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Farnham's Freehold Audiobook

Farnham's Freehold

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Publisher's Summary

Hugh Farnham is a practical, self-made man, and when he sees the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he builds a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war. But when the apocalypse comes, something happens that he did not expect. A thermonuclear blast tears apart the fabric of time and hurls his shelter into a world with no sign of other human beings.

Farnham and his family have barely settled down to the backbreaking business of low-tech survival when they find that they are not alone after all. The same nuclear war that catapaulted Farnham 2,000 years into the future has destroyed all civilization in the northern hemisphere, leaving Africans as the dominant surviving people.

In the new world order, Farnham and his family, being members of the race that nearly destroyed the world, are fit only to be slaves. After surviving a nuclear war, Farnham has no intention of being anyone’s slave, but the tyrannical power of the Chosen race reaches throughout the world. Even if he manages to escape, where can he run to?

©1964 Robert A. Heinlein, 1992 by Mrs. Virginia Heinlein (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Heinlein’s story is as engrossing now as it was in its original form decades ago.” (Midwest Book Review)

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    Schettig 05-05-16
    Schettig 05-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Product of its Time"
    What did you like best about Farnham's Freehold? What did you like least?

    I bought this expecting a realistic account of a man transplanted into a wilderness and his struggle to survive. The book partly delivered that, but I could never get over the conservative values and extreme misogyny continuously trumpeted throughout the book. The hero is an arch man's man and placed in a conservative's wet dream where he must survive by his own strength and wits while commanding those around him with a stern hand. We have two liberal straw men on display in the form of the protaginist's son and wife, the former an atheist fop who eventually comes around to the idea of faith and the latter a social lush who cannot handle reality and craves only her own comfort. Only the main character Hugh has any good solutions to any problems, but he is such a detestable asshole about it, I could never support him. All of the women in this book are weak, emotional children, and entirely dependent on men for any real sort of task and serve only supporting roles. I imagine the likes of Rush Limbagh and Glen Beck would love this sort of tale and find its message entirely appropriate and relevant to today's audience. The only excuse I can give it is that it was written in the 1960's and probably reflected the morality of the times. In fact it has something of an "anti-racist" message. At least I think the book thinks it does. The main character claims not to judge men by their skin color, but then we still see a future ruled by dark skinned cannibals following the extinction of the northern hemisphere. But even if Hugh does not judge a man by his skin color he will judge a person by their gender and has little respect for concepts like equality or democracy or egalitarianism. I guess if you're a die hard conservative, you'll have fun stroking it while listening. For everyone else I can only recommend it as a curiosity


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    Mornblade 04-22-16
    Mornblade 04-22-16
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    "Racist, sexist, a product of its time."

    I was told that, "unless you are a white, male, nudist, Heinlein will offend you". This book proves that point. Full of antiquated sentiment, unexplained science (more like masked magic), and way too many hands of Bridge, spending time listening to it felt like a waste.

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    Tiffanie Cortez, CO 04-17-16
    Tiffanie Cortez, CO 04-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Thouroughly Enjoyed"

    I'm disheartened by all the bad reviews on the goodreads social network about this book because I absolutely loved it. I started the novel honestly expecting not to like it. I bought it for the Heinlein name and decided to give it a try. This book never has a "twist," but took me on a journey that I never guessed. It was an apocalyptic novel with time travel and parallel universes. I identified with Farnham, the hero of the novel, and his sweetheart-later wife. I didn't read this as a political satire like some of the other reviewers (understandable because that was probably how Heinlein intended it); I just read it like a novel. Maybe that's why I enjoyed it more? I did love how a white author from Mississippi chose to write about a future society that dark skinned humans are the ruling class and light skinned humans are slaves. I think it shows insights to Heinlein's soul.

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    Lyssa 03-19-16
    Lyssa 03-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "unexpected ending"

    this is one of my first sci-fi reads and I in general enjoyed it. it had serval plot twist that really threw me off and made me question the outcome.

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    BlueRoo2 03-03-16
    BlueRoo2 03-03-16 Member Since 2013

    An avid, omnivorous but critical reader.

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    "A story that has faded badly with age"
    Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or Tom Weiner?

    Certainly


    What could Robert A. Heinlein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The problem with this book is that it comes from an age of attitudes that are socially, morally and intellectually untenable today. I read this book as a kid and have always enjoyed Heinlein. As a kid, the book did't bother me nearly as much as it does now. Sadly, Tom Weiner did an excellent job on a book that probably should have disappeared into the "inappropriate for today" bin.


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

    Nothing to compare with but I would happily listen to another book read by him.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Farnham's Freehold?

    I would pretty much ditch the whole book. Not as censorship but because its just irritating, inappropriate and annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    Fraught with the worst kind of casual racism, liberal use of the "n" word, routine threats of family members to kill one another (that get really old very quickly), sexism of the worst kind (women's work and men's work for example), this just is a book to avoid. The original premise (the science fiction part) is clever and works well but the characters I can do without.

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    A. Mckenzie 08-01-15
    A. Mckenzie 08-01-15
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    "awesome story by one of the best narrators."

    narrator is awesome. story even better. even though this book was written in a different time, it has it's relevance 50+ years later. Heinlein rocks!!

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    Larry24 07-10-15
    Larry24 07-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it"

    very good story i liked it a lot I will definitly read more books by Robert they never disappointed me always enjoy it

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    M. Maloney 06-05-15
    M. Maloney 06-05-15 Member Since 2008
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    "A deep disapointment"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    nothing


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert A. Heinlein again?

    Yes I would...this however is his worst book.


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    everything , he did the best he could with a bad story and dislikeable characters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Farnham's Freehold?

    All


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    one real guy loveland, co, US 03-12-15
    one real guy loveland, co, US 03-12-15 Member Since 2014

    one real guy

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    "this is one of those I just can't stop listening"

    what a masterpiece of work this is, hard to put down and sad to get to the end

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    Ian Kemp 01-31-15
    Ian Kemp 01-31-15 Member Since 2004
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    "I have no idea what this book was about"

    Also Heinlein's thing about daughters wanting to sleep with their dads is weird. It's in several of his books. Also a serious time piece of Heinlein being 'progressive' for the time about racism.

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