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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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    Susan 10-18-12
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    "Great reader made an old favorite fun"
    Where does Glory Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High. I'm a Heinlein fan from way back. I've read Glory Road a number of times. I thought Bronson Pinchot did a great job and even though I knew exactly what was coming next he held my interest.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip St. Joseph, MI, United States 08-21-12
    Phillip St. Joseph, MI, United States 08-21-12 Listener Since 2004
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    "Not a classic"
    Where does Glory Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book isn't a top Heinlein story, but it is a nice mix of science fiction and fantasy.


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

    The story is a bit out there but really brings to mind that magic could merely be technology we don't understand


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bud Mount Vernon, IN, United States 07-30-12
    Bud Mount Vernon, IN, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "More great Heinlein."
    Where does Glory Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top with ALL of the Heinlein titles.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concepts incorporated to draw attention to some of our accepted ways and views of life.


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

    Gordon, the Hero.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Negative


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DJM Franklin, TN USA 06-07-12
    DJM Franklin, TN USA 06-07-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Long Overdue"

    I've been waiting for this title for years. One of my favorite Heinlein books. Somewhat similar to the John Carter/Mars stories. One I'll definitely listen to it again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dohn Manhasset, NY, United States 06-11-12
    Dohn Manhasset, NY, United States 06-11-12
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    "Great book, lousy reader!"
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    Fans of Robert Heinlein either love or hate this book, since it doesn't follow the “pattern” of his other works. Since I've read it more than a dozen times over the years, you can tell where I fit it! While some of Heinlein's comments on the politics and mores of the time are not as relevant today as they were almost 50 years ago, the book still evokes great empathy for the characters and situations, especially for one of my generation.

    Narrators should read the book thru to themselves before attempting to record it. It seems to me that Pinchot could not have done so, considering what he did with “accents”. For example, Heinlein states towards the end of the book that Rufo is an accomplished linguist who speaks unaccented American English, Australian and Cockney, among other languages and dialects. So why give him a French accent… and a bad one at that? Also, And The Eater of Souls is clearly a construct modeled on Cyrano de Bergerac so, if it MUST have an accent, why not French? Or is Pinchot so uneducated that he missed the reference? Finally, Heinlein clearly states that Star slurs Gordon's “Oh, Scar” into “Oscar”, yet he insists on the former pronunciation throughout the book. Phooey!

    Still, the story itself is so fantastic that I will listen to it again and again, cursing Pinchot each time!

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-10-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-10-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Full Figured Amazon"

    This was published in 1963 and marks the beginning of when RH seems to have one hand on the typewriter and the other. This is nowhere near as bad as what he will write in the future, but you can see it coming. I found this silly and not worth my time.

    I am a fan of the Heinlein of the 50's, I wish I would have never read anything after Starship Troopers.

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    Brian B. 06-25-12
    Brian B. 06-25-12 Member Since 2006
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    "The First Heinlein Book I Ever Read"

    Glory Road is the first Heinlein book I ever read as a kid and it started me on a 45+ year journey in the pursuit of the best of science fiction. Even as a lad, I was highly interested in mathematics and multidimensional geometry. Where Igli went has always been my favorite description of n-dimensional geometry because it is mathematically possible for Oscar to make Igli disappear, even if it is not feasible or practical.

    The journey of the Glory Road fills the imagination with wonderous concepts of what interdimensional travel would be like. It also explains Earth's historical fancination with witches and magic; and where people who have disappeared might have gone.

    The creativity of Heinlein is amongst his best in the creation of Glory Road. The use of his imagination and the power of his words takes you on an adventurous ride where you feel that you are right there with Star and Scar and they battle to save the universes.

    Bronson's reading of this book makes it fun, fast and fantastic. He does an excellent job of taking you where Heinlein wanted to you go on this journey with Star and Scar.

    A must read/listen for any Heinlein fan, as well as any hardcore, or even beginning, sci-fi fan.

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    Chris midvale, UT, United States 06-04-12
    Chris midvale, UT, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2002

    Dr. Christopher W. Roberts Ph.d I am a Computer Geek working around the U.S. and the world. I have a lot of Air miles to listen to audible titles.

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    "the only Heinlein Fantasy Novel"

    This is the only Fantasy the Heinlein wrote as a novel and even in this one there is an element of Sci-Fi. A Fun typical retrieve the object for the princess plot with a Hienlein twist.
    Good listen.

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    Randy 06-26-12
    Randy 06-26-12
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    I guess if I was using LSD or whatever he was using when he wrote this I would think it was great also. However, unfortunately I could not find such a bliss. I had to listen to it completely sober and not drooling on myself. The characters were unlikable; the story was unlogical and offered no explanations for the direction it took you in. I kept thinking that it must come to a logical conclusion but I was gravely mistaken. The romance for him was basically “WOW, SHE IS NAKED AND HOT I AM IN LOVE” and for her it was “OH DEAR I AM A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS AND HE IS MY HERO, I MUST BE IN LOVE” so they jump over a sword and are married. Unfortunately this is the most logical part of the story. It only gets worst form there.

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    Randall Houston, TX, United States 06-29-12
    Randall Houston, TX, United States 06-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A Fun Classic"

    This is Heinlein's only fantasy, & it's been on my list of books to read for over 20 years. I can't say why I never got around to reading it before downloading this. It's a fun, light story. It's fun, but you can see that Heinlein wanted there to be a scientific explanation for everything. This did not take away from the story, rather, it only added to the charm.
    You can tell that it was published in the early 60s both because of Heinlein's disdain for the post-WWII generation & his writing style. Heinlein changed over time, & this feels like the author from that period. He was fun throughout his career.

    I didn't even look at who the narrator was, & I was shocked when I heard the name Bronson Pinchot. BALKI FROM PERFECT STRANGERS?!?! I'm pleased to say that my initial reaction could not have been more wrong. Pinchot's performance is perfect. The man is a great voice actor. This book is told in the 1st person, & Pinchot gives Oscar a low, confident drawl that makes you think that this guy could be both your best friend & someone who would take on a small army if there was no other choice. I look forward to hearing more by Mr. Pinchot.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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