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Matt Dodson arrives at Space Academy little prepared for the rigorous program he is about to enter. But that’s the point of the academy: to take young men and steep them in a demanding tradition of honor, courage, and sacrifice until they have earned the right to join the Patrol as guardians of the solar peace.

Unfortunately, even the academy’s high power training can’t completely prepare Matt and his friends Tex and Oscar for the harrowing test of both survival and diplomatic skills they will face when a mission goes disastrously wrong.

A classic coming-of-age tale, and one of the most influential books in the history of science fiction, Space Cadet features the compelling mix of wit, action, and a clear vision of the future that are the hallmarks of Heinlein at his best.

©1948 Robert A Heinlein (P)2012 Full Cast Audio

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  • Hyrum
  • Orem, UT, United States
  • 04-10-13

Listen to see how far Heinlein came in his writing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if my friend was a huge fan of Heinlein and they wanted to hear one of his earliest works.

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

Well, ANY kind of plot before the last 1/8th of the book

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, but that isn't really a good thing. The story was slowly paced with little actually going on. The voice actors often came off as bored.

Was Space Cadet worth the listening time?

Only from a historical perspective.

Any additional comments?

I wouldn't recommend this as an example of Heinlein's or Full Cast Audio's work. It is flat and relatively lifeless.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • DocJim
  • Low Prices,Great Service - Please Keep it that way!
  • 09-14-12

Nothing better than Heinlein performed by a cast!

This is not a long book and the science is very dated. But what Heinlein could envision is amazing. Reaction mass ships who require some mass purpose stop wars. They do these by having only under their control in set orbits, the Atom Bombs (that is right, Atom Bombs).

They are a military protection patrol. They are not an Army of any state. They keep the peace for the entire solar system.

They also control an elite and invincible Space Marine division. The book uses something like 15 voices and do a voice actions. If you pay cash (it is cheaper by cash than a token) it is fabulous entertainment.

Some Sci-Fi readers who will not find this book worth much because it is dated. But if you love a terrific Sci-Fi that is represented of an very well respected Master of the Genre, you might do as I just did.

I listened to the book in one sitting. What a Reat!

I gave "the story" only 3 stars is because of the dated Sci-Fi. Acknowledge thank it is a listen from a pen of a Master Sci-Fi writer it is written and you will find them

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Early work - Heinlein light

This must be some of Heinleins early work. It's a standard story of a too innocent, honest boy (not as silly as they usually tend to be) trying to become something special in a space outfit. Meets snooty guy (not as snooty as they become in the future), makes good friends, the only thing missing in the standard recipe is the wise exotic friend. Overall enjoyable but keep in mind it's pretty much "heinlein light"

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Heinlein's juvenile series at its best

I love Heinlein's juvenile series, and this is one of the best. Easy read, loveable characters, thoughtful, and thought provoking. This is an excellent introduction to Heinlein for a reader of any age, but it's definitely geared to a younger audience.

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first science fiction novel I read 40 years ago

I first read Space Cadet in second grade. Heinlein's YA SF books are a great introduction to adventure and dreaming about the future. it gets a bit didactic at points, and our understanding of the solar system has changed a lot over the years since this book was written, but it still captures a sense of the possibilities waiting for us if we ever really choose to head out into space. A fun look back at how we used to dream the future would be.

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Nostalgic Treasure

I read this for the first time when I was 8 years old (about 1950). It still works for me today.

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Space the final frontier.

Would you consider the audio edition of Space Cadet to be better than the print version?

I liked both versions. They are both a great joy.

What did you like best about this story?

I like a great Sci-fi story. Robert Heinlein wrote some of the beat stories ever.

Which scene was your favorite?

All the scenes where the cadets learn all the their skills they need. Also all the scenes in rocket ships .

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

When the cadets rescue themselves from being stranded. That is when the become men of the stars.

Any additional comments?

Another great Sci-fi story.

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  • Michael
  • DAYTON, OH, United States
  • 11-13-12

"Just the Best"

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Classic Heinlein, His second book, and you can see him growing as a truly gifted writer. His style and knowledge of what it was like being a midshipman, and later a navy man shows. You must remember the times Bobert A. Heinlein grew up in, and the trust people had in their government was much different then today. So the idea of circling atomic warheads in orbit, like satilites, the praverbale "sword of Damalces" was not so far fetched.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Space Cadet?

That it was a complete story, not like the bull crap that Hollywood churns out today.The lazy garbage that has very little story, just a lot of conjecture. Like the last Promethus movie, in which the writers havent done any of the hard work needed to flesh out a story, and just offer us a bunch of pretty pictures, and big Ka--splosions!

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

He has a fantastic narrators voice and is full of presence and complements the rest of the actors.

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

When they found the old ship, the long dead Patrol men, who were imortalized in ceremony.

Any additional comments?

Loved it great for kids, and adults alike.

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  • Steve
  • Pasadena CA 91104
  • 10-09-12

Nice to Listen To

Would you listen to Space Cadet again? Why?

Easy to sit back and get into. Had to remember what year it was made but it was very good

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Heinlein's amazing vision! Remember, 1949!

I first read this book when I was in seventh grade. I remeber walking through the halls of my school with the book and being teased for being a "Space Cadet" for reading a book titled "Space Cadet." It did not matter. I still loved the story.

Now, I know lots more about life the universe and everything, and I still love this book! Heinlein's juveniles are anything but jubenile. Heinlein never talked down to his reader. His science is all wrong in some cases, and of course it is dated, but those are not the key to great science fiction writing. It is the Story.

This one presents a 'coming of age' story based in a peace-keeping force that has sucessfully prevented war for a century. It is based in an institution with traditions of sacrifice, service and constant self improvement. It ends with the message that doing your best should not be something special. It should be what you do all the time because that is who you are. Not a bad message for any generation.

Remember that this book was published in 1949, and it becomes even more trail-blazing. These books set the path for modern Science Fiction writers.