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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: June 2011 ISBN: 9781470802349
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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.”

    SFRreviews.com

  • “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.”

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  • “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.”

    Bookslut.com

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald | 10/28/2013

    " Farnham's Freehold is one of my alltime favorites. I found the novel to be one of deep and abiding hope. I have read this book several times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Harley | 8/19/2013

    " OMG, what a sexist pig. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/21/2012

    " Paranoid cold war narrative at it's best. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aaron Spiegel | 4/14/2012

    " I can't get passed the 1950s language and sensibilities "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matt | 1/9/2012

    " This book did not grab me. The potential was there, but I grew bored reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Yoak | 12/21/2011

    " Even having read this book before several times, it still blew my socks off. Heinlein's deep look at racism, his typically brilliant characters and one of the cases where he didn't lose interest in his plot all dovetail in a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexander Fontana | 8/18/2011

    " Nice homesteading adventure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Slightly | 8/10/2011

    " It kind of reads like a version of Ayn Rand light. Definitely more of an allegory than a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meryl | 7/19/2011

    " Heinlein - always a good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 6/14/2011

    " Science Fiction's most controversial novel? Lots of taboo subjects in this book. Plus time travel!
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Max | 6/4/2011

    " Think survivalists are loons? Perhaps most are but not the ones in this book! If the world ever does end you'll be glad you read this, an entertaining how to survive the end of the world guide. Oh and a wicked twist about _who_ might really repopulate the world . . . ;-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 4/10/2011

    " First Heinlein book and one of my favorites! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Brian | 2/24/2011

    " I'd give it 3.5, but I'm a stickler against bullshit time travel physics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 2/20/2011

    " This was more or less readable, but there were a lot of creepy incestuous elements to it. Heinlein was a free-thinker, and that's a plus, but sometimes his thinking went places I choose not to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bicefalus | 2/2/2011

    " una famiglia americana alle prese con il dopo terza guerra mondiale ... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dolly | 2/1/2011

    " This is why there should be MST3K for books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Willy | 11/23/2010

    " Interesting read just from the history of Sci-Fi point of view. It jumps around too much for me. I've read better Heinlein. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 10/20/2010

    " Seemed pretty cheesy at the start and definately had a whole boy scout hero who's a hit with the ladies angle (which can be fun sometimes). But I really liked the scenario towards the end which dealt with the concept of freedom and prosperity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 6/3/2010

    " Good, but not my favorite RAH book. "

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About the Author
Author Robert A. Heinlein

Robert Anson Heinlein (1907–1988) was born in Missouri. He served five years in the US Navy and then attended graduate classes in mathematics and physics at UCLA. After a variety of jobs, he began to write science fiction in 1939. He is a four-time winner of the Hugo Award and a recipient of three Retro Hugos, and in 1975 he was named the first recipient of the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement. Several of his books were New York Times bestsellers, and his worldwide bestsellers have been translated into twenty-two languages. 

About the Narrator

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.