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Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Emily Janice Card Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781481551892
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From the author of Friday and Rocketship Galileo comes this classic tale featuring the grand master of science fiction’s most remarkable heroine. Podkayne Fries, a smart and determined maid of Mars, has just one goal in life: to become the first female starship pilot and rise through the ranks to command deep-space explorations. So when she is offered a chance to join her diplomatic uncle on an interstellar journey to distant Earth via Venus, it’s a dream come true—even if her only experience with diplomacy is handling her brilliant but pesky younger brother, Clark. But she’s about to learn some things about war and peace—Uncle Tom, the ambassador plenipotentiary from Mars to the Three Planets Conference, is traveling not quite incognito enough, and certain parties will stop at nothing to sabotage negotiations between the three worlds.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Heinlein's skill...makes this story a delight.”

    New York Herald Tribune

  • “Narrating the excerpts from Poddy’s diary, Emily Janice Card adopts the confident tone of a teenager who aspires to be the first woman starship captain. She talks about her brother with the condescending tone of a slightly older sister who feels the burden of looking out for a sibling who finds her superfluous. In the portions of the story told by Clark, Card smoothly delivers the attitude of one who bears the burden of being smarter that anyone else he knows.”


  • “An interplanetary plot and a moral append a highspirited entertainment for all ages.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • An Audie Award Finalist

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JLA | 12/2/2019

    " It's like Candide. A naive and spunky young woman accompanies her brother and uncle on a cruise ship from Mars to Earth while a sinister scheme slowly unfolds around her. Written in first-person so that her naivete and optimism blind the reader to those dark machinations until the abrupt end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 3/9/2011

    " ( A Rapariga de Marte ) "

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

    " This book is what started my lifelong love of science fiction. I didn't get to read the original endning until I was an adult, and I prefer RAH's original ending to the 'happy ending' of the 1963 version.


  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 2/21/2011

    " One of my favourite books in high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 2/17/2011

    " The first book my uncle ever loaned me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 12/7/2010

    " The four stars are for the original, much downer ending. The happy ending would get two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 11/22/2010

    " this is the book that got me into sci-fi and more Heinlein...after this one at age 10, I read all the juvenile ones and by 15 started the adult ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kersten | 10/14/2010

    " I read this when I was a child...and I wanted to be a starship captain, too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Petra | 9/24/2010

    " I have the special edition with both endings (ISBN 0671721798) which I really enjoyed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 7/31/2010

    " It was a great concept but it took too long to develop. Then when the action began to get really interesting, it just fell apart at the end. Finally, this book could not keep my attention. I found myself always looking up and around the room, when reading. "

About the Author

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

Emily Janice Card (a.k.a. Emily Rankin) is an actor, writer, and singer from North Carolina, now residing in Los Angeles. In addition to being a narrator, she has directed numerous audiobooks, including the 2007 Audie and Earphones Award winner Hubris, Legacy of Ashes by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner, and Them by Nathan McCall. Her own audiobook narration has won her four Earphones Awards.