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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 Robinso Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • Rocket Ship Galileo is a good, entertaining novel. It’s a classic for the right reasons.”


  • “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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Caitlin | 1/21/2014

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

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