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Farmer in the Sky | [Robert A. Heinlein]

Farmer in the Sky

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".
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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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    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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    Chris midvale, UT, United States 06-04-12
    Chris midvale, UT, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2008

    Dr. Christopher W. Roberts Ph.d I am a Computer Geek working around the U.S. and the world. I have a lot of Air miles to listen to audible titles.

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    "great book from RAH"

    great book but the performance version may be better for early listeners. This was one of RAH stories that were run as a serial in Boys Life in the 40s and 50s so is quite appropriate for young listeners. great listen!

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    Gary 05-24-12
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    What made the experience of listening to Farmer in the Sky the most enjoyable?

    The exploration of various personality types and illustration that most don't want or can't participate in what it takes to 'farm'. Heinleins blend of common understanding of technique and fully exploring what it would take to get to square 1 of that common definition of farming was incite-full for all readers (at least thought provoking). Adding in the various personality types to the colony further emphasized how much talent was possessed by the successful farmer (in the colony)


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

    'Stranger in a Strange Land' - kind of a polar opposite of the themes presented. A fine pair to showcase Heinlein's range.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    A fine voice ranging from young to old and female voices were quite believable. Inflections changed as one personality moved to another. Good job!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    N/a - I don't think this would be ,"Hollywood" material


    Any additional comments?

    "farmer..." wasn't my favorite Heinlein book, but that being said - still worth the read.

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    Phillip St. Joseph, MI, United States 05-19-12
    Phillip St. Joseph, MI, United States 05-19-12 Listener Since 2004
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    "Yipee!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Farmer in the Sky to be better than the print version?

    I'm seriously glad they are doing more Heinlein! He's my favorite author from when I was a kid, now my kids love him too!


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    Terri B in ME United States 05-14-12
    Terri B in ME United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Classic Heinlein all the way."

    If you like Heinlein, you'll enjoy this. I'm glad that the estate is releasing more and more of his stories on audio!

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    von Krimm 06-26-12
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    "The worst of Heinlein's "juveniles" is still A+"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Farmer in the Sky to be better than the print version?

    Well no, I would not; it is equal to the print version but has the bonus of a great voice reading it to you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The protagonist's adherence to TANSTAAFL and working himself to his limits to make something for and of himself.


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

    His voice makes you want to listen to every word and not skip the "boring" parts....which are rare in this book anyhow.


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

    no, but decidedly kept me entertained going across the Atlantic by air (ATL-CDG & return) for when I was not asleep.


    Any additional comments?

    This is, imho, the worst of RAH's "juveniles", but is still a fantastic read that should not be missed as it is better than 90% of the other sci-fi out there today. Also, this is probably the only format you will be able to "read" this book in for awhile unless you stumble across a copy in a used bookstore or want to pay a wad of cash on-line for a print edition.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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