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Dohn

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  • Glory Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (334)
    Story
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    . 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"
    "Great book, lousy reader!"
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    Fans of Robert Heinlein either love or hate this book, since it doesn't follow the “pattern” of his other works. Since I've read it more than a dozen times over the years, you can tell where I fit it! While some of Heinlein's comments on the politics and mores of the time are not as relevant today as they were almost 50 years ago, the book still evokes great empathy for the characters and situations, especially for one of my generation.

    Narrators should read the book thru to themselves before attempting to record it. It seems to me that Pinchot could not have done so, considering what he did with “accents”. For example, Heinlein states towards the end of the book that Rufo is an accomplished linguist who speaks unaccented American English, Australian and Cockney, among other languages and dialects. So why give him a French accent… and a bad one at that? Also, And The Eater of Souls is clearly a construct modeled on Cyrano de Bergerac so, if it MUST have an accent, why not French? Or is Pinchot so uneducated that he missed the reference? Finally, Heinlein clearly states that Star slurs Gordon's “Oh, Scar” into “Oscar”, yet he insists on the former pronunciation throughout the book. Phooey!

    Still, the story itself is so fantastic that I will listen to it again and again, cursing Pinchot each time!

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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