Podkayne of Mars

  • by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by Emily Janice Card
  • 6 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the author of Friday and Rocketship Galileo comes this classic tale featuring the Grand Master of science fiction's most remarkable heroine.Podkayne Fries, a smart and determined maid of Mars, has just one goal in life: to become the first female starship pilot and rise through the ranks to command deep-space explorations. So when she is offered a chance to join her diplomatic uncle on an interstellar journey to distant Earth via Venus, it's a dream come true - even if her only experience with diplomacy is handling her brilliant but pesky younger brother, Clark.But she's about to learn some things about war and peace, because Uncle Tom, the ambassador plenipotentiary from Mars to the Three Planets Conference, is traveling not quite incognito enough - and certain parties will stop at nothing to sabotage negotiations between the three worlds.

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Uncle Orson's Daughter

Emily Card did a wonderful job of characterizing Podkayne. She truly did. The reading of this novel called for a teenage girls voice using inflections as if she were conversing with a voice recorder or talking on a telephone. Ms. Card delivered splendidly. However, her talent as a reader may be limited in this respect. She could deliver a good performance with similarly themed science fiction books, and she might do really well reading chick-lit novels or perhaps classics like Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights, but her voice has too high of a pitch to embody masculine characters very well.

Enough criticisms about the reader. The book is one of my favorites. Heinlein's simple stories always entertain me completely. However, when I read this book a couple of years ago; I read a Baen paperback copy and I believe that there was an alternate ending to the novel. I may be wrong, maybe it was another book that offered an alternative ending. Perhaps it was the one with the two telepathic twins, or maybe "Tunnel in The Sky". But I didn't like the ending to this book. It was too sad and left too much unanswered. If you want to understand what I am talking about then buy the book and listen for yourself.
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- Michael

Good book but very sinister view of Women

Pros:
I think this is a very good book--how it's written and comes to it's surprising ending. The author does a great job of making the reader want to see Earth from a Mars-men perspective.

Cons:
The overall theme that women should stay at home and raise children, and that is what women should naturally like to do and are best at doing, is a bit 1800s. Though perhaps I missed the point somewhere, feel free to explain!

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- Charles "Yo"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-11-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.