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Don Harvey is a citizen of the Interplanetary Federation - yet no single planet can claim him as its own. His mother was born on Venus and his father on Earth, and Don himself was born on a spaceship in trajectory between planets. When his parents abruptly summon him away from school on Earth to join them on Mars, he has no idea he's about to be plunged into deadly interplanetary intrigue. But the ship Don is traveling on is unexpectedly diverted to Venus, where the colony has launched a revolution against Earth's control. What's more, Earth troops have landed on Venus and are looking for him. Flat broke and homeless, Don will have to muster all his resources to stay alive.

A riveting coming-of-age story set against a backdrop of a war between planets, this classic Heinlein novel crackles with action, adventure, politics, wit, and brilliant speculation about the world to come.

©1951 Robert A. Heinlein (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Like a breath of fresh air

Where does Between Planets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top. Note that this is a Heinlein juvenile, that is, fiction for teenagers. As such, it deals with thoughts and emotions of a teenager, albeit a smart, well educated one. There are no gory fight scenes, no sex scenes yet there is intrigue, and because it's Heinlein there is a definite take on freedom, personal liberty, honor and responsibility. Though more than 50 years old it is amazing how H. got the science right. Except of course that neither Mars nor Venus have native life. If that bothers you then just think of it as a different system which mankind got to by FTL (which makes it easier to accept if actually even less likely!)

What other book might you compare Between Planets to and why?

It's space opera.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably the ones in which the young protagonist is trying to figure out what to do next or what's going on. Unlike many authors, Heinlein knows how to lead the reader to anticipate conclusions without having to dumb it down so much it's infuriating for the reasonably intelligent.

Any additional comments?

Despite being immediately post WWII, the authors who emerged in this period wrote kinder, gentler stories that were just as interesting if not more so.

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Hard to put down!

Classic Heinlein book. Well worth the read. I missed the usual readers, but this reader did a good job too.

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good book, too short.. ended prematurely

I liked it. good characters and story however, it was too short and left more to be desired in plot, antagonists, and character dynamic growth/change.. it just seemed like a good start but overall incomplete.

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great space opera. just right performance.

loved it. action, surprise and classic sci fi. good narrator. Heinlein's juvenile novels are among his best shorter works.

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Huh?

I couldn’t stand that huh was in about every other sentence! Then at other times the conversation was so formal assented by another, “huh”.

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Dividing story

Greatly enjoyed listening with family while driving on a long trip, except for the evolution nonsense.

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  • CameronRoss
  • 12-14-18

Showing it’s age, but great SF

This was one of Heinlein’s ‘juveniles, written in the 1950’s. Hugely influential in their time, they introduced many people to SF.

The story shows its age, in terms of technology, gender roles and social attitudes, but it’s still good listening.

I enjoyed the reading, although you need to get past a Dick van Dyke-esque Cockney accent. Other than that, a good, if dated, story, and a strong narrator.

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  • Ronan
  • 12-23-17

A great listen

Although the extra terrestrial life in the story is far fetched by modern standards this is still a very readable and reflects on how we treat different cultures and how we react to authoritarian governments. The main character is very likeable and his adventure leads us through interplanetary politics as easily as a pony trek in the Grand Canyon where it all starts.

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  • Ricci M.
  • 12-12-17

Nice, but could have been better

Nice novel, though not one of Heinlein's best. It does keep the listener glued up to the last chapter, though.
The narrator did his part, but I believe he could have put more effort in voicing the accents and intonations of the various non-WASP characters, such as women or Chinese native speakers

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-24-18

enjoyable short story

short and sweet, if your looking for a longer more politically and militarily involved book try heinleins the moon is a harsh mistress

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