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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,392 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2015 ISBN: 9781504676304
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A compelling coming-of-age adventure from legendary SF master and multiple New York Times bestseller Robert A. Heinlein

Lummox has been the pet of the Stuart family for generations. With eight legs, a thick hide, and increasingly large size, Lummox is nobody’s idea of man’s best friend. Nevertheless, John Stuart XI, descendant of the starman who originally brought Lummox back to Earth, loves him. But when Lummox eats a neighbor’s car and begins to grow again, the feds decide that enough is enough. John isn’t about to let the authorities take his pet away, and with his best friend, Betty, he determines to save Lummox—even if he must forever leave the life he’s always known.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Written with [Heinlein’s] usual deftness and fine sense of humor.”

    New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Troyh | 2/16/2014

    " This book was really long.There were really small words and a lot of pages.This book was very interesting and had a lot of information.I liked how this book had two stories that were going on at once and they came together at the end.The ending was different than what I had thought it would be like but it was still very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 2/9/2014

    " Kids read this one! And adults. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cees | 1/29/2014

    " Implausible, confusing mix of Heinlein's similar stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Brander | 1/28/2014

    " A boy with a pet alien, and they almost cause an interstellar war. Material for at great short story og novella, but unfortunately the author drags the story on and on, with endless discussions between lawyers and politicians. Too much talk, not enough adventure. I wouldn't recommend it to my son. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eden Winters | 1/26/2014

    " I still remember this book fondly after thirty-five years, that's saying something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/14/2014

    " Listened to this book on a full cast audio CD during a long car ride. Full cast audio makes all the difference. The book, while juvenile fiction, was very engaging and humorous. Heinlein did a great job (as usual) of casting a strong female lead. I thought he made the male lead a bit too wimpy though, almost to the point of my wondering what Betty really saw in John Thomas. The starbeast, Lummie, was very sweet and endearing. The book contains politics, human as well as species rights, women's liberation, and moral rights versus wrongs. A very deep book for the juvenile set but full of important messages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Golan Schzukin | 1/12/2014

    " Nice read. A little like a children story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 11/22/2013

    " Just some good old school SciFi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TQM Doctor | 10/17/2013

    " The story of the ugly duckling is once again retold. Star Beast is another fun romp to the future where Earth is part of a planetary community. Heinlein shares a future where we continue to stumble through our relationships with other worlds just as skillfully as we do so today with other countries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 10/11/2013

    " Fun book, if a bit dated. It exposes Heinlein's stereotypes of women -- that they are, on the whole, more intelligent and more sensible than the men they care about and live with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 elissa | 10/2/2013

    " Not my absolute favorite of Heinlein's children's novels, but I do remember reading it and liking it. It's a 3 1/2 star book for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 9/22/2013

    " This was an excellent read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Killgore | 7/11/2013

    " This was a fun read, and it has, no doubt influenced things like MIB. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan | 4/30/2013

    " Starts well, doesn't keep it up "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 3/29/2013

    " My favorite of the Heinlein "juvenile" stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noel | 2/2/2013

    " i read this ages ago but the main thing i took away from it was that heinlein can be a sexist douche. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 3/14/2012

    " This is one of the timeless stories Heinlein wrote for teenagers in the fifties. My fiance, dad and I all have a soft spot for the Heinlein stories in this vein. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 colleen | 2/7/2012

    " read 06.19.86 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Yoak | 2/5/2012

    " This is an extremely pleasant juvenile from Heinlein. Though I like it a lot, I'm finding that it is increasingly poor as a re-read. I expect to give it a longer pause before next time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pierre-Henri | 1/18/2012

    " Pour enfant, Magifique "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ann | 11/16/2011

    " My first experience with a Heinlein book and I loved the premise of humans being the 'pets' of beings from a more advanced civilization. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peregrine 12 | 8/12/2011

    " I lost my copy a long time ago, but I've never forgotten the story. This is one of the greats of science fiction. Heinlein all the way, baby! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 4/2/2011

    " A boy with a pet alien, and they almost cause an interstellar war. Material for at great short story og novella, but unfortunately the author drags the story on and on, with endless discussions between lawyers and politicians. Too much talk, not enough adventure. I wouldn't recommend it to my son. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nici | 2/6/2011

    " This was one of the first science fiction books i read and owned. The copy i have has my name written on the inside cover and the date from my 8th year. It's a classic I look forward to sharing with my goddaughter! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Starla | 1/2/2011

    " This is one of Heinlein's books written for young adult readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peregrine 12 | 12/12/2010

    " I lost my copy a long time ago, but I've never forgotten the story. This is one of the greats of science fiction. Heinlein all the way, baby! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geraud | 12/6/2010

    " some good humor and some good insughts on diplomacy. I Flashread this book :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 3/5/2010

    " Classic Heinlein boy-and-his-alien story. Kinda like Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, but simpler plot. loved it =) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 2/14/2010

    " This is an extremely pleasant juvenile from Heinlein. Though I like it a lot, I'm finding that it is increasingly poor as a re-read. I expect to give it a longer pause before next time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boo | 12/30/2009

    " the powers to be are not always on your side....stop think and try to unterstand before you act....A hortin hears a who for adults.
    Sometimes a childhood book can be reread as an adult and really speak to you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 12/18/2009

    " An all time wonderful Heinlein story. Sure, as we read these books as adults the magic may have dissipated, but who cares. Lummox is awesome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 8/25/2009

    " A charming, humorous sci-fi book. Apparently written for the young adult market, I can see how it would appeal to a teenager. It appealed to me too - reminded me of the sort of thing I loved to read as a pre-teen and teen. Lots of fun, and easy reading (devoured it in a couple of days). "

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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

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.