Space Cadet

  • by Robert A Heinlein
  • Narrated by David Baker
  • 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Matt Dodson arrives at Space Academy little prepared for the rigorous program he is about to enter. But that’s the point of the academy: to take young men and steep them in a demanding tradition of honor, courage, and sacrifice until they have earned the right to join the Patrol as guardians of the solar peace.
Unfortunately, even the academy’s high power training can’t completely prepare Matt and his friends Tex and Oscar for the harrowing test of both survival and diplomatic skills they will face when a mission goes disastrously wrong.
A classic coming-of-age tale, and one of the most influential books in the history of science fiction, Space Cadet features the compelling mix of wit, action, and a clear vision of the future that are the hallmarks of Heinlein at his best.

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Nothing better than Heinlein performed by a cast!

This is not a long book and the science is very dated. But what Heinlein could envision is amazing. Reaction mass ships who require some mass purpose stop wars. They do these by having only under their control in set orbits, the Atom Bombs (that is right, Atom Bombs).

They are a military protection patrol. They are not an Army of any state. They keep the peace for the entire solar system.

They also control an elite and invincible Space Marine division. The book uses something like 15 voices and do a voice actions. If you pay cash (it is cheaper by cash than a token) it is fabulous entertainment.

Some Sci-Fi readers who will not find this book worth much because it is dated. But if you love a terrific Sci-Fi that is represented of an very well respected Master of the Genre, you might do as I just did.

I listened to the book in one sitting. What a Reat!

I gave "the story" only 3 stars is because of the dated Sci-Fi. Acknowledge thank it is a listen from a pen of a Master Sci-Fi writer it is written and you will find them
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- DocJim "Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist"

Listen to see how far Heinlein came in his writing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if my friend was a huge fan of Heinlein and they wanted to hear one of his earliest works.


What could Robert A Heinlein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Well, ANY kind of plot before the last 1/8th of the book


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, but that isn't really a good thing. The story was slowly paced with little actually going on. The voice actors often came off as bored.


Was Space Cadet worth the listening time?

Only from a historical perspective.


Any additional comments?

I wouldn't recommend this as an example of Heinlein's or Full Cast Audio's work. It is flat and relatively lifeless.

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- Hyrum

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-20-2012
  • Publisher: Full Cast Audio