Hugh Farnham is a practical, self-made man, and when he sees the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he builds a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war. But when the apocalypse comes, something happens that he did not expect. A thermonuclear blast tears apart the fabric of time and hurls his shelter into a world with no sign of other human beings.
Farnham and his family have barely settled down to the backbreaking business of low-tech survival when they find that they are not alone after all. The same nuclear war that catapaulted Farnham 2,000 years into the future has destroyed all civilization in the northern hemisphere, leaving Africans as the dominant surviving people.
In the new world order, Farnham and his family, being members of the race that nearly destroyed the world, are fit only to be slaves. After surviving a nuclear war, Farnham has no intention of being anyone’s slave, but the tyrannical power of the Chosen race reaches throughout the world. Even if he manages to escape, where can he run to?
©1964 Robert A. Heinlein, 1992 by Mrs. Virginia Heinlein (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Heinlein’s story is as engrossing now as it was in its original form decades ago.” (Midwest Book Review)
I was told that, "unless you are a white, male, nudist, Heinlein will offend you". This book proves that point. Full of antiquated sentiment, unexplained science (more like masked magic), and way too many hands of Bridge, spending time listening to it felt like a waste.
I'm disheartened by all the bad reviews on the goodreads social network about this book because I absolutely loved it. I started the novel honestly expecting not to like it. I bought it for the Heinlein name and decided to give it a try. This book never has a "twist," but took me on a journey that I never guessed. It was an apocalyptic novel with time travel and parallel universes. I identified with Farnham, the hero of the novel, and his sweetheart-later wife. I didn't read this as a political satire like some of the other reviewers (understandable because that was probably how Heinlein intended it); I just read it like a novel. Maybe that's why I enjoyed it more? I did love how a white author from Mississippi chose to write about a future society that dark skinned humans are the ruling class and light skinned humans are slaves. I think it shows insights to Heinlein's soul.
An avid, omnivorous but critical reader.
The problem with this book is that it comes from an age of attitudes that are socially, morally and intellectually untenable today. I read this book as a kid and have always enjoyed Heinlein. As a kid, the book did't bother me nearly as much as it does now. Sadly, Tom Weiner did an excellent job on a book that probably should have disappeared into the "inappropriate for today" bin.
Nothing to compare with but I would happily listen to another book read by him.
I would pretty much ditch the whole book. Not as censorship but because its just irritating, inappropriate and annoying.
Fraught with the worst kind of casual racism, liberal use of the "n" word, routine threats of family members to kill one another (that get really old very quickly), sexism of the worst kind (women's work and men's work for example), this just is a book to avoid. The original premise (the science fiction part) is clever and works well but the characters I can do without.
Yes I would...this however is his worst book.
everything , he did the best he could with a bad story and dislikeable characters.
one real guy
what a masterpiece of work this is, hard to put down and sad to get to the end
Also Heinlein's thing about daughters wanting to sleep with their dads is weird. It's in several of his books. Also a serious time piece of Heinlein being 'progressive' for the time about racism.
Listening to Audiobooks around the time Edison first put them on line ... or close to that time. ... Books on Tape 1974. Love Old Radio
Terrible in concept and execution. It's not only the worst book Heinlein wrote, it's the worst book Any major SF writer from the Golden Age, who was not addled by drugs, has written.
It's hard to tell if Tom Weiner's performance is good or poor ... he has to speak Crap.
Yes, he can't turn Dreck into Gold so I don't blame him.
Spoiler ... At some points it is so bad ... a Monty Python skit ... that you laugh.
Facing certain death due to the firestorm over the bunker ... they decide to play bridge to pass the time.
I'm not sure even this dysfunction family would continue with their banter, puns and family arguments after America is destroyed (no comment is ever made about friends and relatives who were nuked) and they are going to be cooked alive.
I've read and re-read Heinlein novels and stories for over sixty years. I'm sure I started reading this one back in 1964 when it first came out. Now I know why I never finished it.
But Amazingly! ... he followed this with an Hugo winning novel in 1966 ... "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"
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