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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.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
short and sweet, if your looking for a longer more politically and militarily involved book try heinleins the moon is a harsh mistress
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.