Rule 62: Don't take yourself too seriously.
I love the commitment RAH took in celebrating our humanity. He offers every opportunity to disregard taboo and really consider the living art before me.
listened to this a few years ago. ended up listening again cause I wasnt sure if I had. kept listening cause it's just that good. narration is excellent. I really believed the voices and characters
Read by Christopher Hurt and just over sixteen hours of listening.
The listener must be cognizant of the cultural morays of the time during which Strangers In a Strange Land was written … late 1950s, published in 1961. Think post WWII opulence, manual typewriters, radio news, newspapers, Eisenhower, cold war ... mom wearing a house-dress or white gloves and a girdle. The days of Mad Men, a Coffee, Tea, or Me mentality and obnoxious sexism to the extreme. There ‘ya go! The author will bring the hackles up on anyone who has a modern mindset regarding sexuality. A secondary issue is to have an open mind with regard to religion and/or religious belief.
If you can overcome these teeth-grinding bones of contention, the SciFi aspect of Stranger In a Strange Land contains many interesting and creative concepts. The man from mars is a Michaelangelo-David type adonis, innocent as a babe. His thoughts are extremely literal, he has intelligence off the chart, reads encyclopedias and dictionaries to understand the ways of mankind. He has SciFi superpowers, i.e., telekinesis, can make things and people disappear, out-of-body skills, can throw himself into a type of near-death stasis, etc. He is has very high morals and understands (groks) little of the earth or it’s inhabitants.
Thus is the foundation of a romp through the story of Stranger In a Strange Land. The story is not about the world of Mars, it is about how a man born on Mars deals with and reacts to Earth and earthlings. It’s a platform for the author to convey views, a popular methodology in fictional literature that is more suited to non-fiction, in my opinion. As opposed to being preached at, I’d rather feel entertained … this book oddly does both.
For it’s time, Stranger In a Strange Land is an okay SciFi … be tempted to throw your player across the room because of some arrogant chauvinism on the part of the author. Narration by Hurt is good, nice tempo.
The gift of this work was given to me by one of my most cherished ones, Baha. It opened my eyes to possibilities that I had not dreamt of before. Scence fiction is the genre of the possible, though tied in many ways to the present of the author. It forces us to not simply contemplate our present, but to craft our future. May there always be authors of unvarnished audacity and people willing to give their works the attention that they deserve. Thank you , Mr. H and thank you Baha. I have passed this work on to as many as possible and grok that, though we have no Michael Valentine Smith in the flesh to pass before the masses, the truths that are expressed here need no such trappings in human flesh.
I think the story started out pretty good. I definitely do not like the ending. Jubal was definitely my favorite character in the book. I love the way the author made him such a brilliant, intellectual, Soulful character. I wish there was a bug just about Jubal. Now that would be some interesting reading.
So many characters I would like to listen to it again without having to stop
Ben was my fave because in my own life I have struggled with jealousy.
When Jill was recusing Mike from the hospital that was really good.
had some audible hiccups where the book went silent and i had to reboot it
Such a great story that has ripples of affect throughout my entire life and someday the whole world. Of all my aspirations (traveling in space, engineering fantastical inventions, becoming a virtuoso musician, or great philosopher, writer, or scientist) my greatest one will always be to star in a movie as valentine Micheal smith, the man from Mars, who gave his life in honor of the whole human race. All for the hope that one day we all may treat ourselves, others, and everything with the love and wonder life and death deserves.