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.
“Magnificent. A science fiction masterpiece.” (Galaxy)
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!
probably not - didn't get far enough into it to tell. this one was over the line for me.
used his talent as a writer to be descriptive without so much sexual content.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Yes, I love Heinlein, I collect Heinlein, but this storey is dross, his absolute worst.
yes, but please avoid this unless your an absolute masochist
Good Narrator, no problems
It ended, eventually
One for the purists only
Musical Theatre fan and practioner
Usual robust males, independent women Heinlein book, but in this the man becomes a woman, in body at least because of a brian transplant.
A Stranger In A Strange Land (the expanded version) because it is about alternate, seldon considered ways of looking at and living life.
no, but I love the way he reads and the way he separates characters by voice
LOVED this book when I read it 30 years ago, love it still
Buy any mainstream Heinlein book, and you won't be disappointed.
I honestly would have never touched this book if it had shown some indicator of the huge plot twist
If I wanted sexist soft-core porn, I'd buy some. And like most porn, chapter after chapter gets boring. Hardly qualifies as science fiction. As in all his later books, Heinlein's women are all the same, defined by their biology. They're all stunningly brilliant and equally beautiful but they all want to have sex and babies as their major, if not only, fulfillment. Almost the only action in the story is an adolescent boy's wet dream. Only a couple of scientifically interesting ideas alternate with his retro-conservative politics and judgmental opinions straight out of 18th century myths about "John Wayne" men and compliant women who are hot to trot and just want to get laid.
Not sure where he was going with this story, or why he was headed there but it was a total miss for me. If they made a movie out of this book it was be a hard R to X rating. Not really SiFi just sex sex and more sex.
I read and listened to Stranger in a strange land and it it was head and shoulders above this listen. Star ship troopers was excellent and I'd tell anyone to check it out, this one don't waste the credit.
The dialogue resembles twilight. You might as well read crappy fiction from the 50 shades of gray lady,
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