Well titled and in many ways a strange story, but also a classic. Yes, it is dated - with the social attitudes of the day quite shocking in many ways. SIASL is comical, whimsical, and unashamedly philosophical. The narration was superb, the story at times was hard to perserve with, but in the end I grok it.
I agree with the reviewer who said that this was like a 16 hour lecture. The first half setup is interesting, but in the second half it devolves into a boring commentary on sex, politics and religion. It was pretty boring to me and if I had it to do over again, I wouldn't listen to or read this book. I understand that at the time it came out, this may have been a very controversial book, but now in 2011, to me, it was just boring.
I read this book years ago, and liked it. This audible version makes the book even more so. The reader seems to make the characters three dimentional. I highly recommend this audible book
I read "Stranger in a Strange Land" many years ago, and it has been a treat to have it read to me. This is one I could listen to again immediately, and I'm glad I own it. Valentine Michael Smith's cult is one I would joyfully join. The reading sounded dated at first, but I slipped into the story quickly, and the reader disappeared.
I must have read this book at least ten times some years ago and was really excited to obtain the audio version. Obviously the novel hasn't changed, but I have. It just didn't have the magic for me any more.
Michael Smith no longer came across as mystical and the female characters made me want to shake them. I had to keep reminding myself how long ago it was written.
Time enough for love is one of the greatest books ever written. I suppose that in order for a person to enjoy, and accept a book that was written with such notions as abandonment of modern religious precepts; is not easy for people in a culture who are indoctinated and brainwashed to the extent that Americans are. It was not easy in the 1950's and I guess that little has changed. But Heinlein understood that this was the first step in obtaining spirituality. i.e. abandon all your religious or cultural notions in order to find the truth. That is what I surmise as the reason why many of the other reviewers didn't like this book. The book is a classic, but if you are a really religious person you wouldn't like Heinlein period, so don't bother with this one.