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Orphans of the Sky | [Robert A. Heinlein]

Orphans of the Sky

The Jordan Foundation sponsored the Proxima Centauri Expedition in 2119, in attempt to reach the nearer stars of the galaxy. But that was far in the mythic past. The original purpose of the Ship's epic voyage has long been forgotten, and for generations the giant spaceship, lost between the stars, is the only world that the people aboard have known. A strange civilization has evolved, with its own superstitions, savage religion, rigid class structure and mutant outcasts.
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The Jordan Foundation sponsored the Proxima Centauri Expedition in 2119, in attempt to reach the nearer stars of the galaxy. But that was far in the mythic past. The original purpose of the Ship's epic voyage has long been forgotten, and for generations the giant spaceship, lost between the stars, is the only world that the people aboard have known. A strange civilization has evolved, with its own superstitions, savage religion, rigid class structure and mutant outcasts. Then, one young man discovers the truth about the Ship and changes everything, forever....

©1965 Robert Heinlein; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer arlington heights, IL, United States 08-15-12
    Amazon Customer arlington heights, IL, United States 08-15-12

    im 31 m i live in IL i have a 7 year old dog pudgy he us a pekingese im a blk belt in hapkido i love sports i went to msu on a soccer scholorship till i injured my leg i love all books primarly mysteries and science fiction. my favourite book is mantis the book that started it all.

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    Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or Eric Michael Summerer?

    yes i would it was a bit difficult to understand at first but at the heart of the story was a really nice story different species working together for survival i liked it especialy when they were getting to know and understand each other.


    Would you recommend Orphans of the Sky to your friends? Why or why not?

    its a hit or miss type book i got a good deal for it so i gave it a try it could have been better but i enjoyed i definatly say try it and formulate your own opinion.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    he did a great job


    Could you see Orphans of the Sky being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    has a great concept but no i dont imagine many people are interested in this story becoming a movie or show


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    PC 07-09-12
    PC 07-09-12
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    "Multi-generational space flight challenges"
    Where does Orphans of the Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks in my top 10%


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Orphans of the Sky?

    The difference of opinions that occurred after viewing the universe outside of the spaceship was very dramatic and tells much about how easily people can choose not to accept clear evidence when it contradicts their tradition-based religion/beliefs.


    What does Eric Michael Summerer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A good narrator, like Eric Summerer, brings as much to a book as the cast of a play would bring to their script.


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

    I often felt a strong urge to listen to more, simply to learn what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    An interesting novel about the challenges of very long voyages to the stars. Assuming we can't work around the limitations of the speed of light and that we survive long enough as a civilization to reach the stars, the difficulties presented in this novel (and more) may be formidable. I can't personally imagine how a few people could survive in a long trip to Mars and back!

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    Nicholas United States 04-16-12
    Nicholas United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2011

    Sys Admin, World Traveler, Outdoors man, Geek

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    Where does Orphans of the Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really like Heinlein so I know some of his books are shorter or longer I am just always disappointed when the short ones are over. If you like his books that are adventures in space then you should like this one. He doesn't really go into all of the sex and religion like he does in some of his books so if you don't like that part of his other books this one should be a pretty safe bet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Your typical Heinlein space story so it was pretty enjoyable.


    Which character – as performed by Eric Michael Summerer – was your favorite?

    I thought the character Joe-Jim was pretty interesting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    not particularly


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    Ruth 02-23-12
    Ruth 02-23-12
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    "another well presented classic"

    I enjoyed both the story and the presentation of this book.

    The narration kept the story moving and my interest piqued. I was able to involve myself in the story and picture what was happening.

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    Brian Kissimmee FL 11-16-11
    Brian Kissimmee FL 11-16-11
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    "Enjoyable"

    This book is easy to listen to and keeps your attention. I felt that the author did a great job keeping the story up even though the location was so confined. It really breaks down how the human race acts when confined for long periods of time. I enjoyed this book.

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    Justin United States 09-24-11
    Justin United States 09-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "full of interesting concepts"

    A fairly brief book that seems to be a stand alone story. It manages to introduce some interesting ideas about relativistic space travel and the capacity for human culture to devolve in the vacuum of rational inquiry.

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    Carol A. Burk 05-31-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Food for Thought"

    I LOVED listening to this book! I am working my way through Heinlein's books and this did not disappoint. Imagine having what you have believed all your life overturned in an instant! Without boring the reader (listener) with endless descriptions and details, Heinlein captures the essence of life on the ship.

    After having read just a few of Heinlein's novels, I appreciate the way each book has its own special feeling, or ambience....much better than reading some of today's "cookie cutter" writers.

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    Andrea 11-27-09
    Andrea 11-27-09
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    "Couldn't get into it"

    The premise of this book is interesting, but I had a lot of difficulty through the story. The narrator was fine, but the writing was stilted and slow-moving. Character development was very low, and the plot took too long to build. One needs to have a great deal of patience to read Heinlein, but I don't think I'm that person. My literary attention span is quite long and I'm not looking for pulp adventure stories, but I'd prefer an Asimov book over this one any day.

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    Mark Dewald Colorado, USA 06-16-12
    Mark Dewald Colorado, USA 06-16-12
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    Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or Eric Michael Summerer?

    I've never read "Stranger in a strange land" but after this book, I'm almost afraid to. This book was one of the worst SF books I've ever read. The characters are mostly idiot-morons, and the dialogue is elementary school level at best. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but it's all blunt violence and interminable, comatose drivel. Bleh!


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

    Not likely


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Orphans of the Sky?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    One thing to note: I'm not a fan of military SF, and while this is not even in that class, I understand that Heinlein wrote in that genre. I like A.C. Clarke, Azimov, Bradbury, Alastair Reynolds, Poul Anderson, Vernor Vinge, Roger Zelany, to name a few.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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