As a huge fan of this story I am so disappointed that I have removed it from my device. I find the dramatization of the voices hideous in most books but this was an egregious insult to the story. Let's start with V. Michael Smith. Despite the author describing him as having intense emotion, the narrator has him sounding emotionless and brain dead in an effort to convey his alien unfamiliarity with English. The author was striving for innocence and childlike wonder but the narrator destroys all that. The character sounds like he has had a lobotomy. Next let's move to Agnes Douglas, a formidable character with a sharp mind, and the effective leader of the planet. The narrator has her sound like a timid grandmother. Again, his interpretation betrayed the character to the point I was distracted. The clincher that made me remove the book from my device, however, was Jubal Harshaw. This narrator gave him a Texas drawl. Game over. There is no way I can finish this book and I am so incredibly disappointed. I don't know about others but I would much rather the book be *read* and not performed. This is especially true with books I cherish. I have now sworn off buying fiction from audible. I would much rather use my imagination than be at the mercy of some performer's interpretation. This is sad because there are so many books I would love to listen to.
This story is a landmark of the genre. In addition to being well paced and exciting, it will influence how you think of the world. It is also Heinlein's "Magnum Opus". Valentine Michael Smith, as a human that is effectively alien offers a view of humanity that is both convicting and uplifting. It will leave you thinking.
Truly fantastic, a must-read book that makes you think, and just might calm you down. At least that was it's effec on me.
Love my sci-fi and fantasy, but delve into Historical and Biographical.
I found the book interesting. When it comes down to it, I don't see why its such a celebrated book. I guess because of the age its an older book. It was fairly revolutionary for its time.
In the end, it was interesting to read, but I would give it only a 3 stars.
I love both versions, but I think Christopher Hurt did a fantastic job of making the characters stand out as individual voices.
I like to tell people that I consider Stranger in a Strange Land to be like any other "holy" book, it gives a great story that can give the reader a fresh view of moral and ethical ideas. Heinlein writes the story in a way that the worldview of everyone is challenged in some way, causing every reader to have a thought provoking reaction to whichever scene triggers them personally.
My favorite scenes are the early events, where Mike is learning just what a man is. Especially the scene where he learns to laugh, I cry every time I reread it.
Thou art God.
This book is a great conversation starter for people taking a hard look at their own world views. Some scenes will definitely make you think.
Grabbed this book because I read and enjoyed Starship Troopers so much. I figured an author that managed a successful marriage of real-world military experience, leadership lessons, and science fiction deserved more of my attention. I readily identified with Starship Troopers because much of it mirrors my experience (except fighting bugs - I never fought bugs).
SIASL is a different animal. This book moved far away from the personal military narrative that was Starship Troopers and began to delve into personal relationships, religion, sexuality, and intergalactic law. This may be familiar territory for some, and granted, the entire story takes place on earth, but the story doesn't cover the same timeless ideas that Starship Troopers does. Summarily, SIASL is showing its age.
It is worth saying that many of Heinlein's predictions about these areas have come true, and it is amusing to read them through the eyes of the story's main character. However, the main character's ties to Mars are essentially the only science fiction aspect, and the gist of the story reminds me of many "character out of place" stories pushed out by Hollywood, and the resulting confusion/ hilarity that ensues. This story is heavy on the confusion, and low on the hilarity.
Bright points include the author's assessment of megachurches, which figure prominentely in the story, and the main character's assessment of the effectiveness of tying one's shoes together vs. tying them correctly: "One way holds the shoes on the feet. The other way is only good for lying down." The performance is also a high point - the reader personifies a wide variety of characters with a high degree of effectiveness.
I like horror, science fiction, transgressive writing, and some nonfiction.
I think this novel could have ended about 2/3 of the way through and I would have been happy. The final section was a bit pedantic for me, but I can certainly appreciate it as the classic it is.
One of the top 5 - it's an excellent book! I'm pretty selective with the books that I read, so it's not unusual for the books I read to be classics that have been tested by time. But this one is above and beyond.
Honestly, I think it's impossible to compare this book to anything else - it stands in a class by itself.
He was able to give each character its own voice, which is hard to do when you are the only narrator and there are lots of very distinctive characters in this book!! The best voice he did was Jubal Harshaw - just exactly how I would picture this character talking in real life.
Get ready to forget everything you thought you knew about the human race.
It was a richer experience with someone reading it to me instead of me reading it myself. I had read it twice before.
The ending which I finally understood.
It is a deep book with lots of meaning. Worth the listen.