Robert A. Heinlein's classic tales are now of course pretty well dated. The characters sound like they are in a 1950s movie, with the rapid-fire banter for which Heinlein was so well-known. Unfortunately for modern-day listeners younger than 50 years old, the idea that a family could be bouncing around the Solar System alone in their spaceship for months at a time probably sounds somewhat silly. For those of us who grew up during the Space Age, we wanted to believe we would do it - or that at least our children would.
So I listened to this book with a certain degree of nostalgia (I first read it when I was in elementary school in the early 1960s) and a degree also of sadness, that the universe drawn so well by Heinlein here of a spacefaring society seems so much farther out of reach today than it did then. This is a Heinlein book written for teens but so good it was a fine read for adults, and it still is. Perhaps it and others from the Golden Age of science fiction will inspire a new generation to want to explore space and get us back "Out There."
The cast does a fine job of portraying the Stone family. This is the way to hear this book - with all the characters speaking to you in their own voices. I recommend this book even to those who are not Heinlein or vintage science fiction fans purely for the enjoyment of listening to the characters. The cast does "bring them to life" and I'm sure this is the closest we will get to ever seeing this story on film or television...and our imaginations are always better than the screen! Nobody knew that better than Heinlein!
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