Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Audio review of Robert A. Heinlein’s Red Planet

Publishers Weekly has a short but positive review of an unabridged audiobook of Robert A. Heinlein’s classic juvenile novel Red Planet (1949). Produced by Full Cast Audio, the book is read by William Dufris and includes a full cast with musical score. Six CDs, 7 hrs. Here’s a description, taken directly from the website of Full Cast Audio:

“Jim Marlowe’s Martian pet, Willis, seems like nothing more than an adorable ball of fur with an astonishing ability to mimic the human voice. But when Jim takes the creature to academy and runs afoul of a militantly rigid headmaster, his devotion to his pet launches the young man on a death-defying trek across Mars.

Accompanied by his buddy, Frank, Jim must battle the dangers of a hostile planet. But it is not only the boys’ lives that are at stake: They have discovered explosive information about a threat to the survival of the entire colony -- information that may mean life or death for their families.

An irresistible mix of thrilling adventure, crackling dialogue, and brilliant speculation, deftly seasoned with politics, philosophy, and
a touch of the mystic,
Red Planet is classic Heinlein.”

2 comments:

groovista said...

Thanks! This tale is, to me, part of the Canon of "Old Mars". Heinlein's detailed and loving descriptions of the Martian environment and civilization equal those of Burroughs in painting that wonderful world.

Paul said...

Yeah, Heinlein is one of my favorites. I don't listen to enough audiobooks, so I might check my local library for this one.