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)
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.
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.
Unpredictable, captivating and entertaining.
Star's grandson portrayed by Pinchot with a French accent.
The beautiful Star.
This book was an enjoyable journey.
I cut my teeth on Heinlein and am revisiting his works. This time I was old enough to catch a number of aspects that I missed the first time around.
Although this book is a bit more toward the fantasy genre than most of his works, he is able to bring a logical, scientific slant to what would otherwise be pure "magic."
He had a great ability to shift personae. Loved his accents. He sounds a bit like Matthew McConaughey.
They all are..
Warning not a feminist read.
Good characters. Interesting concepts. Poor execution of the plot. I gave it 3 but I am probably being generous. 2.5? At least it was good enough to finish the whole thing. Pinchot did a great job narrating though.
I'm not overly politically correct, but I was bothered by Heinlein's recurrent statements (through the main character) that women were just stupid, emotional creatures. Oh, that need to be spanked when they are misbehaving-- and not necessarily in the naughty, bedroom way. The book was nominated for a Hugo in 1963, but I don't think it would get published 40 years later.
Sure, I like Heinlein-- just need to find the right book.
There was a sidekick in the book, Rufo, who was hilarious.
Follow up book? Sure, in the right hands, the characters did have something to offer.
I was taken right from the start and enjoyed the various ways Oscar deals with the being a Hero. Grand narration.
What a fun listen! And Bronson Pinchot’s performance is superb. His interpretation of the author’s words, expressed in tone, pace and inflection, really improved the listening experience for me. I love RAH’s books and will seek other books read by Pinchot.
Not my favorite of R.A.H.'s work but an enjoyable one. I really enjoy R.A.H.'s sci-fi, and enjoy fantasy works by other authors; this book while fun would not be top tier for either category.
(Audio) The Reader does a good job of make each of the characters voices fit their description.
Not all cultures have the same values.
Interesting take on what happens to a hero after they have been a hero.
A few of the discussions characters have with each other feel like rants. R.A.H. has these in a lot of his works, but the discussion on prostitution felt really drawn out.
The middle part of the story felt bland.
Does not feel as well developed as R.A.H.'s sci-fi.
There are better R.A.H. works, and there are better fantasy novels. I would only recommend this to R.A.H. completionist or those who have read a large number of fantasy novels.
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