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Author: Arthur Conan Doyle Narrator: Fred Williams Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Professor Challenger Adventures Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781481548014
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Professor Challenger summons his three best friends to come to his country house, each one to bring a cylinder of pure oxygen. When they arrive, the reason for this strange request becomes terrifyingly clear. Professor Challenger has become convinced that the earth is entering a poison belt of ether and that life upon this planet is doomed.

In a sealed room, to the sound of the slow hiss of escaping oxygen, Professor Challenger and his friends wait out the night as humanity prepares to meet its fate…

Also included in this volume are two other famous Professor Challenger stories, “When the World Screamed” and “The Disintegration Machine.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Conan Doyle may be best remembered for his Sherlock Holmes mysteries, but his works of science fiction are as brilliant and historically significant as they are under-rated. Along with contemporaries H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, he helped create the mold for modern science fiction.”

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  • 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 "

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

Fred Williams, a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, works in theater, film, television, and radio in England, Ireland, and America. Besides narrating audiobooks, he is a performer in living-history reenactments, an archer, and a poet.