Tom did a very reasonable reading of the story. He just didn't have a lot to work with...
I loved Heinlein as a kid. He was one of the authors that introduced me to SciFi, and later got me interested in science as a profession (which I have now done for over 40 years). I was excited to hear another book of his that I had missed as a child of the 50's. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I kept wanting to continue, because the banter between the hero and his new wife was interesting -- kind of. Unfortunately, it did not ring in the least bit true. Stories I prefer are those that are either SciFi or Mystery, where you are sucked into the environment, and believe you could really be part of it. This story never met that criteria, always feeling artificial and contrived. I stopped listening at about the 3 hr mark. No idea if it ever got better, but I learned decades ago that there are better ways to spend my time than to see if a bad book/movie might get better at the end... When all is said and done, I have to admit this was a bad buy, and I wish I had spent my credits and time on a different book. :(
I am really disappointed in this book. The interesting concepts about travelling around space-time are completely overshadowed by the 78-year-old author's fantasies about plural marriage with 12-year-old girls. Bleck.
I love most of Heinlein's work. This was the rare exception. The book started off interesting enough, then about a third of the way into it, the flavor completely changes. It went off in a direction that was both dumb and frustrating. The ending especially was disappointing. Try another of his works instead.
I know many who would disagree but I found this story filled with uninteresting nonsense and the ending was particularly unsatisfying. A shame too, it certanly had promise.
The Heinlein I love ("Stranger in a Strange Land") must have moved to another plane of existence. I could not stand listening to more than a half hour of this piece waiting for it to become palatable. It never occurred. This may not be an in-depth review, but it may save your having your expectations dashed.
This is an improbable anddisjointed story and seems to serve only the author's sexual fantasies. But I found it neither sexual or metal stimulating. A big waste of time.
I love Heinlein and really enjoyed The Moon is a Harsh Mistress audiobook but this was terrible. The plot, if you can call it that, was completely disjointed and incomplete. The original murder mystery premise is completely abandoned somewhere along the way and it just dissolves into a bunch of trivial dialog and spastic time travel. I almost didn't finish it, but I never do that so I tortured myself with the whole thing hoping it would get better, but it never did. Definitely not Heinlein's best work. Narrator was fine I guess, but the story was lacking for sure.
As I write this I'm amazed at this review process. I JUST moments ago clicked on 'Add to cart'. I've not yet even downloaded the audiobook files, yet I'm writing a review. Why you might ask? Simple, it's a Heinlien. For those of you who understand, that makes sense. For the rest of you, read on McDuff.
Robert A Heinline was my introduction to science fiction, as perhaps he was yours, almost fifty years ago (I'm barely 50). RAH is the standard against which I judge all science fiction. I have read this book many times in pulp, I know what's coming as well as I know my own comfy pillow.
My sole criterion when a new Heinlein comes out is simple - who's the narrator and can I stay awake through the narration. In all honesty, that always secondary and even a bad narrator rarely keeps me from a RAH classic. This narrator, previewed in the sample seems up to the task.
If you're already a Heinlein fan, quit reading. My review is already approacing 1000 words and you're wasting your time. You know you will buy. If you're new to Heinlein, have I got a treat for you. Pick ANYTHING with his name on the title and settle in for the ride.
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One of my favorites.
I could say, "Walker Evans," but that would be cheating! :-)
Heinlein himself turned out to be my favorite character. He was trying to cheat death, and if the place of this book in series is done properly, he actually does it, in a way. I saw one reviewer place the book improperly as part of a "trilogy" when the "set" in which it belongs is actually at least 6 books deep, including Time Enough For Love, Number of the Beast, and To Sail Beyond the Sunset, with a definite nod to Friday and ALL of his other books as well.
The ending line, which was in the tradition of Glory Road.
One of the Grand Master's main points in this book as in others was that while sex is potentially everywhere, real LOVE takes manners and intelligence. He specifically refers to the book as a comedy of manners....like the Emperor's New Clothes, it was built so that people who don't "get" RAH or what he put between the lines, so to speak, won't enjoy the ride AS MUCH as those who have done their homework.
I feel no shame at downgrading the reviews of naysayers...when you can point to a Hugo or a Nebula with your name on it, then I'll listen harder. :-)
too much of the witty banter and not enough story.. at times i had to turn off due to frustration... then i,d give it another go thinking it will get better... but no... then it ended and i think well if it did,nt kill me maybe it made me stronger. the narration tried but nothing could really save the author from himself...