the white hats destined to win. Smith wasn't very good at envisioning future technology, but he comes up with some fun ideas. The inertialess drive is an interesting solution to FSL travel and the negasphere is one of the best Sci_Fi weapons ever imagined. His aliens are fun too, especially the frigid planet dwellers. Considering that the series was started in the late 30s, it holds up amazingly well.

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    Bert Phoenix, AZ, United States 09-07-07
    Bert Phoenix, AZ, United States 09-07-07
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    "The beginning"

    As with any series, the first isn't the best, but this is classic sci-fi. It formed some of the beginning basis for my appreciation for fiction, and will always be awesome to me! The space-opera may be hard to get used to for young readers, but the Lensmen rule! This book is worth it for credit or cash!

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    Jeffrey C. Coyne Chapel Hill 04-12-11
    Jeffrey C. Coyne Chapel Hill 04-12-11 Member Since 2005

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    "No Doubt a Classic"

    The narrator has no concept of the era or the language. The accents and characterizations are nothing short of insulting. For its vintage, the story and the science were entertaining. Listening to this book is rather like trying to enjoy an early sci-fi movie with a damaged sound track.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Don FORT WORTH, TX, United States 04-08-11
    Don FORT WORTH, TX, United States 04-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Annoying narration"

    I give this audio book three stars because the story is good. However, this is the most annoying narration I have ever heard. This could be a good series but I will not listen to another by this narrator. Perhaps it is an aquired taste...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    icewalker51 HUFFMAN, TX, United States 11-06-11
    icewalker51 HUFFMAN, TX, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Disappointing"

    I found that the combination of mechanical dialog and the soap opera "Walter Winchell" narration too much to bear. I just hope I can get a refund.

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    "Worst Audible book I've listened to"

    The story itself is good, but the dialog and narration conspire to make this book unlistenable. The dialog is extremely dated and sounds silly. The narrator does not provide character voices as much as caricatures. Do yourself a favor and listen to the sample before you even consider burning a credit on this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Austin, TX, United States 02-11-11
    Stephen Austin, TX, United States 02-11-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Not so good now"

    This must have been exciting in 1938, but it is terribly outdated in 2011. It belongs on the shelf with Flash Gordon. Also, the narration is very hard on the ears. In particular, the voice of its hero, Lensman Samms, is loud, grating and totally unsympathetic - more like a soap opera villain than a scifi hero.

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    "Confusing"

    I was lost in the first paragraph and never found my "feet." I listened for about 30 minutes and gave up trying to follow the plot. I didn't care about any of the characters nor what happened to them. Language is very stilted and "square." Wish there was a way to return it and get my money back, so to speak.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    "Classic Sci-Fi ruined by poor narration"
    Would you try another book written by E. E. 'Doc' Smith or narrated by Reed McColm?

    A classic series of class Sci Fi books ruined by poor narration and interpretation


    Would you be willing to try another one of Reed McColm’s performances?

    No, he's terrible


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    "Just awful!"

    As a lover of Isaac Asimovs paperback books, I was absolutely appalled to listen to this Audiobook, the narration is without a doubt the most awful I have listened to, very sad as I know the paperbacks are wonderful.



    Such a disappointment :-(

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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