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Podkayne of Mars | [Robert A. Heinlein]

Podkayne of Mars

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.
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Friday and Rocketship Galileo comes this classic tale featuring the Grand Master of science fiction's most remarkable heroine.

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.

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    Jack Ketterer Longview, WA USA 11-16-08
    Jack Ketterer Longview, WA USA 11-16-08 Member Since 2007
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    "A Smart Kid"

    Just reading a description of the story doesn't leave one excited to read it, but when you start listening, you find it hard to stop.

    Podkayne is a girl who would be around 17 or 18 earth years old. See is very world-wise and people-wise for her age. She plans her long term goals and goes after them.

    I'm a 64 year old man. I tend to think of Podkayne as a terrific daughter or granddaughter that I would be very proud of. If I did have a teenage or even pre-teenage granddaughter, I would see to it that she listened to this at least once, and hopefully more than once. Podkayne would be a very good roll model for any girl.

    This starts as a very pleasant story that builds to a very exciting story. I think that if you got this book, you would be glad you did.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R. Brown Kentucky 04-01-13
    R. Brown Kentucky 04-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Good story, rushed ending."

    I enjoyed this story right up until the end when it seems like the producer walked in and said "You have 5 minutes. Wrap it up." It left me confused, surprised and a little mad. If not for the ending I would give the story 5 stars. Otherwise, it is a good listen and I will consider other books by Robert Heinlein. I did see other reviews where readers complained about the attitude towards women. I thought the author was pointing out social injustice, not endorsing it.

    The narration was easy to understand but the different voices were hard to distinguish. That is why I only gave the performance three stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angel Greenville, NC, USA 07-22-09
    Angel Greenville, NC, USA 07-22-09
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    "Well written but lacking a good ending"

    I know that this is not the original ending the author had planned but I still didn't like it. I do sense sexist undertones in the decisions of the heroine to abandon her calling to be a space pilot & embracing a love for babies, but I think it reflects the time it was written in. Overall an interesting book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 07-16-08
    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 07-16-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Uncle Orson's Daughter"

    Emily Card did a wonderful job of characterizing Podkayne. She truly did. The reading of this novel called for a teenage girls voice using inflections as if she were conversing with a voice recorder or talking on a telephone. Ms. Card delivered splendidly. However, her talent as a reader may be limited in this respect. She could deliver a good performance with similarly themed science fiction books, and she might do really well reading chick-lit novels or perhaps classics like Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights, but her voice has too high of a pitch to embody masculine characters very well.

    Enough criticisms about the reader. The book is one of my favorites. Heinlein's simple stories always entertain me completely. However, when I read this book a couple of years ago; I read a Baen paperback copy and I believe that there was an alternate ending to the novel. I may be wrong, maybe it was another book that offered an alternative ending. Perhaps it was the one with the two telepathic twins, or maybe "Tunnel in The Sky". But I didn't like the ending to this book. It was too sad and left too much unanswered. If you want to understand what I am talking about then buy the book and listen for yourself.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Austin, TX, United States 07-28-08
    Charles Austin, TX, United States 07-28-08 Member Since 2005

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    "Good book but very sinister view of Women"

    Pros:
    I think this is a very good book--how it's written and comes to it's surprising ending. The author does a great job of making the reader want to see Earth from a Mars-men perspective.

    Cons:
    The overall theme that women should stay at home and raise children, and that is what women should naturally like to do and are best at doing, is a bit 1800s. Though perhaps I missed the point somewhere, feel free to explain!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel HYATTSVILLE, MD, United States 01-31-14
    Samuel HYATTSVILLE, MD, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A fun space adventure."
    Where does Podkayne of Mars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks as very good, but it's soda pop, not scotch.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert A. Heinlein before, how does this one compare?

    If Starship Troopers is a home run, this is a standing double.


    What about Emily Janice Card’s performance did you like?

    Emily has a completely unaffected voice that is easy to listen to. It perfectly matched the innocent and excited voice of the books heroine through who's eyes the story is told.


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

    It was amusing and fun, save for the ending, which was a bit abrupt for me. Our heroine spends all her time studying spaceships and it seems that should have come into play at the end. Also, the message at the end seemed out of place in an otherwise fun read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine LONGMONT, CO, United States 04-23-13
    Christine LONGMONT, CO, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great retelling of a classic science fiction story"

    This is one of my favorite coming of age stories -- where you hear the thoughts of a young girl as told to her diary. The narrator does a great job of having different voices that enhance the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clifford Portland, OR, United States 12-28-12
    Clifford Portland, OR, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The life and trials of a young Lady!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes as it shows the results of the out come of dreams coming partly true!


    What other book might you compare Podkayne of Mars to and why?

    The Rolling Stones and Have Space will Travel which show Heinline's ability to bring a world to life into the here and now.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Clark is doing the postscript at the end of the book while taking care of the Fairy for Poddy!


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

    The politics of three worlds and how they can pull in innocents into harms way!


    Any additional comments?

    Heinline makes fiction so real!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurence Adelanto, CA, United States 09-24-12
    Laurence Adelanto, CA, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A great Heinlein Juvenile!"
    What made the experience of listening to Podkayne of Mars the most enjoyable?

    The Narration is perfect


    What other book might you compare Podkayne of Mars to and why?

    Any Heinlein Juvenile!


    What does Emily Janice Card bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emilie Janice Card was perfect for this book. She IS Poddy!


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

    A female Will Robinson who is NOT Lost In Space


    Any additional comments?

    I just wish Robert would have written more about this character in other novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Iceworm72 Wasilla, AK, United States 07-17-12
    Iceworm72 Wasilla, AK, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2003
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    "This was an enjoyable tale and a good narrator..."

    I love Heinlein stories and this one was very enjoyable. I also appreciated the quality of the narration by Emily Janice Card.

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    "No real climax."

    Although the storyline was interesting and well paced I felt that the end had come rather sooner than it should and I didn't feel there was a climax point in the story. It just sort of ends. Bizarre.

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