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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,693 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It's many years in the future, the exact year cannot be certain. There is a certain mystery in the air. The human race has spread over the entire galaxy, and with it, new challenges and tribulations have appeared. Slavery is common on the planet Jubbul, an Earth colony many light years from home. The boy, Thorby, is nothing unusual up on the chopping block. For all accounts, it's an ordinary everyday occurrence...until the beggar buys him.

What transpires next is something no one ever could have imagined. It turns out Balslim the cripple, the man who purchased him, is not at all what he seems. Rather, he's much more than that, a writer and a sage, a stout teacher, and wise beyond even his advanced years. Balslim takes Thorby in as his son, and as a result, the boy flourishes.

It isn't long before Thorby realzes that Balslim is something of a spy, and before you know it, he's transferred onto the starship Sisu due to an unpaid debt. The resulting adventure is beyond Thorby's wildest dreams. What will he make of it? What adventures lie ahead? No one knows for certain! Robert A. Heinlein was one of America's most celebrated science fiction authors. Born in 1907, over the course of his life he reshaped the science fiction genre many times with his works. He was one of the first science fiction authors to break into a mainstream audience, and his works greatly raised the expectation for quality of writing across the genre. He was also an entrepreneur who gave much of his time and wealth to charity. He also won several acclaimed literary awards.

Citizen of the Galaxy is a thrilling adventure tale that shouldn't be missed by any reader, especially not one with a love of science fiction.

In a distant galaxy of colonized planets, the atrocity of slavery is alive and well. Young Thorby was just another bedraggled orphan boy sold at auction, but his new owner, Baslim, is not the disabled beggar he appears to be. Adopting Thorby as his son, Baslim fights relentlessly as an abolitionist spy. When the authorities close in on Baslim, Thorby must find his own way in a hostile galaxy. Joining with the Free Traders, a league of merchant princes, Thorby must find the courage to live by his wits and fight his way up from society’s lowest rung. But Thorby’s destiny will be forever changed when he discovers the truth about his own identity.

Citizen of the Galaxy is a suspenseful tale of adventure, coming of age, and interstellar conflict by science fiction’s Grand Master.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Science, mystery, and strong ethical concepts give the book sure appeal to devotees of science fiction.”  

    Saturday Review

  • “Absorbing, convincing, and well written combination of science fiction and mystery.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Sometimes satirical, probingly provocative, this is a characteristic Heinlein off-the-ground mirage, with the protagonist encountering the values of a free society, weighing the worth of the individual.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom Ackerman | 2/2/2014

    " A strong member of Heinlein's juveniles. I felt that the first third of the book is the best, then it kinda goes down hill. It never lost my interest though, and it certainly has a broader scope than many of the other juveniles. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sean Friar | 1/31/2014

    " SO far i am on chapter five. I think the book so far has not been very interesting and i dont know what the book is about. I dont know what everything leading up to the point im at has to do with anything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wade | 1/31/2014

    " Best book my brother ever recommended to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lord | 1/28/2014

    " This is the First book of his I read and loved it. He wrote many of his books for the older teen. Easy to read, exciting, and have read many times. "

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