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.
“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)
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.
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!!! :)
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.
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
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.
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.
It starts off very good with an interesting concept and interesting characters. Around about the middle the characters start to become more one dimensional and the narrative starts to get quite preachy. Also after while the performers Ah shucks accent starts to wear on your nerves.
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.
Heinlein must have slipped into some 'babbling' storyline in his head that seemed to just ... BABBLE. It was OK but really wordy. I liked the voice of the main character but not some of the other characters. Pinchot, you do a bad girl and bad French accent. Maybe that's a good thing, but not while listening to this story. All that wordiness coupled with some of the bad character voices made this story a bit annoying as time went on.
It's one thing to want to get to the end to find out what happened, it's another to want to get to the end so you can go on to something better to listen to.
Glory Road Review
Bronson Pinchot is absolutely amazing, changing his volume, tone, & speed to accurately portray the emotional content stated or implied by the author. I want to hear more read by him because it is read by him. His performance could make a bad story great.
As for the story, this is another Heinlein novel, describing his view of correct morality, justice, propriety, and politics that made him a controversial and star storyteller. I enjoyed the adventure and was drawn into the philosophical discussion. But, ultimately, the message is that there is nothing more than this life, so eat, drink, & be merry, or find your own passion and live for that, for that is all there is to this life, and all we should hope for is that science will advance enough to extend one's merriment for as long as one should desire to endure it, and social and political customs will change to allow for individual pursuit of hedonism without interference from others.
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