It has been years since I read any Heinlein. I must say that "Starnger in a Strange Land" deserves its position as one of the SF greats. The story has aged extremely well and is just as relevant today as it ever was. It is a great story which challenges social convention, accepted norms and humanities place in the scheme of things.
Highly recommended this book.
PS: The reader does very well too
The other reviews cover all of what I could say about the book itself, I'll simply note I enjoyed it (though I believe the storyline is showing its age).
My enjoyment was rather distracted by the highly-variable recording quality, it is quite clear where each recording session begins as the sound levels vary all over the shop. The audio even becomes muffled on occasion, and then there's the odd rustle of turning pages...
For starters, this was well read. Many of the titles on audible get butchered by mediocre readers. What I liked about re-visting Stranger in a Strange Land (I first read it over 20 years ago) was how much the social conventions have changed. I find it entertaining listening to a book set in the future 50 years ago (which is now our present), and thinking about how much has changed and how much hasn't. On many levels, however, the story is timeless. The individual too far ahead of their time, often suffers terribly.
This classic story begins as a galloping adventure yarn, and spirals into a mystical philosophy of life and belief that is not to be missed. I re-read it every 10 years. Valentine Michael Smith is an amazingly well realized character, and his coming of age in a strange world is joyous, full of wonder, incredibly moving, and beautifully realized. Sexy and funny and sad and joyful and wise...do yourself a favor and read this glorious book (unabridged!)
One of the best books ever written! Not just for Sci-Fi fans! Heinlein knew perfectly how to disguise satirical, social commentary with good old fashioned sci-fi story telling! And Christopher Hurt does an Excellent Job reading it!
After listening to this, a part of me wanted to like it, but another part couldn't get over the blatant misogyny. At its heart this story is a passion play sci-fi style, and while it may have challenged audiences of its day with a profound and hard-to-swallow notion regarding human sexuality, today it's sadly aged. Add in terrible quality audio (I swear I could hear a dog barking in the background at times) and you have a recipe for one frustrating experience. If you're patient, well versed in 50s era telephony and gadgetry, then perhaps you'll walk away with a tear in your eye and a feeling that the world is poorer without Valentine Michael Smith. Otherwise, you'd better give this a pass. You'll just walk away feeling like you've been lectured to for hours by a balding man who has all the right answers and chip on his shoulder.
First off, the recording quality on this book is poor for some reason. I've never had this happen before with Audible.
Second, the book is long winded and not very interesting. Very little happens other than a know-it-all character arguing everyone into submission.
Sorry, I didn't care for it.
When I first read Stranger in a Strange Land, I needed a few days to absorb it and figure out where it stood in my "favorites" list. It's one of the few books that has actually influenced my life on a noticeable scale, and as such, I wasn't sure I would allow myself to enjoy the audiobook. If I have previously read a book and loved it, I'm a lot more critical of the choice of the narrator when it's read or dramatized.
I have also listened to a number of audiobooks and have developed an attachment to certain narrators (Stephen Briggs' Discworld narrations over other Discworld narrators, for example) and am a bit of a "quality" snob.
In my opinion, this is a very well done audiobook. The quality is somewhat gruff, but I insist this fits the book. The narrator's performance of beloved characters is stellar and I would definitely recommend it, with the caveat that you should give it a few minutes to adjust, if you're used to crisp and clean audio quality.