Triplanetary, First in the Lensman Series


Read by Phil Chenevert

(4.3 stars; 152 reviews)

Triplanetary was first serialized in Amazing Stories in 1934. After the Lensman series became popular, Smith took his Triplanetary story and turned it into the first of the Lensman series, using it as a prequel to give the back story for the protaganists in the Lensmen series. He added 6 new chapters, doubling it in size and it's really a different book from the serialized novel, being published 14 years after the first. It was put into Gutenberg just last year.

The novel covers several episodes in an eons-long eugenics project of the super-intelligences of the Arisia. This alien race is breeding two genetic lines to become the ultimate weapon in Arisia's cosmic war with their arch enemy, the Eddore. The initial chapters cover the Kinnison genetic line during the fall of Atlantis and Nero's (Gharlane of Eddore) reign in Rome. These tales were inserted into the novel following the serialized release, along with chapters covering members of the Kinnison line in World Wars One, Two and Three. The final chapter of Triplanetary tells of the discovery of the inertialess drive that allows faster than light travel. Patrolman Conway Costigan and his friends engage in a space battle with Gray Roger the pirate gangster. This conflict is complicated by the arrival of the technologically superior, extra-Solar, amphibian-like Nevians, resulting in the first interstellar war involving humans. In this story Virgil Samms and Roderick Kinnison, two very important members of the eugenics project, are introduced. They will play the leading roles in the next story, First Lensman. (Summary by Wikipedia and Phil Chenevert)

(10 hr 31 min)

Chapters

Arisia and Eddore 22:08 Read by Phil Chenevert
The Fall of Atlantis 49:53 Read by Phil Chenevert
The Fall of Rome 36:53 Read by Phil Chenevert
1918 28:31 Read by Phil Chenevert
1941 47:12 Read by Phil Chenevert
19—? 27:30 Read by Phil Chenevert
Pirates of Space 41:17 Read by Phil Chenevert
In Roger's Planetoid 38:12 Read by Phil Chenevert
Fleet Against Planetoid 26:23 Read by Phil Chenevert
Within the Red Veil 44:43 Read by Phil Chenevert
Nevian Strife 40:37 Read by Phil Chenevert
Worm, Submarine, and Freedom 15:54 Read by Phil Chenevert
The Hill 27:13 Read by Phil Chenevert
The Super-Ship Is Launched 24:21 Read by Phil Chenevert
Specimens 10:01 Read by Phil Chenevert
Super-Ship in Action 32:24 Read by Phil Chenevert
Roger Carries On 46:19 Read by Phil Chenevert
The Specimens Escape 38:28 Read by Phil Chenevert
Giants Meet 33:10 Read by Phil Chenevert

Reviews

God bless Phil...he will always be with us among the stars.

(5 stars)

outstanding

Awesome story - great ride!

(5 stars)

Phil is a great reader, and this story was well done. I also listened to the other version and it too is wonderfully done. I hope the subsequent versions are read soon!

Please may we have MORE...

(5 stars)

Phil Chenevert's reading is clear and well paced. I look forward to more of his renditions. Thank you very much.

I miss Phil Chenevert

(5 stars)

Excellent story! Well read of course. 10 hours of wonderful entertainment.

Wordy, Nerdy, Mind- boggling

(3 stars)

Great reader! The intricate detail and many characters of this story had my brain working in warp drive and my imagination overloaded. War, war, war... I'm not sure if I will try to listen to the remaining books in this series. I thought the ending was kind of flat. I was actually glad it was over. I think this author is awesome in his detail and perhaps this would make a great movie.

Surprisingly quick wrap-up

(5 stars)

Coming to the last chapter, I didn't believe it could be done in one more chapter. Yet it was done neatly and well. The one thing that bothered me, is what bothers me in real life: People's unfounded sense of superiority, built on false everything - not just bravado. Til their nose is bloodied that is.

Excellent! A must for Sci Fi fans!!

(5 stars)

A classic Sci Fi story! The 'Doc' produces the goods again. Rays, Shields, Alien culture all wonderfully brought to life by Phil Chenevert. Another excellently read book. A must for Sci Fi fans!!

Great storyline

(5 stars)

I believe this to be Phil's best narration ever. His wonderful & consistent use of distinct character voices only serves to make this book all that more enjoyable.