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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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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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    Larry24 07-10-15
    Larry24 07-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    very good story i liked it a lot I will definitly read more books by Robert they never disappointed me always enjoy it

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    M. Maloney 06-05-15
    M. Maloney 06-05-15 Member Since 2008
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    "A deep disapointment"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    nothing


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert A. Heinlein again?

    Yes I would...this however is his worst book.


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    everything , he did the best he could with a bad story and dislikeable characters.


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

    All


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    Ted 04-04-15
    Ted 04-04-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Heinlein at his disturbing best...."
    If you could sum up Farnham's Freehold in three words, what would they be?

    scary, disgusting, true


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

    When Farnham and Barbara returned to their starting point just before the bombing.


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

    Don't know but this was very well done. I listen to hear the separate characters and how well they stay in character and how well the reader maintains that throughout the book. Weiner delivered.


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

    A film of brutal reality and insight into the human condition..twisting and turning through a maze of contradictions and paradox.


    Any additional comments?

    RAH is still the king of sci fi

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    one real guy loveland, co, US 03-12-15
    one real guy loveland, co, US 03-12-15 Member Since 2014

    one real guy

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    "this is one of those I just can't stop listening"

    what a masterpiece of work this is, hard to put down and sad to get to the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Kemp 01-31-15
    Ian Kemp 01-31-15 Member Since 2004
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    "I have no idea what this book was about"

    Also Heinlein's thing about daughters wanting to sleep with their dads is weird. It's in several of his books. Also a serious time piece of Heinlein being 'progressive' for the time about racism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J Gary Fox 12-30-14
    J Gary Fox 12-30-14
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    "Love Heinlein ... Hated Farnham's Freehold"
    What disappointed you about Farnham's Freehold?

    Terrible in concept and execution. It's not only the worst book Heinlein wrote, it's the worst book Any major SF writer from the Golden Age, who was not addled by drugs, has written.

    It's hard to tell if Tom Weiner's performance is good or poor ... he has to speak Crap.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I, Claudius


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tom Weiner’s performances?

    Yes, he can't turn Dreck into Gold so I don't blame him.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Spoiler ... At some points it is so bad ... a Monty Python skit ... that you laugh.

    Facing certain death due to the firestorm over the bunker ... they decide to play bridge to pass the time.

    I'm not sure even this dysfunction family would continue with their banter, puns and family arguments after America is destroyed (no comment is ever made about friends and relatives who were nuked) and they are going to be cooked alive.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read and re-read Heinlein novels and stories for over sixty years. I'm sure I started reading this one back in 1964 when it first came out. Now I know why I never finished it.

    But Amazingly! ... he followed this with an Hugo winning novel in 1966 ... "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"

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    Sandra 12-21-14
    Sandra 12-21-14

    Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

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    "Return to Fear"

    A visit to the time of the Cold War when we were all afraid it would turn to disaster. Compelling characters and story line.

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    Kyle S 12-19-14
    Kyle S 12-19-14
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    "Loved It!"
    Would you listen to Farnham's Freehold again? Why?

    Yes, because it was a solid story with interesting characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hue of course!


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    He was great. The girl voices didn't bother me like some


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

    Nuclear collision, social changes through time, how in the new world will you survive?


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is a very solid story, I think Heinlein might be my favorite author as of listening to this. Before I visited this novel, I listened to Starship Troopers and Have Space Suit Will Travel, both of which were enjoyable.

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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 will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anika Page 01-31-14
    Anika Page 01-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Unexpected"
    If you’ve listened to books by Robert A. Heinlein before, how does this one compare?

    If you like Heinlenn writing about politics, laws, and prejudice, then step straight in.


    Any additional comments?

    I went in hoping for another colonial story like Farmer in the Sky, and instead received a fascinating treatise on racism in America. Not what I wanted, but worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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