This novel brought back a flood of memories about my enjoyment of sci-fi via the public library, in the early 1960s. Tunnel in the Sky was one of the most enjoyable sci-fi novels I read as a pre-teenager.
The difficulties of establishing a basic, functional civilization under primitive conditions, without the support of modern "conveniences" are shown to be very challenging.
The final scenes where only a few people remained on the alien planet were especially revealing and almost overwhelming.
Yes, but it was also enjoyable in installments.
This is surely one of Heinlein's best novels, and was more enjoyable since it doesn't overwhelm the reader with his personal political views.
I enjoyed them both the voice for rod walker was to young sounding to me
Jimmy was my favorite cause he always had something smart to say
certain parts did both or at least want to
this is a great book for a young teen
Absolutely, Heinlein's juvenile series should be required reading for junior & senior high school kids. I wish I had known about this series when I was a kid. All of the books including this book give real lessons on how to get things done, science and math and, in my opinion, builds interest in science and engineering.
Rod Walker. The story shows him growing into the role as leader. It also shows how a good education will help you through tough situations. In Heinlein's juvenile books he shows cultural differences without making them an issue between characters. That sets a good example.
Excellent. Good voices and personalities.
Teamwork, Friendship & loyalty will get you through most any situation.
Parents and teachers should give the Heinlein books a serious look as an educational tool and reading for english courses. If you did not read them as a youth they are a good read.
I have read this on paper 4 or 5 times. The full cast performance was enjoyable. The story was as good this time as the first.
Looking for a good first Heinlein? This is a great way to start.
If you enjoy Starship Troopers, you will enjoy this story.
I will listen to it again. The characters voices come alive and are not just a casual read of the story. Well done!
After having read the book 10+ times over the years, it was an unexpected pleasure to find it in audio, and even more enjoyable that the performances were so true to the book and what I felt they should have been.
A great listen for teens starting to get into sci-fi of Heinlein's youth based works and for his fans in general.
This was my first Heinlein and always my favorite. The story opened my eyes to new worlds of adventure and new ways of thinking.
The full cast reading was a bit disappointing, good readers are rare enough but trying to find 8-10 for one story, impossible.
What a fantastic story, and the production actually did justice to Heinlein and his work! I still can't believe how good this audio book was, I have listened to 30 or so of various Sci-fi books and this one was by far the best! 5 star production.
Rod, the central protagonist, he was believable as a young man. He was resourceful, educated, and honorable. A complete masterful story, and the actors were fantastic, including Madson as the gruff, grizzled teacher, life is like that, its wonderful, and dangerous all at the same time. I wish we had teachers like this in our school system today, people might have a more moral and balanced outlook on life.
No! But he was fantastic!
This is the first one that I have truly felt that way, what an accomplishment! I have listened to 40 or so other audio books and I have to say the production values here were the very best!
Loved it, will get more by this company of actors.