Dr. Christopher W. Roberts Ph.d I am a Computer Geek working around the U.S. and the world. I have a lot of Air miles to listen to audible titles.
The sory in this book besides a homage to the authors of the golden age of SF & F is the ultimate multiverse story. The two following novels form RAH "The cat who walks through walls" which also has the prerequisite of "The Moon is a harsh mistress" the novel "to sail beyond the sunset" is also based on the result of this book. A must listen for Hienlien fans.
I have most of Heinlein's work in print or audiobook. This is the worst one for so many different reasons.
Allah have mercy. I feel like I've done an N-space jump into universe of arrested pubescent development. "Stranger In A Strange Land," is brilliant because it rode high on the crest of the 60s counter-cultural movement, challenging nearly every moral bedrock of Western society. It is superb and does what Sci-Fi does best. This work isn't even an echo in an out-house of the mind that created "Stranger," or "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress." The story is as juicy as a packing peanut.
The dialogue in this book is pointless, too. I feel like I'm being treated to the discarded remnants on the cutting floor of "Time Enough For Love." The characters in this book are the same as Laz/Lor/Athena/Gallahad without the hook-laden narrative of Lazarus Long or great storyline.
I'm a loyal masochist so I suffered through the whole recording the same way I listened to Robert Plant's solo work simply because I'm a Led-head and thought, "At some point, this will get good." I had hope, so much hope. Now I just have scars.
It's a good thing I don't have a yard arm and a length of rope or I may be swinging in the breeze. I'm having a hard time describing this performance without using expletives. Horrible is a compliment. Female narrators should not try to imitate male voices by lowering theirs. [Under any circumstances]. Seriously. There should be a law. This was like listening to a woman with traumatic brain injury but without the benefit of being a public service announcement. Someone should be held accountable.
I now have a soundtrack for the waiting room in Hades...
As Pure Story It was beyond bad. I almost tossed my hard copy of it into a recycle bin so that, if someone stumbled on it in a used book store or library, it wouldn't be on my account and my conscience would be clear. The characters and their dialogue are so tiresome as to bore Prometheus on his rock. It's inane, sexist, verbose, And Ayn Randishly right wing. I tried reading it as a teenager and found it too preposterous even then. I thought, with age and an audio version, I might be able to appreciate something I missed. I didn't until I thought about it. This is a textbook displaying everything you don't do in writing. When you watch a bit though.... When the "Black Hats" show up, while the Odious main characters are blathering away, you will find examples of excellent writing happening in the background. I think It's a practical joke, and many sci fi forums seem to agree. The talent here lies in how Heinlein could write a brilliant premise so abysmally.
Added an introduction with some hint at, what I think, was the actual intent...Or written a separate textbook and burned the manuscript for this one.
Sure. the narrators aren't at fault for the writing.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My head hurts to think of it.
Almost no adventure. You would have almost as much fun listening to your wife and her girls friends talk.
No he has written a lot of great books, just not this one.
Read his older works.
This book was written for those of us who grew up checking cereal boxes, just in case, because smart girls need spacesuits too! About a year ago I begged Audible for this book. Let's face it, we aren't getting any younger, and no large print editions were available. Experiencing this book in audio is truly a wild ride in the Gay Deceiver as it should be done, voice and ears only! This is a MUST LISTEN for Heinlein fans.
Reclusive Vietnam Veteran. Somebody gave me a Conan novel and I found an E E Doc Smith novel in the PX. Been hooked on Sci Fi ever since.
Don't have many friends and of them I am the only Sci Fi buff. They are more interested in fantasy like shape shifters and Vamps.
Stranger in a Strange Land comes to mind. Great character developement. Could have stretched the ending out a bit more. Heinlein brought together many of his heroes from other stories that could have gone on longer to develop relationships between characters.
Narrator didn't skip over words like I am prone to.
I didn't laugh or cry, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and will again.
but just could not finish this book. It went on and on and on with little or no point that I saw. Countless expositions containing extensive minutiae having nothing to do with a story. I slogged most of the book but finally gave up. Not only was the story rambling but I could not care less how it came out, assuming it did end with a point. Think I'll stick with his earlier work and let these stories alone.
The only really good part was the narration. The story is written in first person from each main character's perspective. And each character was uniquely presented by a different narrator. Smart thinking on someone's part.
If you have read three novels by this writer, chances are you have read at least one of the stories by each of the mentioned writers and the world they come from.
positioned to tie the various timelines of all his novels. a must read for any fan.
I have listened to so many Heinleins that I loved but this was not one of them. Was not a fan of of the voice switch nor did the story catch my interest. Bugged out after 8 hours in.