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Podkayne of Mars Audiobook

Podkayne of Mars

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Friday and Rocketship Galileo comes this classic tale featuring the Grand Master of science fiction's most remarkable heroine.

Podkayne Fries, a smart and determined maid of Mars, has just one goal in life: to become the first female starship pilot and rise through the ranks to command deep-space explorations. So when she is offered a chance to join her diplomatic uncle on an interstellar journey to distant Earth via Venus, it's a dream come true - even if her only experience with diplomacy is handling her brilliant but pesky younger brother, Clark.

But she's about to learn some things about war and peace, because Uncle Tom, the ambassador plenipotentiary from Mars to the Three Planets Conference, is traveling not quite incognito enough - and certain parties will stop at nothing to sabotage negotiations between the three worlds.

©2003 The Robert A. & Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Colleen Mason 09-03-17
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    "surprised about the ending"
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    So, about 5 hours into this book I was wondering if I would ever see Podkayne achieve her ambition of becoming a starship captain (or if she'd give into the weird baby obsession) and I asked google if there were sequels about Captain Podkayne Fries. Sadly there are not but the more interesting thing I learned was that there was a whole hullabaloo about the ending of this book, that Heinlein had disagreed with his editor and thirty years after the original publishing there was a like, "choose your own ending" edition with both versions and some kind of reader vote/essay contest, and that all editions since that vote in the mid-90s had Heinlein's preferred ending. So I was really surprised that this audiobook produced in 2008 had the editor's ending as published in 1963!

    I honestly don't think I missed anything or was cheated, the differences are apparently all literally on the last page of the text and amount to three sentences if that. But I also was frustrated with the structure of the last section REGARDLESS of Heisenberg Podkayne, so maybe I'm not the best judge! I saw a Heinlein purist complaining about the "wrong ending" being on here in the reviews but seriously, so little changes and the weird baby obsession wins anyway, what does it even matter? Although the fact that there IS such a controversy about the ending of this novel is interesting and I do recommend reading up on that wankfest!

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    Elizabeth Camarillo, CA, United States 09-01-17
    Elizabeth Camarillo, CA, United States 09-01-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Written when eugenics was considered science"

    apparently Heinlein had a lot in common with a certain German dictators version of how to raise super children

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    michelleweava 04-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Recommend book"

    My only complaint is that the story ended sooner than I expected. But enjoyed the storyline and plot.

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    Mitch 12-02-15
    Mitch 12-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Flawless"

    A Heinlein classic that Ms. Card has brought to life beautifully. Highly recommended for fans of classic sci-fi.

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    Clifford Portland, OR, United States 12-28-12
    Clifford Portland, OR, United States 12-28-12
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    "The life and trials of a young Lady!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes as it shows the results of the out come of dreams coming partly true!


    What other book might you compare Podkayne of Mars to and why?

    The Rolling Stones and Have Space will Travel which show Heinline's ability to bring a world to life into the here and now.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Clark is doing the postscript at the end of the book while taking care of the Fairy for Poddy!


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

    The politics of three worlds and how they can pull in innocents into harms way!


    Any additional comments?

    Heinline makes fiction so real!

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    Laurence 09-24-12
    Laurence 09-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A great Heinlein Juvenile!"
    What made the experience of listening to Podkayne of Mars the most enjoyable?

    The Narration is perfect


    What other book might you compare Podkayne of Mars to and why?

    Any Heinlein Juvenile!


    What does Emily Janice Card bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emilie Janice Card was perfect for this book. She IS Poddy!


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

    A female Will Robinson who is NOT Lost In Space


    Any additional comments?

    I just wish Robert would have written more about this character in other novels.

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    Iceworm72 07-17-12
    Iceworm72 07-17-12 Member Since 2003
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    "This was an enjoyable tale and a good narrator..."

    I love Heinlein stories and this one was very enjoyable. I also appreciated the quality of the narration by Emily Janice Card.

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    Bill Manassas, VA, United States 05-10-12
    Bill Manassas, VA, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great fun, wonderful reader"
    Would you listen to Podkayne of Mars again? Why?

    I have always enjoyed Heinlein's stories. This is an interesting study of a young girl. I listened to it with one of my daughters and we both loved it. The story has a great voice in the heroine. The reader does an excellent job in bring the book to life.


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    Randall Choctaw, OK, United States 02-06-12
    Randall Choctaw, OK, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fast moving, performance awesome!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Podkayne of Mars to be better than the print version?

    I believe this audio version is as good as the print version of Podkayne of Mars. Emily Janice Card captured the character essence of Podkayne, her brother, and the other characters, something that I thought could only be done well by reading the book! Thanks, Ms. Card for doing an excellent job!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The duality of Podkayne's view of what was happening with just enough context for someone to note that there was a LOT going on that Podkayne couldn't see. The clues in what she noticed but did not fully understand gives the reader a chance to look beyond Podkayne's view and anticipate what might happen next.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Janice Card’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first Emily Janice Card performance - in fact I didn't even know she did audible books before I downloaded this book. As soon as I heard her name, I suspected that she was related to Orson Scott Card and I knew I was in for a treat! Sci-Fi runs in the family!


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

    I empathized with Podkayne's capture and her fear for her future. I think Emily Janice Card really captured the essence of Robert Heinlein's characterization.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read every single Robert Heinlein novel between my age of 15 and 49. I've been pleased to listen to the Audibles - they form a backdrop to my morning and evening commutes. I've been pleasantly surprised by the rediscovery of the books; and like Podkayne, my maturity has allowed me to see the undercurrents and political views of Mr. Heinlein in a broader context. Thoroughly enjoyable!

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    Jaison 01-25-12
    Jaison 01-25-12
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    "Podkayne of Mars come to life!"
    What did you love best about Podkayne of Mars?

    The story by iteself is excellent, one of the Grandmasters best 'juvenile' novels, but the reader does an excellent job with the voices. She really brings the characters to life. The only downside to this audiobook is the ending, the audiobook uses the censored ending, not Heinlein's original which is disappointing. It would have been nice, if they had used the uncensored ending, or even better done both and let the listener decide on their own which is more fitting.


    What about Emily Janice Card’s performance did you like?

    Her Voicework


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