Friday, a secret courier, is thrown into an assignment under the command of her employer, a man she knows only as "Boss". She operates from and over a near-future Earth in North America, a vulgar and chaotic land comprised of dozens of independent states. In America's disunion, Friday keeps her balance nimbly with quick, expeditious solutions as she conquers one calamity and scrape after another.
Please note: This audiobook includes adult content and themes.
©1982 by Robert A. Heinlein; (P)1996 by Blackstone Audiobooks
the old master of SciFi had write books that last though any the past age of time.
the book has a great plot and is fast moving. you don't want to stop read even when you are sleepy.
R. Hineline was a mind baring very broad shoulders indeed. He was one of the most popular creators of the baseline that readers, & writers of science fiction perceive as what hard SF. is, one of the rule builders of the "greatest generation" out of the 1930s & 40s that defined how far a horizon can be for those who have come after, and more.
Every time a story is published the readers have a new vision into the mind, and spirit of the one writing the story, as one lives that story they read.
So you ask, what's this review trying to tell me. ?
And here is the answer...
Read any Hineline story, & it becomes a tool for stretching your own mind in the ways Hineline's worked. His was a mind who's vision was grander than mine, grander than most of us all in the worlds made larger with time, & the sciences.
the narrative was strange, not Hilenlins best work, but still good. The narrator was great, a man reading this would have ruined the book. best listened to after other books of the same author, "the moon is a harsh mistress " being a great starting point!
Considering this was written when Regan was governor of California, some of the background is quite foretelling.
I love this story like all R.A.H. stories it was well crafted. but while a female reader is requires they should have gotten one with a smoother voice. when played at volume her tone and timbre were almost whining and slightly strident. though given the characters underlying psychological issues maybe this is for the best. still it was enjoyable in the end.
The grandmaster of Science Fiction wrote this in the early 80s and I've read it a dozen times since. I have no issues with the story.
My issue is with the reader.She has an annoying, nasally tinged voice.. I will NEVER listen to anything she reads again. Most distracting and takes me out of a wonderful story .
I'm a Heinlein addict even though I see at least some of the faults. Ms. Huber did a great job of bringing Friday and her associates to life and didn't hurt my ear with mistakes.
Excellent performance all around! The story and world is pure Heinlein, though you can tell it's one of his later works from all the sex, breakfasts, and sex followed by breakfasts. If you don't mind that, you're in for a spectacular world and interesting characters all around.
Heinlien will examine & hammer home the short falls of human nature. He then will offer solutions to fit the reader!
The narrator did a great job, but for my preconceptions. I have read this book many, many times. So I have a very distinct image of Friday in my head. Hillary Huber's narrative is very well executed, but her voice is just so not the voice I imagine Friday to have. It was a distraction to me. To be fair, that is really not Hillary's fault. To someone who had not formed such a strong "voice" for Friday, I think they would just get absorbed in the excellent story.
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