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Red Planet | [Robert A` Heinlein]

Red Planet

Jim Marlowe's Martian pet, Willis, seems like nothing more than an adorable ball of fur.

But Jim's devotion to the little creature will soon lead him and his pal Frank into a death-defying trek across Mars.

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Publisher's Summary

Jim Marlowe's Martian pet, Willis, seems like nothing more than an adorable ball of fur.

But Jim's devotion to the little creature will soon lead him and his pal Frank into a death-defying trek across Mars.

©1949 Robert A Heinlein; (P)2008 Full Cast Audio

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    Robert Salt Lake City, UT, United States 01-06-09
    Robert Salt Lake City, UT, United States 01-06-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Another good story by one of the great SF authors"

    This is juvenile science fiction but makes a fun read for adults also. A chance to visit Mars as we wish it could be. Even with all we know about Mars today which makes this story more fantasy that it used to be the author still can carry you along with the story. He uses his ability to create realistic characters and place them in fictional backgrounds and then tell great stories in the world he has created.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lydia E Palo Alto, CA, USA 12-04-08
    Lydia E Palo Alto, CA, USA 12-04-08 Member Since 2008
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    "fun read"

    I enjoyed this story so much I listened to it in one day. Definitely a keeper!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    K. Lange Las Vegas, NV United States 12-03-09
    K. Lange Las Vegas, NV United States 12-03-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Never Get Tired of This one"

    I have read this a good 10 times in my life since Junior HS. Back then it was hardbacks from the school library, then it was paperbacks I would read until they fell apart in my hands. And Now its audio, and still the same good stuff.

    3 of 3 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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    "Mars comes to life!"
    Where does Red Planet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It rates high in my liking of Heinline's fiction works!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Willis and how he became the bridge between two worlds.


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

    As always he puts so much feeling into each personality that you can forget its only one person reading!


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

    Mars comes alive with two different peoples that are bridged by the youth of both civilizations.


    Any additional comments?

    Heinline makes fiction so real!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ramona DOUGLASVILLE, GA, United States 10-02-12
    Ramona DOUGLASVILLE, GA, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "One of Heinlein's Best"

    I grew up on Heinlein and this has always been one of my favorites. The characters are well drawn and the character of Willis is delightful. A nice, engaging story and well-performed. I particularly enjoyed the dialogue between the two boys.

    I definitely recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-15-10
    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-15-10 Member Since 2005
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    "As Usual for Heinlein, Fun and Whacky"

    I loved this story and the audio was well read. The story line is so "50's Sci-Fi" in its lack of excessive descriptions of gore and ugly monsters that a reader can actually enjoy the story on its own merits. A great story for people of all ages to enjoy -- fun enough for the little kids, campy enough for the MTV bracket and plain good entertainment for anything older than that...I recommend this audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Thompson Lecanto 08-21-10
    Ron Thompson Lecanto 08-21-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "great for young readers"

    Heinlein put out great science fiction stories for young readers and this is one of them. I introduced my 13 year old son to his work a few years ago and now whenever we go on a road trip I get him anew one to listen too and enjoy. That his mother and I enjoy the listen just as much is a bonus.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 05-26-09
    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 05-26-09 Member Since 2005
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    "This is a performance..."

    When you purchase this audiobook keep it in mind that this is a performance done by several voice actors. Audible.com offers several Robert Heinlein audiobooks that are performed by the same production company. "The Star Beast", "Have Spacesuit Will Travel", and a couple of others are available as performances. These are mostly his juvenile fiction books. These are kid books, suitable for children, and they are all very enjoyable. But know what you are buying. If you want sci-fi with a little bit harder edge these may not be what you want. For a light space jaunt, to keep your kids quiet on a road trip these are perfect.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Monte Bellevue, WA, United States 02-17-13
    Monte Bellevue, WA, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great, but it's abridged"
    Would you try another book from Robert A` Heinlein and/or William Dufris?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great story, but my son reads along with the recordings and parts of the book were left out of the recording. At first I though he was just losing his place, but when I checked it myself, where were whole parts of the book missing from the recording. Basically, it's abridged. It's a shame because he was really enjoying it. Think they should note on the listing that it's abridged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anderson Tulsa, OK, United States 08-12-10
    Anderson Tulsa, OK, United States 08-12-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Not Good"

    I realized that this was kid fiction when I purchased it. I did not realize that it was going to have such over-the-top dramatic reading by a cast of readers who were not good. Since narration is subjective to the listenner, I would recommend listening to the sample before purchase. I tried for about an hour and gave up. It is too bad too since I really enjoy Heilein's kid fiction and the non-traditional concepts he puts across.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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