70+, been reading SF since 1953. Vision is going so have switched to Audible.
This is at least the fourth time I have enjoyed this book. I started SF in second grade and by the end of sixth grade I had read every SF book in the Los Angeles County Library system. My mother signed a special release so I could check out "adult" books. I have watched and read many SF writers over the years and feel that Spider Robinson has definitely captured the essence of Heinlein in the completion of this book. I re-read/re-listen to many of the books I have in my library, and this will be one of them, not because I don't remember the story line but because each time I find that I have missed or was not yet receptive to the material being presented. I believe that is why people call me a "young 70"
A new Heinlein novel! Way cool. And, who better to write it than Spider Robinson. A perfect blend of two magnificent authors. Heinlein would be proud.
There were several memorable moments. Not necessarily "plot" moments, but "Heinlein" moments. Spider was able to, through his thorough knowledge of Heinlein's work, combine his own unique style with Heinlein's universe. I could imagine him saying, "What would Heinlein do with this character?"
Listening to a Spider Robinson book in his own voice is always a special treat. I have enjoyed his Callahan novels, and am currently listening to a Heinlein classic, "Rocket Ship Galileo," performed by Spider.
haven't read the print version
As good as Heinlein's books and other science fiction. It was very imaginative.
Really good performance by Spider Robinson.
It was enjoyable and kept my interest.
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
The first six chapters are very funny and sound a lot like something written in 1955. RH's very conservative values really come through and he takes a stab at nepotism which I really like. The whole book is an internal monologue of the main character.
When the main character leaves Earth the book take a drastic change in style, mood and values. There is no more laughing, the language becomes crude, and it becomes a soap opera. There still are some good parts but it is no where near as good as the beginning.
I am not a big fan of publishing material in an authors' name after he is gone. RH started this in 1955, yet he never finished it and he never tried to publish it. There had to be a reason. Maybe he did not want his name on something until he was happy with it. He also never in his life had a co author and there was probably a reason for that. Robert A. Heinlein means something when it is on the cover of a book and RH may have not wanted that soiled in any way.
I did give the book four stars, because of the first six chapters and chapters 17 and 18.
My favorite Heinlein books are: The Green Hills of Earth, Starman Jones, Double Star, Have Spacesuit Will Travel and Starship Trooper.
If you like Robert A. Heinlein, this work by Spider Robinson will not disappoint you! Thank you Spider Robinson for giving us one last glimpse into the fadied past of a true grand master of SF, Robert A. Heinlein! I love this story for its simplicity and have listened to it twice now. You brought this story to life beautifully! I know Robert would be pleased that you have given us his fans one last gift from him, through you.
This story is fast paced and mostly believeable that an 18 year old boy would respond in these ways to some of these stimuli. Joel is a fine and indearing character. The humor and twists this tale takes was vary enjoyable.
The ending was more abrupt than I would have liked. So I was pleased to read that Spider Robinson will be writing 3 more book in this univers.
However, at its conclusion I am left thinking now Spider needs to write a couple of companion novels to tell the tale of how humanity deals with the threat from the unknown. I hope that the forth coming novels will show how Joel's life on the road to the stars serves as a guiding star and point of memory for humanity as they learn the ropes of this bold new universe. A man without a true community, beyond his small family and a few others along for the journey, that enables them to discover the threat and help humanity decide how to respond.
The plot is kind of ham fisted. I guess I was hoping for something else, something that felt more like classic sf. I dont listen to modern sf and this work reinforces that tendency. There was little wonder, and little joy. It had fascinating bright spots but those would usually be ruined by some character emitting some crappy dialog and spoiling it.
Fountains of Paradise
OMG. I didnt even know Robinson was the narrator, this makes placing the blame much easier. The narration and the prose collude in a schleppy mess that sounds like old Woody Allen, if Woody Allen were a space faring Canadian gentile. There are moments of singing, and they are not nearly brief enough. The main character and narrator seemed smarmy to me. I dont know, if he had a English accent maybe I would have found the whole thing charming and Arthur Dent like.
I felt like it was a waste of time.
I am sure that there are legions of Robinson fans out there that appreciate his work. I am just not one of them.
Spider Robinson did a great job finishing this Robert A. Heinlein book. It was really funny. Generally Heinlein's books do have good humor especially for scifi! Easy to listen and follow even if multi-tasking. The book has a lot of interesting character development and a future-based action story like most scifi.
A well done project with some fascination plot twists that are surprising, although they do strwetch the boubds of credulity at various points.
Maybe if it was abridged. Some of the details were just too technical for me.
Our hero because he was so clear and real and made the whole thing seem like it should be happening now.
Oh my. I fell in love with his voice and the way he speaks his words.
No, I broke it down into many listenings.
I truly enjoyed how Spider Robinson brought the book up to date.
No Pink Ponies
Oh, you look at this and think "GOODY! A Heinlein novel I haven't read, and yay! written from material dating back to his Young Adult novel days, when he really turned out some great stuff such as Citizen of the Galaxy, Tunnel in the Sky and many others." But no, that's not what we have here. In this case, the estate of Virginia Heinlein left some material sketched by Heinlein and Spider Robinson was proposed as the author who could take this buried treasure and develop it into a bestselling sci fi novel. And that's what happened. The story revolves around a typical Heinleinian ingenu-- Joel Johnston young hero, who chucks it all including an alluring marriage proposal to a very rich and pretty girl, and takes off on a one-way, decades-sublight voyage to colonize a new planet. The life in the space vessel, the newly formed society of pioneers and the challenges they face as they traverse space are incredibly well developed and quite exciting. There are many turns of fate that will have you gasping. But...it is not Heinlein, it's definitely Spider Robinson, with his devilish plays on words and a much more modern tone. I couldn't put it down. Annd this is true Space Opera, no fantasy, unicorns or wizards need apply. Robinson does an admirable job reading his own work. As long as you realize what this is, you may enjoy it as much as I did. Just don't expect Robert Heinlein writing from beyond the grave, because as you already knew, that's impossible.