Secret of the Ninth Planet

Read by Richard Kilmer

(4.1 stars; 451 reviews)

An alien race has put a station on Earth and other planets in order to steal the rays of the sun, possible causing the sun to nova within two years. Burl Denning, a high school student, is the only person who has the power to stop the alien project. Can he and the crew of the experimental space ship Magellan act in time to save the earth? (Summary by Richard Kilmer) (5 hr 22 min)


00 - The Mysterious Ninth World 5:00 Read by Richard Kilmer
01 - Special Delivery - by Guided Missile 18:16 Read by Richard Kilmer
02 - The Valley of Stolen Light 17:04 Read by Richard Kilmer
03 - The Secret of A-G 17 15:38 Read by Richard Kilmer
04 - The Hidden Skyport 23:02 Read by Richard Kilmer
05 - Up the Rope of Space 13:28 Read by Richard Kilmer
06 - Sunward Ho! 17:33 Read by Richard Kilmer
07 - Hot Spot on Mercury 18:41 Read by Richard Kilmer
08 - The Veil of Venus 13:47 Read by Richard Kilmer
09 - The Ocean Primeval 13:19 Read by Richard Kilmer
10 - The Dying Planet 15:20 Read by Richard Kilmer
11 - Martians Don't Care 16:47 Read by Richard Kilmer
12 - At Rope's End 17:12 Read by Richard Kilmer
13 - The Pole of Callisto 14:46 Read by Richard Kilmer
14 - Rockets Away! 14:47 Read by Richard Kilmer
15 - Ice Cold Oberon 12:36 Read by Richard Kilmer
16 - In Orbit Around Pluto 13:17 Read by Richard Kilmer
17 - Stronghold of the Lost Planet 23:26 Read by Richard Kilmer
18 - Sacrifice on the Sacred Moon 17:05 Read by Richard Kilmer
19 - The Museum of Galactic Life 21:46 Read by Richard Kilmer


(3 stars)

Classic 1950s (?) scifi that reflects the US view of the era with liberal use of atomic weaponry to destroy anything that is different, but with a feelgood last paragraph to make up for that ;)


(4 stars)

All around great book to read or listen to, not much way out there fiction in the science side other than anti gravity drive for space travel. Many another author in the SCI-FI genre has gone much further in their abuse of their reader's grip on real Science. Great match of voice and story flow. Good solid plot and great storyline ending, and, No, I'm not giving my fellow listeners any spoiler alerts on this book! This is one book that deserves a full cover to cover read on a long lazy weekend. I'm not placing it into my usual read and forget file as I wish to listen to it again a few times more !!! I'm not giving it 5 stars out of pure selfishness, I am greedy enough to wish it had been way longer or even a trilogy !!!

Reads like a lecture.

(0.5 stars)

The book read like a text book until the last few chapters. It even sounded as though the narrator was bored. The concept was good, but it was not worth grinding through.

Secret of the Ninth Planet

(3.5 stars)

Surprising find, held my attention. Reminiscent of a young adult Heinlien novel, as if written by Heinlein as a teenager. Narrator had a smooth uninflected voice, somewhat like a computer, but easy to listen to. I'm thankful to him for enriching my life.

truth stranger than fx

(4.5 stars)

"As for i and my house, we will serve The Most High, "Creater of all the Universe and beyond. And all Creation will love and honour Him; wickedness and its perpetrators will cease from their works of deceiptfulness, self-exaltation and destruction. Thankyou, author, for an enjoyable trip , -and thankyou, Reader, for your well-done audio-reading.

surprised I had never heard of this story

(4.5 stars)

the same good narrator does the whole book. not the best but good. the book seems alittle dated in places but still very captivating! would make a great Peter Jackson movie! I can see it working for this story very well. a very good scifi adventure story


(2.5 stars)

Fair science fiction story. Definitely dated. I appreciate the time the reader volunteered to read this story, but the narration was very slow, and difficult to listen to. Overall, fair experience that did not keep my attention.

(3 stars)

The reader is good, and that is why I give it 3 stars. The story is not impressive. Clearly outdated, as almost all descriptions are incorrect based to what we know about our solar system today. Also, some depth is missing from the story. But at least there is plenty of action and the last 2 chapters were interesting.