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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,261 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Hugh Farnham is a practical, self-made man, and when he sees the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he builds a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war. But when the apocalypse comes, something happens that he did not expect. A thermonuclear blast tears apart the fabric of time and hurls his shelter into a world with no sign of other human beings.

Farnham and his family have barely settled down to the backbreaking business of low-tech survival when they find that they are not alone after all. The same nuclear war that catapaulted Farnham two thousand years into the future has destroyed all civilization in the northern hemisphere, leaving Africans as the dominant surviving people.

In the new world order, Farnham and his family, being members of the race that nearly destroyed the world, are fit only to be slaves. After surviving a nuclear war, Farnham has no intention of being anyone’s slave, but the tyrannical power of the Chosen reaches throughout the world. Even if he manages to escape, where can he run to?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Heinlein’s story is as engrossing now as it was in its original form decades ago.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Surprising, exciting, horrifying, and very stimulating…Heinlein is at his controversial best.”


  • “Heinlein, the iconoclast…attempt[s] to question some of society’s long-held ideas about race, sex, and male-female relationships…[Tom Weiner] does an exceptionally good job…[Farnham’s Freehold] is oftentimes frustrating. It is sometimes shocking. It is never boring.”


  • “There’s more to Freehold than mere Heinleinian goodness…It still serves to remind you that Heinlein’s lesser works sparkle more brightly than some other author’s masterworks.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kim | 1/30/2014

    " First Heinlein book and one of my favorites! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sean Brower | 1/23/2014

    " Usually I love Heinlein's work, but this one was a stretch. A nuclear holocaust transplants a libertarian (ah, hell with it... an anarchist) know-it-all (Mary Sue) into a future of reverse oppression. Contrived? Yes it is. What could have been a kind of "sci-fi Swiss Family Robinson" fell apart in Heinlein's obsession with autodidactism and "manly awesomeness". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aaron Prazan | 1/12/2014

    " This apocalyptic time travel novel was enjoyable and easy to read. It is hard-boiled genre fiction with much less of the sensitivity and nuance that make some of Heinlein's other books so incredible. The characters are flat and unbelievable, developed only enough to support the story, technology, and social allegory which are the real meat of the book. They are archetypes, even the most well rendered of them, the main character, Hugh. However, Heinlein is not simply telling a fancy story. His novel is actually a well thought out satire about race, power, slavery in America, the Cold War, and gender. Just because these philosophical roads are explored through sci-fi's speculative universes rather than realistic dialogue and character development does not take away their importance. The archetypal characterization did occasionally get too heavy handed and convenient, however. It was a good story, but there were moments where our hero was just too good, or his leading lady too accommodating to be believed. Those moments kicked me out of the fantasy and are the reason this book gets 3 stars and no more. Heinlein has done better, but fans of Heinlein, time travel, speculative sic-fi, will not be disappointed if this book is in the beach bag. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sara | 12/29/2013

    " Cards, war and time travel - oh my! I picked this book up to take with me to the bar and read while waiting for a friend...and didn't put it down until I finished it a day later. Hilarious and thought provoking with a tolerable amount of that mushy love stuff. I grok. "

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