I knew this story from the 1951 film, but this book and the narration just blows the celluloid attempt out of this solar system. A masterpiece of imag..Show More »inative storytelling, writing and narration that I couldn’t stop listening to, I was spellbound. For the last half I sat all afternoon, not noticing the winter darkness enfolding me, listening to this exciting piece of science fiction set in that exciting period when adventures beyond our atmosphere were still an adolescent mix of theory and fact, with that possibility of fanciful flourish.
It was all brought magically to life by that spell weaving voice of Peter Ganim whose voice secured the heroes in their alpha male roles and brought the professors prior to Sputnik and post nuclear dawn sciences to life in true 1940s style; you could almost picture him narrating dressed in a trench coat and trilby. I have found in audio books there is a very real need to marry the writing style, the story and the narrator into a holy threesome and in this instance, in my view, they are going to live happily ever after.