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Jim Marlowe and his strange-looking Martian friend, Willis, are allowed to travel only so far. But one day Willis unwittingly tunes in to 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.

©1949 Renewed 1976 by Robert A. Heinlein. © Assigned 2003 to the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Stephen Hickman
  • 29-12-16

RED PLANET--- by Robert A. Heinlein

One of Heinlein's best 'juvenile' books, though the themes and content go a surprisingly long way beyond what is expected from even a modern Y/A novel---a very engaging book, even if modern scientific knowledge of Mars tells us there aren't any canals...

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  • Valerie's Alien 17
  • 19-04-18

a favourite.

I 've probably read this over 200 times since 1968. a favourite. audio book is great.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-17

I have read every book written by<br />r. Heinlein.

first book I ever read for my enjoyment. junior high school frazee Minnesota .1962.

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  • Steve Davies
  • 15-10-20

A True Heinlein Classic

This story has and always shall be my personal favorite of Heinlein's works. This is a must for any and all Science Fiction fans.

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  • Seth D.Yockey
  • 04-03-18

Great for Kids

I love Heinlein, so I thought I'd check it out. There's nothing wrong with it, but it's definately not going to make older audiences swoon.

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  • Cyn Pim
  • 29-04-16

classic Heinlein story!

I love Heinlein. this is a classic that I can listen to with my kids and enjoy over and over. The narrator performed very well and brought the story to life.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 23-11-16

THE BIGGEST JOKE SINCE WOMEN WERE INVENTED

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Besides this being very political, the main character is a teenage wise A ss. Heinlein who was married three times, never had any children of his own, but seems to think he is an expert in how to raise our children. This character shows very little respect for his parents or any authority. In the book they take it to the extreme, but leading up to the extreme this kid is constantly bucking the system. Heinlein believes you must have guns to have freedom and thanks it is okay for teenagers to have guns. There are than several times when the kid comes close to killing someone over the smallest slight. I did not like the main character and I thought the story was weak. I normally love Heinlein's juvenile books were he shows hard work and a "I can do it" attitude gets great things accomplished. This is not one of those.

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  • zatarra
  • 19-10-16

Another Excellent Juvee Novel from Heinlein

Very good performance. Entertaining for young adults of all ages. It went at brisk pace and before I knew it was over.

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  • Mstv01
  • 12-11-20

Out of date for what we know, but a fun adventure!

Read this the first time in 1959 & got totally hooked on Science Fiction! Yes, our knowledge of Mars has considerably changed since 1949 when this was written, but the story is great and could be transposed to a company mining town in the USA around the turn of the 20th century with extremely harsh living conditions; like Star Wars was similar to a John Houston horse opera but in space. This book is clean & fun for kids and anyone who loved/still loves Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov's stories - it took poetic license with Mars topography but we could wish it were true!