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John

HUGO, OK, United States

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  • Glory Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (381)

    . C. “Scar” Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn’t given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: "Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential...."

    ShySusan says: "Heinlein's only fantasy"
    "Fun swashbuckeling tale full of monsters & maidens"
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    One of my favorite books, it's Heinlein’s homage to Edgar Rice Burrough -
    full of the swashbuckling, macho, romantic ideals of ERBs Barsoom (John Carter/Mars) series (including the silly romantic banter).

    Heinlein’s witty, insightful, and caustic (at times) commentary on the military and the Vietnam War in particular are spot-on. The off Earth adventures are over-the-top, filled with sword fights and monsters. The character development is good, especially the grudging respect that grows between Oscar and Rufo.

    All in all it is just plain fun and well worth the listen.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1944)
    Performance
    (1771)
    Story
    (1788)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Witty, crude, hilarious, bizarre and often thought"
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    I ran across the movie first and, as always, the books are waaaay better. Having said that, if you haven’t seen the movie, get it (a bit more on that later – now back to the book).
    As far as the story, even though I’m a long time sci-fi and horror fan, I found my imagination and mind (and a few times even my suspended belief) being stretched, but always in a good way. It’s one of those you’ll either love or hate – you’ll either think it’s some of the greatest prose written down or just plain rubbish. But give it a chance – there is a lot going on amid the backdrop of scary monsters and sophomoric humor (both of which I absolutely loved). Stephen Thorne does a fantastic job with the narration and characters.

    Of all the great things in the book, I was most impressed with the character development. In part because, initially I didn’t think there was much for the first 2/3rds of the book and was beginning to get frustrated by it. Here was all this intriguing stuff going on and the characters were coming across as just regular old boring people. Then it clicked – that was why it was so good…they were behaving just like “regular” people. Once I realized that and stopped fighting it I was hooked. It wasn’t your typical heroes or slacker anti-heroes here, especially the two main characters. NO ONE was in control or had their $#!@ together and when you think about it who would in that situation? They are often selfish and lazy, at times heroic and brilliant, and other times, despite their best efforts, things go horribly, horribly wrong. I’ve never gotten so far into a book and not known who was going to live or die.

    It really is a great book – I can’t say enough good things about it. (Don't miss the second book: This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It. It's even better...)

    One quick note on the movie – Don Coscarelli (director/screenplay) did an amazing job. It’s truly incredible that he was able to convey the main concepts of two books (almost 1000 pages, 30 hours audio) in 99 minutes and on a relatively low budget. There are a couple of significant differences, but if you think about it you’ll understand why. Cast is great (especially Paul Giamatti and Glynn Turman, but really to pull a story like this off, everyone did an amazing job of acting).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Variable Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein, Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (196)

    At his death in 1988, Robert A. Heinlein left a legacy that almost single-handedly defined modern science fiction. But one of Heinlein's masterpieces was never finished. In 1955, he began work on Variable Star, a powerful and passionate tale of two young lovers driven apart by pride, power, and the vastness of interstellar time and space. Now, the Heinlein estate has authorized award-winning author Spider Robinson to expand his outline into a full-length novel. And the result is vintage Heinlein.

    Michael says: "BRVO!"
    "Not Heinlein, but a great tribute"
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    If you listen to this as a Heinlein book (as I started doing) you'll likely be disappointed. If you listen to it as what it is, a Spider Robinson book based on Heinlein's notes, (as I ended up doing) you'll probably love it.

    Spider Robinson and the Heinlein Foundation didn't intend this to be a Heinlein book, so don't blame either if you try to make it that - it's pure Spider Robinson; however, I think he captures the the spirit of Heinlein throughout.

    And yeah, he sings a bit, but come on it's not THAT terrible. Suck it up and just deal with the minute or two and enjoy the overall story. And yeah, there are the terrible Spider Robinson puns, but the same goes for those.

    I did find one lengthy and very out of context current cultural reference extremely annoying. Almost to the point I stopped listening (I love what it is based on, but if you recognize it, you'll know what I mean); however, upon finding out Spider is now a Canadian citizen, I forgave him as the item in question should be a Canadian national treasure.

    Bottom line, keep in mind what it really is and it's a great book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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