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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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    Carl 06-03-15
    Carl 06-03-15
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    "Best. Heinlein. Book. Ever."

    seriously, what are you waiting for? Listen to this right now, and grok that thou art god.

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    Lloyd 06-01-15
    Lloyd 06-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Has not stood the test of time."
    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert A. Heinlein again?

    I'll only search out more from Heinlein if I need to endure more "Mad Men" style misogyny, attacks on organized religion, and the promotion of ludicrous "free love," commune style living.


    What character would you cut from Stranger in a Strange Land?

    Valentine Michael Smith


    Any additional comments?

    I was excited to read this "triple award winner," but I was terribly disappointed. Fifty years later the social commentary which is the essence of the book just looks silly. Compared to a true classic of social commentary such as "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "Stranger in a Strange Land" falls flat.

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    Mike 05-25-15
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    "Interesting concept t"

    An interesting concept on living life. A key point: self awareness = self control. Seems simple yet...

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    Amazon Customer 05-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best ! if not the best! Syfy ever?"

    I really loved 'it a great story. It challenges pre conceived notions, and societies Elite! Personal responsibility and taboos.

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    Tommy 05-11-15
    Tommy 05-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Exceptional"

    Wonderful story and one of the most comprehensive commentaries on organized religion and the concept of G-D.
    Brilliant and entertaining. One of the great sci-fi classics.

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    matt Caronport, Saskatchewan, Canada 05-05-15
    matt Caronport, Saskatchewan, Canada 05-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good early Heinline dated but a thinker"

    A wonderfully multithreaded trip through philosophy and time. Respect it for its prescience as a 50"s trip to the future and advance look at the ethos of the summer of love. It's a bit rough in places but the generous of Heinline comes through. Enjoy!

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    Ryan Kist 05-05-15
    Ryan Kist 05-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Eye opening!"

    For some, myself included, getting past some of the more conservative thoughts of Heinlein's characters may be difficult, but I assure you, it is well worth it.

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    Tom 04-24-15
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    "No hook, all mumbo-jumbo"

    I understand that this story was fairly original, and might mean something to those with an aptitude for the spiritual, but do not mistake this for an engrossing science fiction novel.
    The story lacked a primary antagonist, the rising action was slow and did not hold my attention, and the climax was short, predictable and unsatisfying.

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    Bag, D. 04-20-15
    Bag, D. 04-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "incredible but dense book"

    Perhaps even harder to listen to than read but always compelling nonetheless. If you've got the time then by all means go for it.

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    A. Ho 04-19-15
    A. Ho 04-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story and narration"

    This story was such a great combination of science fiction and philosophy.
    The narrator was so captivating and played the characters well.

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