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)
Sol System, Earth, Northern Hemisphere, member of the human race.
finished the story
Tom was great, he has a great voice
no it was a waste
Heinlein seemed to start out with a purpose and then left off the last half of the book. Set the reader up for a sequel but never delivered. Lost his mind, died?
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.
My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
Too much dialog slows the story way down and makes it confusing. One loses their place in the story by the large blocks of unrelated dialog.
I confess, the main reason I decided to pick up this book was not the author; I’m not a huge Heinlein fan, though his books are “classic” sci-fi, and I agree he is defintiely necessary to the evolution of the genre. I can admit to his worth as a writer without being an ardent lover of his writing style. I picked up this book on a whim, and because it had the subtitle of “A Comedy of Manners.” If there’s one thing I can almost always enjoy, its a narrative comedy of manners. Add in some science fiction and space travel, and how could I resist?
While I loved the initial set-up of the story, I ended up rather disappointed with the end. So many of the mysteries that intrigued me were never answered, or even worse, were poorly answered in awkward exposition that left plot holes an elephant could fall through.
The development of the charming and witty relationship that evolved between Gwen and Richard was put aside in favor of annoying justifications for “free love” and polygamous marriages.
Had the story continued in the same vein as that first third of the book, I think this novel could have won five stars from me, but Heinlein lost the thread of the most important piece: the actual plot. His priorities were obviously more on describing his idea free-love society, and on his World as Myth philosophy. While I did find the latter interesting, I think there may have been better ways to incorporate it into the story than pure exposition and long non-plot centric conversations.
Tom did a very reasonable reading of the story. He just didn't have a lot to work with...
I loved Heinlein as a kid. He was one of the authors that introduced me to SciFi, and later got me interested in science as a profession (which I have now done for over 40 years). I was excited to hear another book of his that I had missed as a child of the 50's. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I kept wanting to continue, because the banter between the hero and his new wife was interesting -- kind of. Unfortunately, it did not ring in the least bit true. Stories I prefer are those that are either SciFi or Mystery, where you are sucked into the environment, and believe you could really be part of it. This story never met that criteria, always feeling artificial and contrived. I stopped listening at about the 3 hr mark. No idea if it ever got better, but I learned decades ago that there are better ways to spend my time than to see if a bad book/movie might get better at the end... When all is said and done, I have to admit this was a bad buy, and I wish I had spent my credits and time on a different book. :(
I am really disappointed in this book. The interesting concepts about travelling around space-time are completely overshadowed by the 78-year-old author's fantasies about plural marriage with 12-year-old girls. Bleck.
I love most of Heinlein's work. This was the rare exception. The book started off interesting enough, then about a third of the way into it, the flavor completely changes. It went off in a direction that was both dumb and frustrating. The ending especially was disappointing. Try another of his works instead.
I know many who would disagree but I found this story filled with uninteresting nonsense and the ending was particularly unsatisfying. A shame too, it certanly had promise.
I love Heinlein and really enjoyed The Moon is a Harsh Mistress audiobook but this was terrible. The plot, if you can call it that, was completely disjointed and incomplete. The original murder mystery premise is completely abandoned somewhere along the way and it just dissolves into a bunch of trivial dialog and spastic time travel. I almost didn't finish it, but I never do that so I tortured myself with the whole thing hoping it would get better, but it never did. Definitely not Heinlein's best work. Narrator was fine I guess, but the story was lacking for sure.
As I write this I'm amazed at this review process. I JUST moments ago clicked on 'Add to cart'. I've not yet even downloaded the audiobook files, yet I'm writing a review. Why you might ask? Simple, it's a Heinlien. For those of you who understand, that makes sense. For the rest of you, read on McDuff.
Robert A Heinline was my introduction to science fiction, as perhaps he was yours, almost fifty years ago (I'm barely 50). RAH is the standard against which I judge all science fiction. I have read this book many times in pulp, I know what's coming as well as I know my own comfy pillow.
My sole criterion when a new Heinlein comes out is simple - who's the narrator and can I stay awake through the narration. In all honesty, that always secondary and even a bad narrator rarely keeps me from a RAH classic. This narrator, previewed in the sample seems up to the task.
If you're already a Heinlein fan, quit reading. My review is already approacing 1000 words and you're wasting your time. You know you will buy. If you're new to Heinlein, have I got a treat for you. Pick ANYTHING with his name on the title and settle in for the ride.
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