Secret of the Ninth Planet


Read by Richard Kilmer

(4.1 stars; 473 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)

Chapters

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

Reviews

Typical 1950s science fiction

(3 stars)

Very much a product of its time, there's nothing really wrong with the book, but there's also no reason, aside from historical interest, to read it. It's moderately interesting, though simplistic, with the gentle didacticism of the best of the 1950s juveniles, but as much or more "scientific" hogwash; also, Wollheim apparently forgot occasionally some facts he'd mentioned earlier, such as the immensity of interplanetary distances. The good guys are all good and the bad guys are all bad, there is no character development, and a premium is placed on mathematical and engineering expertise and sufficient weaponry; on the other hand, there is a genuine goodheartedness and plenty of openness to others of differing types, in this case, other species, just as one would expect from one of the two or three most important science fiction editors ever. One caveat for those who insist on judging past cultures by the standards of our own time (and who, of course, forget that future generations, if there are any, may well treat us in the same way)--there is only one female character in the book (the protagonist's mother), and she only appears in one sentence. So, a pleasant listen while walking every day, but nothing more.

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.

Excellent!!!

(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 !!!

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

Fair

(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.