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Glory Road | [Robert A. Heinlein]

Glory Road

. 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...."
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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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    "Heinlein at his best"

    Great adventure with well developed and believable characters. RAH telling a great story with the 60 issues in America as his back drop. One of his best.

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    Kindle Customer 06-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Uhg..A bad mix between "Narnia" and "Barsoom""
    What would have made Glory Road better?

    The story


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    no


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger that I wasted my credit


    Any additional comments?

    It says it was released in 2012, but the prose and rambling narrative seems like the work from an earlier era. The unsophisticated dialogue plot line and character development is even more sickening than the antiquated gender roles and biases. Just save you dime, this rag is for the birds *in my best old timey voice*

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    Reviewer#9 06-17-15
    Reviewer#9 06-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A little corny. classic Heinlein perfect narration"

    loved the book. the audio narration is better than what was in my head. the book was brought to life very well I think Bronson P. "gets" Heinlein and his sense of humor and seriousness in perfect balance.

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    clifford United States 06-17-15
    clifford United States 06-17-15 Member Since 2011

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    "A reason why you don't think Heinlein & Fantasy"

    Big heinlein fan here.

    Glory Road is just bad.

    How to sum it up... When Heinlein wrote this, fantasy was still a fairly new field. Its obvious that Heinlein had not read very much of it. I would guess that he had not read Tolkein or other writers that might have expanded how he thought about this genre. This book is linear. it feels like other fantasy books I have read during this period. Its not very creative. I enjoyed how it started, but once the main character hits 'fantasy', it becomes goofy and dumb.

    I have read almost everything Heinlein wrote. This is one of the few books of his that I would rate poorly.

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    Cagey Buyer 05-31-15
    Cagey Buyer 05-31-15

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    "Excellent Listen makes so-so read superb story!"
    If you could sum up Glory Road in three words, what would they be?

    Darn fine adventure!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Glory Road?

    The Wedding of Star to Ah-Scar!


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Ah-Scar Gordon


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed... a LOT!


    Any additional comments?

    I was a bit leery about this audio book because I had been disappointed upon reading the hard-cover edition; it left me flat. I think It just goes to show that something is GAINED in narration!

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    Debra M. Miller 05-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Slightly Dated But Still GLORYious"

    My all time Second favorite Heinlein tale. And Mr. Pinchot's reading was, for me, spot on. Was initially annoyed at Rufo's French accent, but by less than midway, I found it indispensable. A hearty well done to all involved.

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    John 04-07-15
    John 04-07-15
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    "Not one of Heinlein's best"

    I love Heinlein's works - starship troopers, stranger in a strange land, etc. This was a fun book, but not one of his finest. it might have deserved 4 starts except for my dissapointment

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    Amazon Customer socal 03-01-15
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    "not one of his best for me"
    What disappointed you about Glory Road?

    having recently reread all of the old heinlein material, i realized i'd never read this one. now i know why. i found his treatment of women embarrassing.


    What was most disappointing about Robert A. Heinlein’s story?

    more fantasy than sci fi


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    Will 02-20-15
    Will 02-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Pinchot was great. The story was not."

    There are a few Heinlein books that aren't to my taste, but this is the only one I truly dislike. There is no way for me to describe why Glory Road is so bad without a lot of spoilers.
    Bronson Pinchot turns in a great performance, but he wasn't given a lot to work with.

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    B. Petereson Salt Lake City, UT 02-01-15
    B. Petereson Salt Lake City, UT 02-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Just Okay"

    The narrator was the best. The story was okay. At times, it was too preachy for me. Half way through the book I started to enjoy the story but it lost momentum and the ending fell flat. It was published in 1963 but does not seem outdated. If you like satirical fantasy, you might like this book.

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