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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.

    31 of 33 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 2008

    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

    No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.

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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.

    42 of 46 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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    morphiaflow Boston, Ma United States 02-25-15
    morphiaflow Boston, Ma United States 02-25-15 Member Since 2012

    A likely story.

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    "Read this one or wait for another narrator"
    How could the performance have been better?

    This is the first review I've ever left here. I've listened to so many audiobooks and not all narrators have been great, but I've been able to shake it off and listen, but not with this. The inflection in the narrators voice made me think the narrator was a 10 year old boy instead of a high school senior and that was the least of it. If I could go back, I would have read this one instead of listening. I hope that I can revisit this book again to really experience Heinlein's story. Such a shame. This was a great disservice to the author.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    João 01-06-15
    João 01-06-15
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    "Great book!"

    Space adventure of the highest caliber, one of Heinlein's best. The performance was great. I highly recommend to fans of classic sci-fi.

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    Devlin Faust Knoxville 04-28-15
    Devlin Faust Knoxville 04-28-15 Member Since 2008

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    "A Pleasure at Any Age"
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    I first read this book over 40 years ago. I enjoyed it very much back then. As is the case with some of the classics, like those from Mark Twain, this is as good a read (listen) as an adult or as a kid--but for different reasons. As a kid, it's an adventure and the protagonist is the right age where he can be identified with. As an adult (OK, late middle-aged adult--let's be honest), it's a book that takes you back to simple enjoyment, yet you can see the humor in some of the writing.

    I had no problems with the narration.

    This is just fun. It's one of the author's best, yet it's often overlooked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Appel 01-28-15
    B. Appel 01-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Phenomenal Voice Acting"

    Having listened to many audiobooks, I can say this is one of the best readings I have ever heard. The narrator does a fantastic job giving each character a distinct, unique voice. The story is a good, 1950's space adventure, but the voice acting here sets this book apart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen 01-19-15
    Kathleen 01-19-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Good book, good narrator"

    This is a good and cute book and I liked the narrator. I love how he has conversations with his suit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-10-15 Member Since 2011
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    I really enjoyed the nostalgic feel of the book and found the subtle humor very funny. Definitely one I want my kids to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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