After the fall of the American Ayatollahs as foretold in Stranger in a Strange Land and chronicled in Revolt in 2100, the United States of America at last fulfills the promise inherent in its first Revolution: for the first time in human history there is a nation with Liberty and Justice for All. No one may seize or harm the person or property of another, or invade his privacy, or force him to do his bidding. Americans are fiercely proud of their re-won liberties and the blood it cost them; nothing could make them forswear those truths they hold self-evident. Nothing except the promise of immortality…
©1958 Robert A. Heinlein (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
One of Robert A. Heinlein's best. I was fascinated from the start. It highlights the distrust between human beings that are different and the lengths posing will go through for equality.
Too often very large decisions are made without any real thought or debate. The concept behind the book is good, and the opening chapters promising, but things fall apart soon after
Heinlein creates memorable characters. He tells a great story. This is one of his best.
Lazarus Long's interactions with people are terrific. Chutzpa should be his middle name rather than Wilson.
Andrew Libby is also a terrific character. I don't understand why Heinlein changed him into a woman in one of his later books.
I don't know that an audio edition really adds much to this book, a long-time favorite. But this was better, in the sense that it didn't seem as silly/outdated, than *The Number of the Beast*, which was my first RAH audiobook attempt (returned that mess to Audible).
The narrator used more of a corn-pone/hick sort of accent for Lazarus than I would have preferred, but overall he did a good job.
Methuselah's Children is the prequel to the classic Time Enough for Love, which then spawned The Number of the Beast, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, and To Sail Beyond Sunset. This novella introduces a host of characters and the all important Howard Project.
The narration was clear and crisp. With a mild hearing loss, this is much appreciated.
As one of the "Big Three" authors of science fiction's puberty, this is well worth the investment and time listening.
I would have not read the printed version.
I expected it to have more action, therefore I was not impressed.
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