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3.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 5 3.68 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Future History Series Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455185191
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We pray for one last landing
On the globe that gave us birth;
Let us rest our eyes on the fleecy skies
And the cool, green hills of Earth.

The Green Hills of Earth is a collection of short stories from one of the masters of science fiction who has held readers spellbound for over thirty years. This collection includes “Delilah and the Space-Rigger,” “Space-Jockey,” “The Long Watch,” “Gentlemen Be Seated,” “The Black Pits of Luna,” “It’s Great to Be Back,” “‘—We Also Walk Dogs,’” “Ordeal in Space,” “The Green Hills of Earth,” and “Logic of Empire.”

The arching sky is calling
Spacemen back to their trade.
All handsStand byFree falling!
And the lights below us fade.

Out ride the sons of Terra,
Far drives the thundering jet,
Up leaps a race of Earthmen,
Out, far, and onward yet —

We’ve tried each spinning space mote
And reckoned its true worth:
Take us back again to the homes of men
On the cool, green hills of Earth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the grand masters of science fiction.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “The collection has its high points, and on one level it is a classic.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike (the Paladin) | 2/20/2014

    " Read long ago. Short stories that tie into Heinlein's over all history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hayley Farr | 2/13/2014

    " It was Robert Heinlein's short stories that initially drew me into his writing and fandom, and it's his short stories where I will always prefer to stay. That said, this book is full of somewhat exciting though in many cases brief glimpses of different "futuristic" lifestyles, achievements, and careers. The title story is enjoyable, but not particularly inspirational. My favourite story in the collection is "the Long Watch," which surprised myself. It's not typically the sort of story that would capture my heart, but I left it feeling profoundly proud of the main character, and with a strange sense of patriotism towards a society and civilization that doesn't actually exist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookworm | 2/12/2014

    " A collection of short stories about a futuristic time in which there is a colony on the moon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/30/2014

    " This is a fun anthology of short stories by Heinlein. All of the stories revolve around colonization of planets in our solar system. The themes are not about the technology, but about contemporary problems and dilemmas that we still have today; indentured service as slavery, prejudice against women in the workplace, young brats given too much freedom and too little discipline, phobias, and more. These contemporary themes help to explain the "staying power" of Heinlein's stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 1/28/2014

    " A truly timeless thoroughly enjoyable collection of short stories. These are some of the best SF tales ever penned. They have the unique virtue of being every bit as enjoyable by the 10th read as they were back at the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 1/20/2014

    " Explores probe the deepest reaches of space while wondering if they will ever see Earth again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Elice | 1/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed reading these short stories. Sometimes I get bored reading story after story in an anthology, but each one was slightly different with recurring places and companies that sort of linked the world of the stories together. Most were well paced and had good messages, with most ending up on a positive note, unlike many sci fi short stories where things just go to hell and the lesson learned is pretty much shoved in your face. I really appreciate Heinlein's view of how people find their places in the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 krin | 1/6/2014

    " I enjoyed these short stories about the Earth and the Moon. Two of my favorites were "'It's Great to Be Back'" about a couple who learns where their home is, and "--We Also Walk Dogs" about a new kind of concierge company. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/30/2013

    " I read this book maybe 10 years ago, but I didn't realize I'd read it until halfway through the first chapter, so I guess it can't have made much of an impact on me, so I thought I'd give it another go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross Armstrong | 11/4/2013

    " While some of the stories are somewhat dated, it is still a strong collection of tales from one of the great science fiction authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 7/7/2013

    " I like Heinlein; a good, colorful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 4/14/2013

    " An assemblage of science fiction ten short stories by Robert A. Heinlein. I particularly enjoyed the "Delilah and the Space-Rigger", and "Gentlemen, Be Seated". While reading these brief stories it feels like taking flight to the Universe, and beyond. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 3/16/2013

    " Another Heinlein book I've read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nell | 3/7/2013

    " Worth reading just for the title story, especially if you are prone to being sentimental about your planet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven Beales | 10/30/2012

    " Over-rated like most things Heinlein - blind, space traveling, singer-song writers may enjoy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leto2 | 1/13/2012

    " Heinlein always has some interesting ideas, but I'm not a huge fan of short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roman | 11/21/2011

    " The Green Hills of Earth by Robert A. Heinlein (1980) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Golan Schzukin | 11/19/2011

    " Nice few short stories, with interesting point each "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 7/20/2011

    " Some of RAH's best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Rowe | 6/19/2011

    " A series of short space stories that tell the future through the perspectives of engineering, politics, and commerce. I love the out of date language. It gives the stories some real flavor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Orr | 4/2/2011

    " Contains my favorite poem, even if it hasn't been written yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Taranto | 2/26/2011

    " Stories from the 40's by a very good storyteller. Heinlein is a well deserving Grand Master of Science Fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jevansampqes.com | 2/5/2011

    " One of the best collections of short stories I have ever read. A real look into the nature of man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken Sibanda | 11/11/2010

    " A good sociological drama taking place in outer Space. Heinlein excels in underscoring the science in which the characters are immersed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenn | 7/17/2010

    " Classic SF stories from a time when the genre seemed more influenced by Westerns and pioneer thinking than technology and climate change. Some interesting stories if you can overlook the scientific inaccuracies and latent sexism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 5/19/2010

    " A series of short space stories that tell the future through the perspectives of engineering, politics, and commerce. I love the out of date language. It gives the stories some real flavor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leto2 | 4/14/2010

    " Heinlein always has some interesting ideas, but I'm not a huge fan of short stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike (the Paladin) | 11/11/2009

    " Read long ago. Short stories that tie into Heinlein's over all history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 9/27/2009

    " Stories from the 40's by a very good storyteller. Heinlein is a well deserving Grand Master of Science Fiction.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 8/30/2009

    " Corporate hiring, getting one's hearts desire, and more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roman | 3/31/2009

    " The Green Hills of Earth by Robert A. Heinlein (1980) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/10/2009

    " Good collection of stories. Workman-like sci-fi. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr. | 11/19/2008

    " Another Heinlein book I've read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amos | 11/12/2008

    " good juvenile book cf: Stranger in a strange land "

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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

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.