Every stand-in dreamed of the starring role - but what actor would risk his life for the chance?
One minute, down-and-out actor Lorenzo Smythe is, as usual, in a bar, drinking away his troubles while watching his career circle the drain. Then a space pilot buys him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knows, he's shanghaied to Mars. Smythe suddenly finds himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career: impersonating an important politician who has been kidnapped. Peace with the Martians is at stake, and failure to pull off the act could result in interplanetary war.
Smythe knows nothing of the issues concerning free interplanetary trade and equal rights for aliens and cares even less, but the handsome compensation is impossible to refuse. He soon realizes, however, that he faces a lifetime masquerade if the real politician never shows up.
©2014 Robert A. Heinlein (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks
The book won a Hugo award and is one of Heinlein's best, but the narration makes the audio version required, even if you've already read the novel.
I've listened to several of Weiner's narrations before, and always considered him a competent performer. My perception of him has been greatly elevated after hearing this work. It is easily the best performance I've heard from him, and probably one of the best by any narrator.
Reading and listen to books for me is one of the keys to a happy life.
The story is just wonderful and Perfect Heinlein. I read this what seems to be a million years ago and since then I have re-read it several times. This audiobook is perfectly done and the reader was great. This is simply creativity that none of us will ever see again. Heinlein and of course Asimov, are giants from the past. We all know now without any doubt that the Martians that are a main focus here, are never to be. But the story is more about life, politics, people struggling for the better way of life and the sacrifices that we all are ask to make in the attempt to obtain it all.
Heinlein is just great.
Great performance by the narrator, if anything, I feel he made the story even better.
Yes, I basically did.
Like I said this is the end of this type of writing. Future Science Fiction writing of course will and have their own great writers, but this era is over and never to happen again, thus this is one of the best stories that I feel, represents that era! Enjoy!
Dr. Nils Rasmussen
The performer of this book did his job SO well that it nearly makes the book tough to listen to for periods longer than about a chapter at a time. That is because the story is told by a character who is supposed to be smarmy and unlikable and the book's reader pulled this stunt off to a tee. Bravo.
Aside from that complaint, this book was excellent. I have a special space in my heart for sci-fi that allows for a bit of humor from time to time.
If you are unfamiliar with Heinlein, may I suggest you check out "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag" first. It will give you a better idea of the writer's style and range.
8.38 / 10.00
Tom Weiner was absolutely terrific.
This is my favorite Heinlein book. As another reviewer stated, it is a very small book and thus a short audiobook.
It was like listening to this book as a play or a movie! He really is terrific!!
This is a book I have read many many times, but it was literally brought to life by Mr. Weiner!
Heinlein's knowledge of science, combined with his unique story telling ability makes an excellent mixture of reality and fantasy. He also promoted his mixture of conservative/libertarian philosophy in most of his stories, and I won't be surprised if his logic hasn't caused more than a few to change their slant on things.
Interested in books that help one's spirit move beyond the ordinary.
I have read a number of Heinlein's works over the years. My favorites being Stranger in a Strange Land, The Number of the Beast and A Door into Summer. I had never heard of this story but it was a daily deal item so I decided to try it-what a pleasant surprise.
What particularly intrigued me was the transformation of the belief system of the protagonist. In a span of two months, he morphs from despising the look and smell of Martians into happily being one of their "nest brothers" as well as changing from being an opponent of the expansionist party to being its leader and spokesperson.
As Shakespeare told us, "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts." As I listened to Lorenzo Smythe transform step by step into Minister Bamford, I couldn't help but think about how tightly most of us cling to our belief systems. I also wondered at the deep unconscious level of connection and unity that we all share but most of us cut ourselves off from on a daily basis.
One note for anyone who has not read Heinlein before. His works are very dated to the period he was writing in, in terms of both technology and social mores. If you can put that aside, however, I think you will find that his spiritual view of the world and humanity's place in it was very much ahead of his time!
Great performance, very bad audio. All sibilance is gone, making this book pretty hard to enjoy. I tried, but could not continue. Hands off that de-esser!
Double Star won a Hugo award in 1956 and many name it as one of their favourite Robert Heinlein novels. It's a story about a young, pompous actor who gets caught up in interplanetary political intrigue.
I enjoyed this sci-fi Prince-and-the-Paper story and wondered if was related to or inspired by the fledgling civil rights movement. In any case, it's a good read and well narrated by Tom Wiener.
The story is light on science fiction, relying more heavily on story and characters. The story was pretty interesting and I recommend it.
How did I miss this? As a kid, I thought I had read everything Heinlein wrote.
All of them. I found his accent distracting at first but it grew on me and I ended up really enjoying the narration.
Typical Heinlein..great story.
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