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Farnham's Freehold | [Robert A. Heinlein]

Farnham's Freehold

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.
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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.

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

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    Brody's mom New England 01-02-13
    Brody's mom New England 01-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book, with qualifications. It was written quite a long time ago and much of the book takes place at a time when there was much anxiety over nuclear war. this is important to the story line. But suspending reality, the book was good. It had an interesting story line and made a statement.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert A. Heinlein before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other Heinlein, but have read some. I enjoy the humanity he brings to his Sci Fi books; the stories could be any where about any one and they still are believable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really don't have a favorite scene.


    Do you think Farnham’s Freehold needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No follow up is necessary, it was a complete story with a pretty final ending. That said, if he wanted to do a follow up, there was room for one.


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    ron olympia, wa, United States 12-20-12
    ron olympia, wa, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2012
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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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Grand Junction, CO, United States 11-28-12
    Douglas Grand Junction, CO, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic, entertaining SF!"

    Interesting concepts...classic Heinlein....how did he do it 50 years ago? Heinlein is the man. Nice.

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    suzy United States 11-27-12
    suzy United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic but dated"

    This story impressed me much more when I read it the first time- in the 60's. Unfortunately Heinlein comes across as a little pompous and preachy now.

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    Susan Main Beach, Australia 11-26-12
    Susan Main Beach, Australia 11-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "What would it be like if things were different?"

    The premise of this Sci Fi was unknown to me when I started listening. I knew it was an apocalyptic story but hadn't thought further. Political, cultural, social and ethical considerations are explored here in a way that opened my eyes. I found the narrator slightly irritating though and struggled with his slow pace and sharp accent. Well worth a listen particularly if you like your ideas challenged.

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    AP pa 11-06-12
    AP pa 11-06-12

    Ann

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    "Loved this Audiobook!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The narrator held my interest. This was the first I had heard by this author and really enjoyed the storyline!

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    Jonathan Amherst, MA, United States 11-01-12
    Jonathan Amherst, MA, United States 11-01-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not Heinlein's best juvenile"

    Not in the same universe as Citizen of the Galaxy, which is a stellar juvenile for all listeners of all ages.

    In this juvenile Heinlein's moralizing overwhelms the lame story, which is too predictable as well. Not worth the credit except for people like me who make the attempt to read or listen to everything he wrote. After getting the audible version I remembered I had read it as a kid and understood why I thoroughly forgot it.

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    Kris SHOKAN, NY, United States 10-31-12
    Kris SHOKAN, NY, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good listen."
    Would you listen to Farnham’s Freehold again? Why?

    Yes. The story was interesting enough that I'm sure there are nuances that I didn't pick up the first time through.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe. I liked the irony of the role reversals in the future.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Thought the narrator had an annoying way of dragging out the last words of sentences.

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    Gerald Nesconset, NY, United States 10-29-12
    Gerald Nesconset, NY, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Timeless"
    Where does Farnham’s Freehold rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Within the top ten. A great survivor novel with a sifi twist.


    What other book might you compare Farnham’s Freehold to and why?

    Anamial farm. Because of the predujice overtones.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Weiner – was your favorite?

    Duke because he is the universal rebellion.


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

    Survivor waves the American flag.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dean Thomas Caloundra, Qld Australia 06-03-14
    Dean Thomas Caloundra, Qld Australia 06-03-14 Member Since 2013

    the world's fastest fat man

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    "Don't waste your time on this one"
    What did you like best about Farnham's Freehold? What did you like least?

    The preaching of 'I am so much smarter and therefore more worthy than you because I am a prepper' is maddening. The scene within the bunker after one night is so stupid that it caused me to believe that this story was written by a horny teenage boy! The whole incest topics are appalling... seriously is this author for real!


    Would you recommend Farnham's Freehold to your friends? Why or why not?


    Could you see Farnham's Freehold being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Frank Stallone as Hue... couldn't think of a bigger redneck to match the character


    Any additional comments?

    Worse book I have ever read!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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