Omnilingual


Read by Mark Nelson

(4.1 stars; 406 reviews)

An expedition to Mars discovers the remains of an advanced civilization, which died out many thousands of years ago. They recovered books and documents left behind, and are puzzled by their contents. Would the team find their “Rosetta Stone” that would allow them to unlock the Martian language, and learn the secrets of this long-dead race? (Summary by Mark Nelson)

(1 hr 56 min)

Chapters

Part 1 42:00 Read by Mark Nelson
Part 2 29:10 Read by Mark Nelson
Part 3 16:01 Read by Mark Nelson
Part 4 11:57 Read by Mark Nelson
Part 5 17:42 Read by Mark Nelson

Reviews

Great content, abrupt ending

(4 stars)

Excellent reading of some really interesting stuff. unfortunately, it was only some, and not a lot, of interesting stuff. I'm not complaining about the length, it's clearly shown as under 2 hours, so you can't expect a huge story. Even so, I felt the ending was very abrupt. Some questions are built up by the narrative as if they're going to be resolved, and then the book ends and you're left wondering what the answers might have been if the story had continued. Leaves the listener with something to think about, at least.

Fun shorter story

(5 stars)

I like to imagine how novel these stories would have been in this author's time period. The fun surprise ending is something used in modern sci-fi but I wonder if Piper was the first to put this out there. Listen in to find out about the neat linguistic ending of this great great little listen. Well narrated and worth the time.

like the story but

(5 stars)

all of this story has a sudden ending. Leaving you wanting more. It is well done and does and where you could expect it. Would have liked a part 2 to it but as with all Piper's work it is good. Mark Nelson of course is excellent as always

Finding the Rosetta Stone

(5 stars)

Great high-concept SciFi - H. Beam Piper assembles an interesting and diverse crew of scientists to unearth the mysteries of a lost Martian civilisation. This is a short book, but it explores it's central idea very well and I wouldn't agree about it feeling incomplete.

great story

(5 stars)

enjoyed this story and wish there was a sequel. I feel like the author started on a story line and then abandoned it or didn't have time to finish it. 😢. our loss.

Not one of Piper's best in my opinion

(3.5 stars)

Good tale well narrated by Mark Nelson. I also feel like this tale came to a very sudden stop rather than a ending. But overall is worth lending a ear to as this is Mark Nelson's genre it seems and he brings out the best in all the tales he reads. Thanks to LibriVox and Mark for a enjoyable tale.

Another Piper Classic

(5 stars)

I just love the Sci-Fi of H. Bean Piper. It always makes you think as a problem is presented, mulled over, scientifically analyzed, and ultimately solved. This is old-school hardcore sci-fi with a focus on decoding the linguistics of a long lost race. Nelson adds another perfect reading to his roster. Highly recommended.

Ho Hum Story...

(3 stars)

I have kind of grown to expect better from H Beam Piper. Story is good, builds you up, and then kind of just ends abruptly, with unanswered questions. Reading was excellent tho.