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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.

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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    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.

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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 01-24-14
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2010

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "Meh... Obviously Dated..."

    I love time travel novels. If you follow my reviews you will see I have reviewed a lot of them Audible offers. This one is in the lower 3rd of that group. To me, I want a minimum of 3 things in a novel: 1) characters I care about 2) A good plot that keeps me guessing 3) A good pace with enough action to maintain my attention. This book is obviously dated compared to others I have read, which isn't always bad. I feel there wasn't enough time devoted to character development at the beginning, so I didn't really feel any of the emotions of the characters or care what happened to them. Also, it really lacked a decent amount of modern time travel theory. There was some interesting thoughts at times, but I feel nothing was explored or explained enough to be satisfying. There is a real lack of scientific vantage point. The characters quickly end up in another time, but the events that transpired in the future were really boring for the most part. It was heavy on social injustices and taboos but time travel itself was absent for a LONG time. If I would've known what you know now, I wouldn't try this one. Instead, I highly recommend 'Replay - Ken Grimwood', 'Lightning - Dean Koontz' and 'Schumann Frequency - Chris Ride' for the best I've read. I really hope this helps. Later.

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    Brian Crofton, MD, United States 12-13-13
    Brian Crofton, MD, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "time traveling pioneers meet the naked jungle"

    Purchased this on the discount and now understand why it was so cheap. I'm trying to give Heinlein the benefit of doubt that he was attempting to make a statement about racism in this future earth by poking at just about every racial stereotype in an over-the-top fashion, but the best praise I can give it is that his well documented narcissism got in the way of that message. It starts off as a familiar sci-fi pioneer survivor type of story by H, then diverges into an inside-view of slavery in a future world dominated by survivors from when the northern hemisphere is destroyed.

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    Tod Coppell, TX, United States 01-29-13
    Tod Coppell, TX, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome classic"
    Any additional comments?

    This is standard Heinlein but that means top drawer Science Fiction. The racism topic may seem a bit old or corny but Heinlein is so good at making interesting stories that at their core are just morality parables.

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    Brody's mom 01-02-13
    Brody's mom 01-02-13
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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 2014
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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 11-27-12
    suzy 11-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    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
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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 Member Since 2015

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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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