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

Triplanetary: Lensman Series

From the atomic age in Atlantis to a world remote in space and time, two incredible ancient races, the Arisians and the Eddorians, are in the midst of an interstellar war - with Earth as the prize.
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Publisher's Summary

From the atomic age in Atlantis to a world remote in space and time, two incredible ancient races, the Arisians and the Eddorians, are in the midst of an interstellar war - with Earth as the prize.

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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    James Swampscott, MA, United States 07-10-08
    James Swampscott, MA, United States 07-10-08
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    "Old Time Sci Fi at It's Best"

    The book is the grandfather of all space operas. It's story that takes place over 2 billion years and has every you could want from and old time Sci Fi yarn.

    It has bug eyes aliens, Ultra weapons, Ether shields and plenty of battles.

    The story is a little unwieldy in spots, and takes a little preserverance, but is well worth it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Comstock Park, Michigan, United States 05-26-13
    Nicholas Comstock Park, Michigan, United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Historical Science Fiction"

    The Lensman series is an important piece of historical science fiction. Many examples of modern day SF--from the epic Hyperion novels of Dan Smith to comics like the Green Lantern--pay homage, in part, to the Lensman series. Doctor Smith showed awesome imagination in his creation of the multiple races and worlds. I found it especially interesting to note that Triplanitary focuses on a racial breeding program that spans thousands of years. When considering this book was written in the 1930's, it is even more impressive.
    When reading Triplanitary, it is important to remember that this book was written during a different era. Men and women have roles which tend to horrify a person raised in the 21st century. Furthermore, Doctor Smith's love story within the book seems somewhat contrived and childish. Time, too, is something Doctor Smith seems not to fully grasp. In the span of a few hours, his characters are able to construct massive space ships and discover here-to-for unknown technology.

    Unfortunately, this audio book suffers most from a narrator that exaggerates the books weak love story. The narrator is adequate, but the characters he voices tend to sound the same and his women will make you cringe.


    Again, this book is important as an example of the development of the science fiction Genre. Though it suffers from weak characters and an implausible timeline, it stands out for it's originality. Sadly, the narrator let's the story down perhaps further than what it deserves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Billings, MT 02-17-13
    Amazon Customer Billings, MT 02-17-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Fantastic Science Fiction story"
    What did you love best about Triplanetary?

    Squeaky clean, upright, honorable heroes and really evil bad guys.
    Excellent space battles, puts you right in the action.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Triplanetary?

    The brilliance of Conway Costigan, fighting skills, and the Service's trinkets!


    Have you listened to any of Reed McColm’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Reed is an excellent reader! No monotone here; you can hear the feelings of the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Any moment when the hero acted or did just like any of us would love to have done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy MADISON, WI, United States 08-19-12
    Timothy MADISON, WI, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This is Space Opera"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    While not the best of the series, it is still very good. The intro with the background to the series is sort of fun in the way it ties everything together...although you could almost just skip it until after you know what the series is about. A lot of adventure in this one, but the story is not quite as big in the sense of the larger epic saga that really characterizes the series as a whole.You must be a fan of space opera to really love this...many authors owe their existence to the Doc.The narration is appropriate to the type of material. I wouldn't have necessarily chosen the same accents, but it is effective in delineating the characters.


    What other book might you compare Triplanetary to and why?

    refer to works of ER Burroughs, E Moon.


    What three words best describe Reed McColm’s voice?

    Appropriately overly dramatic


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Flint, MI, United States 02-22-12
    Doug Flint, MI, United States 02-22-12
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    "Classic Sci Fi, which is itself good and bad"

    This is a very early example of scifi, and it was truly groundbreaking in it's day. The style of it however IS somewhat backward to the modern listener. To a modern listener it can sound a little clunky, characterizations are flat and all that sort of thing. But it was a trailblazer, and can be forgiven some of that due to it's age (this was written in 1934). The fact that it is "listenable" at all to modern audiences is a testament to the tale's quality.

    It might not be good for every listener. Someone interested in sci fi, especially how things get from the rather basic stories of this era (of which this is a cut above, trust me there were a lot of these early tales that really stunk) to the more polished tales of the modern era. I'm finding Lensmen an overall good listen.

    Concerning the Narrator: I rather like him, he has a lot of different characters to do and must have a pretty broad repertoire of voices. Although some listeners for this or some of the other books in this series have been critical, McColm has done a great job with some tough material (in the sheer number of characters alone).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Jeffersonville, IN, United States 04-25-08
    John Jeffersonville, IN, United States 04-25-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Boring Junk"

    OK, I like camp and old sci-fi serials (Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, etc) So I was looking forward to listening to the Lensmen series. I had always heard of the series as a classic but never read any of the books.

    Man, was I disappointed. The characters are one dimensional cartoon characters, and the plots are boring and leave nothing to the imagination. This book is like a bad comic book. If the author had not taken his story so seriously, it might have been a bit of campy fun, but instead it becomes a chore to get through this book. The narrator with his overly dramatic and corny way of speaking make it even worse. Listen to the sample before getting this book.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Clyde OLYMPIA, WA, United States 01-02-12
    Clyde OLYMPIA, WA, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011

    I have been reading Sci-Fi and Fantasy since I was very young starting with Space Cat in the early 50's. Graduating to Norton, Heinlein.

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    "Fine Book, but completely IGNORE the begining"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is fine, although it was written in the very begining of the 20th century.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Grand Expanse.


    Any additional comments?

    Everything is fine about this book, but do NOT listen to the begining...whoever wrote that drivel was about 10 years old and probably never lived a day without a computer and TV blaring in the background. Moreover, uses words that are large just because he/she can. Total idiocy, with no redeeming features whatsoever. MOST IMPORTANT...I LOVED THE BOOK!!!!











    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 599 Spruce Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 09-26-08
    Amazon Customer 599 Spruce Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 09-26-08 Member Since 2002

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    "Lost in space"

    I was truly lost in what was going on with this book.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Mark
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    "Dated story and poor narration"

    I read these books when I was a teenager and thought them the best rip-roaring read I'd ever had. Now, 25 years on, they have dated even more than they had when I first read them. In the Lensman universe, high technology is all metal and machinery and you get a feeling that the smell of lubricating oil must pervade every spaceship's bridge.

    That said, the scale of Doc Smith's imagination is second to none. I still want to meet an Arisian, to be Kimball Kinnison, to meet an auburn goddess and pile scorn on the Eddorians in the same way as I would boo and hiss at a pantomime. It's a man's universe that he conjures, of the Flash Gordon variety but without the high camp and I still love it.

    The only thing that stops me from purchasing another book is the poor narration. Reed McColm is a master of 100 voices; unfortunately all of them his own. So, instead of adding to my enjoyment of the story with sharp vocal characterisation, his narration confuses me as I try to work out whether the character he's vocalising is Virgil Samms, Granite jawed hero of the Universe, or Clio, perpetually demur love interest and air head.

    Please audible - a new narrator please.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Hilton, United Kingdom
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    "Triplanetary"

    Enjoyable but so very gungho! The optimism and matter of fact nature of the characters I found quite refreshing at first but it begins to pale. I suppose it is a product of it's time, and now dated all the same a Sci Fi classic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    RomseyUnited Kingdom
    7/4/08
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    "He do the Aliens in different voices"

    Hugely entertaining space opera. Another example of a series that I sometimes struggle to read coming alive through the spoken word. The corny dialogue, which had always put me off Smith, is transformed into 40s film noir banter when spoken aloud. Just imagine Kate Hepburn as the heroine and Bogart as Kinnison and the whole thing falls into place. My only gripe is the alien voices who uniformly sound like bad Dr Who characters - pompous and constipated.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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