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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,510 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Zach Villa Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jim Marlowe and his strange-looking Martian friend Willis are only allowed to travel so far. But one day Willis unwittingly tunes into a treacherous plot that threatens all the colonists on Mars, and it sets Jim off on a terrifying adventure that could save—or destroy—them all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers young and old will enjoy this fast-moving adventure novel.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A fascinating story of Earth-humans on Mars…The most thrilling and tingling kind of science fiction story by an experienced hand.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Becca | 2/12/2014

    " Another juvenile that I keep coming back to as an adult. This one is set on Mars and how a young man learns about growing up from his friend, a martian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Roger Loran Bailey | 1/4/2014

    " When I was in junior high school I read every Heinlein juvenile the school library had. I can still picture the shelf on which they were all shelved. That was a very long time ago and some of them I remember better than others. I am not sure that the school library had every single Heinlein juvenile, so I can't be sure that I read every one. Some of the plots I remember and others of them escape me now. Red Planet is one of those I was not sure that I had read. Now that I have read it again after all these years I can say that as soon as the little round Martian, Willis, was introduced the memory did come back to me and as I made it through the book more and more came back to me. That is the case even if this is not actually the same book I read back then. It appears that there was a grand battle between Heinlein and his editor and that the version I read in junior high school was drastically mangled in comparison to what Heinlein actually wrote. This version is a restored version and appears as the author intended it to be. I am tempted to give it a four or five star rating in tribute to the nostalgia of revisiting something I read back when I was just becoming a science fiction fan, but I can't quite do it. I don't know how I would have rated it then -- probably pretty high because I certainly did enjoy anything I read by Heinlein in those days -- but it just doesn't have the same effect now. First, the plot strikes me as a bit weak. A couple of teenagers do battle with and expose a corrupt headmaster of a school on Mars and they end up running away and living with the Martians for a while. The most interesting part is at the very end when Martian biology is discussed. Second, the story is considerably dated and most of all, it really is juvenile literature. As a much older and more sophisticated science fiction reader now, that means that it comes off as rather simplistic to me. I did still enjoy the book, just not that much, so I give it three stars. This is apparently the first of the Heinlein juveniles, published in 1949, and according to the introductory material it set the stage for Stranger In a Strange Land. Well, it so happens that I read Stranger In a Strange Land somewhere around the same time I read Red Planet, when I was in junior high school, and I remembered everything about that book much better. Stranger In a Strange Land was not juvenile literature. Back then I noticed no connection between the books and I still would not have if this volume had not told me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joe Osborne | 12/23/2013

    " Entertaining Heinlein juvenile that holds up even today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by JodiP | 12/16/2013

    " This was a young adult book about the first colony on Mars. It is in some ways, a precursor to Stranger in a Strange Land, showing the first meetings between Martians and people. The Martians were very creatively imagined and utilized in the story. There seemed to be more disdain for women than usual, with no strong woman or girl taking part in the action as you sometimes see. "

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