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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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    09-26-11
    09-26-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Suprisingly Poor"

    As a long time fan of Heinlein I am used to him being quite close to the mark when describing the social aspects of the human condition. That is why this book was such a shock. Heinlein so completely misses the mark in his exploration of a modern strong woman that is is pathetic. What no doubt began as a tribute by the author to the emerging power of women in the 1960's, comes off as a wistful dream of a sex starved man who sees little potential in women beyond the ability to stir strong feelings in the loins of men.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen D. Locklear Seattle WA USA 02-04-13
    Stephen D. Locklear Seattle WA USA 02-04-13

    Musical Theatre fan and practioner

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    "Another HIT for Heinlein!"
    If you could sum up I Will Fear No Evil in three words, what would they be?

    Usual robust males, independent women Heinlein book, but in this the man becomes a woman, in body at least because of a brian transplant.


    What other book might you compare I Will Fear No Evil to and why?

    A Stranger In A Strange Land (the expanded version) because it is about alternate, seldon considered ways of looking at and living life.


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Heald’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, but I love the way he reads and the way he separates characters by voice


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    LOVED this book when I read it 30 years ago, love it still


    Any additional comments?

    Buy any mainstream Heinlein book, and you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Wellington, New Zealand 01-12-12
    Scott Wellington, New Zealand 01-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Oh my god, make it stop, MAKE IT STOP"
    Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or Anthony Heald?

    Yes, I love Heinlein, I collect Heinlein, but this storey is dross, his absolute worst.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert A. Heinlein again?

    yes, but please avoid this unless your an absolute masochist


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Good Narrator, no problems


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

    It ended, eventually


    Any additional comments?

    One for the purists only

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph E. Mercier Trinity National Forest 01-03-14
    Joseph E. Mercier Trinity National Forest 01-03-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Hienlein Fans should run"

    The man is a great writer but I just couldn't stomach this book. Page after page of adolescent erotica. I know that I should consider the so called "free love" cultural hype of the period in which it was written but I lived through that period and even then I would have considered it junk. The narrator did a fine job but you can't make a silk purse out of.... you get the idea.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 06-01-13
    Amazon Customer United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up I Will Fear No Evil in three words, what would they be?

    The story was pretty good. It seemed to have some gaps which I guess is attributed to the Unabridged version. The narrator's voices were ok, he just was pretty weak in the female voices. :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I guess the Johan for his ability to adapt.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Anthony Heald?

    Not sure


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Pendleton, IN, United States 05-03-13
    Bill Pendleton, IN, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2006

    Long-time audiobook listener and enjoy sci-fi, thriller and crime noir. In non-fiction, I enjoy science, anthropology, history and religion.

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    "Did Heinlein Really Write This Tripe?"

    I truly love Heinlein - which is why I was floored by this meandering stringing-together of male adolescent fantasies. I'm no prude and I've read racier scenes than these in much better novels. It's just that these were awkward, uncomfortable and unapologetically misogynistic.

    Yes, Heinlein was a product of his times and I've forgiven him on numerous occasions for (mostly) mild misogynistic behavior in his characters. And I could even put up with a little of his sermonizing on the evils of Victorian ethics and the beauty of free love. (The book was originally published in 1970.) But in this novel, it never ends...

    The biggest shame here is that the plot had all kinds of potential: brain transplant, being suddenly young and "doing it all over again" and especially the different ways men and women think about sex. Although I think Heinlein thought he was doing the latter, he simply projected his male fantasies into the mind of a woman and made her the two dimensional mirror image - a sex object that lives only to make men hot and happy.

    It's truly staggering to me that the same mind that produced Stranger in a Strange Land (one his best) and dozens of other sophisticated, thoughtful novels wrote this. As others have said, if you're new to Heinlein please don't start here. In fact, fan or not, just skip this one entirely. Let's all just pretend he never wrote it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marty Columbia Heights, MN, United States 03-19-13
    Marty Columbia Heights, MN, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    What disappointed you about I Will Fear No Evil?

    Can't bring my self to finish it, not even close to the other heinlein books i've read


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert A. Heinlein again?

    yes


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert temple, Tx 04-27-11
    Robert temple, Tx 04-27-11
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    "realy realy bad"

    So bad I couldn't finish the 2nd of the 3 parts. No science except a brain transplant.

    5 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Liz CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States 11-06-12
    Liz CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't waste your credit"
    Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or Anthony Heald?

    No


    Has I Will Fear No Evil turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Anthony Heald’s performance?

    Anthony Heald is of the camp that a female voice is a breathy voice. He actually suits the characters reasonably well (as they're shallow and cliched).


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

    So disappointed! I realize this book was written in the 1970s, but the author has so little imagination and so little depth and interest in the difference between the sexes it's astounding. It reads like a young boy's fantasy about getting to try on a female body and live out his sexual fantasies in a vaguely liberated environment. With so much potential subject matter to explore, he sticks to prurient, boring cliches and stereotypes, giving his characters no depth and little imagination.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 10-16-12
    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Not appropriate for work"
    What disappointed you about I Will Fear No Evil?

    I listen to audiobooks at work. This one is not appropriate for that use. I listened to the first 1/3 of the book and decided it was not something that I felt comfortable listening to at work.


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

    I thought it would be more sci fi but it was mostly about sex.


    What aspect of Anthony Heald’s performance would you have changed?

    I thought the performance was ok.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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