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.
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©1982 by Robert A. Heinlein; (P)1996 by Blackstone Audiobooks
A straight-tailed slick-Hog knuckle dragging mouth breather; and proud of it!
An interesting look at what the future could look like. Heinlein imbues Friday with an enjoyably believable woman's perspective. Strong, well done, women of action are refreshing even today. As always, RAH's world building is first rate.
Hillary Huber's performance is first rate, well worth listening to.
Work in IT for a county office of education. love scifi and alternative history
Yes! Growing up, the genetics and sciences fascinated me because of this book, and now that I am older, I find other things that I can reflect on.
Yes, but sadly, my commute is too short to :(
Average story, better than average performance
Baldwin's demise and the conclusion.
Somewhat preachy, but several honest and caring scenes. The viewpoint is different from many of his books.
Friday. It was ALL about her
The kind of girl you would love to date but could never marry.
what not too like? oh maybe I could kvetch about the neat&tidy ending a smidgen, but that would rather be a bit of hair-splitting on my part.
Ms. Huber does not bring anything to the story that I would not attain by reading a print version on my own; EXCEPT that her voice is so engaging as to be on par with the Sirens of Odysseus that I desired to not put the book to my own detriment many a night.
A fantastic story read by a fantastic voice.
I can't tell if my lack of enjoyment with this book was because I went into with the wrong mindset or because I'm a guy. The lead character is a very strong independent woman, well written and interesting. I just could not get into the book. However, every woman that I have talked to about this book has LOVED it. If my gender has nothing to do with why I didn't get into it, then it is because I went into with the absolute wrong mindset. I went into expecting a story. This is not a story, it is a fictional memoir. There is no grand payoff in the end. It is just a section of Friday's life. A very significant section, but really just a meandering part of her life. Maybe if I had known that I wouldn't have been disappointed when it ended without a particular resolution. Make sure you listen to this with that understanding and see if you like it better.
"Top Rank SF"
'Friday' breaks the Heinlein mould somewhat, and is the better for it. The setting is more cleverly considered than many others, and is more in on a par with that of 'Number of the Beast' rather than earlier, shorter works - which tend to be newtonian space ships and slipsticks. The universe of 'Friday' is also somewhat similar the Culture space if Ian M Banks.
Another pleasing difference in Friday is that it focuses less on spaceship drives and astrogation, and more on interpersonal relationships in a number of cultures much different to our own.
I rate this, and 'Number of the Beast' as my two favourite works by this author, and 'Friday' ranks in my top twenty all time favourite books
"Of its time"
Sex, far too much of it.
Disappointment, I read the book based on comments made by an author of another book I had read, her book was good, this wasn't. Far too much sex involved, I am no prude, far from it, but the lead character enjoyed anything, animal, mineral or vegetable.
Heinlein is noted as a fine author of sci-fi but my first foray has not encouraged me to try another.
"I wouldn't bother."
My problem with Friday is that it was amusing in a few places, but mostly it was a boring piece of fictional autobiography. If I want to read an autobiography, I'll read one. I could probably find one which is more exciting. For all Firday's vaunted talents, she does next to nothing. There isn't a plot, except in the vaguest sense. Her "adventures," or misadventures, don't go anywhere and certainly don't meet the promise of her being a "combat courier." After the first couple of pages she basically never has anything to do with her job again. (To add to the boredom, Mr Heinlein likes lists. Very, very long lists. I'm pretty sure he was paid by word count since the lists serve no purpose other than increasing his.) The projections, the "sci-fi," is hugely dated, more so than I'd expect from something from the eighties. Some of the physics (the real physics) is very suspect.
So, in short, I struggled through this because I bought it and I was damn well going to finish it. Now I never have to read it again.
"A good story"
This is a good sci-fi book told by a female narrator, which makes a nice change.
The futuristic details were cool and the nature of her work added lots of interest too.
I wanted to give it four and a half stars as at time my attention wandered a bit.
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