A Voyage to Arcturus

Read by Mark Nelson

(3.7 stars; 114 reviews)

A Voyage to Arcturus is a novel by Scottish writer David Lindsay, first published in 1920. It combines fantasy, philosophy, and science fiction in an exploration of the nature of good and evil and their relationship with existence. It has been described by critic and philosopher Colin Wilson as the "greatest novel of the twentieth century" and was a central influence on C. S. Lewis' Space Trilogy. (Introduction from Wikipedia) (11 hr 15 min)


Chapter 1 - The Seance 30:19 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 2 - In the Street 12:29 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 3 - Starkness 10:32 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 4 - The Voice 12:25 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 5 - The Night of Departure 15:15 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 6 - Joiwind 38:19 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 7 - Panawe 35:03 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 8 - The Lusion Plain 21:25 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 9 - Oceaxe 48:01 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 10 - Tydomin 50:33 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 11 - On Disscourn 21:17 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 12 - Spadevil 37:27 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 13 - The Wombflash Forest 13:54 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 14 - Polecrab 35:36 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 15 - Swaylone's Island 44:35 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 16 - Leehallfae 50:20 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 17 - Corpang 47:33 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 18 - Haunte 46:46 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 19 - Sullenbode 39:40 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 20 - Barey 39:59 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter 21 - Muspel 23:59 Read by Mark Nelson


really great reading of a bizarre tale

(5 stars)

PLOT SPOILERS.....you've been warned. I'll waste some space by saying that I doubt I would have seen this story to the end without the great skill and abilities of our intrepid reader. I think this is the weirdest, most bizarre, thematically incoherent sci fi story I've ever listened to. What was the point? As a philosophical exercise, it was just a downer. Luckily I kept pretending to myself that it was a real story. That kept me going. By the time I got close to the end, it was minding me of Nietzsche, whom I believe was mental. The beginning is a total red herring. Halfway through the end I was totally ready for our anti-hero to die. What a ****. Still....five stars because I didn't read it myself and this is one of the very best readers of science fiction on Librevox. Thanks for reading!

Fantastic Piece of Allegory/Philosophy

(5 stars)

I've listened through this three times now, and it won't be the last. Mark Nelson does a great job giving distinct voices to a wide array of characters in this highly underrated fantasy story. Set in a beautifully and uniquely composed world, the imagery of Arcturus as well as the dialogue between the protagonist and the various inhabitants therein pose to the reader some of the most worthy questions one can encounter regarding love, pain and purpose. It is the furthest thing from a light read (listen), but absolutely worth the challenge.

Well-read, weird book, bad conclusion

(3 stars)

This book is definitely well-read; I admire the reader. I ca’n’t speak so favourably of the book itself, though. It goes through various twists and turns, each character the protagonist meets having a different philosophy, and a different lesson, generally disproving most of what the last one said. Ultimately, a sort of Ubermensch idea, where one is dominated by nothing, especially by no pleasure, is presented as the true way for man.

A book that tries too hard

(5 stars)

5 stars for the reader. The book is good for 11hours of content, all of which is a pretty mess and full of attempts to create something artful though in the end feels more like narcissism and self loathing. Worth a listen if you try not to think

Very absorbed in the story

(4.5 stars)

I found this to be a great example of how the main character was influenced and ever changing to his surroundings. So like us as humans today. As always Mark did a fantastic job of reading.

Terrible story

(0.5 stars)

The plot is so complex it is hard to follow. The end is anticlimactic. Your never sure who is right and who is wrong. It seems like each new character contradicts the last. PS the reader is excellent

(2.5 stars)

Wow! Should be titled a Voyage to Tedium. Very dark psychological mess. Although Mark Nelson did a splendid job, Mr Lindsay was smoking something when he write it. Really disappointed. Don't waste the MANY hours it took off my life.

A journey of awareness

(5 stars)

We understand what we experience. If you are on the journey of individual awareness this novel is a beautiful expression of it. if not, it will seem a bit out there. Thank you to the narrator.