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Stranger in a Strange Land Audiobook

Stranger in a Strange Land

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Publisher's Summary

Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. On his new planet, Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, a sexual pioneer, a neon evangelist, a martyr, and, finally, a messiah. Stranger in a Strange Land is the most famous science fiction novel ever written. It became the bible of the "love generation" and transcended the genre to achieve the status of a modern classic.

©1961 by Robert A. Heinlein; (P)1996 by Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, 1962

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    Linda 09-15-15
    Linda 09-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "The story was OK and the narrator did a great job with this book"

    I think the story started out pretty good. I definitely do not like the ending. Jubal was definitely my favorite character in the book. I love the way the author made him such a brilliant, intellectual, Soulful character. I wish there was a bug just about Jubal. Now that would be some interesting reading.

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    Kimberly 09-06-15
    Kimberly 09-06-15
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    "Great story I wish I had read in HS or College"
    Would you listen to Stranger in a Strange Land again? Why?

    So many characters I would like to listen to it again without having to stop


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ben was my fave because in my own life I have struggled with jealousy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Jill was recusing Mike from the hospital that was really good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No unfortunately


    Any additional comments?

    had some audible hiccups where the book went silent and i had to reboot it

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    Keenan 08-25-15
    Keenan 08-25-15
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    "My absolute favorite book of all time. I grok."

    Such a great story that has ripples of affect throughout my entire life and someday the whole world. Of all my aspirations (traveling in space, engineering fantastical inventions, becoming a virtuoso musician, or great philosopher, writer, or scientist) my greatest one will always be to star in a movie as valentine Micheal smith, the man from Mars, who gave his life in honor of the whole human race. All for the hope that one day we all may treat ourselves, others, and everything with the love and wonder life and death deserves.

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    Andrew Allansmith Los Gatos, CA 08-24-15
    Andrew Allansmith Los Gatos, CA 08-24-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Clever and timeless"

    Fun all the way through, surprised to see the amount of clever social commentary and God theme.

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    Free Thinker 08-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    Excellent on all counts! Recommended reading for all mature people! Heinlein was way ahead of his time in regards to proper human relationships.

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    Steve 08-21-15
    Steve 08-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding!"

    Great "re-read"! Robert Heinlein remains The Master of Science Fiction! The examination of the relationship between religion and society is quite thought provoking. I "grok".

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    Scott Nasu, Japan 08-19-15
    Scott Nasu, Japan 08-19-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Ages pretty well"

    Despite the quaint, 1950s-era innocent misogyny, the story holds up pretty well some 60 years later. It's refreshing in that it's not written in the typical pattern of something begging to be purchased for movie rights, but frequently leaves you wondering where things are headed. That said, I would love to see a great movie production of this, but as written, the content is nearly unfilmable.

    It's pretty clear that the protagonist is offering up Heinlein's own views on love and sexuality. Kudos to the man for realizing the truth about sex and monogamy a lot sooner than many of us have.

    Extremely well performed by an excellent narrator who I was previously unfamiliar with.

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    A. Lindsey 07-23-15
    A. Lindsey 07-23-15
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    "I can see why it's a classic"

    I can see why this is a classic. There are somethings that definitely resonate with me. And then there are others, I just don't agree with and that seem counterproductive. Overall, I didn't really enjoy it. Simply, because it wasn't entertaining. The story was rather predictable. At times, boring and long winded. I never really had any sense of curiosity.

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    Craig 07-17-15
    Craig 07-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I read it when it was published."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stranger in a Strange Land to be better than the print version?

    No, to both. The original and the Revised/extended version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept


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

    ? and ?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment that it connected to "The number of the beast" or "The cat who walked through walls" or "Friday".
    Anyone who has read RH will understand,. Anyone who has not read all of RH's books should.


    Any additional comments?

    This author is the one that started me reading in earnest. I read all of his stuff with Edger Rice Burroughs mixed in. Audible has let me expand my "reading"
    now I cook,clean,research,mow--You get my drift? .

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    Semperanto 07-16-15
    Semperanto 07-16-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Epic!"

    Just fantastic across the board. Classic. Amazing this was written over 50 years ago as the social satire is still super relevant.

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