Space Prison


Read by Mark Nelson

(4.8 stars; 299 reviews)

AFTER TWO CENTURIES....The sound came swiftly nearer, rising in pitch and swelling in volume. Then it broke through the clouds, tall and black and beautifully deadly — the Gern battle cruiser, come to seek them out and destroy them. Humbolt dropped inside the stockade, exulting. For two hundred years his people had been waiting for the chance to fight the mighty Gern Empire ... with bows and arrows against blasters and bombs! (Summary from the Gutenberg text)

(5 hr 58 min)

Chapters

01 Episode 1 31:06 Read by Mark Nelson
02 Episode 2 29:30 Read by Mark Nelson
03 Episode 3 31:27 Read by Mark Nelson
04 Episode 4 31:38 Read by Mark Nelson
05 Episode 5 27:45 Read by Mark Nelson
06 Episode 6 30:57 Read by Mark Nelson
07 Episode 7 27:11 Read by Mark Nelson
08 Episode 8 25:54 Read by Mark Nelson
09 Episode 9 24:58 Read by Mark Nelson
10 Episode 10 28:53 Read by Mark Nelson
11 Episode 11 35:34 Read by Mark Nelson
12 Episode 12 33:45 Read by Mark Nelson

Reviews

an unexpected 5 star

(5 stars)

i wasnt to sure about reading this book, a futuristic space book published in 1960 (a year before the first man in space successful mission). but the reader is fantastic in other books so i figured i would give this one a try. its not really about spaceships or travel. a few minutes in the beginning and a few minutes at the end are "in space". its more about people surviving on a planet in impossible conditions. dont get wrapped up in characters, they die fast and the book covers 200 years of life adapting to the planet they are on. its a good book with vague enough descriptions to let your imagination wander. a fast moving story of never say die people.

Can be a great movie

(5 stars)

A absolute wonderful book! That shows the strength and will to survive. How a group of people can overcome all obstacles no matter how impossible the task .Thank you Mark for all the books you have read I enjoyed listening to all the one I have heard so far.

Expect a history with vignettes

(5 stars)

Tom Godwin's sprawling tale spans generations, focusing on key people at key moments. If you're looking for deep character development in individuals, you'll be disappointed. But if you're curious how an entire people can adapt, while maintaining a steadfast commitment, you will enjoy this story. (Again, well done, Mark Nelson!)

(4.5 stars)

A misleading title for me. A grand story about the ability of the human race to overcome many types of obstacles. The belief in all humans to take a punch and as long as getting up to stand along with ones fellow citizen . We will prevail . With help from God and the fellow soul . I have seen the promise land , I may not make it there today however I will make it threw you . With love of all souls be it human or animal I will be with you when you cross the finish line 😇

simply amazing

(5 stars)

A wonderful, powerful gem. Thank goodness I listened. I knew right away that I had to pay attention to this. The best book of my whole life. Big thank you to my gf for helping me find it. I am a more refined person to have had this experience and its impact on me is profound. I love this book. Can't wait for space barbarians.

Now one of my top favorites!

(5 stars)

An absolutely terrific story enhanced by a most excellent reader. Yes, please, someone turn this into a screenplay and a blockbuster movie. It's even already primed for sequels. A tale of the human spirit surviving and triumphing in the face of overwhelming odds. The title made me reluctant to listen but I am very glad I finally did.

Episodic other-world adventure

(3 stars)

A few thousand earth men and women engage in a grim and unrelenting fight for survival on a violently hostile planet. As the years and then the generations pass, the thousands are reduced to only a handful who are kept alive by a burning desire to wreak vengeance on the alien overlords who marooned them. I must admit Tom Godwin isn't my favorite sci fi author, and this isn't one of my favorite, vintage sci fi novels. Nevertheless it is entertaining, thanks in a large measure to Mark Nelson's excellent reading.

Space Prison

(4 stars)

The title of 'Space Prison' is rather a misnomer, and those expecting a galactic penal yarn had better look elsewhere. Instead we have a tale of the forced colonisation of the inhospitable planet Ragnarok by marooned humans, left behind by the evil Gerns as 'rejects'. Godwin's novel is a vivid tale of the landmarks of their 200 hundred-odd sojurn, the hardships and the landmarks of their stay and how they finally escape. The multi-generational aspects of the book are among its more successful aspect, as is the immediacy of the yarn. Elsewhere Godwin is less convincing, like when the settlers cobble together hi-technology out of rudimentary parts - such as the repeater crossbow out of wood and animal horn. Meanwhile, it seems their enemies are assumed to have made no significant technological advance in two centuries! Godwin's prose is sometimes heavy handed but it is all still entertaining pulp stuff, aided by a good reading. The same reader did Six Gun Planet but the vocalisms sound less forced here.