The Forgotten Planet

Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)

(4.4 stars; 382 reviews)

The "forgotten" planet had been seeded for life, first with microbes and later with plants and insects. A third expedition, intended to complete the seeding with animals, never occurred. Over the millennia the insects and plants grew to gigantic sizes. The action of the novel describes the fight for survival by descendants of a crashed spaceship as they battle wolf-sized ants, flies the size of chickens, and gigantic flying wasps. (Summary by Wikipedia) (7 hr 6 min)


00 - Prologue 17:56 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
01 - Mad Planet 34:43 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
02 - Man Escapes 49:04 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
03 - The Purple Hills 39:48 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
04 - A Killer of Monsters 25:00 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
05 - Meat of Mans Killing! 42:14 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
06 - Red Dust 36:26 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
07 - Journey Through Death - Part 1 24:56 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
08 - Journey Through Death - Part 2 22:07 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
09 - A Flight Continues - Part 1 22:43 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
10 - A Flight Continues - Pat 2 27:03 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
11 - There is Such a Thing as Sunshine 25:52 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
12 - Men Climb up to Savagery 23:03 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
13 - Warm Blood is a Bond 23:26 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)
14 - Epilogue 11:47 Read by Richard Kilmer (1942 - 2022)


take it for what it is

(5 stars)

Kept me listening and greatly enjoyed it

Very good

(5 stars)

Great experience, highly recommended


(5 stars)

I know....what's the motive? The secret agenda? The social commentary? beats me! kept me interested and wanting more at the end...


(1 stars)

Book gets a pass for the outdated science fiction but not for the complete lack of knowledge of human nature. How do Homo Sapiens the smartest and most violant apes to roam the earth forget to use a sharp stick? Humans are not top predators because of their strength but because of their brains. Its not like their brains shrunk...did they?( i only got as far as ch2)

A story about recreating yourself

(5 stars)

The moral of this story could be applied to so many situations. Work, life, love, relationships. It's about when you are struggling against odds and there is no apparent hope or joy left. Then how one can transform despite these odds using intelligence , creativity and determination. Excellent narration brings this story to life.


(4 stars)

This world is riddled with inconsistencies and is in fact an ecological impossibility, but if you suspend that disbelief, the nightmare horror of the world really does get to you, which is more than you can say for a lot of imagined SF worlds.

Memorable World

(4.5 stars)

Such descriptions, and details that I have a truly vivid picture in my mind. Not what I was expecting but highly rewarding. I often listened to in traffic in which the narrator's soothing voice tended to calm me down and savor traffic!

No Garden of Eden for these folks

(5 stars)

Fun early-20th century science fiction novel. I found the lilting narration to be very compatible with the subject, and the musician in me felt like I was enjoying a barcarole the entire time.