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Brianna

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  • To Sail Beyond the Sunset: The Life and Loves of Maureen Johnson (Being the Memoirs of a Somewhat Irregular Lady)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
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    (201)

    Maureen Johnson, the somewhat irregular mother of Lazarus Long, wakes up in bed with a man and a cat. The cat is Pixel, well-known to fans of the New York Times best seller The Cat Who Walks through Walls. The man is a stranger to her, and besides that, he is dead.

    W. Seligman says: "Do not make this your first Heinlein!"
    "The worst Heinlien I've ever read"
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    What disappointed you about To Sail Beyond the Sunset?

    I wanted to love this novel. But, it's so disjointed with a nonsensical plot, I just couldn't. All the awesomeness in this book you've seen in other Heinlien works, The Howard Foundation especially, which it references heavily.


    What could Robert A. Heinlein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The main issue is there is no plot. It starts off interestingly enough, with a mystery in the present, but then is content to go back to the 19th century and meander there endlessly. This kind of lack of direction is par for many Heinlien novels, but it's especially pronounced here. I've rarely read a book this disjointed.


    What three words best describe Bernadette Dunne’s performance?

    It's great, within the confines of the weak material.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If this was your first Heinlien novel, it might be better for you. His themes of sexuality, femininity and self-reliance are always a treat - they're just done so much more expertly in his other work.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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