Heinlein audio books
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Author:  Blackhawk [ Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:50 am ]
Post subject:  Heinlein audio books

I couldn't find a thread for this so I'm starting one. I have become a fan of audio books. I listen to them while I'm commuting or driving anywhere by myself. It lets me experience more books since I don't have as much time to read as I'd like.

A company called Full Cast Audio is doing the Heinlein juveniles (though I prefer the modern term, Young Adult). As the name suggests, instead of a single narrator reading a book, their productions use a cast of actors performing the characters in the book and even include some sound effects and music. The result is closer to a radio play than a conventional audio book but it is really a distinctive art form. I have listened to Have Space Suit - Will Travel, The Rolling Stones, Red Planet and The Star Beast. They have just released Tunnel in the Sky. I have received my copy but haven't listened to it yet. I am sure that it will be as good as the others. It's available now at a special price and Red Planet is also available at a special sale price.

I have no connection to this company other than being a fan of their work. I initially got their Heinlein audio books from my local library but I enjoyed them so much I decided to buy them from now on to do my small part in supporting their work. I hope that they'll be successful enough to produce all the Heinlein YA novels. They have Between Planets and Space Cadet listed as upcoming projects, but the release of BP has been delayed several times. I really want to get that one.

Author:  Airgetlam [ Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:40 pm ]
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Thanks for the post, Dan. So far, I'd stuck with the standard "simple reading of the text" audiobooks, but based on your comments, I'll have to give these Full Cast Audio versions a try, although my commute has dropped significantly since leaving San Diego. I have to agree, there's something pleasant about driving and listening to a book at the same time, especially when on long commutes. Keeps your mind pleasantly multi-tasking without significant danger, at least in my case, although I do have to admit to backing up the audio to rehear something after I've had an encounter on the road that requires more attention.

Author:  Blackhawk [ Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:25 pm ]
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Glad to share. There is another company called Graphic Audio that also does full cast readings of books, but they aren't doing any Heinlein. They are a first class operation, though, and I do recommend them if you like the kind of book they produce. Full Cast Audio seems to be operating on the edge, which is a shame because they do excellent work. I'm really looking forward to hearing Tunnel in the Sky. They even made The Star Beast, not my favorite Heinlein YA novel, completely entertaining.

Author:  JackKelly [ Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:42 pm ]
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Thank you! I'm a fan of audiobooks also - long commute. I'll check this out.

Author:  Blackhawk [ Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:36 am ]
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JackKelly wrote:
Thank you! I'm a fan of audiobooks also - long commute. I'll check this out.

You're welcome. I'm half way through Tunnel in the Sky and I'm enjoying it just as much as the previous Full Cast Audio productions. I had listened to a copy of Red Planet from the library but since it's on sale at such a low price, I ordered my own copy and plan to listen to it next. As I recall, it was an earlier production and not quite as polished as the later works, but I'll check that impression when I hear it.

Author:  RobWright [ Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:38 pm ]
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It's a 45 minute commute to work for me, totally worth it because I get to leave the furnace of the basin and decompress driving up into the mountains, and I listen to a large number of audiobooks.

On the Heinlein front I have Friday, Time Enough For Love, Double Star, The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, Radio Dramas, radio adaptions of four or five of his short stories, and a quasi-full cast audio drama of Methuselah's Children done by the BBC.


Author:  Blackhawk [ Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Heinlein audio books

A large percentage of Heinlein's work is available in audio format. I have found thirty seven audio productions, so far, not counting the radio broadcasts (such as X-1). I am not familiar with a BBC production but that sounds worth finding. As I mentioned earlier, Full Cast Audio has Between Planets and Space Cadet listed as future releases. If there is interest, I'll compile a list by company and post it.

Author:  EdHEdH [ Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:57 am ]
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As we make a lot of car trips we also have stared audio books. On the last trip we did The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. We enjoyed it a lot. The full cast sounds like an interesting idea, although there are no ten year olds in our car so I don’t need to worry about content. It did look like to download you just went back through or I was missing something. I prefer MP3 as either car will play them. My commute is 10 minutes so don’t have time for a book then.

Author:  Blackhawk [ Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:19 am ]
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I prefer MP3 format, too. I can put a whole book on a single disc that way and my vehicle audio system plays MP3s. If I get the audio book on CDs, as I did with the Full Cast Audio books, I rip them to MP3.

Author:  BillMullins [ Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:24 am ]
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Check the internet archive for some of the radio shows.

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