I can't tell if my lack of enjoyment with this book was because I went into with the wrong mindset or because I'm a guy. The lead character is a very strong independent woman, well written and interesting. I just could not get into the book. However, every woman that I have talked to about this book has LOVED it. If my gender has nothing to do with why I didn't get into it, then it is because I went into with the absolute wrong mindset. I went into expecting a story. This is not a story, it is a fictional memoir. There is no grand payoff in the end. It is just a section of Friday's life. A very significant section, but really just a meandering part of her life. Maybe if I had known that I wouldn't have been disappointed when it ended without a particular resolution. Make sure you listen to this with that understanding and see if you like it better.
This book is one of the biggest disappointments I've ever had the misfortune to listen to. I was really happy with Stranger in a Strange Land and this book made me question even that. The author's shameless self-insertion characters, the attempt at gender-equity which only comes off as even worse chauvinism for its trouble, the CONSTANT and EXCRUTIATING descriptions of characters EATING which plod and beat the boredom into your brain... it all combines into one boring stupid book that never makes any attempt to fulfill the promises it made to the readers right at the beginning. I was hoping for a taught spy-thriller set in the amazing balkanized America that Heinlein was so famous for creating. What I got was an ignorant and dissociated attempt at sexual social commentary tied up with a clumsy allegory for racism, sexism, and whatever-ism. The character constantly informing the reader that she is NOT human starts to really make me hate her early on and it never ever stops. Also, this book contains one of the most inaccurate depictions of rape I've ever seen. NO joke, it's shamefully ignorant and chauvinistic and that coming from a male who's never put much stock in militant feminism.
The interesting thing about this book is that I have 2 copies of it in my audible library. Why, do you ask? Because when I first bought this audio book, I fell in love with the character. I bwelieve that this is one of Robert best saga's and I believe it should be in everyones library.
Other than showing the internal conflicts of a being coming to terms in life, the book< I felt, wandered aimlessly. Of course if one is just interested in the moral coming to terms of a person,, maybe this is the book for them but I prefer more action driving towards some goal.
This is the book that hooked me on SF/Fantasy, particulary that with a female protagonist, when I was a kid. I have never been without a copy in my library and revisit Friday, my old friend, at least once a year.
The previous audio version with a male narrator was ridiculous. This narrator gave Friday a whiney tone that was a bit irritating and didn't have a great range of character voices. None the less I do enjoy having an audio version of an old favorite.
It was interesting, but not the Master's best work, you get to see how rich people live, and view their cavalier lives, but not too much of anything else. This was a good idea, but not exploited to anywhere its true potential. Heinlein's earlier work is simply fantastic, all the stuff from the" 50's" and "60's" I would recommend whole heartedly, while I am one the biggest Heinlein fan's (He is the best Science fiction writer of the last 100 years, in my humble opinion) I think he has done better work, work that touch's people on so many levels. Its worth listing to, but don't make it your first Heinlein read or listen. Umkay!
the main charactor being a super spy, or courier as she called her self. Least interesting, let me see the Geo-politcal nonsense going on in the back ground, does it add to the story or is it dystopian, I don't know, its not quite fleshed out.
It was a mediocre performance, she acted kind of bored the whole, read and extremely whiny (think of Fran Dressher in the nanny) ha ha ha! This is not what a super spy would do, check out Aeon flux, that's a kick ass chick!
No I don't think so.
It was alright but like I say, not his best, and the narrator need's diction, and acting lessons!
I've now tried to listen to this audio book 4 times. Each time, before the end of the first half, the narrator's nasally and smug narration gets to me. It's like the reader believes all the claptrap about Heinlein being bad at writing women, and sets out to make Friday as annoying and ridiculous as possible. I can't believe anyone could love a creature who sounds like that. The book is fine. It grows on you, though it's not one of Heinlein's most cohesive stories. The narration is apalling.
My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
Gotta love the women in his world. Good one.