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Randall

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  • The Menace from Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Rob McQuay
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    (155)
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    (43)
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    In The Menace from Earth, Robert A. Heinlein, a master of science fiction, presents startling stories of time and space. On the day past tomorrow, time has ended and man has begun his endless journey out into the universe. For those on the Pluto colony, Earth Satellite Base holds the only possible reprieve from a terrifying death sentence. Meanwhile on Earth, alien intelligence prowls the skies, kidnapping people for its own inhuman amusement.

    William says: "Middlin' Heinlein"
    "The Menace From Earth - Reader Review"
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    If you could sum up The Menace from Earth in three words, what would they be?

    "Classic Heinlein Story". Robert Heinlein's "juvenile novels" were a gateway to interesting teens about science fiction. When I first read the book when I was 14 years old, I was hooked - Heinlein has been my favorite author my entire life!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the view point from the teen characters when I was growing up - now that I'm 50 years old I enjoyed guessing the subterfuge going on in the background!

    The description of what it would be like to be on a space voyage contrasted with what it was like on another planet is always eye opening and fun!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was done well. Not award winning, but it didn't get in the way of the story. I always prefer multiple actors voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! :) I usually listen to it on the way to and from work.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for anyone wanting to read great classic science fiction or to interest their children in reading sci-fi.

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  • Podkayne of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    Overall
    (322)
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    (122)
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    (124)

    Podkayne Fries, a smart and determined maid of Mars, has just one goal in life: to become the first female starship pilot and rise through the ranks to command deep-space explorations. So when she is offered a chance to join her diplomatic uncle on an interstellar journey to distant Earth via Venus, it's a dream come true - even if her only experience with diplomacy is handling her brilliant but pesky younger brother, Clark.

    Jack Ketterer says: "A Smart Kid"
    "Fast moving, performance awesome!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Podkayne of Mars to be better than the print version?

    I believe this audio version is as good as the print version of Podkayne of Mars. Emily Janice Card captured the character essence of Podkayne, her brother, and the other characters, something that I thought could only be done well by reading the book! Thanks, Ms. Card for doing an excellent job!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The duality of Podkayne's view of what was happening with just enough context for someone to note that there was a LOT going on that Podkayne couldn't see. The clues in what she noticed but did not fully understand gives the reader a chance to look beyond Podkayne's view and anticipate what might happen next.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Janice Card’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first Emily Janice Card performance - in fact I didn't even know she did audible books before I downloaded this book. As soon as I heard her name, I suspected that she was related to Orson Scott Card and I knew I was in for a treat! Sci-Fi runs in the family!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I empathized with Podkayne's capture and her fear for her future. I think Emily Janice Card really captured the essence of Robert Heinlein's characterization.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read every single Robert Heinlein novel between my age of 15 and 49. I've been pleased to listen to the Audibles - they form a backdrop to my morning and evening commutes. I've been pleasantly surprised by the rediscovery of the books; and like Podkayne, my maturity has allowed me to see the undercurrents and political views of Mr. Heinlein in a broader context. Thoroughly enjoyable!

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