The Red Dust

Read by Phil Chenevert

(4.3 stars; 197 reviews)

You who have read "The Mad Planet" by Murray Leinster, will welcome the sequel to that story. The world, in a far distant future, is peopled with huge insects and titanic fungus growths. Life has been greatly altered, and tiny Man is now in the process of becoming acclimated to the change. We again meet our hero Burl, but this time a far greater danger menaces the human race. The huge insects are still in evidence, but the terror they inspire is as nothing compared to the deadly Red Dust. You will follow this remarkable story with breathless interest. "Burl raised his spear, and plunged down on the back of the moving thing, thrusting his spear with all the force he could command. He had fallen upon the shining back of one of the huge, meat-eating beetles, and his spear had slid across the horny armor and then stuck fast, having pierced only the leathery tissue between the insect's head and thorax." (Summary from the magazine blurb) (2 hr 45 min)


1 - Prey 34:10 Read by Phil Chenevert
2 - The Journey 35:10 Read by Phil Chenevert
3 - The Sexton-Beetles 32:16 Read by Phil Chenevert
4 - The Forest of Death 35:19 Read by Phil Chenevert
5 - Out of Bondage 28:46 Read by Phil Chenevert


Nothing new

(3 stars)

Basically a retelling of a section barrowed from the Forgotten Planet, which was an excellent story.

Bravo from Borneo

(3 stars)

It's a shame that this sequel continued in a highly descriptive style of the environment and the imposing insects. The ground had been laid for a more interesting focus on the manner by which humankind, and more specifically Burl and his tribe, managed to survive in such a harsh environment. Nevertheless, this short story is still worth a listen.

(4 stars)

it was okay story excellent narrator and better then listening to modern radio stations agenda and continuous repeating itself. thanks Libervox ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(5 stars)

I loved it. this is really my favorite murray leinster series.

interesting from the beginning. unique reading voice well read.

(5 stars)

A sequel as good as it's predecessor

(5 stars)

Good story

(5 stars)

well read by phil

(5 stars)

awesome setting for a journey novel.