When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Ames is thrown headfirst into danger, intrigue, and other dimensions where Lazarus Long still thrives, where Jubal Harshaw lives surrounded by beautiful women, and where a daring plot to rescue the sentient computer called Mike can change the direction of all human history.
©1985 Robert Heinlein; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio
"Dialogue as witty as Oscar Wilde's, action as rollicking as Edgar Rice Burroughs', and satire as spicy as Jonathan Swift's." (New York Times)
I love this book, and decided to try it as an audiobook. I have to say, I was somewhat disappointed from a production standpoint. When reading the book, the dialogue sounds witty and bantering, yet very literate - when read aloud, it often sounds stilted (In fairness, I have not heard another reader attempt this, so cannot say whether this is the writing not translating to spoken word or poor presentation on the part of the narrator). I was somewhat underwhelmed by the emotional range shown by the narrator. Additionally, anyone who has read Heinlein knows that he comments on the "tall corn, rusty Midwest" accents. Unfortunately, the narrator takes this to extreme, with most character's voices representing some variant of "hick accent". Having listened to Lloyd James' presentation of "Moon Is A Harsh Mistress", I wished he had been available for this one as well.
This is an abridged version. Having read the paperback version of The Cat Who Walks though Wall several times I can understand why people give this version such a bad review. This supposedly unabridged reading goes from one scene to another leaving out serval paragraphs that where in the original paperback version. Save your Audible credits and spend your money on the paperback, you will enjoy the book more in its unedited form.
Action, imagination, great ideas, great story telling, thrilling, full of twists. All you want is there. Heinlein excels in the The Cat Who Walks through Walls. More over the character interaction is not only interesting, it is flammable! The dramatic exchanges between the lead pair are so enjoyable. Author is not scared to include a few spicy twists, which are just rendering the novel more interesting. Don't listen to those religious purists who get red because of that, this novel is excellent. I have read this novel many times and always coming back. Full 5 stars well deserved.
I read and listen to books as much as possible.
I was very disappointed that Scott Brick did not read this one. The book is great, through the years I have read it 3 times, you can never go wrong with any Heinlein…ever.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky
I was expecting maybe a sequel to "the moon is a harsh mistress" ,which I recommend a lot, but this is not. Altough some of the main characthers of the above mentioned book are back like Manoel Garcia and Hazel Stone, the story-line has nothing to do with the lunar revolution.
The facts and events that take place are confused, some part due to the fact that the book is about time travel, but don't expect that you'll understand why they are after the main character. And while for the most part of the book the plot develops somewhat smoothly, it ends abruptly in the final 2 chapters which are crammed with information. Maybe the writer wanted to be done with the book? Who knows!
Colin Campbell and Hazel Stone are two nymphomaniacs. The two main characters spend more than half the time they are together having sex, talking about sex, talking about having sex with other people, talking about spanking asses and making them turn pink, maybe they could have spend some more time making sense of whats is going on.
At least in my mind the biggest question is how in the seven hells did they come about the time travel machine? This topic is not even mentioned.
Overall this is good listen more because Robert is a great writer and the narrator performance are outstanding.
Weiner is a little weak on the female voices, but his baritone for Richard is spot on, so I didn't mind it much. His Russian accents tend to sound too much the same, and they were attached to characters that I never envisioned as Russian. His French accent was a little off-putting as well (Rev. Schultz). However, I enjoyed his narration much more than Lloyd James' interpretations of "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" and "Time Enough for Love." Highly recommended.
As others stated, the narrator is all wrong for this. Bandits? Murder? Time travel? Sexy times with many people at the same time? The narrator makes everything seem so dull. He seems to enjoy hearing himself hanging onto the last syllable of every sentence, which became annoying and distracting for me. Also, nothing really happens for the many chapters in the middle where Heinlein entertains his fantasies with lots of partners, much spanking, and... inbreeding? Seriously, the story came to a grinding halt and shifted gears to something else, only to become interesting again halfway through the second to last chapter where it picked up again. Then in the last chapter it just ends out of nowhere. I did not enjoy this reading. I was such a fan of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Starship Troopers. Maybe if that narrator, Lloyd James had read it would have been better.
I have always been a fan of Robert Heinlein. I especially loved Stranger in a Strange Land. However, now that I'm older, I think the dated style that Heinlein used is starting to grate on me. This one is done in the noir style of Raymond Chandler, et al. But his cutesy banter between men and women wasn't even realistic in the forties, let alone today. It appeared often enough that I got tired of rolling my eyes and searching for a way to skip past it in the audio-book (too bad they don't have a Skip Forward button!)
Also, the Everyman Yankee (AKA MacGyver) who can do the most random things that 99% of people can't do (and serendipitously progress the plot) has become less believable as I have grown more experienced. For example, how many readers can really pick a lock?
The story is pretty good, and the narration was quite good. But I guess I have just outgrown Heinlein. :(
The second half
I wanted to blame the later Heinlein on the success of Stranger in a Strange Land, but looking back on the publishing dates he had later books I liked and earier books not so much. My guess is I like branches that lead somewhere and here he seemed to not only want to bring in many of his old characters, but pay homage to other writers.
strange, fun, exciting
I honestly loved all the characters with the exception of one, who is a famous character from the "not so series" so ill say who i didn't like instead. Lassie long the annoying.....
prepare for the sequel
Although it strongly relies on other stories to finish its tale. This was a very fun odd book.I enjoyed it very much
"Classic Space Opera"
There is a temptation to label this novel as 'Heinlein at is best', but 'best' may be the wrong word. It is very classic Heinlein, though: jingoistic, sexist, and politically incorrect in just about every way.
It is not for everybody. Certainly for fans of classic SF, certainly not for those with a broad and open mind.
The narrator sounding more than a little like a cross between Cary Grant and Captain Scarlet took a little getting used to, but worked really well.
"My first outing in Heinlein's Multiiverse..."
...and I must admit I was not that impressed. I think in defence of Heinlein, I should have read a couple of his earlier books, including The Moon is A Harsh Mistress, and would recommend other people to do so if they have not already done so. This would have put what I was listening to into better context.
Irrespective of the placement of the book in a series, I found the style irritating, with the dialogue attempting to be too sassy and quick-witted for it's own good. The narrator, either through his own artistic choice or by the way the text was written, regularly lapses into a poor imitation of the classic 1950's US Private Detective series voice-over. Unfortunately, it starts to irritate.
The plot drifts about continually, with a painfully long description of a journey that the protagonists make, whilst only briefly returning to the main storyline - whatever that was.
I would recommend this book to frustrated teenage boys as tribute to the only consistent part of the plot - the continual references to beautiful, leggy and oft-naked genetically-improved women (totally plot-irrelevant) who greet you with long wet kisses and who seem prepared to do anything in bed, with anyone.
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