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Between Planets Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Apr 2011

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Full Cast Audio; Unabridged edition (30 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934180297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934180297
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,071,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

An outstanding science fiction writer, Robert Heinlein was a four-times Hugo award winner. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By Ancient Mariner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Jun. 2015
Format: Paperback
"Between Planets" is a great place for a young reader to start reading Heinlein. It has worn well over time, it doesn't have much of his later survivalist/grumpiness, it is less explicitly political, and it seems to be in tune with what modern ya readers like and want.

I mean, it's pretty easy to pick out and recommend Asimov, Bradbury and Clarke books for new young readers, but Heinlein has always seemed a little harder to figure out. Once you've narrowed down the choices to his early "juvenile" novels, I guess it turns on personal taste. What's particularly fun is that for most reviewers that choice turns on which novel they most remember from their own youth. I would pick "Tunnel in the Sky". Some go for "Have Spacesuit - Will Travel". Others are partial to "Podkayne of Mars". Then you have "Space Cadet" and "Farmer in the Sky".

Whichever one you pick, I think you have a good chance of pleasing your young reader, and maybe you'll get him or her interested in "old-fashioned" science based sci fi.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Like many middle-aged people I read this at school 30+ years ago and have a well-worn paperback copy acquired in early adulthood. With that copy on the verge of disintegration, it's reassuring to renew. I would hate to be unable to re-read this at least once a year! As with most of Heinlein's "juveniles" from the 1950's its a smoothly engineered story line with key background themes beautifully & economically sketched. Also typical: coming of age topics; a rather romantic view of warfare (or is it?); future technology seen through a mid 20th century lens; and a rushed ending ... though this one is much more satisfactory than some Heinlein endings. The best of Heinlein is very much present in terms of convincing atmosphere. Finally, Heinlein is entirely capable of putting a foot wrong with narrative drive, human characterization, or aliens - he falls into none of those (by his own towering standards) traps here. But, indeed, why no Kindle edition? Missed opportunity as I strongly suspect many people, like me, would buy both formats "for old time's sake" combined with convenience when traveling. Travis Taylor's Afterword is amusing and thought-provoking. Well done the publisher for bothering to add value this way.
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Classed as 'juvenile' sci-fi, but enjoyable by any age. Sure, we now know Venus isn't as imagined, but that doesn't detract from the story. Love the Venusian 'dragon' character! The boy/young man hero is believable. Heinlein's world is absorbing, his plot too, with several unexpected twists, and a real conclusion to the story.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
A strong, unified plot - the entire book is about Don Harvey's quest to reach his parents on Mars. A believable politics of the future. A sympathetic but not at all perfect hero and some good minor characters. An atmospheric vision of Venus as it should have been, a world of swamps inhabited by a few human colonies and a race of intelligent (and friendly!) dinosuaroid that communicate by whistling. What more could you ask?
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Format: Paperback
"First NEL paperback edition January 1971"
"New edition November 1977"
"This new edition April 1979"; thus third printing, no number line
"Illustration: Tim White" on back cover, no visible signature
UK 75p; Australia $2.25; Canada $2.25; New Zealand $2.45
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