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Farmer in the Sky Audiobook

Farmer in the Sky

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Publisher's Summary

Farmer In The Sky is a 1953 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein about a teenage boy who emigrates with his family to Jupiter's moon Ganymede, which is in the process of being terraformed. A condensed version of the novel was published in serial form in 1950 in Boys' Life magazine (August, September, October, November), under the title "Satellite Scout".

©1955 Robert A. Heinlein (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jim "The Impatient" 05-02-16 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "YOU COULD HEAR YOUR HAIR GROW"

    GRAMMER SCHOOL CALCULUS
    Entertaining, especially after they get to Ganymede. I love most of Heinlein's juvenile books. They are usually upbeat with a can do attitude and they often emphasis education. TRY IT ON YOUR SLIDE RULE

    WOMEN HAVE THIER UPS AND DOWNS, YOU'LL GET USE TO IT.
    Written in 1950, besides being dated it is a little politically incorrect. NO SORE HEADS, NO WEAK SISTERS.

    SCIENTISTS CHANGE THIER THEORIES OFTEN
    Wish we could get that through the head of those today, that always think a theory is the same as proven fact.

    PIONEERS NEED GOOD NEIGHBORS
    This is an adventure story into space. Imagine living on Ganymede and having most of the sky filled with Jupiter. Heinlein explains what the sky looks like, how they gave the planet an atmosphere and how to make the soil fertile. It might have a little too many science facts for some, but I can see how it would get young people excited enough to study science.

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    Ray DiFazio San Francisco 11-13-16
    Ray DiFazio San Francisco 11-13-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Back to the future."

    I first read Farmer in the Sky about sixty years ago. As I listened to it just now, I realized how much this book, originally published in 1950, and others like it, were instrumental in sparking my lifelong interest in science and space travel.

    Robert Heinlein, along with others with names like Asimov, Clarke, Bradbury and Sturgeon was among the writers from the so called "Golden Age." of Science Fiction.

    Although much of the science in this book is now dated and obsolete, a lot of it was amazingly prescient. It is about a teenaged boy whose family left Earth to join a colony on Ganymede, one of the moons of Jupiter.

    Farmer in the Sky was written for young people over a decade before Alan Shepherd was the first American to "blast off" to the edge of outer space.

    I have little doubt that many of the scientists and engineers who made that possible were inspired by books like this one.

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    Amazon Customer 10-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    "It's heinlein at his best"

    this is RAH at his best. It's before he went money hungry and weird. It's a great book for all ages.

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    Robert ziemba 07-31-15 Member Since 2016
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    "An interesting story about a new world"

    I likes the character development and it had a Hemingway - esque emphasis on self reliance and survival on one's own merit

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    chris LOVELOCK, NV, US 01-26-15
    chris LOVELOCK, NV, US 01-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic scifi at its best!"

    Likely most would skip this based on the title and miss a great story.
    Classic scifi with a twist!
    Enjoy!

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    Don Upton 01-07-15
    Don Upton 01-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding classic"
    What did you love best about Farmer in the Sky?

    Heinlein's approach to the characters is fresh and personal


    What did you like best about this story?

    detail of the story itself


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Bill the main character


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    envchemist Columbia, SC USA 08-04-14
    envchemist Columbia, SC USA 08-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, and great performance!"
    If you could sum up Farmer in the Sky in three words, what would they be?

    It's a typical Heinlein Juvenille work.


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

    Space Cadet also by Heinlein


    What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nick is a master of accents and voices. At one point, I was asking myself---is that the same guy?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ma Hen Atlanta, GA 05-28-13
    Ma Hen Atlanta, GA 05-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Sentimental journey"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept of terraforming and colonizing our solar system. I read this book when I was in my teens - a looong time ago in other words. In my heart I always hoped that these opportunities would be available in my lifetime. How sad that we have the runaway population growth and the hunger that goes along with it, but not the ability to expand our living space - into space.


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

    This was written quite a while ago and in some respects has not aged well. But it was written for a Scouting magazine in the vernacular of the time. The concept is more timely than ever. If Heinlein were writing it now I'm sure he would revise some of the technical details but human nature hasn't changed and the motivations of the characters to be pioneers would be much the same, I think.


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

    Not a thing. He sounds just like Bill should.


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    Brandon 04-24-17
    Brandon 04-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "great listen!"

    For a young audience but enjoyed by this 29 year old :) This is a must listen.

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    Steve Smith 08-28-14
    Steve Smith 08-28-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Where is the ending?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is a book without an ending. There is no conclusion or explanation for anything.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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