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Citizen of the Galaxy

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Robert A. Heinlein

Narrated By: Grover Gardner

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: December 2013

Duration: 9 hours 1 minutes


In a distant galaxy of colonized planets, the atrocity of slavery is alive and well. Young Thorby was just another bedraggled orphan boy sold at auction, but his new owner, Baslim, is not the disabled beggar he appears to be. Adopting Thorby as his son, Baslim fights relentlessly as an abolitionist spy. When the authorities close in on Baslim, Thorby must find his own way in a hostile galaxy. Joining with the Free Traders, a league of merchant princes, Thorby must find the courage to live by his wits and fight his way up from society’s lowest rung. But Thorby’s destiny will be forever changed when he discovers the truth about his own identity.

Citizen of the Galaxy is a suspenseful tale of adventure, coming of age, and interstellar conflict by science fiction’s Grand Master.

“Science, mystery, and strong ethical concepts give the book sure appeal to devotees of science fiction.”—Saturday Review


  • Skyler

    This is a great classic science fiction novel by the master, Robert Heinlein. Even though it was written as a juvenile novel, the story has aged well, with issues that contemporary adult readers can relate to including: slavery, social class, rolls of men and women, and inherited wealth. The narrator does a good job of varying his voice for the various characters. Give it a listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • David D

    A great story with a very well produced audiobook featuring Lloyd James. The performance is memorable and multiple listenings reveal the thought and talent that went into the project. Not simply a narration.

  • Shelby Buttimer

    Great story, although the ending was a bit weak. The book reads (listens?) a bit like a biography, as there isn't any overarching villain to defeat or world to save or the like, but it's a good book nonetheless simply because of the characters. I genuinely cared for Thorby and what happened to him, and the rest of the cast of characters were interesting and genuine too, even the minor ones. Narration was great, and I enjoyed the various accents and voices the narrator gave to the different characters.

  • Stuart Strahl

    Starts out with epic sweep, compelling characters and locations. It begins with a boy, thrust by circumstances beyond his control into great galactic drama, and ends with a corporate takeover that could have happened in 1957 America when it was written. Which is a shame. The first 3/4 of the book will have you not wanting to put it down. It is trully epic, it could have been one of the greatest science fiction books ever written. Then it doesn't really so much end as stop, somewhere between when "most things are wrapped up" and the "everything is wrapped up." The story is loosely plotted all the way through. It lacks a villain, a romantic interest, and even a problem to solve, but that looseness could have been a great virtue, if only... something.

  • Gabi

    Great Story - a bit dated.... When a star ship captain is using a slide rule to calculate anything, you know you are listening to an "old" story. Heinlein again seems to have trouble with his ending, which leave many things up to your own imagination. Some people like that....

  • JK

    Every Heinlein I've read (or listened to) has been worth it, and this one is no exception. The final plot twist was fairly predictable but I enjoyed it anyway.

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