The Cosmic Computer

Read by Mark Nelson

(4.4 stars; 433 reviews)

Conn Maxwell returns from Terra to his poverty-stricken home planet of Poictesme, "The Junkyard Planet", with news of the possible location of Merlin, a military super-computer rumored to have been abandoned there after the last war. The inhabitants hope to find Merlin, which they think will be their ticket to wealth and prosperity. But is Merlin real, or just an old rumor? And if they find it will it save them, or tear them apart? (by Mark Nelson)

(7 hr 27 min)


Ch. 1-2 33:14 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch. 3-4 38:56 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch. 5-6 51:20 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch. 7-8 35:44 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch.9-10 47:48 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch.11-12 35:54 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch.13-14 49:11 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch.15-16 41:56 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch.17-18 40:57 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch.19-20 36:28 Read by Mark Nelson
Ch.21-22 36:03 Read by Mark Nelson



(5 stars)

love the book, it is a good piper book. the reader is good too, I've listened to many of his readings and always enjoy them. only thing that is a little annoying is the intro to each chapter group, the music. it is much louder then the reading and can blast your ears if you are using headphones.

Great Story

(5 stars)

Good example of people's nature to have someone else take care and make decisions for them instead of taking initiative and being self sufficient. It shows times haven't changed. Mark's reading is great

Very good story

(5 stars)

Conn is a young man trained to work on computers so he can find the ultimate computer in the universe. Along the way, he finds someone who knows about the computer, but will say nothing about it. Why? What is the big secret? Good story, kept me on my toes. Mark Nelson is a GREAT reader, I hope he is still reading for libravox.

Love Piper and Mark Nelson

(4.5 stars)

"In the future, computers will be ten thousand times bigger and hundreds of times more powerful!" so the old theory goes. a great tale by a man ahead of his time :)


(3.5 stars)

Excellent reading, made it a pleasure to listen to. Expands on a short story, "Graveyard of Dreams", starting in an almost identical way then branching off into it's own story. Quaint but satisfying. Ends a little suddenly, but it's of it's time. I can imagine a B movie version doing much the same.

Nice listen...

(4 stars)

Some parts were over my head (typical for me while listening to HGW) the text wasn't really engaging but I enjoy synchronization and thus I felt some benefit to my subconscious. My partner thoroughly enjoyed revisiting this literature.

good listen

(5 stars)

since I will always make a negative comment because everything can have improvement there was a 1 word slip in the dialog in chapter 10 but I only mention that because I can find no other fault in the book vs the reading and well... great book well read. its better the other the war of the worlds on here.

The Cosmic Bore

(2 stars)

Too much vehicle tech, not enough story for me. Its like Sci - Fi Top Gear! The elusive Merlin Computer is so elusive i got bored waiting to hear about it by chapter 7. sorry :(