Spacehounds of IPC

Read by Mark Nelson

(4.5 stars; 328 reviews)

When the Inter-Planetary Corporation's (IPC) crack liner “IPV Arcturus” took off on a routine flight to Mars, it turned out to be the beginning of a unexpected and long voyage. There had been too many reports of errors in ship's flight positions from the Check Stations and brilliant physicist Dr. Percival (“Steve”) Stevens is aboard the Arcturus on a fact-finding mission to find out what's really happening, and hopefully save the honor of the brave pilots of the space-liner Arcturus from the desk-jockeys' in the Check Stations implications of imprecision - the nastiest insult you could cast at a ships pilot. He and the pilots are right, it was the Check Stations that were out of position, not the ships. But that's cold consolation because before the Arcturus reaches Mars it's attacked by a small, mysterious, globe shaped spaceship. (Summary from Wikipedia)

(9 hr 42 min)


01 Chapter 1 - The IPV Arcturus Sets Out for Mars 35:23 Read by Mark Nelson
02 Chapter 2 - But Does Not Arrive 52:34 Read by Mark Nelson
03 Chapter 3 - Castaways on Ganymede 43:51 Read by Mark Nelson
04 Chapter 4 - Ganymede Life 49:33 Read by Mark Nelson
05 Chapter 5 - Cantrell's Comet 45:02 Read by Mark Nelson
06 Chapter 6 - A Frigid Civilization 51:50 Read by Mark Nelson
07 Chapter 7 - The Return to Ganymede 38:53 Read by Mark Nelson
08 Chapter 8 - Callisto to the Rescue 54:30 Read by Mark Nelson
09 Chapter 9 - The Sirius Takes a Hand 41:58 Read by Mark Nelson
10 Chapter 10 - Among Friends at Last 50:23 Read by Mark Nelson
11 Chapter 11 - The Vorkul-Hexan War 46:52 Read by Mark Nelson
12 Chapter 12 - The Citadel in Space 52:20 Read by Mark Nelson
13 Chapter 13 - Spacehounds Triumphant 19:13 Read by Mark Nelson



(5 stars)

Great classic SciFi story, reminded me of the classic series, at Saturday morning pictures kids only! Well written in the 'Docs' wonderfully imaginative style death rays, romance and adventure. Mark Nelson is beyond excellent, wonderful vocal interpretation, the most amazing timing, believe me the pauses make the story almost demand attention. Listen to it if you like classic SciFi this is an essential!

Brilliantly read by Mark Nelson...but

(3 stars)

If you are going to get all technical about how possible something is or is not...then skip this book, it will drive you mental. Mark Nelson does an outstanding job as always! This tale is more of a mash up of Whato Jeeves, Star Trek and MacGyver. And to be honest, the relationship between leading man and woman is nothing short of annoying at times... It is not the best sci-fi of the era but it's a bit of a laugh at times. Give it a go, you can always stop if it's not for you!

Just a fun book!

(5 stars)

This book reminds me of the way Star Wars plots work. You have one story line here, and then you have another story line, and then later they weave together. A group of nasty six legged creatures who hates humans and all the many variants of them (in this book, there are quite a few) is running around attacking and destroying them. But when the Spacehounds come together, nothing can stop them! It's a great book; I had lots of fun listening to it. Great reader, as usual. :-) Enjoy!

highly recommended

(5 stars)

This story is a little far fetched at points and the precieved future technology is a little out of date but other wise very well done and still very entertaining. Mark nelson is the man

(5 stars)

I have read this many times. Wonderful classic SciFi! E E Smith throws descriptive adjectives with great abandon. Good adventure, super-genius, good and bad aliens. Just a good fun read into early SciFi.

(5 stars)

great story and a good reader.

A tale of daring adventure!

(5 stars)

Historical Sci Fi is interesting to me, on many levels. This story is no exception. The reader is excellent, and brings this work to life. Do remember, however, that this work is a product of its times, and the author, while imaginative, and very inventive, projects some quaint attitudes, especially towards women, which we find ludicrous today. However, it might have been considered progressive back then. A bit paternalistic, but downright sweet nonetheless, it harkens back to more innocent times. This was initially published in 1947. Keep it in historical perspective, and don't let any of that ruin a good story for you. And a good story this is, too. I really, really liked it. The aliens are truly alien, and "Doc" Smith's descriptions of the beings who inhabit the planets, (and their moons) in our solar system, make those beings, and their societies, seem real. The description of technology is interesting, because what we have now went in an entirely different direction. What Smith describes as a "Computer" is very different from what we would consider a computer to be. Replete with vacuum tubes,spherical space ships, and "cool cat" scientists who talk like jazz musicians, this story has it all. (I love it.) EE (Doc) Smith influenced some of our modern greats, George Lucas being one of them. So, tune in, and listen on, Spacehounds, It's all X!

Live & let live?

(5 stars)

Strange, l&ll is hardly ever the case among humans. Stranger still, an intelligent race that has no interest in interacting with other intelligence - to the point of making the Amish seem open and inviting people. That alone made for excellent and intriguing read. And the story is told at such a pace you nary have time to notice the fact of so many McGyver-like minds in the right places at the right times.