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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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    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.

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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.

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    Amazon Customer 05-27-16
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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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    Nick 05-18-16
    Nick 05-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Ok"

    Overly sexist and rather lackluster. Disappointing and anti climactic ending. Definitely not Heinlein's best work

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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.


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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

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    B. Baniszewski Somerville, MA United States 08-25-15
    B. Baniszewski Somerville, MA United States 08-25-15 Member Since 2010

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    "I usually don't give up on a book halfway through"
    What was most disappointing about Robert A. Heinlein’s story?

    I enjoyed The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and I usually like fantasy more than sci-fi, so I thought I'd try Glory Road. The story is moderately interesting in the beginning when it's set on earth. But as soon as the fantasy elements show up, it gets bland. It's as if Heinlein thought that by writing fantasy instead of science fiction, he never had to think very hard about why anything happened.

    As I read on, the sexism became harder and harder tolerate, and eventually I had to give up. The casual racism also makes the book hard to read. I know the book is a product of its time, but there are plenty of books from the same era that are much less problematic.


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    Amazon Customer 08-06-15 Member Since 2006
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    "A little tedious"

    Some sections were so well written that I was compelled to keep going, others sections were simply arduous. The underlying sexism was appalling and reminded me of Barbarella, another "gem" from the sixties.

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