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Farnham's Freehold Audiobook

Farnham's Freehold

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Publisher's Summary

Hugh Farnham is a practical, self-made man, and when he sees the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he builds a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war. But when the apocalypse comes, something happens that he did not expect. A thermonuclear blast tears apart the fabric of time and hurls his shelter into a world with no sign of other human beings.

Farnham and his family have barely settled down to the backbreaking business of low-tech survival when they find that they are not alone after all. The same nuclear war that catapaulted Farnham 2,000 years into the future has destroyed all civilization in the northern hemisphere, leaving Africans as the dominant surviving people.

In the new world order, Farnham and his family, being members of the race that nearly destroyed the world, are fit only to be slaves. After surviving a nuclear war, Farnham has no intention of being anyone’s slave, but the tyrannical power of the Chosen race reaches throughout the world. Even if he manages to escape, where can he run to?

©1964 Robert A. Heinlein, 1992 by Mrs. Virginia Heinlein (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Heinlein’s story is as engrossing now as it was in its original form decades ago.” (Midwest Book Review)

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    Colin United States 12-21-12
    Colin United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story, but a bit dated"

    I'm sure the storyline must have shocked many when it was first written, but as others have said, it seems a bit dated now. Especially annoying are the vacuous female characters.

    Tom Weiner did a very good job narrating and I think he brought to life the character of Hugh Farnham in all his anachronistic glory. He even did a decent job making Ponse believable and even somewhat sympathetic.

    One thing that made me laugh was that I kept visualizing the commander from the "Team America" movie whenever Hugh Farnham's character spoke. That's OK though since those characters are really one and the same.

    Overall a good job, but not one of my favorites.


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    Linda Flint, MI, United States 12-01-12
    Linda Flint, MI, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very interesting - thoroughly enjoyed the story!"
    What did you love best about Farnham’s Freehold?

    I most enjoyed the ending (which I won't explain in detail) because second chances were involved.


    Any additional comments?

    I have long been a Heinlein fan and read this story many years ago. It was very interesting to have the characters and narration voiced. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-19-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-19-14 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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    "DADDY, YOU CAN HAVE ME"

    IF YOU WANT ME
    Within the first two hours and chapters, Hugh manages to get three women naked and commit adultery while his wife is drugged on the other side of the curtain. The daughter knows about the adultery and approves, making friends with the woman. She also admits that she would love to sleep with her dad. Three men and three women survive an atomic blast. They live by their selves for months. All the women are interested in the old man Hugh, they have no interest in the two younger men.

    HE MADE FAST TIME TO THE SLUT'S QUARTERS
    Sluts and Studs are a major part of the second half of this book. There is a science fiction story in this book and I was able to listen to the whole thing, as I wanted to know what was going to happen. Parts of the story bothered me, such as why these survivors never explored to see if anyone else survived. I also knew right away what happened to them, but they came up with two other ideas and never thought of the real one, that you has the reader will suspect right away. We are led to believe that Hugh is okay to commit adultery because his wife is fat and a drunk. We are led to believe it is okay for Hugh to threaten to shoot his own son, cause he is a stupid spoiled mamma's boy. Hugh is pictured as the perfect he-man. His wife and son are not his fault. When you read this you will realize that his wife and son are the way they are, because of Hugh. There was a very tense time, when Hugh's daughter has a baby. This chapter was well written.

    My library is now empty of Heinlein books. I will continue to read Heinlein, but it will only be his earlier books and I will check out the reviews, to make sure they are not in the pro incest category. I hope reviewers will be truthful and call a spade a spade. I hope those who are truthful will not be banned to the back pages, by dreamy eyed Heinlein fans that think his #### don't stink.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ron olympia, wa, United States 12-20-12
    ron olympia, wa, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Typical Heinlein"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    no


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Farnham’s Freehold?

    Time travel


    What three words best describe Tom Weiner’s performance?

    Satisfactory


    Was Farnham’s Freehold worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Typical Heinlein - challanging accepted sexual practicies coupled with period social issues and of course science fiction.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Glickstein 05-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it"

    I want this and all his other stories to be movies.
    I think there are 6 or so in pre production now.

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    Schettig 05-05-16
    Schettig 05-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Product of its Time"
    What did you like best about Farnham's Freehold? What did you like least?

    I bought this expecting a realistic account of a man transplanted into a wilderness and his struggle to survive. The book partly delivered that, but I could never get over the conservative values and extreme misogyny continuously trumpeted throughout the book. The hero is an arch man's man and placed in a conservative's wet dream where he must survive by his own strength and wits while commanding those around him with a stern hand. We have two liberal straw men on display in the form of the protaginist's son and wife, the former an atheist fop who eventually comes around to the idea of faith and the latter a social lush who cannot handle reality and craves only her own comfort. Only the main character Hugh has any good solutions to any problems, but he is such a detestable asshole about it, I could never support him. All of the women in this book are weak, emotional children, and entirely dependent on men for any real sort of task and serve only supporting roles. I imagine the likes of Rush Limbagh and Glen Beck would love this sort of tale and find its message entirely appropriate and relevant to today's audience. The only excuse I can give it is that it was written in the 1960's and probably reflected the morality of the times. In fact it has something of an "anti-racist" message. At least I think the book thinks it does. The main character claims not to judge men by their skin color, but then we still see a future ruled by dark skinned cannibals following the extinction of the northern hemisphere. But even if Hugh does not judge a man by his skin color he will judge a person by their gender and has little respect for concepts like equality or democracy or egalitarianism. I guess if you're a die hard conservative, you'll have fun stroking it while listening. For everyone else I can only recommend it as a curiosity


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    Mornblade 04-22-16
    Mornblade 04-22-16
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    "Racist, sexist, a product of its time."

    I was told that, "unless you are a white, male, nudist, Heinlein will offend you". This book proves that point. Full of antiquated sentiment, unexplained science (more like masked magic), and way too many hands of Bridge, spending time listening to it felt like a waste.

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    Tiffanie Blanding, UT, United States 04-17-16
    Tiffanie Blanding, UT, United States 04-17-16 Listener Since 2010
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    "Thouroughly Enjoyed"

    I'm disheartened by all the bad reviews on the goodreads social network about this book because I absolutely loved it. I started the novel honestly expecting not to like it. I bought it for the Heinlein name and decided to give it a try. This book never has a "twist," but took me on a journey that I never guessed. It was an apocalyptic novel with time travel and parallel universes. I identified with Farnham, the hero of the novel, and his sweetheart-later wife. I didn't read this as a political satire like some of the other reviewers (understandable because that was probably how Heinlein intended it); I just read it like a novel. Maybe that's why I enjoyed it more? I did love how a white author from Mississippi chose to write about a future society that dark skinned humans are the ruling class and light skinned humans are slaves. I think it shows insights to Heinlein's soul.

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    Lyssa 03-19-16
    Lyssa 03-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "unexpected ending"

    this is one of my first sci-fi reads and I in general enjoyed it. it had serval plot twist that really threw me off and made me question the outcome.

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    BlueRoo2 03-03-16
    BlueRoo2 03-03-16 Member Since 2013

    An avid, omnivorous but critical reader.

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    "A story that has faded badly with age"
    Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or Tom Weiner?

    Certainly


    What could Robert A. Heinlein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The problem with this book is that it comes from an age of attitudes that are socially, morally and intellectually untenable today. I read this book as a kid and have always enjoyed Heinlein. As a kid, the book did't bother me nearly as much as it does now. Sadly, Tom Weiner did an excellent job on a book that probably should have disappeared into the "inappropriate for today" bin.


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

    Nothing to compare with but I would happily listen to another book read by him.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Farnham's Freehold?

    I would pretty much ditch the whole book. Not as censorship but because its just irritating, inappropriate and annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    Fraught with the worst kind of casual racism, liberal use of the "n" word, routine threats of family members to kill one another (that get really old very quickly), sexism of the worst kind (women's work and men's work for example), this just is a book to avoid. The original premise (the science fiction part) is clever and works well but the characters I can do without.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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