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The Poison Belt

By: Arthur Conan Doyle
Narrated by: Glen McCready
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In Doyle's short novel featuring Professor Challenger, the earth moves through a poisonous belt of the "ether" - the stuff supposedly filling space - and the protagonists observe what seems to be the end of all life. The novel, though a classic of science fiction, is painfully dated in its science and in its casual racism, which only surfaces occasionally but is off-putting. But Glen McCready's genial narration helps. He supplies appropriate voices for the major characters, including the rumbling, bull-like Professor Challenger, his dainty wife, and the drawling Lord Roxton. Overall, McCready delivers the somewhat talky text with careful expressiveness, helping to bring it to life.

Publisher's summary

The sequel to The Lost World, Arthur Conan Doyle's Poison Belt reunites the ever-popular Professor Challenger, intrepid journalist Edward Malone, dashing Lord John Roxton, and the querulous Professor Summerlee for yet another adventure.

When a sinister poison envelops the earth, the entire human race teeters on the brink of destruction, forcing the comrades to implement a desperate plan for survival.

A cryptic telegram, a mysterious airborne poison, and an eerie journey around post-apocalyptic London - this is vintage Conan Doyle. Glen McCready's exhilarating reading brings all the tension and excitement of this classic tale vividly to life.

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A Disappointment After The Lost World

The first Professor Challenger story is high adventure: unpredictable, cliffhanging, funny and even touching in spots. The Poison Belt, though five hours shorter than The Lost World, seems much, much longer.

Perhaps the very idea of the book was flawed. Without giving anything away, let’s just say the plot leaves scant room for entertainment. After a suitably intriguing kickoff, there's precious little in the way of action, snappy dialogue, or humorous banter. Moreover, it's obvious that the worldwide disaster described here has to be reversed -- or else, for whom is our hero/journalist/narrator writing? Certainly, Glen McCready did his very best with the script he had, but even his talents couldn’t save this one.

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Good literature

Starts strong and ends imaginatetively. has slow parts one must suffer through but all in all a good story.

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Meh. Great narrator, weak story

I wasn't a huge fan of The Lost World's story arch but loved the characters, especially Lord John.
I found this story even less interesting, and definitely more racists and sexist.
Most of the time is spent blabbing on about how worried they are, without anything actually happening.

The narration is absolutely perfect though.

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Not a sequel

It’s the same characters, but there are no dinosaurs. They do not go back to the Lost World. It all happens in England

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