The Girl in the Golden Atom

Read by Richard Kilmer

(4.3 stars; 145 reviews)

While examining a golden ring under a microscope, a chemist discovers a sub-atomic world. During his examination of this world he sees a beautiful young girl. After developing chemicals that will allow him to either shrink or grow larger in size, he and three friends journey to this small world. (Summary by Richard Kilmer) (10 hr 55 min)


01 - A Universe in an Atom 18:49 Read by Richard Kilmer
02 - Into the Ring 21:00 Read by Richard Kilmer
03 - After Forty-eight Hours 21:54 Read by Richard Kilmer
04 - Lylda 12:42 Read by Richard Kilmer
05 - The World in the Ring 20:00 Read by Richard Kilmer
06 - Strategy and Kisses 8:44 Read by Richard Kilmer
07 - A Modern Gullliver 14:26 Read by Richard Kilmer
08 - "I Must Go Back" 17:45 Read by Richard Kilmer
09 - After Five Years 12:20 Read by Richard Kilmer
10 - Testing the Drugs 19:32 Read by Richard Kilmer
11 - The Escape of the Drug 12:59 Read by Richard Kilmer
12 - The Start 20:19 Read by Richard Kilmer
13 - Perilous Ways 12:51 Read by Richard Kilmer
14 - Strange Experiences 11:45 Read by Richard Kilmer
15 - The Valley of the Scratch 15:19 Read by Richard Kilmer
16 - The Pit of Darkness 15:07 Read by Richard Kilmer
17 - The Welcome of the Master 14:08 Read by Richard Kilmer
18 - The Chemist and His Son 16:21 Read by Richard Kilmer
19 - The City of Arite 15:06 Read by Richard Kilmer
20 - The World of the Ring 21:58 Read by Richard Kilmer
21 - A Life Worth Living 20:15 Read by Richard Kilmer
22 - The Trial 19:24 Read by Richard Kilmer
23 - Lylda's Plan 16:27 Read by Richard Kilmer
24 - Lylda Acts 13:51 Read by Richard Kilmer
25 - The Escape of Targo 18:59 Read by Richard Kilmer
26 - The Abduction 16:11 Read by Richard Kilmer
27 - Aura 19:15 Read by Richard Kilmer
28 - The Attack on the Palace 15:05 Read by Richard Kilmer
29 - On the Lake 11:42 Read by Richard Kilmer
30 - Word Music 11:29 Read by Richard Kilmer
31 - The Palace of Orlog 16:05 Read by Richard Kilmer
32 - The Ant-hill Outraged 14:39 Read by Richard Kilmer
33 - The Rescue of Loto 16:34 Read by Richard Kilmer
34 - The Decision 11:21 Read by Richard Kilmer
35 - Good-bye to Arite 14:33 Read by Richard Kilmer
36 - The Fight in the Tunnels 14:35 Read by Richard Kilmer
37 - A Combat of Titans 15:25 Read by Richard Kilmer
38 - Lost in Size 23:07 Read by Richard Kilmer
39 - A Modern Dinosaur 19:52 Read by Richard Kilmer
40 - The Adventurers' Return 7:26 Read by Richard Kilmer
41 - The First Christmas 15:59 Read by Richard Kilmer


Refutation of the Accusation of Misogyny, by a Woman and a Feminist

(4 stars)

Another reviewer said this book was misogynistic, which is incorrect and unfair. The author definitely has paternalistic views, and they could be termed sexist, but, in fairness, they are really quite progressive for his time. Although women in the atom have mostly traditional roles, they are also jurors, and king's counselors. More importantly Ray Cummings makes a clear stand with women, not just against rape, but against the way a woman is treated after being raped. He states that women who "cry" rape are invariably telling the truth, and he decries victim blaming, victim disbelieving, and victim discrediting. These are feminist attitudes from a man who respects women, not from a misogynist. Below are two excerpts from The Girl in the Golden Atom. Judge for yourself. 1. Utopian ideals - Ch 20: “Crimes against women ... are punishable by death ... in judging these crimes ... A slight chain of proven circumstances and the word of the woman is all that is required. ... Although they know that almost at their word a man will be put to death, practically never, I am convinced, is this power abused." 2. Disintegrating morays - Ch 23: "Crimes against women ... committed by those prominent, or in authority, go unpunished. Women's testimony is discredited, often by concerted lying on the part of men witnesses.” Thank you for reading, I had to set the record straight. By the by, the book is entertaining and enjoyable.

(4 stars)

if you can get past the impersonal way in which he regrets to the characters and v his overuse of certain words it's actually a pretty great story, to someone like me ("new" to the work of books) he does a great job of painting a nice picture of a story (the idea of which it's enough to grab anyone's imagination and take off with it) that is similar to something Edgar Rice Borroughs would write although in a slightly less eloquent fashion. Definitely glad i took this on in since I had exhausted all the ERB books on here.

Bravo from Borneo

(4 stars)

Cracking tale of adventure to a land existing at an atomic level. It must be remembered that this novel was written in 1922 and as such has a style and dialogue very much of the time. The narrator has the perfect cadence for this book. I appreciated how the author created such an unusual premise for a new world and was so creative in its description of the location and the culture and society of the people living there. Most engaging.

It is not mysognyistic enough

(4.5 stars)

As a white male, I realize men are naturally superior to females. I took a break from raping females to listen to this story. I was appalled to find the author allowed the female protagonist to express independent thought. Totally inappropriate. Females should only be depicted making sandwiches and running around hysterically whenever a mice enters the room. Females have no place inside of golden atoms. They should be in the beauty salon or kitchen

wonderful storytelling

(5 stars)

from a time when science was explained as best as it could, but with limitless possibilities! I thoroughly enjoyed it! And to the narrator, my hat off to you. Your voice could probably stop a charging rhino!

(4 stars)

Very similar to the short story `He Who Shrank ` from The Anthology of Science Fiction. The only other story I have read that follows this theme. Reader a bit mono tone, however the story was very much enjoyed!

(4.5 stars)

Good, interesting, good perspective. did not like the abrupt ending, i kind of wish they went back down into the atom and saw what happened without them..


(5 stars)

Wonderful story from a time when reality wasn't so encroaching. Enjoyed from beginning to end and long for more like it. Imagination is a beautiful weapon!