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3.01 out of 53.01 out of 53.01 out of 53.01 out of 53.01 out of 5 3.01 (606 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Gildart Jackson Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Professor Challenger Adventures Release Date: November 2013 ISBN: 9781629230153
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What would you do if you had discovered that the planet was about to be engulfed in a belt of poisonous ether from outer space? Professor Challenger invites a hand-picked crew of adventurers and scientists to his home outside London, which has been fortified with several hours’ worth of oxygen. Challenger & Co. assemble in front of a picture window to witness the end of all life on the planet. As birds plummet from the sky, trains crash, and men and women topple over before their horrified gaze, they debate everything from the possibilities of the universe to the “abysses that lie upon either side of our material existence.”

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 2/18/2014

    " I'm not sure I caught the point of this book - the ending made Prof. Challenger's experiment absolutely unnecessary. That's all I'm saying or else I'd have spoilers. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Weathervane | 2/11/2014

    " This isn't so bad, but it isn't another Lost World, and it does stretch my credulity at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jess | 1/31/2014

    " Despite the low rating I gave, I really enjoy reading books like this. Doyle loves characters like Holmes and Challenger, incredibly smart and insightful and always eccentric, and I gravitate to them. I like the ethereal premise of the disaster, but would have liked more explication and exploration during the 28 hours they were alone in the world. I mean, imagine the opportunity of being one of just a handful of humans in the entire country, if not the world! So much potential here, just not fully fleshed out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 12/5/2013

    " A very interesting book about the end of the world. Very reflective and somber. Not the catastrophic end, not violent, but an end, in which the characters are forced to be very intropective. Enjoyed very much "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kailey | 11/5/2013

    " Excellent sequel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gsvg | 9/24/2013

    " It's an interesting book to say the least. Brilliantly written as always. I think that humanity does need a jolt just like the one described in the book to shake us from our everyday lethargy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Eudy Neufeld | 9/22/2013

    " Only for fans of Victorian SF "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave Rench | 3/27/2013

    " weird book about the end of the world happening due to the world passing through a poisonous belt of ether in the universe. Everyone dies, but 4 people, but then a day later everyone wakes up. Just a little odd. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/3/2013

    " Interesting,...if a bit predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/1/2012

    " While this was a well written story (we shan't expect less) it isn't entirely memorable. It was entertaining. Just not quite up to The Lost World level. Very quick read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexia Freudenberger | 11/5/2012

    " I loved it...until the happy ending. I understand the rationale behind it, but personally, I felt it flawed something that could have been much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike_dangerous | 8/13/2012

    " The first sentence is wonderful and kind of sets the tone for the whole book. This edition is dated 1913. It an interesting snapshot of the British Empire, via a sci fi yarn in the pre-quantum-mechanics, pre-space-flight age. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerald | 1/30/2012

    " Very short, unfortunately, so perhaps for this reason it was not quite as enjoyable as the first Challenger story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Gibson | 1/26/2012

    " A great read. The next adventure of Professor Challenger and Co. following The Lost World. The world has stood still and the guys are the only ones alive with an extra old lady. Cylinders of oxygen are their only life source. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 4/23/2011

    " A follow up to The Lost World. Not quite as good though. Listened on librivox. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Weathervane | 3/17/2011

    " This isn't so bad, but it isn't another Lost World, and it does stretch my credulity at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 8/27/2010

    " I'm not sure I caught the point of this book - the ending made Prof. Challenger's experiment absolutely unnecessary. That's all I'm saying or else I'd have spoilers. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 6/4/2010

    " A very interesting book about the end of the world. Very reflective and somber. Not the catastrophic end, not violent, but an end, in which the characters are forced to be very intropective. Enjoyed very much "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lobstergirl | 3/2/2010

    " Doyle presciently saw that earth would pass through a poisonous belt of ether, perhaps killing nearly all mankind. Documented by the incomparable William Pène du Bois's ink drawings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sisimka | 4/16/2009

    " It doesn't really need to be any more complicated than this. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tusher | 1/4/2008

    " A great & marvellous work by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
    professor challenger , a scientist & explorer who is a great creation by the author him self.
    a must read book by the sci fi & adventure lover.
    best regards
    tusher "

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About the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) was born of Irish parentage in Scotland. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, but he also had a passion for storytelling. His first book introduced that prototype of the modern detective in fiction, Sherlock Holmes. Despite the immense popularity Holmes gained throughout the world, Doyle was not overly fond of the character and preferred to write other stories. Eventually popular demand won out and he continued to satisfy readers with the adventures of the legendary sleuth. He also wrote historical romances and made two essays into pseudoscientific fantasy: The Lost World and The Poison Belt.

About the Narrator

Gildart Jackson’s acting credits span the stage and screen. He is most often recognized for his roles as Gideon on Charmed and Simon Prentiss on General Hospital. He has also starred in numerous television shows, including CSI and Vegas, and he played the lead in the highly acclaimed independent feature film You, directed by his wife, Melora Hardin.