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By Robert A. Heinlein

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Have Space Suit Will Travel
By Robert A. Heinlein
Read by Will McAuliffe and the Full Cast Family
Full Cast Audio, (2003)
An Unabridged Audio Recording on 8 CDs
ISBN: 1-932076-41-7
Genre: Science Fiction
Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - February 26, 2004

The moon is a big tease. On a clear night, when the moon is so full that its brilliance smothers the light of the stars, it seems so close that you could easily touch it. Yet, when you stand on your tippy toes and stretch your arm out just as far as it will go, you find that you have been deceived. It is so close, yet so far away. Perhaps it is this continuous teasing that has made the moon a destination of desire for intrepid explorers the world over. The problem, however, has been (at least until the 1960's) how is one to get to the moon? This is exactly the problem that Clifford "Kip" Russell has.

Kip is your ordinary run of the mill teenager. He wants to go to the moon, and being a dutiful son he asked for his father's permission. The venture was duly OK'D with the provison that Kip had to figure out how to get there, on his own. Living in a time when man already has a small settlement on the moon, and rocket ships are a common fact of life, his task is more one of figuring out how to get, or pay for a ride to the moon, rather than having to build his own ship. However, this is still a daunting task as only a few lucky souls ever qualify to travel in space. Being resourceful, intelligent, and lucky, Kip's dream moves one step toward reality when he wins a prize in the Skyway Soap slogan contest. His prize, an old, used spacesuit that he names Oscar.

Originally published in 1958, Have Space Suit Will Travel is one of Robert A. Heinlein's best loved stories. Kip's desire to go to the moon is unexpectedly achieved when he is abducted by space aliens / pirates! Rather than simply going to the moon and back, Kip (played by Will McAuliffe) soon finds himself on a nonstop, hair-raising ride through the universe. Along with his fellow captives, PeeWee (Jo D'Aloisio) an eleven-year-old human female who can pilot a space ship, and The Mother Thing (Cynthia Bishop) an empathic alien Vegan creature, Kip must race against time to save his fellow Earthlings from a looming invasion and a fate worse than death. For their troubles, they are hauled before an intergalactic court of justice charged with defending all humankind.

In its own right, Have Space Suit Will Travel is a fascinating and humorous novel that will enthrall readers of all ages. However, Full Cast Audio, as taken an already great book and made it fantastic! "How?" you ask. Well.... This audio edition of Have Space Suit Will Travel is not your normal audio book with a single reader reading the book aloud. Rather the book is performed by a full cast of energetic and skilled actors who have, for all practical purposed, turned the book into a full fledge stage performance, complete with sound effects. The result is as if you were sitting the in a grand theater listening to the story as it was performed, live on stage. The end effect is that the story comes to life as you could never imagine. The characters are so real and three dimensional that you feel as if you could literally reach out and touch them. Alas, like the moon, they are slightly out of reach. This Full Cast Audio production of Have Space Suit Will Travel is performed by a company of actors, including Will McAuliffe as Kip, Jo D'Aloisio as PeeWee, and Cynthia Bishop as The Mother Thing.

The Full Cast Audio performance of Have Space Suit Will Travel is ideal family listening. Available in audio and on CD, you can listen to this story anywhere. However, I do not recommend listening to it while you are driving. This is because the story is so engrossing that you may well find it impossible to concentrate on the road! So, find a safe place where you can sit back and relax, and follow Kip on fascinating adventure to the Moon, to Pluto, and beyond...

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