The Star Beast by Robert A. Heinlein audiobook

The Star Beast

By Robert A. Heinlein
Read by Richard Powers

Blackstone Publishing 9781451638912
8.84 Hours Unabridged
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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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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

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

Reviews

Reviews

by ET3D 9/13/2017
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A rather boring "courtroom drama", saved by great narration

The premise of The Space Beast is interesting, but most of the book constitutes of people trying to explain things to other people, or trying to understand the situation so they know what to do and how to explain it, or coerce others to do their will. The 'conflict' comes from lack of knowledge or understanding (and some random noise), and the reader is always ahead of most (often all) of the characters in this respect, so the reader is mainly left to wonder when and how the characters will understand the situation and do what needs to be done.

If this was a print book I would have ended skimming most of it, but that's not possible with an audiobook. Luckily Paul Michael Garcia's superb narration made listening to the book more fun. He has a great range. From Mr. Kiku's gravelly voice to the 4-year-old-like voice of Lummox, his characters are distinct and believable.

In the end though, I can't really recommend this book. Even with the great narration it's too mediocre to be worth spending time on.

Author

Author Bio: Robert A. Heinlein

Author Bio: 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. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 8.84
Audience: Adult
Language: English