one real guy
what a masterpiece of work this is, hard to put down and sad to get to the end
Also Heinlein's thing about daughters wanting to sleep with their dads is weird. It's in several of his books. Also a serious time piece of Heinlein being 'progressive' for the time about racism.
Terrible in concept and execution. It's not only the worst book Heinlein wrote, it's the worst book Any major SF writer from the Golden Age, who was not addled by drugs, has written.
It's hard to tell if Tom Weiner's performance is good or poor ... he has to speak Crap.
Yes, he can't turn Dreck into Gold so I don't blame him.
Spoiler ... At some points it is so bad ... a Monty Python skit ... that you laugh.
Facing certain death due to the firestorm over the bunker ... they decide to play bridge to pass the time.
I'm not sure even this dysfunction family would continue with their banter, puns and family arguments after America is destroyed (no comment is ever made about friends and relatives who were nuked) and they are going to be cooked alive.
I've read and re-read Heinlein novels and stories for over sixty years. I'm sure I started reading this one back in 1964 when it first came out. Now I know why I never finished it.
But Amazingly! ... he followed this with an Hugo winning novel in 1966 ... "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"
Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
A visit to the time of the Cold War when we were all afraid it would turn to disaster. Compelling characters and story line.
Yes, because it was a solid story with interesting characters.
Hue of course!
He was great. The girl voices didn't bother me like some
Nuclear collision, social changes through time, how in the new world will you survive?
I think this is a very solid story, I think Heinlein might be my favorite author as of listening to this. Before I visited this novel, I listened to Starship Troopers and Have Space Suit Will Travel, both of which were enjoyable.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
IF YOU WANT ME
Within the first two hours and chapters, Hugh manages to get three women naked and commit adultery while his wife is drugged on the other side of the curtain. The daughter knows about the adultery and approves, making friends with the woman. She also admits that she would love to sleep with her dad. Three men and three women survive an atomic blast. They live by their selves for months. All the women are interested in the old man Hugh, they have no interest in the two younger men.
HE MADE FAST TIME TO THE SLUT'S QUARTERS
Sluts and Studs are a major part of the second half of this book. There is a science fiction story in this book and I was able to listen to the whole thing, as I wanted to know what was going to happen. Parts of the story bothered me, such as why these survivors never explored to see if anyone else survived. I also knew right away what happened to them, but they came up with two other ideas and never thought of the real one, that you has the reader will suspect right away. We are led to believe that Hugh is okay to commit adultery because his wife is fat and a drunk. We are led to believe it is okay for Hugh to threaten to shoot his own son, cause he is a stupid spoiled mamma's boy. Hugh is pictured as the perfect he-man. His wife and son are not his fault. When you read this you will realize that his wife and son are the way they are, because of Hugh. There was a very tense time, when Hugh's daughter has a baby. This chapter was well written.
My library is now empty of Heinlein books. I will continue to read Heinlein, but it will only be his earlier books and I will check out the reviews, to make sure they are not in the pro incest category. I hope reviewers will be truthful and call a spade a spade. I hope those who are truthful will not be banned to the back pages, by dreamy eyed Heinlein fans that think his #### don't stink.
If you like Heinlenn writing about politics, laws, and prejudice, then step straight in.
I went in hoping for another colonial story like Farmer in the Sky, and instead received a fascinating treatise on racism in America. Not what I wanted, but worthwhile.
Purchased this on the discount and now understand why it was so cheap. I'm trying to give Heinlein the benefit of doubt that he was attempting to make a statement about racism in this future earth by poking at just about every racial stereotype in an over-the-top fashion, but the best praise I can give it is that his well documented narcissism got in the way of that message. It starts off as a familiar sci-fi pioneer survivor type of story by H, then diverges into an inside-view of slavery in a future world dominated by survivors from when the northern hemisphere is destroyed.
This is standard Heinlein but that means top drawer Science Fiction. The racism topic may seem a bit old or corny but Heinlein is so good at making interesting stories that at their core are just morality parables.
I would recommend this book, with qualifications. It was written quite a long time ago and much of the book takes place at a time when there was much anxiety over nuclear war. this is important to the story line. But suspending reality, the book was good. It had an interesting story line and made a statement.
I have not listened to any other Heinlein, but have read some. I enjoy the humanity he brings to his Sci Fi books; the stories could be any where about any one and they still are believable.
I really don't have a favorite scene.
No follow up is necessary, it was a complete story with a pretty final ending. That said, if he wanted to do a follow up, there was room for one.