A plot. Any plot would have sufficed, even a bad one, but realistically, there was nothing. There were occasional hints that a plot might begin, but ultimately nothing.
If this is a 500 page book, then 490 of them were composed of the worst filler dialogue I've ever heard. The sexual innuendos were non-stop, in situations where such dialogue was absurdly unrealistic, inappropriate, out of context, and just flat out ridiculous. Heinlein got weird as he got old, and in place of a "story" it's just a series of situations advocating all forms of sexuality, both monogamy and plural marriage, with enough hints of incest and underage sex that I think those things were originally in the book, but some editor made him take them out. Notice I did not say "wise editor", because a wise editor would have put this abomination to a merciful death prior to being published. I actually listened to the whole thing, possibly because I'm clinically insane, but mainly because I couldn't believe that a man who wrote masterpieces like Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress could write an entire book with a plot thinner than gold foil.
There were so many characters that the narrator was taxed to come up with enough different voices, but god bless his heart, he really did his best to make this abomination into a story, but he had nothing to work with.
In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect are forced to listen to poetry so bad they wanted to vomit their brains out. Listening to this book was like that, except worse.
Run. Run away. Run as fast as you can, and don't look back at this book. Ever.
My bad, do not like Heinlein. Male Chauvenist, does that resonate? did not finish.
Compulsive reader, or listener... Eclectic tastes.
I have always been a fan of Heinlein since I was a young sprog in the 60s, sadly he did not last as long as Woodrow Wilson Smith.
This is a interesting tale that brings together many of the characters we know from previous novels, unfortunately the narrator is annoying at best. He sounds like a bad imitation of W.C.Fields as Richard Ames.
I read and listen to books as much as possible.
I was very disappointed that Scott Brick did not read this one. The book is great, through the years I have read it 3 times, you can never go wrong with any Heinlein…ever.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky
I was expecting maybe a sequel to "the moon is a harsh mistress" ,which I recommend a lot, but this is not. Altough some of the main characthers of the above mentioned book are back like Manoel Garcia and Hazel Stone, the story-line has nothing to do with the lunar revolution.
The facts and events that take place are confused, some part due to the fact that the book is about time travel, but don't expect that you'll understand why they are after the main character. And while for the most part of the book the plot develops somewhat smoothly, it ends abruptly in the final 2 chapters which are crammed with information. Maybe the writer wanted to be done with the book? Who knows!
Colin Campbell and Hazel Stone are two nymphomaniacs. The two main characters spend more than half the time they are together having sex, talking about sex, talking about having sex with other people, talking about spanking asses and making them turn pink, maybe they could have spend some more time making sense of whats is going on.
At least in my mind the biggest question is how in the seven hells did they come about the time travel machine? This topic is not even mentioned.
Overall this is good listen more because Robert is a great writer and the narrator performance are outstanding.
Firstly, the narrator does a magnificent job with all the voices. You know who is speaking before their name is mentioned. Well Done!
It's a pity the narrator is let down by Heinlein with a slipshod plot concentrating more on "bundling" between anyone and everyone - it seems bundling is a sizable proportion of every character's conversations, actions and motivations. From an interesting start, the story wanders about with inexplicable action and mysterious unrelated antagonists settles into a loose and meandering meaningless conversation soaked middle and finally a rushed non ending. This book attempts to be a third in the Moon series - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Very Good), The Rolling Stones (Excellent) and finally this book (Pathetic). Characters have the same names as those in the earlier two books, but their outlook has changed. The moral standards of the Stone Family do not at all belong in the mythos Heinlein created with his "family" structure for Lunies and the free-for-all considered normal in this book.
As Heinlen often states, "There Aint No Such Thing As A Free Lunch" (TANSTAAFL), which doesn't excuse him from a book without a cogent plot. This is the first audible book I am deleting from my iTunes library.
I'm a Heinlein fan. I especially love the Lazarus Long universe. It's best to have read, The Moon is A Harsh Mistress first. but not mandatory.
Can't pick. Even the bad guys are as real as the good guys.
Good story, well told,
I did not enjoy this book as much as "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress". Very much the same era and background. This time there is time travel component and even mentioning "Time Lords". I found the beginning a grabber and it move you along in time and space but it seems to get bogged down since Heinlein needed to set a scene when you shifted to a new place. In addition, Heinlein got involve in the integration and explanation of the group marriages and sexual attitudes. It started good but it dragged for me. The end was a bit of a surprise. The title was a strange choice and I do not know why he chose it since the cat had no impact on the story.
Unfortunately, I was frequently distracted by the near constant dry mouth noises coming from the reader of this book. It made it difficult to listen to for very long and at least to me, was very distracting and annoying. Also, he has approximately 2 accents which he adds in at various points. The French is not terrible but the ... Russian? Is hard to understand and inaccurate to the actual accent.
This isn't one of Heinlein's better novels, it feels more like an attempt to build a bridge between several different worlds of his characters than anything else, and it doesn't have much of an actual plot, just action and long, complicated made up science.