Secret of the Ninth Planet

Read by Richard Kilmer

(4.2 stars; 642 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



(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 !!!

great for falling asleep to

(3 stars)

I really love this author and am a huge science fiction fan, however, I barely made it through 2 chapters before I fell asleep listening to the reader. His voice is a continuous yawning sound...soothing... but he has a speaking pattern that doesn't change no matter how long the sentences are and no indication of when the characters are talking or performing actions.

boring voice

(2 stars)

I couldn't get into this book because of the reader. I've never heard such a boring monotone voice in my life. the pacing of sentences, inflections in words and gaps between paragraphs are strange and incorrect. such a shame as the book sounded interesting

Good book, annoying inflection

(3 stars)

The reader seems to be asking a question with every sentence? This is really annoying? It can make it hard to concentrate on the words? Almost made me stop listening? This is exactly how this book is read?

(4 stars)

I wasn't going to do this because of Richard Kilmer. His weird pauses for no reason tend to put me off. That said, I'm glad I listened to it. A clever and imaginative story with a good ending. Most importantly, it's a classic science fiction story without a love interest. Oddly enough, with the exception of a brief mention of the lead characters mother, there are no female characters at all.

the story is excellent. the reader is not.

(3 stars)

I had to stop halfway through. as the other reviewers have stated, he's not so much reading as he is just processing words. continuous rising and falling tones, that do not match the sentence structure. I am grateful for his willingness to contribute, but the final work is a fail. really wishing I had the ability to blacklist certain readers from my library.

Dated but excellent

(5 stars)

Dated but excellent old school work. The narrator was not a great pick for this particular work. I understand it's a volunteer position. I have heard very credible work from this narrator on other works but It seems as though the narrator has in mind a child's story. This bleed through in ever sentence. So he gets a C for this piece. The author gets an A.

Surprisingly good

(5 stars)

I knew nothing of Wollheim when I started this novel. I was pleasantly surprised by the good plot, relatable characters and easy style of writing. This is classic 1950’s Science Fiction by a master of the art. I have since read about him online and am surprised I did not know of him before. I will be seeking out his other works for my reading and listening pleasure.