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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.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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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.
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.