The Ultimate Weapon

Read by Richard Kilmer

(4 stars; 428 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)


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


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.

(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.

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.

Turf War

(3.5 stars)

Beautiful narration... story was very interesting. There was not one woman in the entire story, needless to say zero relationship. Very technical, I think the story as a whole might relate more to males, but I enjoyed it just the same.

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.


(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.

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.

good book

(5 stars)

it's a great book and really good narration however although its the same theme as the "arcot" books and parallels it somewhat the fact that it is just about the same story as the black star is a bit of a let down :-( --- in addition its rather annoying that : "John W. Campbell", "John Wood jr Campbell", and "John Wood Campbell jr" are all listed as different authors in librivox and they really aren't as far as i can tell since all the books/stories are set in the same world and or series and theme this really does need correction.....