Skylark DuQuesne

Skylark Series #4
Narrated by: Reed McColm
Series: Skylark (Smith), Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (118 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dick Seaton and Marc DuQuesne are the deadliest enemies in the universe. Their feud has blazed among the stars and changed the history of a thousand planets. But now a threat from outside the galaxy drives them into a dangerous alliance as hordes of strange races drive to a collision with mankind.

Seaton and DuQuensne fight side by side to fend off the invasion - as Seaton keeps constant, perilous watch for DuQuesne's inevitable double-cross.

Hi-fi sci-fi: don't miss the rest of the Skylark series.
©1966 E. E. "Doc" Smith (P)2007 Books in Motion

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Probably the weakest in the Skylark series

This book, which concludes the Skylark series, is in many ways unsatisfsctory. The enemies are stronger and deadlier than in the earlier books, the weapons bigger and stronger than ever, and the strife spans multiple galaxies rather than planets and star systems.

Even so this feels like more of the same rather than something new. Also the book seems open ended as if doc Smith was planning on continuing the saga. That way it feels somewhat unsatisfactory.

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Wow

wow great to the end it's a shame it had to end it's a great read

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Worth buying on discount. Good Performance

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This is not one of E. E. "Doc" Smith's best works, but if you have read the 3 previous books, it you will probably want to read this one to complete the story. My one main gripe is that after awhile "incalculable" becomes cliche'd, and running back and forth all over the entire known universe in short periods of time becomes hard for even a diehard sci-fi fan to suspend disbelief.

Reed McColm does a good job in this performance. He provides a lot of energy to the reading, and I kind of found myself eager to get back to the car to pick up the story because he reawakens the wide-eyed wonder of my childhood reading these old stories from the early days of pulp science fiction. It is obvious that he enjoys these stories himself, and that redeems this audio book to the point where I am sure I will listen to it again in a few years.

Overall, as an audio book performance, this book is an enjoyable listen. Just don't expect great depth of character or ideas that make you stop and think. It is worth a credit, though.

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classic space opera, a fun read

Doc Smith's "Skylark DuQuesne" is a wonderful fun melange of 1920s space opera and 1960s science fiction, brought to life by Reed McColm. As usual in the Skylark stories, the villain Marc "Blackie" DuQuesne dominates the story, which truly begins to roll when he returns from extra-dimensional incorporeality and gets his body (and his mile-long spaceship) back. No deep meanings, no subtext, no subtlety -- but lots of massive spaceships, bizarre aliens, equally bizarre humans, and galaxy-spanning battles. Possibly not for the modern, sensitive reader in search of subtle characterizations, but definitely for the reader who'd like a few hours of fun reading.