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Friday | [Robert A. Heinlein]

Friday

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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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

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    Ira Utopia, TX, United States 02-04-09
    Ira Utopia, TX, United States 02-04-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Wandering Aimlessly"

    Other than showing the internal conflicts of a being coming to terms in life, the book< I felt, wandered aimlessly. Of course if one is just interested in the moral coming to terms of a person,, maybe this is the book for them but I prefer more action driving towards some goal.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Ada, MI, United States 11-03-08
    Debra Ada, MI, United States 11-03-08 Member Since 2012
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    "An old favorite despite annoying narration"

    This is the book that hooked me on SF/Fantasy, particulary that with a female protagonist, when I was a kid. I have never been without a copy in my library and revisit Friday, my old friend, at least once a year.

    The previous audio version with a male narrator was ridiculous. This narrator gave Friday a whiney tone that was a bit irritating and didn't have a great range of character voices. None the less I do enjoy having an audio version of an old favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 05-21-12
    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2011

    MIke Charette

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    "Interesting, you get to see how the wealthy live"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was interesting, but not the Master's best work, you get to see how rich people live, and view their cavalier lives, but not too much of anything else. This was a good idea, but not exploited to anywhere its true potential. Heinlein's earlier work is simply fantastic, all the stuff from the" 50's" and "60's" I would recommend whole heartedly, while I am one the biggest Heinlein fan's (He is the best Science fiction writer of the last 100 years, in my humble opinion) I think he has done better work, work that touch's people on so many levels. Its worth listing to, but don't make it your first Heinlein read or listen. Umkay!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the main charactor being a super spy, or courier as she called her self. Least interesting, let me see the Geo-politcal nonsense going on in the back ground, does it add to the story or is it dystopian, I don't know, its not quite fleshed out.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was a mediocre performance, she acted kind of bored the whole, read and extremely whiny (think of Fran Dressher in the nanny) ha ha ha! This is not what a super spy would do, check out Aeon flux, that's a kick ass chick!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No I don't think so.


    Any additional comments?

    It was alright but like I say, not his best, and the narrator need's diction, and acting lessons!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 04-03-11
    Sarah 04-03-11
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    "The only Heinlein Audio I couldn't finish"

    I've now tried to listen to this audio book 4 times. Each time, before the end of the first half, the narrator's nasally and smug narration gets to me. It's like the reader believes all the claptrap about Heinlein being bad at writing women, and sets out to make Friday as annoying and ridiculous as possible. I can't believe anyone could love a creature who sounds like that. The book is fine. It grows on you, though it's not one of Heinlein's most cohesive stories. The narration is apalling.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-23-10
    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-23-10 Member Since 2009

    My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.

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    "Nice, Mr. H!"

    Gotta love the women in his world. Good one.

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    Amazon Customer 12-06-09 Member Since 2008
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    "A fun story, an irritating narration"

    Not a world view changing story. Very typical Heinlein story. A strong, independant, and open minded female lead. Considering when the story was written, a fair "prediction" of where the internet was headed. Overall a fun, action romp.
    The narration, was a bit irritating. The most glaring glitch was the mis-pronunciation of the name of the town "Pembina". Glaring for two reasons, one, because it is mis-pronounced through MOST of the book. Two, because when it finally is pronounced correctly, it is the last time the word is spoken! This pretty much shines a spotlight on the error.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Baton Rouge, LA, United States 09-03-10
    Jeremy Baton Rouge, LA, United States 09-03-10
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    "Future sex adventures?"

    Not worth a listen. Too little science fiction action and convoluted characters/situations. Plot appears to revolve around sex with everyone Agent Friday meets in the future.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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