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joe

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  • For Us, the Living: A Comedy of Customs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    July 12, 1939: Perry Nelson is driving along the palisades when another vehicle swerves into his lane, a tire blows out, and his car careens off the road and over a bluff. The last thing he sees before his head connects with the boulders below is a girl in a green bathing suit, prancing along the shore.

    Jeffrey C. Coyne says: "Should have stayed in the shoe box"
    "A view in the the grand masters mind"
    Overall

    This title was written in 1939, but found and released in 2003 after the authors death. It presents an alternative future based on the events that took place just prior to the outbreak of World War 2. In classic Robert Anson Heinlein style, the characters are very detailed and you can identify with them easily; however, this book is a "dialog" of all the events that have taken place since the main characters reentry to the world. In this book, most likely his first work, the plot is nowhere near the caliber he will show in his later works. This is not a good example to see his craftsmanship, but is a wonderful insight to see his transition from former life to the master of a genre.

    It is fascinating to read a Utopian description of a world that never came to be. This is not a crystal ball of things that will come, but more a parallel alternative to those events that could have been. The author uses his characters to describe events in long discussions. I can see why many publishers might not have wanted to bring this book out to the public for a new writer; however, for long time fans, this book is fabulous. It gives a look into the mind of our old master of things yet to come. The roots of many of the topics that Heinlein will use in later works to present non-mainstream views are all here, finding these gems in his earliest work is quite a thrill.

    I am going to rate this a solid 4 stars, but with explanation, The method used by the author is not very enjoyable to read; the dialogs are LOOOONG and can dwell laboriously in some points. The plot is thin and leaves many unanswered questions. Had it not been for the uniqueness of the ideas, the rich characters, and quite frankly, the fact that we get to see that one of the greatest authors of all time needed to mature some before he was able to produce his masterpieces, makes this book worth your time.

    8 of 10 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
    (415)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (203)

    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!"
    "GOB BLESS SPIDER"
    Overall

    As a devout RAH fan I had some serious doubts as to it even being possible for anyone to pick up on a Heinline thought and bring it to bring to anything more entertaining than you r run of the mill sci-fi television show, but Spider Robison does the most amazing job in this book as both “coauthor” and narrator.

    I really hope Spider takes the time to come back to this novel, yes there are many unanswered questions.

    I would defiantly recommend this book to any Sci-Fi Reader, possibly even to someone’s first taste of the genre.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • With a Tangled Skein Part 2: Incarnations of Immortality, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    When the man Niobe loves is shot, she wants revenge. Her only chance is to accept a challenge to solve a maze of riddles devised by Satan himself. But Niobe's strength is her beauty, not her intelligence, and the fate of the human race hangs in the balance. Can she outwit Satan at his own game, or has her failure already been woven into the very Tapestry of Fate?

    joe says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Though this is the third of the series, this book is so very well written and narrated, it is very hard to put down once it starts. Niobe is so very lovable and watching her develop is so much fun. As with the other Incarnations books, the author gives a wonderful note at the end that is very revealing in to the magic that makes a Piers Anthony story a story that reaches his readers. If you have any doubts in this series give this a listen, you will not be disappointed at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bearing an Hourglass: Incarnations of Immortality, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (252)

    When life seems pointless to Norton, he accepts the position of Incarnation of Time. With the other incarnations - Death, Fate, War, and Nature - distracting him, Satan springs a cunning trap. Bearing an Hourglass is a fascinating, richly imagined tale that reaches beyond genre conventions. Science-fiction/fantasy legend Piers Anthony combines a gripping plot with a serious and thought-providing study of good and evil.

    joe says: "Intricate"
    "Intricate"
    Overall

    Second in the series, this is a challenging book to follow, however a must read for those who bite in to the "Luna" saga. Do not miss the authors note at the end! On its own this book doesn't have the punch of On a Pale Horse, but is fill so many gaps needed to truly understand the strange view of Piers' Incarnations. Don't pass this one up, in will entertain as well as educate.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Puppet Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (420)

    At key points throughout North America, an invasion force is taking over communications, government, industry, and people's bodies. And the nation is helpless to stop it, because the invaders multiply far faster than they can be destroyed, controlling the mind of every unsuspecting person they encounter. Enter Sam Cavanaugh, a can-do intelligence officer for the United States' most secret service. Cavanaugh is the only man who can stop the invaders. But to do that he'll have to be invaded himself.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An old favorite, but poorly narrated"
    "Classic RAH"
    Overall

    This book has interesting twists, Heinlein gives a quirky look at what it might be like if a super power lost control. Well worth the read, not to predictable. Lloyd James (Narrator) does very well giving the book quite an exciting feel. As you read this keep in mind it was written in the 1950's so the predictions for the year 2000 are a bit off but it does make the book quite charming.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • On a Pale Horse: Incarnations of Immortality, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (541)

    In this, the first novel of the best-selling Incarnations of Immortality series, Piers Anthony combines a deeply moving examination of the meaning of life and death with a gripping story of romance and loyalty, all set in a world of magic and technical wizardry.

    Jake says: "Full Series Review: 5 Stars"
    "At Last"
    Overall

    I have waited for this title to be brought to Audible. I was not dispointed at all, Definately worth the time to listen. Piers has a light hearthen way of poking fun at a very serious issue. Narration was quite good exceded my expectations. If you like this one there a 6 more in the series.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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