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Tunnel in the Sky | [Robert A. Heinlein]

Tunnel in the Sky

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.
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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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    DJM Franklin, TN USA 06-25-12
    DJM Franklin, TN USA 06-25-12 Member Since 2006
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    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chris midvale, UT, United States 06-04-12
    Chris midvale, UT, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2002

    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 2007
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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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    Craig Zellner Cleveland Heights, OH United States 02-09-12
    Craig Zellner Cleveland Heights, OH United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Story with real lessons life & survival."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, Heinlein's juvenile series should be required reading for junior & senior high school kids. I wish I had known about this series when I was a kid. All of the books including this book give real lessons on how to get things done, science and math and, in my opinion, builds interest in science and engineering.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rod Walker. The story shows him growing into the role as leader. It also shows how a good education will help you through tough situations. In Heinlein's juvenile books he shows cultural differences without making them an issue between characters. That sets a good example.


    What about David Baker???s performance did you like?

    Excellent. Good voices and personalities.


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

    Teamwork, Friendship & loyalty will get you through most any situation.


    Any additional comments?

    Parents and teachers should give the Heinlein books a serious look as an educational tool and reading for english courses. If you did not read them as a youth they are a good read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Lange Las Vegas, NV United States 01-31-12
    K. Lange Las Vegas, NV United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2009
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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 2008
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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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    Clifford Portland, OR, United States 03-05-13
    Clifford Portland, OR, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Survival story at its best"
    Would you listen to Tunnel in the Sky again? Why?

    Yes I would as its a great story of the will to over come all odds and survive.


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

    The moment I liked best ie where Helen and the Deacon come through the gate to talk with Rod and try to convince him to come back while trying to be very easy with him.


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

    No I Don't think I have heard him before but I found that he was a very great reader.


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

    Survival in the Outlands. Watch how the youth who traveled through the gate and are temporally lost due to a super nova!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Upland, CA, USA 08-06-12
    Eric Upland, CA, USA 08-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A different sort of read"
    What did you like best about Tunnel in the Sky? What did you like least?

    This was my first Heinlein and always my favorite. The story opened my eyes to new worlds of adventure and new ways of thinking.
    The full cast reading was a bit disappointing, good readers are rare enough but trying to find 8-10 for one story, impossible.


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    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 04-29-12
    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 04-29-12

    MIke Charette

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    "Wow! fantastic material, and presentation"
    What did you love best about Tunnel in the Sky?

    What a fantastic story, and the production actually did justice to Heinlein and his work! I still can't believe how good this audio book was, I have listened to 30 or so of various Sci-fi books and this one was by far the best! 5 star production.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rod, the central protagonist, he was believable as a young man. He was resourceful, educated, and honorable. A complete masterful story, and the actors were fantastic, including Madson as the gruff, grizzled teacher, life is like that, its wonderful, and dangerous all at the same time. I wish we had teachers like this in our school system today, people might have a more moral and balanced outlook on life.


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

    No! But he was fantastic!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is the first one that I have truly felt that way, what an accomplishment! I have listened to 40 or so other audio books and I have to say the production values here were the very best!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it, will get more by this company of actors.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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