Ranks in my top 10%
The difference of opinions that occurred after viewing the universe outside of the spaceship was very dramatic and tells much about how easily people can choose not to accept clear evidence when it contradicts their tradition-based religion/beliefs.
A good narrator, like Eric Summerer, brings as much to a book as the cast of a play would bring to their script.
I often felt a strong urge to listen to more, simply to learn what happened next.
An interesting novel about the challenges of very long voyages to the stars. Assuming we can't work around the limitations of the speed of light and that we survive long enough as a civilization to reach the stars, the difficulties presented in this novel (and more) may be formidable. I can't personally imagine how a few people could survive in a long trip to Mars and back!
I really like Heinlein so I know some of his books are shorter or longer I am just always disappointed when the short ones are over. If you like his books that are adventures in space then you should like this one. He doesn't really go into all of the sex and religion like he does in some of his books so if you don't like that part of his other books this one should be a pretty safe bet.
Your typical Heinlein space story so it was pretty enjoyable.
I thought the character Joe-Jim was pretty interesting.
I enjoyed both the story and the presentation of this book.
The narration kept the story moving and my interest piqued. I was able to involve myself in the story and picture what was happening.
This book is easy to listen to and keeps your attention. I felt that the author did a great job keeping the story up even though the location was so confined. It really breaks down how the human race acts when confined for long periods of time. I enjoyed this book.
A fairly brief book that seems to be a stand alone story. It manages to introduce some interesting ideas about relativistic space travel and the capacity for human culture to devolve in the vacuum of rational inquiry.
I LOVED listening to this book! I am working my way through Heinlein's books and this did not disappoint. Imagine having what you have believed all your life overturned in an instant! Without boring the reader (listener) with endless descriptions and details, Heinlein captures the essence of life on the ship.
After having read just a few of Heinlein's novels, I appreciate the way each book has its own special feeling, or ambience....much better than reading some of today's "cookie cutter" writers.
The premise of this book is interesting, but I had a lot of difficulty through the story. The narrator was fine, but the writing was stilted and slow-moving. Character development was very low, and the plot took too long to build. One needs to have a great deal of patience to read Heinlein, but I don't think I'm that person. My literary attention span is quite long and I'm not looking for pulp adventure stories, but I'd prefer an Asimov book over this one any day.
I've never read "Stranger in a strange land" but after this book, I'm almost afraid to. This book was one of the worst SF books I've ever read. The characters are mostly idiot-morons, and the dialogue is elementary school level at best. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but it's all blunt violence and interminable, comatose drivel. Bleh!
All of them
One thing to note: I'm not a fan of military SF, and while this is not even in that class, I understand that Heinlein wrote in that genre. I like A.C. Clarke, Azimov, Bradbury, Alastair Reynolds, Poul Anderson, Vernor Vinge, Roger Zelany, to name a few.