It was a desperate time, when one's next meal and the comforts of home couldn't be taken for granted. Max Jones, a practical, hard-working young man, found his escape in his beloved astronomy books. When reality comes crashing in and his troubled home life forces him out on the road, Max finds himself adrift in a downtrodden land. Until an unexpected, ultimate adventure carries him away as a stowaway aboard an intergalactic spaceship-but to where? And when? And how could he ever get back? With the ship's pilot dead and his charts and tables all destroyed, Max must call upon all of his untested knowledge and skills in order to survive.
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by Robert A. Heinlein
by Robert Conroy
by Richard A. Knaak
by Robert Penn Warren
"In dramatizing this 1953 science-fiction classic of life aboard a spaceship, Paul Michael Garcia perfectly captures the author's trademark mix of adventure, tension, and frequent shipboard monotony. With a well-tuned dramatic ear, Garcia beautifully unfolds the story of young Max Jones--from his days working on his mother's farm to his installment, many adventures later, in the highest ranks of his chosen profession as space navigator. Extra points go to Garcia for his impressive range. Several somber characterizations of ultraserious spacemen fit comfortably alongside his portrayals of Max's perky teenage friend, Eldreth, and her alien pet, the talking "spider puppy" known as Mr. Chips. Young listeners will especially enjoy this production. J.P.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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