Robert Heinlein is a master story-teller. Unfortunately, he uses his skills to propound sexual immorality and to make Christianity look ridiculous. He does so in such in an entertaining manner that even the most morally-inclined reader/listener is likely to continue reading. In this book, he builds up his anti-chastity arguments slowly so as not to overly offend the reader's sensibilities early on. For example, topless dancers show up fairly early in the book. The magnitude of the immoral acts gradually increase until near the end of the book the reader is not shocked by a conversation in which the mother of a teenage daughter urges her husband to have sex with their daughter. "She'll cry a little, then give in, and then you will both have the time of your lives." If you have bought in to Heinlein's philosophy by this point in the book, that suggestion will seem perfectly reasonable. I recommend that you avoid this book, and that you encourage others to do the same.
No subtlety here. The author makes her points by creating a world of characitures that fall into two general categories: (1) idiots who only live their lives to gain the approval of others, and (2) idiots who have no care whatsoever about the approval of others. The first set of idiots despise everyone, including themselves, but most especially those in the second category. Those in the second category are like amoral, high-functioning autistics, having super-human skills but unable to establish normal bonds with other humans. The book had so many "there is no way a real person would have responded that way" moments that I was repeatedly tempted to quit reading it, but the author is a good storyteller, so I stuck it out. All major characters are supposed to be high-IQ types, but they repeatedly make decisions so foolish that it stretches credulity. Bottom line: follow your dreams, not someone else's, and don't enter a service industry if you don't care anything for your customer's opinions.
I do not recommend this to anybody who is not completely desensitized to profanity. Perhaps when read, it is easier to skim over the dense population of explitives contained in this book. However, when listening to an audio book, they hit with full offensive force. While the story line showed promise, it wasn't engaging enough to convince me to continue to subject myself to the barrage. No story line is that good.
So well written that you share in the adventure. So amazing a story that I am encouraging everyone I know to read/listen to it.
Even though it is a true story, most people will not have heard of it, so the suspense at not knowing the outcome will be intense.
I was amazed that anyone could write a story about a square that would have the same level of suspense as the greatest dramas.
I was more amazed at all of the implicit social and religious commentary that could be crammed into a story without diverting attention from the plot.
Finally, I was supremely amazed that all of this was written over a century ago, while it reads like it was written yesterday... or tomorrow.
Many of these speeches will be familiar to the listener. However, some of the most interesting ones for me were the speeches I had never even heard about, such as the one given by the first female in the British Parliment.
Also, the Washington speeches are very timely (or perhaps they are so timeless that they will always seem timely).
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