The Ultimate Weapon


Read by Richard Kilmer

(4 stars; 438 reviews)

The star Mira was unpredictably variable. Sometimes it was blazing, brilliant and hot. Other times it was oddly dim, cool, shedding little warmth on its many planets. Gresth Gkae, leader of the Mirans, was seeking a better star, one to which his "people" could migrate. That star had to be steady, reliable, with a good planetary system. And in his astronomical searching, he found Sol. With hundreds of ships, each larger than whole Terrestrial spaceports, and traveling faster than the speed of light, the Mirans set out to move in to Solar regions and take over. And on Earth there was nothing which would be capable of beating off this incredible armada—until Buck Kendall stumbled upon THE ULTIMATE WEAPON. (Introduction by John W. Campbell) (3 hr 39 min)

Chapters

01 - Chapter 01 19:13 Read by Richard Kilmer
02 - Chapter 02 15:16 Read by Richard Kilmer
03 - Chapter 03 12:21 Read by Richard Kilmer
04 - Chapter 04 15:35 Read by Richard Kilmer
05 - Chapter 05 13:58 Read by Richard Kilmer
06 - Chapter 06 10:20 Read by Richard Kilmer
07 - Chapter 07 27:55 Read by Richard Kilmer
08 - Chapter 08 23:19 Read by Richard Kilmer
09 - Chapter 09 22:50 Read by Richard Kilmer
10 - Chapter 10 15:05 Read by Richard Kilmer
11 - Chapter 11 22:26 Read by Richard Kilmer
12 - Chapter 12 17:55 Read by Richard Kilmer
13 - Epilogue 3:08 Read by Richard Kilmer

Reviews

Richard Kilmer's monotonous story time

(2 stars)

This book started out fairly entertaining, however I couldn't get past chapter 7 due to Richard Kilmer's monotonous reading style. He has a great voice, but it's that of a flat radio broadcaster reporting the weather. At the end of EVERY SINGLE SENTENCE is a tone drop. There is zero excitement or feeling in his voice and it made the book not worth listening to. It's hard to get into the excitement of a scifi book when it's read by a droning disconnected voice.

horrible ending to a boring story

(1 stars)

i t was too late when I realized the book would not get better. the narrator was spectacular at his job though with only a few odd pauses.

Very entertaining

(5 stars)

I really didn't have very high hopes for this book. The science was interestingly far fetched and very engaging. Very satisfied. And the narrator was great.

Terrible science, but also terribly amusing

(3 stars)

This was a highly amusing story because of all the bad science and implausible plot lines. The reader was great and quite nice to listen to. While John Campbell is *the* Editor in Chief of Sci Fi, he kinda flopped on this story. He spent a lot of time discussing the "science" behind all the technology that was designed in the book. That would be fine, but the science didn't agree with any science in the real world, even science known in 1966 when it was published. It sounded like he threw sciency words together to make it sound smart. There was little character development, and I started ignoring who was talking because it didn't matter much. Despite the gaping holes in the story, the space opera form still managed to draw me into the plot.

Dreary and Unrealistic

(2 stars)

At least it was short. This typical example of 1930s "super science" fiction is wildly unrealistic as to how science progresses, as well as not being particularly interesting. It's one long narration of how a super-genius scientist comes up with invention after invention, all to defeat the alien invaders. Meh at best. Predictable plot, no characterization, silly science. Give this one a pass.

very enjoyable read

(3.5 stars)

This story was excellently read. The story itself is entertaining in the style of old us vs. them sci-fi. It is a bit lacking in compelling and realistic characters and the science is questionable even for sci-fi. Still a fun read that can get the blood flowing.

(4 stars)

Good old fashioned impossible science fiction, spoiled by a reader who makes a sentence out of each phrase. Hard to listen to, for sure. a good reader could make this a completely different story! The reader has a great voice, by the way- he is just a poor reader.

yawn

(2 stars)

I listened to this with my son. He found it more interesting than I did. The similes, metaphors and exclamations were painful. I wouldn't have finished the book, but my son wanted to find out how it ended. In the end, neither of us were impressed.