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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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    Christopher Honolulu, HI, United States 04-16-08
    Christopher Honolulu, HI, United States 04-16-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Great book, presentation was disappointing"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Frankfurt am Main, Germany 02-11-11
    Michael Frankfurt am Main, Germany 02-11-11 Member Since 2007
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    "One of the best scifi novels around"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Klie 10-05-12
    Paul Klie 10-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Abridge Version"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Harry San Antonio, TX, USA 11-25-09
    Harry San Antonio, TX, USA 11-25-09
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    "Good, strong masculine voice, well read"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    steve Ferndale, Wa, United States 03-02-08
    steve Ferndale, Wa, United States 03-02-08 Member Since 2005

    I read and listen to books as much as possible.

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    "Not the best reader for Robert Heinlein"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    O'RIon port angeles, WA, United States 12-21-12
    O'RIon port angeles, WA, United States 12-21-12
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    "Abstract storyline"
    If you could sum up The Cat Who Walks through Walls in three words, what would they be?

    strange, fun, exciting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.....


    What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    eh


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    prepare for the sequel


    Any additional comments?

    Although it strongly relies on other stories to finish its tale. This was a very fun odd book.I enjoyed it very much

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George Harlingen Tx., TX, United States 05-27-12
    George Harlingen Tx., TX, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Was not expecting a time travel novel."
    What made the experience of listening to The Cat Who Walks through Walls the most enjoyable?

    The story kept me guessing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The cat


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the council scene


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes stayed up way to late listining


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Port Townsend, WA, United States 08-21-11
    Amazon Customer Port Townsend, WA, United States 08-21-11 Member Since 2005

    ioLtd

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    "Old man Heinlein does it again &Tom Weiner's cool."

    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.

    Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Rastatt, Germany 01-31-12
    Amazon Customer Rastatt, Germany 01-31-12 Member Since 2010

    Compulsive reader, or listener... Eclectic tastes.

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    "Great Story, Narrator not so much"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald San francisco, US, Canada 01-23-14
    Ronald San francisco, US, Canada 01-23-14 Member Since 2010

    ron/e in SF,

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    "ripped off"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    finished the story


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    Tom was great, he has a great voice


    Was The Cat Who Walks through Walls worth the listening time?

    no it was a waste


    Any additional comments?

    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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom
    2/18/09
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    "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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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