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Stranger in a Strange Land Audiobook

Stranger in a Strange Land

Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.
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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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    Brandon 02-19-15
    Brandon 02-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Rewarding"

    Had a little trouble getting into it in the very beginning. Stuck with it though, and was rewarded with a brilliant experience.

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    Ann 02-13-15
    Ann 02-13-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Tedious and gimmicky; Thou art God, do you grok?"
    Any additional comments?

    The first part of this book is great. But about the time that the orgies start, it gets preachy and repetitive and annoying. The sex isn’t described in detail – the actual details are mostly about someone’s clothes instantly vanishing (many, many, many, many times, long after this trick gets old), and about how it’s a bringing closer to share yourself with your water brothers – but the book really goes downhill once Mike is initiated and takes off with Jill. There was a plot before then, a good one, but the rest of the book is slogans. Waiting is. It’s a goodness. Do you grok? Thou art God. You grok, Jubal, you always have. Waiting is. I grok, but not in fullness. Thou art God. Jill is God. I am God. Sex is a goodness. It’s a closeness. Thou art God. Do you grok? I grok. Share water, brother.

    The best character was Jubal, but even his narrow-minded preaching got old and tedious. It was not a goodness, do you grok? But then, waiting is.

    How could this book full of cheap gimmicks have become a classic? I suppose because it’s all very 1960s, obsessed with group sex/free love/orgies as the one great goodness in the world, do you grok? But of course you could never enjoy group sex with someone unless you first shared water. It’s a goodness. Thou art God. Waiting is.

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    James W Jesso 02-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing."
    Would you listen to Stranger in a Strange Land again? Why?

    This was an absolute pleasure to listen to this and may be one of (if the the) best books I have ever participated in.


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    Jon Crawfurd ST PETERSBURG, FL USA 02-03-15
    Jon Crawfurd ST PETERSBURG, FL USA 02-03-15
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    "Past it's time"

    Sorry, but this book is past it's time. It's science fiction at it's core, but most of the book is a rambling essay on sociology and the value of religion. Some of the 1960's views of the future are interesting, but only a few seem prophetic and not all that interesting.

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    ray.ashleym 02-02-15
    ray.ashleym 02-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "love love Love"

    so good!!!!!!!!!! just wow so worth every second, and would listen to it over abd over again

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    Debra Harris Dallas, TX United States 01-28-15
    Debra Harris Dallas, TX United States 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun Story"

    A little drawn out with the 'Thou art God' agenda at the end. Really enjoyed.

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    Gunslinger33 01-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Weird yet enjoyable"

    I always knew that Heinlein wrote stranger stuff as he got older and this book proves it. Well written and enjoyable however.

    If you like sci-Fi with a bit of sixties hippie free love then this is the book for you.

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    Allison Matthews Austin, TX 12-22-14
    Allison Matthews Austin, TX 12-22-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Terrible"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Sexists


    What could Robert A. Heinlein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not be quite so condecencing and demeaning towards women.


    Did Christopher Hurt do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, he did a good job.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    There are many great science fiction books that were written during the same time period where the male author refrained from being so demeaning towards women. At some point
    during the book Heinlein's character said 9/10 rape victims deserved it. This book seemed to take forever to get to the point, and it seemed to take forever to finish.

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    Marc 12-19-14
    Marc 12-19-14
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    "Geeat Story"

    I just started to listen to Sci Fi and this was the best so far. I read this book when I was a kid many years ago. I must not have got it then. After listening again in my mid fifties I understand it now. And I must say that it effected me in someway I can't explain. I guess that is what Great Writing is supposed to do.

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    Mary Laura 12-04-14
    Mary Laura 12-04-14
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    "Voice Fom the Past"
    What made the experience of listening to Stranger in a Strange Land the most enjoyable?

    This is a wonderful piece of classic speculative fiction, which I enjoyed without reserve. The antiquated (definitely not politically correct!) language and reading perfectly evoked mid century life in North America for me. I remember when most men really spoke just like the reader does, particularly when voicing the character of Jubal, mysogynistic as he would sound if he was speaking today.Remarkably, despite that, it still is fresh and pertinent to our lives today. And this work has aged beautifully, a mark of true excellence!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the exploration of God and religion and particularly the views expressed through the characters on love and sexuality, the destructive nature of jealousy, and of course the rich symbology and metaphor used throughout. On top of all of this, it was delightful to simply listen and enjoy a superb performance of a fabulous, still avant garde, work of literature.


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