This full-cast audio recording is just a bit short of audio-dramatization. The voice selections and reading made the story easier to follow and more enjoyable. The voices, intonation and accents added much to the atmosphere of this early science-fiction story. Heinlein's early work had a wide-eyed innocence to it that is refreshing. In addition, the technical asides on the details of space travel, spacesuit design, and other topics are almost never seen in modern science fiction. I did laugh a bit at the references to slide-rule calculations, though.
I tend to favor the characterizations of the actors on the BBC/PBS television productions, and so the voices used by the reader took some getting used to, but it is never a mistake to get one of the Jeeves books. I had a great time listening to this one, and look forward to the opportunity to hear another.
I was listening to this recording while performing a rather delicate experiment on insect larvae. While holding a beetle in forceps, I heard a particularly funny statement, and squashed the object of my research in my laughter. Very dangerously funny!
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