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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,955 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Spider Robinson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455186624
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From the grand master of science fiction comes this classic story about pioneers at the dawn of space exploration.

Ross Jenkins, Art Mueller, and Morris Abrams are not your average high schools students. While other kids are cruising around in their cars or playing ball, this trio, known as the Galileo Club, is experimenting with rocket fuels, preparing for their future education at technical colleges.

Art’s uncle, the nuclear physicist Dr. Donald Cargraves, offers them the opportunity of a lifetime: to construct and crew a rocket that will take them to the moon. Cargraves believes their combined ingenuity and enthusiasm can actually make this dream come true—but there are those who don’t share their dream and who will stop at nothing to keep their rocket grounded.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Rocket Ship Galileo is a good, entertaining novel. It’s a classic for the right reasons.”

    SciFi.com

  • “A nice piece of science fantasy by an author well known for his science fiction.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Spider is a gifted narrator with a flair for voice characterizations. His natural narrator’s voice…conveys ease, and his pacing is unhurried.”

    SFFAudio.com

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Willy James | 2/8/2014

    " Amazing how much detail Heinlein got right about a trip to the moon in 1947. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gerald | 2/6/2014

    " Certainly the most boring Heinlein book I've read. The second half of the book is actually pretty good, but the first half is super dry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 2/4/2014

    " A friend gave me a stack of books to read. I took the thinnest book to get started: Rocket Ship Galileo. I can understand how it might have been a favorite of his as a kid, written in 1947 before the moon landing. I can imagine my friend dreaming of being an astronaut as a kid and wishing he had a mentor like Doc, who would support him on a wild adventure to the moon; it is in that respect I can enjoy the book, reading through my friend's eyes, but not for the book itself. I had a very hard time buying the initial premise of the story and really from that point, reading became a chore. I managed to get to page 136. The story aims for hard SF stripped of everything, a sort of Hardy Boys SF. The characters were nothing more than stick figures to me. I found it very hard to keep reading especially after "Geewillickers!" I have to add that I'm not a fan of Robert Heinlein, but my friend is. He's determined to change my mind or at least broaden it. I'm very open to reading something outside of my favorites. I often find that there is something to like in everyone's favorite something, even if it's just a little bit like Doc's mentor relationship in Rocket Ship Galileo. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/21/2014

    " I love Heinlein but I just couldnt get past the first chapter of this one "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 1/19/2014

    " Stupid. Boys in a home-made rocket ship discover Nazis on the moon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roy | 12/31/2013

    " I never looked at the moon the same... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jerry | 12/22/2013

    " gee willikers! This teen fiction from 1947 is really showing its age.. I enjoy Heinleins fiction, but this one is not his best. Worth reading since it is short and shows more of a bygone era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roman | 12/20/2013

    " Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert A. Heinlein (1947) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 11/11/2013

    " One of the first Sci-Fi books I have read. It really excited me about space trave, etc... Of course, I was a preteen boy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 11/10/2013

    " This book is amazingly dated. No, I take that back, it's more amazing that I didn't find his other books dated. This one reads very cold war, and his others surprisingly still have that quality of this could happen. Sadly, I wouldn't recommend it unless you are a die-hard Heinlein fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnathan | 8/23/2013

    " A children's sci-fi book involving rocketry and nazis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Howard | 11/8/2012

    " One of Robert Heinlein's young readers book. It was a light hearted read that was a lot of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 4/13/2012

    " OK, not great. Better for a younger reader, as it was from Heinlein's juvenile collections "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Jennings | 4/1/2012

    " I read this when I was eleven, and it started a life long love of science fiction. Though these days, I don't always approve of Heinlein. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lbaker | 1/24/2012

    " Silly and light without being too ridiculous - nazi's on the moon and all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 8/12/2011

    " Heinlein's first published book. A 1947 look at travel to the moon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin | 7/3/2011

    " As youngster I found this book irresistible. I read it so many times the book eventually fell apart into tatters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauri Sholar | 3/5/2011

    " Written in 1947, this book is more fiction than science, and truly more of an adventure book than anything else. Still, a good, fun little romp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 3/3/2011

    " Great book. I love the way that Heinlein was consistently successful at predicting the science of the future (maybe even inspiring it). This story is enjoyable. I especially recommend it for anyone who has ever dreamed of going to the moon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 2/24/2011

    " OK, not great. Better for a younger reader, as it was from Heinlein's juvenile collections "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 7/26/2010

    " Heinlein's first published book. A 1947 look at travel to the moon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deborah | 5/18/2010

    " One of the lamest and most ridculous of Heinlein's books (that I've read anyway)one of his earliest works as well.
    Luckily it was short or I might have not finished it.
    Nazis on the moon? Kids in space? (Rolling my eyes)
    I'll read one of his later books next time! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrewcharles420 | 2/25/2010

    " Surprising[ly silly:] twist at the end. Did not like the places where it focused on science, while it completely glossed over or forgot other areas of necessary scientific concern. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ERNEST | 2/16/2010

    " Good...probably real good during its time. Listened to the audiobook. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frank | 9/6/2009

    " An okay juvenille tale about three teenagers and a physicist building a rocket and going to the moon.
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 6/21/2009

    " Stupid. Boys in a home-made rocket ship discover Nazis on the moon! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roman | 3/31/2009

    " Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert A. Heinlein (1947) "

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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

Spider Robinson, winner of three Hugo Awards and a Nebula Award, is renowned for his Callahan’s Place series of bestselling novels. With his wife, Jeanne, he also wrote the award-winning Stardance series.