The Colors of Space

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(4.4 stars; 28 reviews)

Bart Steele, Space Academy graduate, is on his way home to his father's business - he runs a fleet of spaceships for interstellar travel. The secret for fast interstellar travel though is still tightly kept by the alien race Lhari. An agreement between humans and Lhari has been made that permits humans only to travel in cold sleep as passengers aboard Lhari vessels as to not reveal the secret.

Some humans – the Mentorians - have had a slight genetic shift which enhanced their vision to withstand the light levels that the aliens Lhari use and live in. Mentorians perceive a wider optical spectrum than ordinary humans – some can see the ‘eighth color’. Mentorians act as translators, middleman and interpreters between the two races. But their ability sets them apart from the rest of humanity. Bart, half Mentorian, has this ability.

Bart, surgically altering his appearance to hire as a Lhari on a homeworld bound Lhari vessel, attempts to steal the secret of the Warp Drive - an attempt on which countless humans spies have failed before. (Summary by Stephan Möbius) (4 hr 59 min)


Introduction 1:43 Read by Ana Simão
Chapter 01 26:41 Read by Ana Simão
Chapter 02 17:48 Read by Ana Simão
Chapter 03 24:23 Read by Ana Simão
Chapter 04 12:26 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Chapter 05 17:10 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 06 17:11 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 07 23:00 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 08 28:16 Read by Leonie Rose
Chapter 09 24:47 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 10 16:37 Read by Leonie Rose
Chapter 11 21:35 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 12 22:17 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 13 24:37 Read by Karen Savage
Chapter 14 20:50 Read by Karen Savage


Ignore churlish comments, wonderful narrators!

(5 stars)

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(2 stars)

Some of the chapters of this story are read by someone with a heavy accent that I had issues understanding. A new version has been recorded, and it is MUCH better. The story is a good one, FWIW, this recording is just hard to follow.

The Colors of Space

(4 stars)

Great story. A different reader almost every chapter - Some are better than others.

What Vivia Expressed

(5 stars)

Viva said it best. Period.