I have been a big fan of Heinlein's Juveniles for many years. I first read "Space Cadet," "Tunnel In The Sky," "Have Space Suite, Will Travel" and "Farmer in the Sky" in the 80's when I was JH and HS age. It was only five or so years ago that I learned that all these books were part of Heinlein's Jumeniles and that there were more of them. Well! I had to read them!
The Rolling Stones is now by far my favorite of these books, and yes I have read all the others. Who can not relate to twin boys who are far too smart for their own good and ready and able to cause mayhem at any turn? Or the outspoken, colorful and often controversial resident grandma? Or the passive-resistant true guiding force of the family in a mother that mostly just says "yes, dear?" Or the big, anoying sister? Or the pain in the neck, demanding little brother? And lets not forget the Man of the family.
It does not matter how many times I read this book, I smile and laugh all the way through.
You even get introduced to a martian creature called a "flat cat" that has an alarming similarity to the Star Trek universe "Tribble." Having been published in 1952, I think I can figure out who had THAT idea first....
Heinlein pokes fun at seriels, literary conventions and cheats, and invokes the classics enough to make an inquisitive reader want to research literary references. The character names even lead to some of that. So...
Full Cast Audio does the story up well, and cut them some slack about the music. It is corny and dated, but the story is corny (deliberately) and dated too. I always have to explain to the other readers I introduce to this just what a slide-rule is because one has not been needed in my lifetime. It does not detract from a very fun, witty, independance inspiring story.
Just think what Hazle's cough drop despencer would cause in our world today!
You'll just have to read it to know what I'm talking about.
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