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Farmer in the Sky Audiobook

Farmer in the Sky

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Farmer In The Sky is a 1953 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein about a teenage boy who emigrates with his family to Jupiter's moon Ganymede, which is in the process of being terraformed. A condensed version of the novel was published in serial form in 1950 in Boys' Life magazine (August, September, October, November), under the title "Satellite Scout".

©1955 Robert A. Heinlein (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-02-16
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-02-16 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "YOU COULD HEAR YOUR HAIR GROW"

    GRAMMER SCHOOL CALCULUS
    Entertaining, especially after they get to Ganymede. I love most of Heinlein's juvenile books. They are usually upbeat with a can do attitude and they often emphasis education. TRY IT ON YOUR SLIDE RULE

    WOMEN HAVE THIER UPS AND DOWNS, YOU'LL GET USE TO IT.
    Written in 1950, besides being dated it is a little politically incorrect. NO SORE HEADS, NO WEAK SISTERS.

    SCIENTISTS CHANGE THIER THEORIES OFTEN
    Wish we could get that through the head of those today, that always think a theory is the same as proven fact.

    PIONEERS NEED GOOD NEIGHBORS
    This is an adventure story into space. Imagine living on Ganymede and having most of the sky filled with Jupiter. Heinlein explains what the sky looks like, how they gave the planet an atmosphere and how to make the soil fertile. It might have a little too many science facts for some, but I can see how it would get young people excited enough to study science.

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    Robert ziemba 07-31-15 Member Since 2016
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    "An interesting story about a new world"

    I likes the character development and it had a Hemingway - esque emphasis on self reliance and survival on one's own merit

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    Don Upton 01-07-15
    Don Upton 01-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding classic"
    What did you love best about Farmer in the Sky?

    Heinlein's approach to the characters is fresh and personal


    What did you like best about this story?

    detail of the story itself


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Bill the main character


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 07-10-12
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2014

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "A Heinlein Juvenile"

    3.5 stars. Originally posted at FanLit.

    I used to be a fan of Robert A. Heinlein???s ???Juveniles??? when I was a kid. I give Heinlein much of the credit for turning me into a speculative fiction lover at a young age.

    Farmer in the Sky took me back to my childhood ??? when I loved to think about riding in spaceships while most girls were thinking about riding horses. In this story, Earth is overcrowded and food is rationed, so 16 year old Bill and his father George decide to emigrate to Ganymede, one of Jupiter???s moons. There???s a new colony on Ganymede and they???re struggling to survive as Earth, to ease its population tensions, keeps sending spaceship-loads of new settlers. Terraforming Jupiter???s moons is a difficult and dangerous enterprise, but Bill is determined to succeed by making his own farm productive. The skills he learned in Boy Scouts prove to be helpful for this and other tasks he undertakes to help his new colony.

    You can???t get much more exciting than taking a spaceship to Ganymede to build a new colony, so youngsters looking for speculative adventure will surely enjoy Farmer in the Sky. But I think the book is also appealing to kids who enjoy frontier stories such as Little House on the Prairie. In addition to homesteading skills, they???ll learn a bit of science, too.

    Though Bill is having a life-changing experience, he???s still easy to relate to. He???s a normal kid with normal kid desires and problems ??? he???s concerned about his Boy Scout uniform and badges, he???s mourning the death of his mother and upset about his father???s new relationship, he doesn???t like girls, and he has to deal with bullies and a few stupid adults. During the course of the story, Bill experiences both triumph and tragedy, and the reader feels them, too.

    Brilliance Audio???s version was read by Nick Podehl who does a great job reading stories with young men as protagonists (e.g., Patrick Rothfuss???s KINGKILLER CHRONICLE). When I see Nick Podehl???s name on the cover, I know it???s going to be a great audio production.

    A shorter version of Farmer in the Sky was originally serialized in Boy???s Life magazine in the fall of 1950 under the title ???Satellite Scout,??? so that gives you a good sense of its target audience. However, I recommend Farmer in the Sky for both teens and adults who love a good wholesome SF adventure. Farmer in the Sky was published as a novel in 1953 and won the Retro Hugo award.

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    chris LOVELOCK, NV, US 01-26-15
    chris LOVELOCK, NV, US 01-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic scifi at its best!"

    Likely most would skip this based on the title and miss a great story.
    Classic scifi with a twist!
    Enjoy!

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    Tim Davis 08-28-14
    Tim Davis 08-28-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Where is the ending?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is a book without an ending. There is no conclusion or explanation for anything.


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    envchemist Columbia, SC USA 08-04-14
    envchemist Columbia, SC USA 08-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, and great performance!"
    If you could sum up Farmer in the Sky in three words, what would they be?

    It's a typical Heinlein Juvenille work.


    What other book might you compare Farmer in the Sky to and why?

    Space Cadet also by Heinlein


    What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nick is a master of accents and voices. At one point, I was asking myself---is that the same guy?


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    Ma Hen Atlanta, GA 05-28-13
    Ma Hen Atlanta, GA 05-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Sentimental journey"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept of terraforming and colonizing our solar system. I read this book when I was in my teens - a looong time ago in other words. In my heart I always hoped that these opportunities would be available in my lifetime. How sad that we have the runaway population growth and the hunger that goes along with it, but not the ability to expand our living space - into space.


    Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was written quite a while ago and in some respects has not aged well. But it was written for a Scouting magazine in the vernacular of the time. The concept is more timely than ever. If Heinlein were writing it now I'm sure he would revise some of the technical details but human nature hasn't changed and the motivations of the characters to be pioneers would be much the same, I think.


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

    Not a thing. He sounds just like Bill should.


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    Pete 07-09-12
    Pete 07-09-12
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    "Growing up on Ganymede"
    Where does Farmer in the Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am a great fan of Heinlein Juveniles so I rate this audio copy highly


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Farmer in the Sky?

    Probably the 'moon quake' and its aftermath.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Bill, the lead. A typically competent (with guidance from convenient father figures, as usual, in H's juveniles) Heinlein YA character.


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

    Yes, though I didn't have the time to do so. It is a book I will listen to again and again, as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Heinlein juveniles (except for Podkayne of Mars) and while this books has structural 'problems' with the final sequence kind of seemingly tacked on (but interesting in itself). I had forgotten how good this particular Heinlein Juvenile was -- it's not at the very top of my list of the best of these books -- until I listened to it this time.

    Great stuff!

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    Doug 06-15-12
    Doug 06-15-12
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    "Competent telling of a good story."

    The story stands on its own merits; it is one of his better juveniles, but not his best. As usual, he has interesting characters and makes you think about the science and engineering of what is going on in a natural way, without detracting from the entertaining and compelling characters, and the solid plot. The narrator did a nice job, and let the story roll along without being melodramatic. He also did a nice job of giving the characters unique voices.

    I liked it, almost as much as I enjoyed the book.

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