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It was a desperate time, when one's next meal and the comforts of home couldn't be taken for granted. Max Jones, a practical, hard-working young man, found his escape in his beloved astronomy books. But when reality comes crashing in and his troubled home life forces him out on the road, Max finds himself adrift in a downtrodden land - until an unexpected, ultimate adventure carries him away as a stowaway aboard an intergalactic spaceship. But to where? And when? And how can he ever get back? With the ship's pilot dead and his charts and tables all destroyed, Max must call upon all of his untested knowledge and skills in order to survive.
©2003 The Robert A. & Victoria Heinlein Prize Trust (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-18-11

Old Fashioned upbeat

From the 40's to the 60's RH was the face of Science Fiction. At that time he wrote many future novels in which the main characters worked hard, studied hard and stayed true to their morals. These characters were able to accomplish their dreams using these. Rarely is luck the leading force. This is considered a juvenile novel, but in 1953 what was considered juvenile would not fall in that category today, I believe. This is one of my favorites of Heinlein. If you liked Have Space Suit--Will Travel or Rocket Ship Galileo, then you will like Starman Jones. My only complaint is that I feel RH cheated by giving this character a photo graphic memory.

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By Anonymous User on 09-23-08

Pleasantly surprised

This one was a great read! It didn't follow the typical boy is an idiot, boy discovers he has amazing powers, boy winds up winning the girl, the fame and the world, bla, bla, bla... that so many scifi/fantasy stories do. For an older book, it seemed up to date enough to me to hold my interest. In fact, I found myself impressed that Heinlein wrote such a contemporary story so long ago. I enjoyed it very much and will look into more Heinlein books.

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By Rosie and Duncan on 07-23-09

Great Audiobook, we both love it!

Both myself and my husband really enjoyed this audiobook, its well read and a great story.

The only reason we didn't give this book 5 stars was because as much as its unabridged so it will be long we felt that sometimes the way it was narated made it feel a bit of a drag at points but it was however still very enjoyable. Also we feel this book is suitable not only for kids but others also so the bit added by Audible with "Audible Kids" mentioned was a little annoying.

As I said though, its a great book and the narator is good. We will definately listen to it again and have enjoyed it.

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By Kevin on 09-15-09

Starman Jones

Fantastic story. I read this book 25 years ago and had forgotten the plot , but enjoyed every minute.
Highly recommended.

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