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When Rod Walker decides to take the final test for “Deacon” Matson’s interplanetary survival course, he knows he will be facing life-or-death situations on an unsettled planet. What he doesn’t expect is that something will go wrong with the “Tunnel in the Sky” and he and his fellow students will not be able to return to Terra. Stranded on a hostile planet, Rod and his friends are faced wit the challenge of carving a civilization out of the wilderness. They must deal with hunger, deprivation, and strangely savage beasts. But the bigger question is, can they survive each other? This science fiction classic pits a savage world against the most untamable beast of all: the human animal. Chock full of high adventure, futuristic speculation, witty repartee, and profound philosophy, Tunnel in the Sky represents the greatest SF writer of all time at the peak of his powers.
©1955 Robert A. Heinlein (P)2011 Full Cast Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Rory on 06-30-12

Where it all started ...

What made the experience of listening to Tunnel in the Sky the most enjoyable?

Thirty-four years ago, a 16-year old boy set out on a 4-day bus trip to spend the summer with his uncle. Four hours into the trip, he was bored as bored can be. There were no smart phones or game boys to keep his interested, so when the bus stopped for a 15-minute break, the young boy went looking for a Mad magazine to read.

He didn't find one. What he did was a rotating metal rack with paperback novels in it. Quickly scanning the rack, he noticed the cover of one book and it somewhat grabbed his attention.

This surprise him, as he was never one to read a book and rebuffed his father's attempts to get him interested in reading.

Looking on the back, he quickly read what the novel was about. "It was a test. It was only a test." This grabbed his attention, so he bought the novel.

Thirty-four years later, he's a voracious reader of (mainly) Science Fiction and it all started with A Tunnel In The Sky.

Even at the age I am now, I love to read this novel every four or five years. It's truly a classic that grabs the imagination. It's more than science fiction - that's merely the backdrop to this novel. It's actually more a study of human behaviour ... it's akin to "Lord of the Flies".

Great read. Very well narrated by David Barker and the gang.

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5 out of 5 stars
By R. Laplante on 06-21-12

Not just for kids

This book is classic Heinlein. Yes, it is marketed as a young adult novel but it never feels juvenile. Great adventure story. This is early Heinlein which I consider better than a lot of his later works.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dr on 01-09-18

Awe inspiring

The story was incredible with many twists and exciting moments throughout the book. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys adventure and action as this book is packed full of it. It is probably the best book I have ever read.

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5 out of 5 stars
By M E Taylor on 07-25-15

Lost Book from Childhood

Any additional comments?

I remember reading this book as a child. The remembered some of the story. I had forgotten the title and spend several years trying to find the book again. So I was really pleased to find it again. It is still great story and very good narration and casting.

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By Thesle on 11-25-15

Another enjoyable listen

Heinlein's juveniles often have good character development, leaving behind the happily ever after stereo type, making them enjoyable as an easy listen. This novel is no exception, with the ending doing justice to the work ass a whole and leaving you feeling the possibilities that could be. An enjoyable sci-fi classic.

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