The Mad Planet

Read by Roger Melin

(4.1 stars; 134 reviews)

It is 30,000 years following dramatically changed climate conditions on earth which had let massive amounts of carbon dioxide belch from the interior of the planet into the atmosphere. Over the millenia this would have quite devastating effects on life as it had once been known. Much of the human and animal population would not survive the climate change, and indeed those few humans who did survive knew nothing of all which their predecessors had learned and built. Indeed, they knew not even of their existence. On the other hand insects and fungi would flourish over time. And so those few remaining humans were unknowingly at the very beginning of the building of a tribal society, which at the time of the story of Burl simply meant food and survival. And so it was Burl who chose to travel beyond his small tribal community in an effort to hunt for something new and different to hopefully impress Saya, the young female of his tribe to whom he felt a peculiar attraction. The Mad Planet is Burl's adventure. (Introduction by Roger Melin) (2 hr 45 min)


1 - Section 1 42:44 Read by Roger Melin
2 - Section 2 32:56 Read by Roger Melin
3 - Section 3 50:01 Read by Roger Melin
4 - Section 4 40:06 Read by Roger Melin


Entomology fudged a bit.

(3.5 stars)

The story itself wasn't bad. [possible spoiler] It kind of reminded me of the JM Auel series watered down, and thrown into the future. Man's regression to begin his climb again, was a bit disconcerting, however, it is plausible. The one detraction I have, is how he missed the fact spiders have 8 eyes. Also, it'd've been interesting (gross) to mention how flies vomit up their stomach onto their food, then suck it back in.

Amusing book that paints a vivid story

(4.5 stars)

The writing invokes an elaborate picture of 'forrest' life that reminds one of a prehistoric world of giant mushrooms and insects in a constant flurry, as a guy starts to understand, survive and think his way in the wildlife. Very well written and read!

The Mad Planet

(1.5 stars)

This is just a shortened version of The Fogotten Planet (which was very good) . I guess this is his way of showing his ecological conscious of man destroying the earth . I think the original was better (showing man trying to build planets).

interesting thought experiment

(4.5 stars)

Life in a brutal, insect dominated world. One man journeys though places he's never been and comes back to his tribe changed. Great reading. Loved the random scientific names added to describe flora and 'fauna'.

(5 stars)

Sad and also hopeful tale by a very good author. Coupled with Roger Melin's usual excelence in narration I believe it deserving of the famous five stars. Thank you.


(0.5 stars)

This is just the first 4 chapters of THE FORGOTTEN PLANET by the same author. Look for that one instead.

(5 stars)

Well read. Good story , very very descriptive - heavy on the fungi/insect world... Very realistic. Thanks!

Odd story

(4 stars)

The reader was excellent, he always does a great job. Thanks!