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Have Space Suit - Will Travel | [Robert A. Heinlein]

Have Space Suit - Will Travel

First prize in the Skyway Soap slogan contest was an all-expenses-paid trip to the moon. The consolation prize was an authenticspace suit, and when scientifically minded high school senior Kip Russell wonit, he knew for certain he would use it one day to make a sojourn of his own tothe stars. But "one day" comes sooner than he thinks when he tries the suit on in his backyard - and finds himself worlds away, a prisoner aboard a space pirate's ship.
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Publisher's Summary

From the mind of the storyteller who has captured the imagination of readers from around the worldand across generations comes this classic work of science fiction.

First prize in the Skyway Soap slogan contest was an all-expenses-paid trip to the moon. The consolation prize was an authenticspace suit, and when scientifically minded high school senior Kip Russell wonit, he knew for certain he would use it one day to make a sojourn of his own tothe stars. But "one day" comes sooner than he thinks when he tries the suit on in his backyard - and finds himself worlds away, a prisoner aboard a space pirate's ship. The whole thing seems like a bad dream until he discovers he's not theonly prisoner on board. Kip - along with the daughter of a world-renownedscientist and a beautiful creature from another planet - has been kidnapped by amonstrous extraterrestrial, and they are heading straight for what could be Kip's final destination.

©2005 Robert A. Heinlein (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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    SGL California 03-20-14
    SGL California 03-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic tale, One of Heinlein's best."
    Would you listen to Have Space Suit - Will Travel again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to it again, it is one if not the best of Heinlein's tales.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is a toss up between Kip and PeeWee. Both are very strong characters.


    What three words best describe Mark Turetsky’s voice?

    Just misses the mark.


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

    The title of course, Have Space Suit - Will Travel


    Any additional comments?

    The tale was one of my favorites, The narrator M Turetsky some how just misses the tone of the book. Granted I read this tale many, well many many years ago for the first time, as a boy. Given the characters, Kip is just graduating High School and PeeWee at 11, it calls for a voice that can capture that flavor. At one time Audible offered the same book by Whole Cast Audio which fit the book perfectly. But while the narration wasn't as I would like it the tale is still very much worth hearing.

    29 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Brad AURORA, CO, United States 03-02-14
    Brad AURORA, CO, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2005

    I am a web site developer and SEO specialist who likes to listen to books while brewing beer. Crazy I know.

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    "A Light Hearted Space Fantasy, Just a fun Read"
    What did you love best about Have Space Suit - Will Travel?

    A great fantasy about a young man you works hard to get what he wants and along the way has a great adventure. Truly loved the the way the story came together from beginning to end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amazing thing about this book is the space suit takes on a personality of it's own. The type and function of the suite plays a key role. Detail where needed but not too much to slow the book down.


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

    I have not but his performance was excellent.


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

    I listened to this entire book while brewing a batch of beer listened to it from beginning to end in on shot.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great juvenile fiction book which has an appeal for adults as well. If you looking for a good book for your teenagers this is a good choice. One thing I enjoy is it does not have the violence of modern teenage books like Hunger Games or even Divergent. This big is a good listen for a family on a car trip a great fantasy that every one would love to be a part of.

    29 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 07-10-14
    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 07-10-14 Member Since 2011

    Enthusiastic, Skeptical, Warm-hearted, Concerned.

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    "Wry humor obliterated by inept reading"

    This is my favorite Heinlein book since I first read it in the 1960's. A fun and entertaining story with the kind of snide humor that only first-person telling can capture.
    The narration, however, is just not professional quality. Mark Turetsky's voice has an adolescent twang, which is fine, considering the age of the main character, but his inability to read fluently totally trashes some of the best and funniest lines in the book. The narration starts out okay, but seems to become more and more distracted as the book nears the end, demolishing the imagery as it goes.
    I guessed all this before purchasing the book, but went ahead anyway. Many parts of it are read just fine, and I can't express any real regret at listening to it—only the regret that they couldn't find a more competent narrator.

    40 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    KJ 11-20-14
    KJ 11-20-14
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    "Had to have this one!"

    This was a must have for me! This is the first book I remember reading entirely on my own and by my own choice. Because of this story, I gained a lifelong fascination with reading fiction. How fun to have found it again nearly 40 years later!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 12-10-14
    Paul 12-10-14
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    "Fun YA novel"

    As long as you keep in mind that this is a YA novel and was written in the mid-fifties, how can you not like this book? It is a simple story simply told. While perhaps not timeless, the writing style is such that this novel will be around for a long time. My only criticism is a minor one: I prefer that authors air their grievances about society through the story and not directly. Heinlein is bit too direct. But overall I like the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 11-28-14
    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 11-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Blast from the past"

    I read this book in Grade 9 and loved it! Now about 40 years later listened to it. It is amazing how perceptive Robert Heinlein was given that this was written in ( I think) about 1960. Good story, fun book, reminds us of the good things that make us human.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 11-22-14
    Tim United States 11-22-14 Member Since 2010

    My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.

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    "Wrong Narrator"

    Wil Weaton should had been the narrator of "Have Space Suit - Will Travel." Mark Turetsky got annoying to listen to because of his funny candor. The first part of the book was okay, with the 1950 space suit, but it became too out of this world after that. Besides the reader, the story became too much like Star Trek and Mother Thing. I should had enjoyed it more because it's by Robert A. Heinlein, but it felt too much like a comic book with more pictures than words.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robin M Romano 10-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Have Space Suit will get boored"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, unless they like very long out dated stories


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Updated the characters to modern times, had the two main characters a similar in age to keep an underlying romantic story line rather than a "brother/sister" feel.


    Was Have Space Suit - Will Travel worth the listening time?

    It was okay, I'll probably listen to it again, just because it's loaded in my CD jukebox player with other CD audiobooks.


    Any additional comments?

    Sounds like it was written in the 40's with the author projecting the same social values of that time in the future. What was it...a nickel for an ice cream float from a "soda jerk".

    12 of 54 people found this review helpful
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