Good characters. Interesting concepts. Poor execution of the plot. I gave it 3 but I am probably being generous. 2.5? At least it was good enough to finish the whole thing. Pinchot did a great job narrating though.
I'm not overly politically correct, but I was bothered by Heinlein's recurrent statements (through the main character) that women were just stupid, emotional creatures. Oh, that need to be spanked when they are misbehaving-- and not necessarily in the naughty, bedroom way. The book was nominated for a Hugo in 1963, but I don't think it would get published 40 years later.
Sure, I like Heinlein-- just need to find the right book.
There was a sidekick in the book, Rufo, who was hilarious.
Follow up book? Sure, in the right hands, the characters did have something to offer.
I was taken right from the start and enjoyed the various ways Oscar deals with the being a Hero. Grand narration.
What a fun listen! And Bronson Pinchot’s performance is superb. His interpretation of the author’s words, expressed in tone, pace and inflection, really improved the listening experience for me. I love RAH’s books and will seek other books read by Pinchot.
Not my favorite of R.A.H.'s work but an enjoyable one. I really enjoy R.A.H.'s sci-fi, and enjoy fantasy works by other authors; this book while fun would not be top tier for either category.
(Audio) The Reader does a good job of make each of the characters voices fit their description.
Not all cultures have the same values.
Interesting take on what happens to a hero after they have been a hero.
A few of the discussions characters have with each other feel like rants. R.A.H. has these in a lot of his works, but the discussion on prostitution felt really drawn out.
The middle part of the story felt bland.
Does not feel as well developed as R.A.H.'s sci-fi.
There are better R.A.H. works, and there are better fantasy novels. I would only recommend this to R.A.H. completionist or those who have read a large number of fantasy novels.
This is a good yarn in the "Space Opera" tradition. Heinlein gives a good introduction beginning with a Viet Nam vet being discharged (and how he felt at the time) that almost had me believing I was listening to a different book ( a memoir). Then the fun begins. "Hero Wanted" the ad says. The story is a good middle years Heinlein with the beginnings of the philosophy he more fully elaborated in "Stranger in a Strange Land" and "The Cat Who Walls Through Walls".It is fantasy high adventure and I remember reading it in 1963 or '64 to keep from studying organic chemistry. The "Hero" must save the maiden by rescuing the "egg" and restore balance to the universe. A ripping good yarn but it begins to falter at the end just a bit. Heinlein saves it and it is surely worth a listen . The narrator uses some voices that are difficult for me to hear (but anything is difficult for me to hear on some days) but generally give s good performance. A good choice if you are looking for some "high adventure" with a little Heinlein philosophy thrown into the mix. Heinlein philosophy is always worth the read and the story is good too.
I'm a big fan of RAH and remember this book fondly from my youth. I've come back to a few of his books recently and found them just as good as before.
Glory Road might be just as good a story, but the audio version is horrible. Star's "husky" voice is annoying and hard to hear, but Rufo's french accent is just too far. He's almost not understandable its to think, but the worst part is really Rufo isn't French. It just sounds wrong.
So I couldn't take it after an hour or so of listening, and actually returned the book.
There is nothing in the book to suggest that Rufo spoke with a French accent or that Star sounds like a submissive. In fact her character was very strong and assertive. I have to say this was poorly done, I am sorry I downloaded it! I strongly suggest that any Heinlein fan avoid this one, you will be sadly disappointed.
Oscar. At least the voice matched the character.
Find another narrator who can get the voices right.
disappointment! I love the book, hate the reader.
You can do better than this!
High. I'm a Heinlein fan from way back. I've read Glory Road a number of times. I thought Bronson Pinchot did a great job and even though I knew exactly what was coming next he held my interest.
This book isn't a top Heinlein story, but it is a nice mix of science fiction and fantasy.
The story is a bit out there but really brings to mind that magic could merely be technology we don't understand