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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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    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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    Philip Lester 06-13-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "I was SO excited to see this as an Audible."

    I have been waiting YEARS for Glory Road to be released as an audible. Boy was I disappointed in Bronson performance. He has a great voice, he just didnt get the personalities for Oscar and Star. The voices for Oscar and Star were all wrong. But what is so strange is he nailed all the other voices to a "T". His Jock and Rufu were GREAT.


    I listen to all my Heinlein books over and over, but this one will be a once only book. I just cant get pass the voices for the two main character in this story.

    This book should have been a full cast audible.

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    Will West Jordan, UT, USA 04-24-13
    Will West Jordan, UT, USA 04-24-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Way to Preachy"
    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't recall listening to other Bronson Pinchot performances, but he is one of the greats. He is very easy to listen to.


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

    Disappointment. I really like Heinlein's stories and kept listening to this book so I could finish the end of the story, but about one third of the book is Heinlein preaching his rather strange ideas of how the world should be. Listening to this book, like many others he has written, gives me the impression that he was just one of those nerds who sat in a room playing role playing games all his life fantasizing about hanging out with hordes of naked women all the time mostly because he thought he had no chance at having a real woman in his life.

    "Heinlein, you are a great writer with some amazing creativity and you can put together fantastic sci-fi stories. Why do you have to ruin so many books by being so preachy and making all of your female characters such hussies."


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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