Have Space Suit - Will Travel

  • by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by Mark Turetsky
  • 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the mind of the storyteller who has captured the imagination of readers from around the worldand across generations comes this classic work of science fiction.
First prize in the Skyway Soap slogan contest was an all-expenses-paid trip to the moon. The consolation prize was an authenticspace suit, and when scientifically minded high school senior Kip Russell wonit, he knew for certain he would use it one day to make a sojourn of his own tothe stars. But "one day" comes sooner than he thinks when he tries the suit on in his backyard - and finds himself worlds away, a prisoner aboard a space pirate's ship. The whole thing seems like a bad dream until he discovers he's not theonly prisoner on board. Kip - along with the daughter of a world-renownedscientist and a beautiful creature from another planet - has been kidnapped by amonstrous extraterrestrial, and they are heading straight for what could be Kip's final destination.

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Wry humor obliterated by inept reading

This is my favorite Heinlein book since I first read it in the 1960's. A fun and entertaining story with the kind of snide humor that only first-person telling can capture.
The narration, however, is just not professional quality. Mark Turetsky's voice has an adolescent twang, which is fine, considering the age of the main character, but his inability to read fluently totally trashes some of the best and funniest lines in the book. The narration starts out okay, but seems to become more and more distracted as the book nears the end, demolishing the imagery as it goes.
I guessed all this before purchasing the book, but went ahead anyway. Many parts of it are read just fine, and I can't express any real regret at listening to it—only the regret that they couldn't find a more competent narrator.
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- Scott "No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration."

Classic tale, One of Heinlein's best.

Would you listen to Have Space Suit - Will Travel again? Why?

Yes I would listen to it again, it is one if not the best of Heinlein's tales.


Who was your favorite character and why?

It is a toss up between Kip and PeeWee. Both are very strong characters.


What three words best describe Mark Turetsky’s voice?

Just misses the mark.


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

The title of course, Have Space Suit - Will Travel


Any additional comments?

The tale was one of my favorites, The narrator M Turetsky some how just misses the tone of the book. Granted I read this tale many, well many many years ago for the first time, as a boy. Given the characters, Kip is just graduating High School and PeeWee at 11, it calls for a voice that can capture that flavor. At one time Audible offered the same book by Whole Cast Audio which fit the book perfectly. But while the narration wasn't as I would like it the tale is still very much worth hearing.

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- SGL

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-11-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.