Podkayne Fries, a smart and determined maid of Mars, has just one goal in life: to become the first female starship pilot and rise through the ranks to command deep-space explorations. So when she is offered a chance to join her diplomatic uncle on an interstellar journey to distant Earth via Venus, it's a dream come true - even if her only experience with diplomacy is handling her brilliant but pesky younger brother, Clark.
But she's about to learn some things about war and peace, because Uncle Tom, the ambassador plenipotentiary from Mars to the Three Planets Conference, is traveling not quite incognito enough - and certain parties will stop at nothing to sabotage negotiations between the three worlds.
©2003 The Robert A. & Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I have always enjoyed Heinlein's stories. This is an interesting study of a young girl. I listened to it with one of my daughters and we both loved it. The story has a great voice in the heroine. The reader does an excellent job in bring the book to life.
Labadie, MO, United States, member since 2010
I believe this audio version is as good as the print version of Podkayne of Mars. Emily Janice Card captured the character essence of Podkayne, her brother, and the other characters, something that I thought could only be done well by reading the book! Thanks, Ms. Card for doing an excellent job!
The duality of Podkayne's view of what was happening with just enough context for someone to note that there was a LOT going on that Podkayne couldn't see. The clues in what she noticed but did not fully understand gives the reader a chance to look beyond Podkayne's view and anticipate what might happen next.
This is my first Emily Janice Card performance - in fact I didn't even know she did audible books before I downloaded this book. As soon as I heard her name, I suspected that she was related to Orson Scott Card and I knew I was in for a treat! Sci-Fi runs in the family!
I empathized with Podkayne's capture and her fear for her future. I think Emily Janice Card really captured the essence of Robert Heinlein's characterization.
I've read every single Robert Heinlein novel between my age of 15 and 49. I've been pleased to listen to the Audibles - they form a backdrop to my morning and evening commutes. I've been pleasantly surprised by the rediscovery of the books; and like Podkayne, my maturity has allowed me to see the undercurrents and political views of Mr. Heinlein in a broader context. Thoroughly enjoyable!
The story by iteself is excellent, one of the Grandmasters best 'juvenile' novels, but the reader does an excellent job with the voices. She really brings the characters to life. The only downside to this audiobook is the ending, the audiobook uses the censored ending, not Heinlein's original which is disappointing. It would have been nice, if they had used the uncensored ending, or even better done both and let the listener decide on their own which is more fitting.
This book should have been called "The incalculable Clark" as it had more to do with Podkayne's brother Clark than it did "Poddy". RAH masterfully builds a lush environment, then fails to fill it with any substance. My first disappointment from RAH.
The hero is a heroine, the lead villain, a woman as well. Unusual for SF back when this story was written. And sure, the ending is a little rough, but you can't have danger without jeopardy. Not from Heinlein, anyway.
I enjoyed reading this book and now enjoy it in as an audio book. It is great to see Heinlein's juveniles coming to Audible! The narration was perfect for the subject. I love Podkayne and her adventures and love sharing her world. This audio book brings me right into her experiences. I heartedly recommend this read!
This is the first Heinlein book I've read for a long time. I used to love him as an author, but he got a little weird in the final books he wrote before he died. Since this was an earlier work, and it was recommended by Orson Scott Card, I thought it would be great. However, the ending ruined the book. I even went back more than once to see if there was another part of the book that I had missed down loading. What a disappointment!
I was interested throughout the story, and forgave the few mis-alignments.
I wished I could have known where the story was going throughout the reading instead of having to figure out what it all meant when it was over.
This is proof you should never take an ending for granted, and that every book that is not a great book is not neccessarily a bad book.
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