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Glory Road Audiobook

Glory Road

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Publisher's Summary

E. C. “Scar” Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn’t given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: "Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential, willing to travel, no family or emotional ties, indomitably courageous and handsome of face and figure. Permanent employment, very high pay, glorious adventure, great danger. You must apply in person, 17 rue Dante, Nice, 2me étage, apt. D."

How could you not answer an ad like that, especially when it seemed to describe you perfectly? Well, except maybe for the “handsome” part, but that was in the eye of the beholder anyway. So he went to that apartment and was greeted by the most beautiful woman he’d ever met. She seemed to have many names but agreed he could call her Star. A pretty appropriate name, as it turned out, for the empress of twenty universes. And she sends him on the adventure of a lifetime.

Robert A. Heinlein’s one true fantasy novel, Glory Road is as much fun today as when he wrote it after Stranger in a Strange Land. Heinlein proves himself as adept with sword and sorcery as with rockets and slide rules, and the result is exciting, satirical, fast-paced, funny, and tremendously readable - a favorite of all who have read it. Glory Road is a masterpiece of escapist entertainment with a typically Heinleinian sting in its tail.

Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988) was the dominant science fiction writer of the modern era, a writer whose influence on the field was immense. He won science fiction’s Hugo Award for best novel four times.

©1963 Robert A. Heinlein; renewed 1991 by Virginia Heinlein; 2003 by the Robert A. & Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust; Afterword 1979, 1984 by Samuel R. Delany (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A triumph.”(Chicago Tribune)

Glory Road maintains a delicacy, a bravura, and a joy that not only are notable, but clearly consign it to his heptology of major SF novels.” (Samuel R. Delany, American author and literary critic)

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    "It's interesting"

    Well told story.

    Sex, thoughts on sex, wish for sex, fear of sex. Wanted more on thoughts of heroes and more glory roads!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jack 09-28-16
    Jack 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Heinlein's Only Fantasy"

    Robert Heinlein has always been my favorite SF writer, from his early "simple" stories to his later novels. This stemmed mainly from his "future history" concept linking all his works. I also just really liked how he wrote. Discovering this book, his one "unlinked" work, and a fantasy to boot, was quite the surprise. And an utter delight, especially finding even here some of his trademark commentary on the mores of society.

    Bronson Pinchot gives a spirited performance, using distinctly different voices for the characters. Well done.

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    Akela Russia 09-05-16
    Akela Russia 09-05-16 Member Since 2014

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    "narration is all wrong for Heinlein"
    Would you listen to Glory Road again? Why?

    Definitely not - I love the book, I'd better re-read it again. It is fortunate that I already knew the book, otherwise I would have dropped it. Bronson Pinchot is a very good narrator - just not for female voices and not for Heinlein.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them as it is a very well told story that maintains an ideal balance of characters, plot, humor and sheer joy of life.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Actually I did not particularly like it. His Oscar is very good. But others... Why use a funny accent for Rufo? - after the hero learned the languages, there is no reason to assume that Rufo talks with some ridiculous kind of accent (and those irritating hissing "sheeeeee"s are horrible). The gorgeous proud, smart and funny empress comes across more often than not as a simpering sniveling little maiden in distress - nothing could be farther from Heinlein's heroine.Heinlein himself practically never used funny accents or dialects - his heroes usually speak clear concise English and his humor is dry.


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

    I love the duel with Cyrano de Bergerac in the Dark Tower.


    Any additional comments?

    I do hope not to hear a narrator to imitate crying in a book again ))) LOL that was so over the top I nearly switched it off for good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 08-14-16
    Michael 08-14-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Teenager's wet dream except the last part"

    Disappointed. Tons of sex with by default willing women and brilliant tactical solutions out of the hero's hat. No conflict, no struggle, except the very end.
    Good narrator, bullshit of a text, disgrace to Heinlein's name.

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    Joseph 08-09-16
    Joseph 08-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I have not traveled much of it but I do miss it."

    I am a soldier. born with the soul of a hero. I do not get to exercise it hardly. but dear god I want to walk that road again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Anderson New York 05-28-16
    A. Anderson New York 05-28-16 Member Since 2014

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    "One of my all time favorites"
    If you could sum up Glory Road in three words, what would they be?

    I think I read the book twice and enjoyed revisiting it via audiobook. This is one that I have remembered and replayed pieces of in my head over they years. The good ones become part of you. This one is one of those


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved them all


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Old but Gold"

    By far one of my favorite stories that I have read growing up. I am glad that an audiobook has been made.

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    Sam Fargo Pasadena, Ca 12-13-15
    Sam Fargo Pasadena, Ca 12-13-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Very tallented narrater"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Glory Road to be better than the print version?

    Bronson Pinchot is very talented. He uses different voices and different mannerisms for each character which gives an experience much different and better than just reading the book. Glory Road has long been one of my favorite books by my favorite author, and Pinchot made it just that much better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond 11-25-15
    Raymond 11-25-15

    I enjoy listening to books while I'm driving, which I do a lot of in my work. I like Sci-Fi, Thrillers, and Horror. Happy Reading!!! :)

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    "Glory Road rocks!!"

    Bronson Pinchot brings Glory Road and its characters to life in a way that pulls you into the story and keeps you there from start to finish. The story is excellent, and the narrator is as well. I will definitely be listening to this book again and again.

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    Demonstryde 10-08-15
    Demonstryde 10-08-15
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    "Not the best heinlein"

    Definitely not my favorite heinlein book, seemed like a cheap attempt at Edgar rice Burroughs princess of Mars, also it just dragged on and on, I found myself bored and just trying to get to the end so I could at least say I finished it. If it weren't in audio form it would have read like a bible.....with even less sex

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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