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Second Stage Lensman

Lensman Series
Narrated by: Reed McColm
Series: Lensman, Book 5
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Summary

Kimball Kinnison and the Galactic Patrol again take up battle with Boskonia. The warfare leads to some odd corners of the universe and some stranger worlds. They include the planet Lyrane where a matriarchal society exists and the frigid world of Onio, with its incredibly alien inhabitants.
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©2006 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with The Estate of E. E. "Doc" Smith and Virginia Kidd, Inc. (P)2006 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with The Estate of E. E. "Doc" Smith and Virginia Kidd, Inc.

Critic reviews

"The most towering figure in science fiction, thanks to the enormous scope of his novels." (Isaac Asimov)
"If you wish to understand the roots of modern science fiction, you have to read the Lensman saga." (Allen Steele)
"A finalist for a special Hugo Award for All-Time Best Series, 'Lensman' is considered by many sf heads to be the greatest of the space operas and clearly a source for such successors as Star Trek and Star Wars." ( Library Journal)

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app troubles

as always E E Smiths stories are exceptional if only the useless app would work properly I wouldn't hate it so much

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  • EuroGamer
  • HERTFORD, United Kingdom
  • 23-11-13

A classic series of class Sci Fi books ruined

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A classic series of class Sci Fi books ruined by poor narration and interpretation. I wouldn't suggest any Brit buying an audio book narrated by Reed McColm.

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  • James
  • MARYPORT, United Kingdom
  • 29-09-13

Second Stage Lensman : Lensman Series. Audio.

Where does Second Stage Lensman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Reed McColm being an American and reading an American novel is a bit of a new experience for me as I've not heard many U.S. audio books. All in all though I quiet enjoyed listening. I shall certainly be adding further audio titles in this series.

What other book might you compare Second Stage Lensman to, and why?

Storywise I'd compare this book to the Martian novels of Burroughs as regards a story which moves along at an unflagging pace, with plenty of action on almost every page. To fully appreciate this story it is best to read the earlier books in this series, especially Grey Lensman which introduces the reader to the principal characters --- Kinnison, Clarissa, Worsel, Tregonsee, Haynes and Lacy.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I would not call Reed McColm one of my favourite readers of Audio Books but I've heard a lot worse. Perhaps you need to be American to enjoy his voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

At over nine hours in length it's hard to enjoy at one sitting, but the beauty of audio is, that just like a paper book, you can pause when tired and pick up later where you left off.

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An excellent book to read and in the main better to listen to.

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  • Old Sub Sailor
  • 18-01-15

The greatest series going

I have read and re-read this series since I first discovered it in the early 60s. The series made every boomer patrol I made.

The only series that matches it for pure fun is the Aubry-Maturin Series.

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  • DJM
  • 18-03-09

Lensman Series is Still Fun

Okay. The narrator of this series is not the best. Nevertheless, this story still works if you can get past some of writing (the "look of eagles" in the eyes of Lensmen for instance). If you've never dipped into these before, get Galactic patrol, Gray Lensman, Second Stage Lensmen and Children of the Lens in that order. If you are still hooked, go back and pick up First lensman. You have to be a real diehard lensmen fan to slug through Triplanetary.

This is classic space opera, good versus evil, with the guys in the white hats destined to win. Smith wasn't very good at envisioning future technology, but he comes up with some fun ideas. The inertialess drive is an interesting solution to FSL travel and the negasphere is one of the best Sci_Fi weapons ever imagined. His aliens are fun too, especially the frigid planet dwellers. Considering that the series was started in the late 30s, it holds up amazingly well.

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  • david
  • 10-05-16

One of the Very Best

Doc Smith's Lensmen series is a yearly read or listen for me. Since being given FIRST LENSMEN as a boy of about 14, I found and read the others in the series. Now for more than 40 years they have been a yearly affair. Joining Heinlein, Clarke, and a few others that merit this yearly ritual. Rooted in past behaviors though they are, yet still I travel at a thousand parsecs a minute.

Do your self a favor and jump into these stories. They vied for top SF series ever written with Asimov's Foundation and are include lovingly in Heinlein's NUMBER OF THE BEAST.