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Starman Jones | [Robert A. Heinlein]

Starman Jones

Max Jones, a practical, hard-working young man, found his escape in his beloved astronomy books. When reality comes crashing in and his troubled home life forces him out on the road, Max finds himself adrift in a downtrodden land - until an unexpected, ultimate adventure carries him away as a stowaway aboard an intergalactic spaceship.
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It was a desperate time, when one's next meal and the comforts of home couldn't be taken for granted. Max Jones, a practical, hard-working young man, found his escape in his beloved astronomy books. But when reality comes crashing in and his troubled home life forces him out on the road, Max finds himself adrift in a downtrodden land - until an unexpected, ultimate adventure carries him away as a stowaway aboard an intergalactic spaceship.

But to where? And when? And how can he ever get back? With the ship's pilot dead and his charts and tables all destroyed, Max must call upon all of his untested knowledge and skills in order to survive.

©2003 The Robert A. & Victoria Heinlein Prize Trust; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-20-11
    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-20-11 Member Since 2009

    My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.

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    "Interesting adventure"

    This is one of Heinlein's better books. It's still filled with lots of details but moves faster than most of his books.

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    James Springfield, MO, United States 06-18-11
    James Springfield, MO, United States 06-18-11 Member Since 2010

    New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.

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    "Old Fashioned upbeat"

    From the 40's to the 60's RH was the face of Science Fiction. At that time he wrote many future novels in which the main characters worked hard, studied hard and stayed true to their morals. These characters were able to accomplish their dreams using these. Rarely is luck the leading force. This is considered a juvenile novel, but in 1953 what was considered juvenile would not fall in that category today, I believe. This is one of my favorites of Heinlein. If you liked Have Space Suit--Will Travel or Rocket Ship Galileo, then you will like Starman Jones. My only complaint is that I feel RH cheated by giving this character a photo graphic memory.

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    David Halethorpe, MD, United States 04-03-11
    David Halethorpe, MD, United States 04-03-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Heinlein's juveniles are great for any SF fan"

    I read a lot of Heinlein's juveniles when I was younger, but I missed this one and it was on sale from Audible, so it was nice to enjoy one of his earlier works, before he started getting old and wanky. Everything from Friday on was pretty much Heinlein getting his freak on, but his earlier novels are still sci-fi classics for good reason.

    Starman Jones is your basic boys' adventure story: Max is a kid from Earth who runs away from home when his stepmother marries an abusive bum. He meets an amiable drifter who turns out to be a not-so-good Samaritan, but he meets the man again when they're both trying to find a way off-planet, and the two of them lie their away aboard a spaceship. From there, Max's talent for math and his inherent good nature and sense of decency lead him from one position to another aboard ship, and when the ship gets lost, taking a bad "jump" to an unknown star system, Max of course is the one who saves the day.

    Obviously, this book was written for teenagers, but it stands up as pretty good adult SF even today, though it is a bit dated (it was written in 1951). The gender roles are pretty old-fashioned, and while Heinlein's FTL drives and beam weapons are standard sci-fi, you may chuckle when Max breaks out his slide rule to perform astrogation. Still, I think it compares favorably to any genre fiction written for kids today, and Heinlein did a much better job than most writers of bridging the gap between YA and adult fiction. I might not start with Starman Jones if you haven't read any of Heinlein's juveniles before -- it's pretty good, but it's not his best -- but if you're already a Heinlein fan, this will definitely be an enjoyable listen.

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    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 05-08-09
    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 05-08-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Liked it"

    For a 50 year old book it was enjoyable. The characters were very 1950's but hat made it all the better.

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    Mike newnan, GA, USA 04-19-09
    Mike newnan, GA, USA 04-19-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Fast Pace and Entertaining"

    Heinlein is a great story teller. This book is very entertaining and it keeps a steady pace.

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    Alyssa NH, United States 03-26-09
    Alyssa NH, United States 03-26-09 Member Since 2009

    I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.

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    "Loveable Idiot"

    My biggest problem with this book was the main character, smart but very naive, had me just about talking to myself trying to persuade him out of certain courses of action. It all works out for the best through some improbable but interesting plot twists. The female characters in this book are somewhat disgraceful but then it was written in the 50's.

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    Dennis C. Rahn USA 09-23-08
    Dennis C. Rahn USA 09-23-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "Starman Jones, Very nice Sci-Fi"

    Read this book as a kid and had to listen to it again. I didn't remember how the story went at all and enjoyed it. Even had to sit in my driveway to listen to in on my Garmin Nuvi 5000.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    E.D. Covington, GA, USA 06-24-09
    E.D. Covington, GA, USA 06-24-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Sadness for Max Jones"

    Sadly, this title would not work on my Zen. So I had to deepsix it. It's one of my favorite books from childhood, the triumph of using ones abilities to overcome circumstances of birth to achieve ones highest goals. One of my favorite Heinlein's for Young Adult -- I read it when I was ten!

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