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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.
©2003 The Robert A. & Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Jack Ketterer on 11-16-08

A Smart Kid

Just reading a description of the story doesn't leave one excited to read it, but when you start listening, you find it hard to stop.

Podkayne is a girl who would be around 17 or 18 earth years old. See is very world-wise and people-wise for her age. She plans her long term goals and goes after them.

I'm a 64 year old man. I tend to think of Podkayne as a terrific daughter or granddaughter that I would be very proud of. If I did have a teenage or even pre-teenage granddaughter, I would see to it that she listened to this at least once, and hopefully more than once. Podkayne would be a very good roll model for any girl.

This starts as a very pleasant story that builds to a very exciting story. I think that if you got this book, you would be glad you did.

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By Gabriel on 09-09-15

wrong ending

real Heinlien fans know whats up. this book does not contain the ORIGINAL ending and, as he pointed out to his editor who insisted on this rewrite, the new ending ruins the moral of the story.

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By Stephanie on 02-26-14

No real climax.

Although the storyline was interesting and well paced I felt that the end had come rather sooner than it should and I didn't feel there was a climax point in the story. It just sort of ends. Bizarre.

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By Paul on 07-04-14

Classic Heinlein Novel

One of Heinlein's better stories, most of it richly details life on a space ship & off earth colonies. The science is more than a bit dated nowadays but the impact of technology on people is brilliant.
My biggest gripe is that they went with the edited ending rather than the original Heinlein ending which makes the book lose a lot of the dramatic impact.
The narrator is well suited for the tone, an older voice than Podkayne - but I've always imagined Podkayne as at least a few years older than the book describes. The format of the book particular suits a narration style rendering.

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