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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
No I don't think so.
It was alright but like I say, not his best, and the narrator need's diction, and acting lessons!
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.
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.
Gotta love the women in his world. Good one.
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.
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.
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