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Tunnel in the Sky Audiobook

Tunnel in the Sky

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Publisher's Summary

When Rod Walker decides to take the final test for “Deacon” Matson’s interplanetary survival course, he knows he will be facing life-or-death situations on an unsettled planet. What he doesn’t expect is that something will go wrong with the “Tunnel in the Sky” and he and his fellow students will not be able to return to Terra. Stranded on a hostile planet, Rod and his friends are faced wit the challenge of carving a civilization out of the wilderness. They must deal with hunger, deprivation, and strangely savage beasts. But the bigger question is, can they survive each other? This science fiction classic pits a savage world against the most untamable beast of all: the human animal. Chock full of high adventure, futuristic speculation, witty repartee, and profound philosophy, Tunnel in the Sky represents the greatest SF writer of all time at the peak of his powers.

©1955 Robert A. Heinlein (P)2011 Full Cast Audio

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    QUESTER-59 11-05-14
    QUESTER-59 11-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "From Child to Adult in a Flash"
    Where does Tunnel in the Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This one Stands alone for it's story.
    Apples, Oranges, Bananas, Watermelons, all unique in Shape & Taste, so how can anyone pick what is Best?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tunnel in the Sky?

    When 4 Friends grew into a small Village.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Rod came to terms that, despite his many Friends, He was facing becoming an Loaner, once again!


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

    Never Again.


    Any additional comments?

    A Wonderful read made better by Simply Listening to the story being read.. a trip to test ones survival Skills, in an setting where there are No Rules, save your own Survival.
    A Story of Surviving that Most Vicious of animals, MAN!
    A great story with a Lot of Truth & Wisdom tossed in to keep it interesting !

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 03-06-14
    Kevin 03-06-14 Listener Since 2003
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    What made the experience of listening to Tunnel in the Sky the most enjoyable?

    A good story. First read this in 1967 just when i was starting to discover Science fiction. while written for teen age kids of the 50s and 60s it holds up very well. The survival lessons and the group Dynamics work well. .


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main Character going from a green kid to a leader.


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

    David Baker did a fine job on the narration.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    charles Troy, OH, United States 08-07-12
    charles Troy, OH, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "easy reading and stellar sci-fi"
    What made the experience of listening to Tunnel in the Sky the most enjoyable?

    The actors made the story come to life and the story was a good mix of action and interesting thougts. The people and characters are timeless and seem familar.Once you start it you will not be able to stop listening.This book is a classic .It well deserves a good listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The possiblities the story brought to life.


    Which character – as performed by David Baker – was your favorite?

    All his characters each take on a seprate and a believeable life of their own.


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

    As a teen I read this book and fell in love with the sci- fi gender .


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book you will not be sorry.

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    Aaron 07-19-12
    Aaron 07-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "more 'Survival Fiction' than 'Science Fiction'"

    Tunnel in the Sky is an enjoyable YA adventure story.

    I am not much of a SciFi reader, but this was more like a survival-adventure story.The story never seemed to lag, nor did it go on too long.

    Fun read!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DJM Franklin, TN USA 06-25-12
    DJM Franklin, TN USA 06-25-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Before The Hunger Games ..."

    Heinlein wrote a number of "juvenile" SF in his early years. These books read/listen just fine for adults. "Tunnel in the Sky" and "Citizen of the Galaxy" are two of his best. I don't like the full cast audio format but that doesn't detract from the story. Whether you're 16 or 60, this is worth the credit.

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    Chris midvale, UT, United States 06-04-12
    Chris midvale, UT, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2008

    Dr. Christopher W. Roberts Ph.d I am a Computer Geek working around the U.S. and the world. I have a lot of Air miles to listen to audible titles.

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    "RAH Fun"

    This was one of Hienlein's Scribners Junvinal's well read pioneering story.
    Highly recommended for young teens and any Heinlien fan.
    Great listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Ozark, AL, United States 04-23-12
    Michael Ozark, AL, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great book by Heinlein"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tunnel in the Sky to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed them both the voice for rod walker was to young sounding to me


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jimmy was my favorite cause he always had something smart to say


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

    certain parts did both or at least want to


    Any additional comments?

    this is a great book for a young teen

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Lange 01-31-12
    K. Lange 01-31-12
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    "Doesn't Disapoint"
    What made the experience of listening to Tunnel in the Sky the most enjoyable?

    I have read this on paper 4 or 5 times. The full cast performance was enjoyable. The story was as good this time as the first.


    What other book might you compare Tunnel in the Sky to and why?

    none


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

    no.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    no.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Panama City, FL, United States 01-11-12
    Valerie Panama City, FL, United States 01-11-12
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    "Great intro to Heinlein"
    What did you love best about Tunnel in the Sky?

    Looking for a good first Heinlein? This is a great way to start.


    What other book might you compare Tunnel in the Sky to and why?

    If you enjoy Starship Troopers, you will enjoy this story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Migration.


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

    Stobor.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Furtado 01-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen for teens and fans of Heinlein"
    Would you listen to Tunnel in the Sky again? Why?

    I will listen to it again. The characters voices come alive and are not just a casual read of the story. Well done!


    What did you like best about this story?

    After having read the book 10+ times over the years, it was an unexpected pleasure to find it in audio, and even more enjoyable that the performances were so true to the book and what I felt they should have been.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen for teens starting to get into sci-fi of Heinlein's youth based works and for his fans in general.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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