Robert A Heinlein - Red Planet - Unb
Read by: William Diffris and a Full Cast
Runtime: 7 Hours 5 Minutes
All Jim Marlowe wants is to leave for school. As a colonist on Mars, that can be a bit of trial. He has to travel to the other side of the planet via the ice canal schooners. He is packed, his Martian "bouncer" Willis is frolicking about and mimicking those conversations around him. His Mom is weepy, his dad is proud to see him off. Jim is glad to be getting a chance to further his studies while his family is planning their annual migration to another sector.
Once there, he finds school isn't quite what he had hoped now that their new headmaster has changed the rules. It catapults out of control when Willis is taken away and locked up to determine whether he is a pet. The plan to free him goes awry when Willis decides to slice his way through walls to get to Jim and the "bouncer" parrots an overheard conversation between Headmaster Howe and Resident Agent General Beecher. It seems that the colony's annual migration is to be postponed indefinitely which could be deadly for the residents.
In his flight to escape and warn his parents, Jim finds that the Martians are more than just the local fauna. It seems their civilization and technology is more subtle and less flashy than that of humans. And Willis is more than just Jim's companion.