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4.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 5 4.06 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Will McAuliffe and the Full Cast Family Publisher: Full Cast Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN:
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A journey of 167,000 lights years begins with...a bar of soap? Fasten your zero gravity restraints for Robert Heinlein's novel of intergalactic adventure, a story that carries teenager Clifford Kip Russell from his job as soda jerk to space-suit winner to alien abductee! Along the way Kip is joined by a pint-sized genius named Peewee and an empathetic alien creature known as the Mother Thing. The story of how this strange trio battles alien gangsters only to end up on trial in an intergalactic court trillions of miles from Earth features all the wicked humor, brilliant detail, and g-force drama that made Robert Heinlein the world's favorite science fiction writer.

First published in 1958 as one of Heinlein's boy's books, Have Space Suit, Will Travel soon found an adult audience as well, and has become one of the most beloved of all his novels. Now listeners can experience it as never before as the Full Cast Family of readers bring the characters to vivid new life in this scintillating recording.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 rachel Hensler | 2/18/2014

    " The first sci-fi book I ever read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sare | 1/24/2014

    " A bit dated, but a fun read. Something I would like to read with my kids some day. Except I probably won't be having any of those, so that was kind of a pointless comment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 12/30/2013

    " The first Heinlein I ever read. I think it was the 5th or 6th grade. I found it in the small library of the Holy Rosary Catholic school in Cedar, MI. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Burkhalter | 12/29/2013

    " Nowadays this would be tagged "young adult" fare, but I read it in 5th grade. It was, actually, the first book I ever ordered through a book store. I didn't realize at the time that RAH was writing about "alien abduction" -- not sure that I knew, in 1965, what a "UFO" was anyway. But RAH was always his own man as a writer, and this book is well-crafted and well-grounded in science and technology. I learned some of my first physics (the use of the formula s=(1/2)at-squared) from this book, as well as the fact that Pluto's orbit is an average of 39.36 astronomical units from the Sun. Something we tend to forget is what an intellectual feast so-called hard science fiction can be when it is well written, and this book is all of that. Kip, the protagonist, wants to be an engineer, but although he is intelligent (no thanks to his local high school, and modern readers might do well to consider RAH's critique of "modern" education!) he has no money. He wins a used, stripped space suit in a contest and decides to refurbish it -- and along the way the reader learns a lot about what one needs to survive in a vacuum environment. Then, as Kip is talking one last hike in his space suit, simulating a trip across the Lunar surface, there is an unexpected reply to his radio message, "Junebug calling Peewee" ... and the game, as Sherlock Holmes might note, is afoot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc Rocket | 12/20/2013

    " Read it as a teen. It was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dixie | 12/18/2013

    " One of my two favorite Heinlein stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth Kenlon | 11/14/2013

    " Heinlein at his best...again! Another space aventure from the guy who knows space adventures best. I love this Heinlein far better than the later, social critic, grumpy old man Heinlein. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walt | 11/3/2013

    " After reading the book, I had to rush right out and buy a log log duplex decitrig! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Worthington | 10/28/2013

    " Fun reading, classic Heinlein style. Easy to read and leaves a lasting impression. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 10/10/2013

    " This is the first Heinlein book I ever started and finished. I only picked it up because my Dad read it. He talked about it so much that I had to read it. I may read more of Heinlein's work in the future. Any Recommendations for another Heinlein? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 9/2/2013

    " This was my first Sci Fi book that I ever read, checked it out from the Library in Firebaugh, CA. I was hooked from that point on "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan petersen | 6/10/2013

    " good for the reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Branden Beachy | 2/22/2013

    " The first SciFi book I remember reading, and still great "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pierre-Henri | 8/16/2012

    " Pour les enfants "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roman | 1/3/2012

    " Have Spacesuit, Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein (2005) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Babete | 12/31/2011

    " ( Equipagem Espacial ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noa | 9/17/2011

    " Made more for younger readers, Heinlein still reflects on the ideas which made his other books famous, such as freedom, democracy, and libertarianism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Neil Hepworth | 8/12/2011

    " The ending was really stupid - I get tired of the "humanity on trial" angle...don't SciFi writers have any other themes to write about? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanna | 6/29/2011

    " An interesting book from one of the original Sci fi masters. The space stuff still holds strong, but there are some references in the text that are so out of date it might be tricky for young people today to follow some of it- for example, he works as a soda jerk. Still a good story though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent | 6/7/2011

    " Absolutely in my top 5 books of all time. I love this story. It is classic Heinlein, classic sci-fi, and classic adventure. It is fun, easy to read, and highly entertaining. If you're reading this review, you must already have a somewhat passive interest in it, so do yourself a favor and read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 5/24/2011

    " Perhaps my all-time favorite novel! A fast-paced, exciting space opera from one of the great science fiction authors, I consider it to be one of Heinlein's best. As a teenager, this novel inspired me to learn about physics and the Solar System, and I never again forgot the order of the planets. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brett | 5/21/2011

    " Finished "Have Space Suit-Will Travel" by Robert A. Heinlein. What can I say? It covered a lot of ground but never went anywhere, if that makes sense. It was okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misty | 5/3/2011

    " I'm listening to this with the boys and we all are loving it. The audio version is particularly well read and produced with great voices and sound effects. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 4/5/2011

    " This is a hugely fun adventure read. It is one if the author's young-adult classics "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cate | 4/1/2011

    " I read this book back in high school on a whim. Usually I am not really big into science fiction, but this book surprised me. I really loved it once the story got rolling (which could have happened sooner). But I liked the characters and the plot soon became complex and gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ange | 3/31/2011

    " Refers to 3 men in a boat and Jerome K. Jerome. Alright. Definitely a kid's story. Fun. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gage | 3/9/2011

    " Started off great, then went to ridiculous places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivan | 2/23/2011

    " Nice novel, probably intended for teenagers. Has a surprisingly detailed descriptions of some space-related things (e.g. of a spacesuit, walking on the moon, etc.), even though it was published in 1958. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/19/2011

    " The first SF book I ever read! I was 11. I checked it out from the Shelby County (Indiana) Carnegie Library. I can remember what it smelled like and where it was shelved. The first one is always free, isn't it? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 1/18/2011

    " Either this or Orphan Star by Alan Dean Foster were my first SF books, when I was about 10 or 11. Got me hooked, that's for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Starla | 1/2/2011

    " I read this when I was very young and Robert Heinlein was writing for a younger audience. "

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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.