This book is in the bottom ten percent of my Audible library. It will be a long time before I play it again.
Lloyd James is great as usual.
If you like Heinlein you'll probably listen to the whole book, but its far from his best work. I'd say its probably my least favorite Heinlein after 'I will fear no evil'.
The book was pretty good...some things were dated but for a book from 1951 he got alot of things right but some very wrong. I liked he language as it very 1950ish which gave a glimps into how different people spoke what is now long ago (60 years).
I have often found that Heinlein's adult fiction is a little to strange for me, but this was an excellent Heinlein. You cannot consider your Heinlein library completed without this excellent book.
I would very much like to review this audio however I am not able to due to the fact the book is stuck in queue.other books download but not this one. Help.....
Sometimes I have the mood for certain books, sometimes the book puts me in one... Regarding this book it was the latter. I found the idea interesting... All those gadgets and devices imagined back then into the future were fun to read about. I enjoyed the book. In fact I will give another try to one of the other books by the author which I did not give a chance before: Glory Road. Enjoyed and entertained
This may not be my favorite Heinlein novel but it's the one that most sticks in my head -- entirely appropriate, given the theme. First serialized in an expurgated version in 1951, it is basically a polemic against the mind-control and "group-think" so feared in the Cold War era. The plot is similar to "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", published about the same time. Its influence over future sic-fi is perhaps best exemplified by the Borg in the Star Trek franchise. (See also the episode in the original Star Trek TV series in which an alien life-form attaches itself to Spock and controls him -- pure "Puppet Masters".)
While the main character is a younger man whose relationship with an older authority figure is crucial to the plot, this is not one of Heinlein's YA novels. While appropriate for teens (if you don't mind some "adult" but not sexually explicit situations -- the "morals" are loose by 1950s standards, but not so much today's), it is definitely an adult novel. The technology is dated, but the themes are timeless. I first read the shortened version many years ago in my late teens or early twenties and was surprised to find how well it held up listening to it these 40-or-50-some-odd years later.
I had no problems with the narration.
I am a 67 yo disabled Vet who lives in N. Texas. I was a medic in the Army during the Viet Nam war, got an MS in ecology and just retired.
The overall theme of this book is the independence of the individual. This recurring theme in many Heinlein novels. while quite da@
This a great example of the principles of freedom and how much of our current personal dignity we must consider sacrificing rather than giving it up.
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Not great literature but entertaining especially for science fiction written in 1951. It originated as a radio series. Must have been a real treat on a radio.