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Where does Between Planets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Near the top. Note that this is a Heinlein juvenile, that is, fiction for teenagers. As such, it deals with thoughts and emotions of a teenager, albeit a smart, well educated one. There are no gory fight scenes, no sex scenes yet there is intrigue, and because it's Heinlein there is a definite take on freedom, personal liberty, honor and responsibility. Though more than 50 years old it is amazing how H. got the science right. Except of course that neither Mars nor Venus have native life. If that bothers you then just think of it as a different system which mankind got to by FTL (which makes it easier to accept if actually even less likely!)
What other book might you compare Between Planets to and why?
It's space opera.
Which scene was your favorite?
Probably the ones in which the young protagonist is trying to figure out what to do next or what's going on. Unlike many authors, Heinlein knows how to lead the reader to anticipate conclusions without having to dumb it down so much it's infuriating for the reasonably intelligent.
Any additional comments?
Despite being immediately post WWII, the authors who emerged in this period wrote kinder, gentler stories that were just as interesting if not more so.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Classic Heinlein book. Well worth the read. I missed the usual readers, but this reader did a good job too.
Although the extra terrestrial life in the story is far fetched by modern standards this is still a very readable and reflects on how we treat different cultures and how we react to authoritarian governments. The main character is very likeable and his adventure leads us through interplanetary politics as easily as a pony trek in the Grand Canyon where it all starts.
Nice novel, though not one of Heinlein's best. It does keep the listener glued up to the last chapter, though.
The narrator did his part, but I believe he could have put more effort in voicing the accents and intonations of the various non-WASP characters, such as women or Chinese native speakers