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I Will Fear No Evil | [Robert A. Heinlein]

I Will Fear No Evil

As startling and provocative as his famous Stranger in a Strange Land, here is Heinlein’s grand masterpiece about a man supremely talented, immensely old, and obscenely wealthy who discovers that money can buy everything.
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Publisher's Summary

As startling and provocative as his famous Stranger in a Strange Land, here is Heinlein’s grand masterpiece about a man supremely talented, immensely old, and obscenely wealthy who discovers that money can buy everything.

Johann Sebastian Bach Smith was immensely rich—and very old. Though his mind was still keen, his body was worn out. His solution was to have surgeons transplant his brain into a new body. The operation was a great success—but the patient was no longer Johann Sebastian Bach Smith. He was now fused with the very vocal personality of his gorgeous, recently deceased secretary, Eunice—with mind-blowing results! Together they must learn to share control of her body.

Once again, master storyteller Robert A. Heinlein delivers a wild and intriguing classic of science fiction. Written at the dawn of the 1970s, this novel is the brilliantly shocking story of the ultimate transplant.

©1970 Robert A. Heinlein (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Magnificent. A science fiction masterpiece.” (Galaxy)

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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 05-20-14
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2006

    My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.

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    "A gutsy experiment but sadly dated"

    There are a number of harsh reviews here regarding Heinlein's depiction of women. I wish I could give a hearty rebuttal, but this is not a book I got deeply attached to. On the other hand, I think the critics are forgetting that the attitudes shown accurately depict a significant segment of liberated women in the 1960s, and that we really haven't moved that far beyond that as you can tell from just a glance at TMZ. Moreover, I don’t think Heinlein was writing for posterity. As far as extrapolating from the time of writing, I think the book was fairly prescient in describing what the 1970s would be like.

    On a side note, his fake news stories of the future are dead on accurate in describing the current events of our own time. I don't know if that is hilarious or just intensely sad.

    At this distance, it's hard not to wish that Heinlein had been interested in exploring different questions. However, the issues he focused on (gender relations, overpopulation, class privilege, environmental pollution) were the issues of that time. And as far as the depiction of human relationships is concerned, he does an excellent job of capturing the hypocrisies and inconsistencies of his time. It's never clear whether the author perceives them as such. Too bad. Would that we all could perceive the hypocrisies of our own time as clearly.

    There is a hint near the beginning of the book that the whole story could merely be a fantasy constructed by a brain cut off from contact with the outside world. But this isn't supported by any further exposition within the text itself. Still, it's interesting to note that every book is essentially a fantasy constructed within the mind of the author.

    I can't help wondering how the book would have come across if read by a female narrator. So much of the book takes place within the mind of a woman, and the dated expressions seem especially incongruous being spoken by a man.

    The central theme that Heinlein seems to have been interested in was how to get a totally frank conversation between genders without any of the masks or defenses that customarily get in the way. To that end, he created a rather unique scenario. Sadly, I think his solution was of more interest to him and his readers at the time than it will be to readers of our own time.

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    ed w 05-09-14
    ed w 05-09-14 Member Since 2000
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    What disappointed you about I Will Fear No Evil?

    Sorry Robert but this story was boring.


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

    The whole thing


    What does Anthony Heald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very good reader


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Will Fear No Evil?

    From chapter 2 to THE END


    Any additional comments?

    I like most Heinlein books but this one just had no plot. Kind of get tired keeping track of who was bedding who. The basic premise of the book was interesting but it went no where. If it wasn't for the very good reader, and the idea that there must be a story in here some where I would have deleted it after the first hour.

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    Noora Tullinge, Sweden 04-27-14
    Noora Tullinge, Sweden 04-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Horrible. I should have read the reviews."

    The author's views on gender and sexuality are so out of date that it makes me sick. Sure, the book is old, but it's not nearly old enough to be forgiven.

    This story is rather like a late night fantasy of some hormonal teenager who simply doesn't know yet how people work (or doesn't care, for the sake of the fantasy). Such manuscripts should be buried at the bottom of the drawer, found 15 years later by the author, read with great agony and embarrassment, and then burned.

    I picked this up at a sale, otherwise I might have noticed the earlier reviews. I thought I couldn't go wrong with picking a Heinlein. I was wrong.

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    James Tharpe Roswell, GA 03-21-14
    James Tharpe Roswell, GA 03-21-14 Member Since 2012

    James

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    "Not Heinlein's Best, Not Even Close"

    I was bored with this book. Not a lot happens once the transplant occurs. There's a mildly interesting court hearing and a ton of mildly interesting sex. Unlike most of Heinlein 's work, the future society is not particularly interesting and there aren't any entertaining philosophical diatribes or characters (other than the protagonist).

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    AllanNKnox Knoxville, Tennessee, USA 03-11-13
    AllanNKnox Knoxville, Tennessee, USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2003

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    "Not one of Heinlein's best stories"
    What made the experience of listening to I Will Fear No Evil the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did an wonderful job of giving each character a distinct voice and keeping them separate, even when the lines came machine gun style.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    As we approach the end of our lives, we all wish to live it with our greatest loves close to us. But honestly, the ending becomes almost ridiculous.


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    John Oak Park, IL, United States 12-21-12
    John Oak Park, IL, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "free love"

    This is not Heinlein's most famous novel, but perhaps it should be better known. I find Heinlein's style to be magical but I can't explain exactly why.

    The main focus of the novel appears to be sexual open-mindedness. I guess this was a shocking concept to most people in 1970, and I guess this is still shocking to most people in 2012.

    I like the warning about overpopulation. The problem was already bad in 1970 and has gotten worse since. I am happy when authors try to open the eyes of the public to this threat.

    The narration is very good.

    John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barry NY 09-24-12
    Barry NY 09-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "My first return"

    Very disappointing, It was hard to finish the book, and it felt more like a cheap paper back sex story than science fiction.

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    Amazon Customer 08-22-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Definitely Heinlein"

    This book, while well written isn't Heinlein's best. The book has a grand premise and wonderful characters, but seems to be a little to centered on and preachy regarding sex. I'm not a prude and don't mind books with a sexual undercurrent or even theme, but in this case it detracted a little from the masters story for me. Granted Heinlein was rebelling against a rather puritanical society at the time and in that light it is understandable.
    However, even with that criticism, this book is a great read. Exploring the psychology of being thrst into a new body, let alone one of the opposite sex is fascinating.
    Read it, just don't make it your first Heinlein novel!

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    Randall Roseville, CA, United States 03-02-12
    Randall Roseville, CA, United States 03-02-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Disappointing Heinlein"

    This Heinlein book started out good, but about one third of the way through, it changed into a really bad book. I make it a point to try to finish every book I start, and it was very difficult to grind on to the end. Usually I finish a book in a few days, but this one took a month.

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    cathy castle rock, CO, United States 10-15-12
    cathy castle rock, CO, United States 10-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "didn't get very far..."
    Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or Anthony Heald?

    probably not - didn't get far enough into it to tell. this one was over the line for me.


    What could Robert A. Heinlein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    used his talent as a writer to be descriptive without so much sexual content.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    heinlein is talented, who doesn't know that? but this one disappointed me. i know he can make any story great - without going ... too far.


    Any additional comments?

    a content rating system of some kind would be nice. movies are rated, music is rated, why can't we have a rating system here so we can make choices without wasting credits?

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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