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 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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One of my favorites.
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.
The ending line, which was in the tradition of Glory Road.
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.
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. :-)
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.
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...
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.
Optical Engineer from San Jose, CA.
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.
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.
I liked the humor.
It was an interesting story.
I have not. It was fine since it did not get in the way of the story.
The ending was disappointing. It was as if Heinlein didn't know how to end it.
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.
disappointed in the narrative performance
do not listen to Tom Weiner
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