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The Cat Who Walks through Walls | [Robert Heinlein]

The Cat Who Walks through Walls

When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Richard 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Robert A. Heinlein wrote some of the best-selling science-fiction novels of all time, including the beloved classic Stranger in a Strange Land. In The Cat Who Walks through Walls, he created his most compelling character ever: Dr. Richard Ames, ex-military man, sometime writer, and unfortunate victim of mistaken identity.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    FishyFishy 08-25-10
    FishyFishy 08-25-10 Member Since 2014
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    "bleh"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Terry A. Austin Temple, TX United States 03-01-08
    Terry A. Austin Temple, TX United States 03-01-08 Member Since 2000
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    "It's a RAH!"

    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.

    8 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    wolfspyder Makato MN USA 10-05-12
    wolfspyder Makato MN USA 10-05-12 Member Since 2014

    AKA King Caspian II of Veritasia. (507) 344-0981

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    "Very Good, But Not Made For Novices"
    Where does The Cat Who Walks through Walls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I could say, "Walker Evans," but that would be cheating! :-)


    Heinlein himself turned out to be my favorite character. He was trying to cheat death, and if the place of this book in series is done properly, he actually does it, in a way. I saw one reviewer place the book improperly as part of a "trilogy" when the "set" in which it belongs is actually at least 6 books deep, including Time Enough For Love, Number of the Beast, and To Sail Beyond the Sunset, with a definite nod to Friday and ALL of his other books as well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending line, which was in the tradition of Glory Road.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    One of the Grand Master's main points in this book as in others was that while sex is potentially everywhere, real LOVE takes manners and intelligence. He specifically refers to the book as a comedy of manners....like the Emperor's New Clothes, it was built so that people who don't "get" RAH or what he put between the lines, so to speak, won't enjoy the ride AS MUCH as those who have done their homework.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel no shame at downgrading the reviews of naysayers...when you can point to a Hugo or a Nebula with your name on it, then I'll listen harder. :-)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-08-12
    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "Too much dialog."

    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.

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    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 05-07-12
    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 05-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "poor, painful,"

    too much of the witty banter and not enough story.. at times i had to turn off due to frustration... then i,d give it another go thinking it will get better... but no... then it ended and i think well if it did,nt kill me maybe it made me stronger. the narration tried but nothing could really save the author from himself...

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    C. Abel 05-06-12
    C. Abel 05-06-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Heinlein's worst."
    Any additional comments?

    Great writer produces mediocre plot with horrible dialog. It was torture to listen to the characters interact with each other. Nobody talks like that. Ther reader was good, I would listen to more books read by Tom Weiner.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ohtochooseaname SAN JOSE, CA, United States 04-26-12
    Ohtochooseaname SAN JOSE, CA, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2014

    Optical Engineer from San Jose, CA.

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    "Incomplete end, but worth the listen"

    I like the Heinlein isms thrown throughout the book, and I did enjoy listening to this book, however, it doesn't have a very good ending to it...a bit anticlimactic, really.

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    Ryan 03-30-12
    Ryan 03-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "It's like being tucked in by Capt'n Zapp Brannigan"
    Any additional comments?

    I tried to like this book, I really did. I have heard so many good things about the book, but I just couldn't get past the narration. I hate to reference Futurama in a serious review, but Tom Weiner sounds like Captain Zapp Brannigan. It was amusing for the first couple of minutes, but it wore thin. He drags out the last word in every sentence and raises his pitch like he's asking a question. It works ok for dialogue, but not for narration. He also pauses at odd times making it sound like he’s reading the book for the first time. I don’t know if that’s why I found the jokes to be grating on my nerves; maybe I just don’t care for Heinlein's style. I’ll try reading one of his books and see if I like it. I won’t be buying any more books narrated by Tom Weiner.I tried to like this book, I really did. I have heard so many good things about the book, but I just couldn't get past the narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzan Cumberland, RI, United States 01-23-12
    Suzan Cumberland, RI, United States 01-23-12
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    "I laughed a lot."
    What did you love best about The Cat Who Walks through Walls?

    I liked the humor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was an interesting story.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. It was fine since it did not get in the way of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was disappointing. It was as if Heinlein didn't know how to end it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca TUCSON, AZ, United States 12-07-11
    rebecca TUCSON, AZ, United States 12-07-11
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    "Most annoying narrator ever!!"
    Would you try another book from Robert Heinlein and/or Tom Weiner?

    I adore Heinlein but never again will I listen to a book interpreted by Tom Weiner. In an effort to sound sauve and debonair he gives an irritating rendition which sounds as if he has had one drink to many. I will read the book (again, as I do all RAH books) and try to get that damn voice out of my head.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tom Weiner’s performances?

    NEVER


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointed in the narrative performance


    Any additional comments?

    do not listen to Tom Weiner

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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