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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The story kept me guessing
the council scene
Yes stayed up way to late listining
I've come across Robert Heinlein only recently, in the last 5 years... my favorites Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Stranger in a Strange Land, Friday. This story takes a lot from these a more, but uses Heinlein's more current understanding of how weird real world science is, quantum mechanics,etc... and he simply adds it to his palet to paint a tale that will require reading (listening) to it again, at least once or twice. But I really enjoyed the skill of the narrator, who obviously knows and loves the characters he narrates. I'd encourage anyone who liked the Moon, to take this ride too. Heinlein is spinning a yarn from the natural particles of time and space that we really need to grapple with, and like real, he doesn't tie the yarn into a tidy knot, but for me at least a very satisfying end where I can imagine my own next things to play out.
Compulsive reader, or listener... Eclectic tastes.
I have always been a fan of Heinlein since I was a young sprog in the 60s, sadly he did not last as long as Woodrow Wilson Smith.
This is a interesting tale that brings together many of the characters we know from previous novels, unfortunately the narrator is annoying at best. He sounds like a bad imitation of W.C.Fields as Richard Ames.
Firstly, the narrator does a magnificent job with all the voices. You know who is speaking before their name is mentioned. Well Done!
It's a pity the narrator is let down by Heinlein with a slipshod plot concentrating more on "bundling" between anyone and everyone - it seems bundling is a sizable proportion of every character's conversations, actions and motivations. From an interesting start, the story wanders about with inexplicable action and mysterious unrelated antagonists settles into a loose and meandering meaningless conversation soaked middle and finally a rushed non ending. This book attempts to be a third in the Moon series - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Very Good), The Rolling Stones (Excellent) and finally this book (Pathetic). Characters have the same names as those in the earlier two books, but their outlook has changed. The moral standards of the Stone Family do not at all belong in the mythos Heinlein created with his "family" structure for Lunies and the free-for-all considered normal in this book.
As Heinlen often states, "There Aint No Such Thing As A Free Lunch" (TANSTAAFL), which doesn't excuse him from a book without a cogent plot. This is the first audible book I am deleting from my iTunes library.
the man with the plan
Yes, as long as you can deal with an abrupt and unfulfilled ending.
Of course! Heinlein has some great material as long as you are willing to deal with his occasional lapses
Mr Weiner has a great range and is able to bring the characters to life. Even female roles which men usually have difficulty with. Making your voice high pitched doesn't always portray a sexy woman! Heinlein use's so many female roles that any performer wishing to read well is invariably going to have trouble. Weiner pulls it off nicely.
Yes, but really? The ending was abrupt and I felt like Heinlein just got bored and ended it without much thought.
"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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