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
Friday. It was ALL about her
The kind of girl you would love to date but could never marry.
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.
Newt fancier and mad scientist.
This book is one of the biggest disappointments I've ever had the misfortune to listen to. I was really happy with Stranger in a Strange Land and this book made me question even that. The author's shameless self-insertion characters, the attempt at gender-equity which only comes off as even worse chauvinism for its trouble, the CONSTANT and EXCRUTIATING descriptions of characters EATING which plod and beat the boredom into your brain... it all combines into one boring stupid book that never makes any attempt to fulfill the promises it made to the readers right at the beginning. I was hoping for a taught spy-thriller set in the amazing balkanized America that Heinlein was so famous for creating. What I got was an ignorant and dissociated attempt at sexual social commentary tied up with a clumsy allegory for racism, sexism, and whatever-ism. The character constantly informing the reader that she is NOT human starts to really make me hate her early on and it never ever stops. Also, this book contains one of the most inaccurate depictions of rape I've ever seen. NO joke, it's shamefully ignorant and chauvinistic and that coming from a male who's never put much stock in militant feminism.
The interesting thing about this book is that I have 2 copies of it in my audible library. Why, do you ask? Because when I first bought this audio book, I fell in love with the character. I bwelieve that this is one of Robert best saga's and I believe it should be in everyones library.
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.
I understand that this is the second narrator, and much better than the first. But... I'm sorry, Friday does not sound like she's from New Jersey, at least she doesn't in my head. Hillary should have also gotten some Pacific Northwest English language lessons - Sequim is pronounced squim, not See-quim, for instance. But it is still a good story, for all that it's from Heinlein's hedonism period.
Louise Ann Benjamin
I fell in love with Heinlein almost 30 years ago. In today's world with the rise of gmo's and increase of violence, the world of Friday seems to be where we are heading. She is a lady who finally, like the Velveteen rabbit is loved till she becomes real.
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