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Job: A Comedy of Justice | [Robert A. Heinlein]

Job: A Comedy of Justice

After firewalking in Polynesia, fundamentalist minister Alexander Hergensheimer never saw the world the same. Now called Alec Graham, he was in the middle of an affair with his stewardess, Margrethe, and natural disasters kept following them. First, there was an impossible iceberg that wrecked the ship in the tropics; then, after being rescued by a Royal Mexican plane, they were hit by a double earthquake. To Alex, the signs were clear that Armageddon and the Day of Judgment were near.
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After firewalking in Polynesia, fundamentalist minister Alexander Hergensheimer never saw the world the same. Now called Alec Graham, he was in the middle of an affair with his stewardess, Margrethe, and natural disasters kept following them. First, there was an impossible iceberg that wrecked the ship in the tropics; then, after being rescued by a Royal Mexican plane, they were hit by a double earthquake.

To Alex, the signs were clear that Armageddon and the Day of Judgment were near. Somehow, he had to bring his beloved heathen, Margrethe, to a state of grace, for heaven would be no paradise without her. But time was growing short. And, while he was at it, there had to be a way to save the rest of the world.

©2003 The Robert A. & Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Heinlein's back in form, with a most refreshing and satisfying blend of ideas and storytelling....a limber, complex, and economical novel that disarms and often compels - with Heinlein's best theology-shaded fantasy since Stranger in a Strange Land." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Vincent Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 07-22-09
    Vincent Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 07-22-09 Member Since 2005

    A science fiction fan for as long as I can remember but I also enjoy history (fact and fiction) and humor.

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    "OK, So I Get The Joke Already..."

    What can I say about Robert Heinlein that hasn't been said before? How about the man was brilliant, and clearly certifiable. JOB: A Comedy Of Justice traces the story of Alex and Marga as they are dumped between alternate realities with little more than the clothes on their backs (and in a couple of cases with nothing on but their smiles). The story works to a point but, after the first few transitions, I stared to wonder why Heinlein didn't stop. These characters were being tormented until they encountered a Texas rancher who helps them out (and eventually turns out to be a very likable Satan).
    I enjoy satire, but I would have expected more subtlety from someone of Heinlein's stature.
    The sound quality of this recording was very good and the reading by Paul Michael Garcia was clear and well paced.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Columbus, OH, United States 02-25-13
    Thomas Columbus, OH, United States 02-25-13
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    "Finally! Someone who can read a Heinlein story!"
    Would you listen to Job again? Why?

    I have listened to Job three times. Of course, I like well-done satire, though it may not be everyone's cup of tea, especially if your ox is being gored by the writer. But I think this story is one of the best refutations of biblical literalism I know of.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Job?

    Most memorable moment? That's a tough one. I think it's the confrontation with Satan in Satan's great hall.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    Obviously, I like the performance. There are so many BAD performances of Heinlein's work. For example, the reader of Time Enough For Love should be banned from further work. I mean, come on, I could almost hear the page turning. But here, Mr. Garcia plays the main character straight. Alex believes, and Paul Michael Garcia captures his sincerity and gullibility perfectly.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas United States 03-07-12
    Nicholas United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A bit hard to follow but overall worth a listen"
    What did you like best about Job? What did you like least?

    I really liked the twist in the plot but it was a but hard to follow until the reveal. Also the the ending was a little confusing.


    Would you recommend Job to your friends? Why or why not?

    I really like Heinlein but this story was pretty different from most of his books. It was still enjoyable and I got to like it more as the story went on.

    Overall it is worth listing to but Heinlein has better books.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael Garcia – was your favorite?

    All of the characters were pretty good.


    Do you think Job needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no the story is pretty complete


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 04-30-10
    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 04-30-10 Member Since 2003
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    "You can't go back!"

    I remember reading this book about 25 years ago. I loved it. I remember it as one of my all time favorite books. When it popped up on Audible I was so excited to relive it. Well, you can;'t go back. I was bored beyond belief. In the first 15 minutes we establish the basic story, Our two main characters are bouncing around in alternative versions of late 20th century america. After the first few bounces the novelty is over, but you have several 100 more to trudge through. I guess when I was 18 that was enough, now I am 46 and I need a little more. I write more for require spoilers which I hate coming across in reviews. Heinlein is a great writer and perhaps my previous reading spoiled the story for me. I'll finish with saying that the book is dated socially and politically and possibly could offend people. Which I guess means it could be worth listening to anyway.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William Lake Mary, FL, United States 08-07-14
    William Lake Mary, FL, United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Audio Quality Issues"

    The volume of this audiobook is very inconsistent. At times the narration is incredibly loud, but a while later it will be so soft that it is difficult to hear. I have over 200 books in my Audible library and have never experienced this before. This appears to be a technical problem, and not an issue with the narrator, who does a fine job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    steve Ferndale, Wa, United States 05-31-09
    steve Ferndale, Wa, United States 05-31-09 Member Since 2005

    I read and listen to books as much as possible.

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    "I always love Heinlein, but..."

    I read this book about 10 years ago, and I don’t remember it being so sappy!

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tustin3rdWardMember 10-27-09
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    "Great Story - Bad Message"

    Robert Heinlein is a master story-teller. Unfortunately, he uses his skills to propound sexual immorality and to make Christianity look ridiculous. He does so in such in an entertaining manner that even the most morally-inclined reader/listener is likely to continue reading. In this book, he builds up his anti-chastity arguments slowly so as not to overly offend the reader's sensibilities early on. For example, topless dancers show up fairly early in the book. The magnitude of the immoral acts gradually increase until near the end of the book the reader is not shocked by a conversation in which the mother of a teenage daughter urges her husband to have sex with their daughter. "She'll cry a little, then give in, and then you will both have the time of your lives." If you have bought in to Heinlein's philosophy by this point in the book, that suggestion will seem perfectly reasonable. I recommend that you avoid this book, and that you encourage others to do the same.

    6 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    William Guerneville, CA, United States 01-06-12
    William Guerneville, CA, United States 01-06-12
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    "I am a Huge Fan. this was the WORST RH book ever"

    this was painful to sit though.
    I am Sad to say.

    Never thought I would say that about RAH

    the performance was fine.
    the book
    Not so much!
    Yuch!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Danya
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    "Drone, drone, drone"

    Lawdy. Had to abandon this one after only a short time. I couldn't bear the abuse Heinlein was getting.

    I am a big fan of Heinlein, and love the book (which gets 5 stars from me in written form), but the reader seems to have completely missed Heinlein's light humour and sarcasm. It was just DULL. There is also a balance between reading in an unhurried manner, and reading too slowly. This falls the wrong side of the balance. Definitely too slow, particularly dialogue.

    My opinion: Avoid this recording, go buy the book, and spend some happy hours enjoying it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
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    "I'm going back on what I said"
    Would you listen to Job again? Why?

    Yes - it's fab.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a delightful romp.


    Any additional comments?

    I find that I cannot edit my previous review which I headed "Drone, drone, drone", so I'm adding a second review. I revisited this recording, simply because it's a book I enjoy so much and needed something to listen to in the background.

    What a different impression a second hearing made. I cannot think what made me find the reader monotonous previously. This time, I'm finding the reading light and enjoyable.

    Maybe my taste has varied over time, maybe my tolerance for American narrators has increased, maybe I just didn't give this one enough of a chance before. Anyway, I'm glad I came back to it and am thoroughly enjoying it at the moment.

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