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The Monster Men

Narrated by: Colm Mc Sweeney
Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
4 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Men or Monsters? What were those thirteen hulking brutes Professor Maxon had created in his laboratory? Soulless, malformed, brainless they were, nevertheless composed of flesh and blood and endowed with the spark of life. Only number 13 was the redeeming feature of this gruesome experiment, for he was a perfect specimen of a man, but he, too, was soulless. Unconsciously he was the cause of the most diabolical plans Professor Maxon had yet concocted - his beautiful daughter Virginia was to marry this monster.

©2018 Edgar Rice Burroughs (P)2018 FrontPage Publishing

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Going back to my book beginnings...

I was really a huge fan of ERB when I was in high school, and I read everything he'd written that I could get my hands on! This book was one of my top favorite non-Tarzan, Burroughs books!
 I picked up this audio version with some trepidation, as I seriously feared that the "Suck-Fairy" might have visited it when I wasn't looking, but the price was irresistible and I wanted an audio story...
So, about that "suck fairy"... did she visit? Ummm, yes and no! I realize that this book very much shows the sign of it's times, promoting the upper "white-class" superiority that I simply can't abide... my younger self understood this, but wasn't quite as bothered by it. An hour after starting the book, I had to just set it down for a couple of days... So during that respite, I was able to put the book in perspective, and then get back into Monster Men. At that point, I found that I could actually enjoy myself while listening to this gung-ho adventure. Would I listen to more ERB? Probably, as I would still like to hear someone do Tarzan and the Foreign Legion... perhaps my favorite book by Edgar Rice Burroughs...


* The actual narrator of this story is unclear.  The credits for the version I purchased state that the narrator is Colm Mc Sweeney, but another audio version with the exact same title and author, the exact same 5hrs, 57min run time, the exact same price-point, the exact same selection of text for the audio sample, and with (as near as I can tell) the exact same voice narrating it, is listed as having been narrated by Sean Murphy... Huh?  Are these two different rather Irish sounding names actually one and the same person? I dunno...

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Eh

It has a good, scholarly vocabulary and a small girl shoots at people with a machine gun. Those are the high and interesting points. Besides that I find it racist and ethnocentrist. I know that it is a product of of it's day, but the plot was also starting to become contrived and predictable after an hour of listening.

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