Winner of the 1967 Hugo award, this novel marked Heinlein's partial return to his best form. He draws many historical parallels with the War of Independence, and clearly shows his own libertarian political views.
©1965 Robert A. Heinlein; (P)1999 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Adrenalizing, mind-stretching, conviction-testing...unmatched by any contemporary!" (Theodore Sturgeon)
This was an absolutely wonderful audio novel. The narrator brought it to life, nailing the different voices so well I could easily tell who was talking without the attribution. The first person narrative from Manny also makes the story ideal for an audio format, its as if Manny is telling us what happened. Now I'm gonna have to get more Heinlein and more by Lloyd James.
Yes, it is mostly a good read though it tails off in the last half.
Mike. But it is unfortunate that he fades out of frame in the last half of the book and so much of the unique character that Heinlein imagined is left unexplored.
Harsh Russian accent
Dr. Christopher W. Roberts Ph.d I am a Computer Geek working around the U.S. and the world. I have a lot of Air miles to listen to audible titles.
It should be noted that other Heinlein books continue this story. the rolling Stones, the cat who walks through walls. I have heard other narrators of this book and the sudo rus accent in this reading was distracting however it was well done in the othercharterization especially Mike's voice!
Must listen for RAH fans
While I understand why this book is an award-winning masterpiece (Heinlein's grasp of international relations, politics, revolutionary strategy, philosophy, technology, and projection of the future is staggering), it was too heavy on the political theory for me. If it weren't for the audio version, I would probably not have finished it. What it sacrifices for in action it makes up for in brilliance of concept. I prefer an equal balance of both.
The most interesting aspect of the story to me was the endearing computer Mike.
Lloyd James is a genius, hands down, with his mastery of accents. His pace, inflection, and tone were perfect. My only complaint was that when he did the voice of Wyoh and other female characters, he ended up sounding like a gay man and it was distracting. It's best, with male readers, to not try to attempt to sound female. It doesn't work. With that said, I still had to give him 5 stars because he was that amazing otherwise.
I really liked it. Having read Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land", I was optimistic about this book. Definitely not disppointed. The Narrator did an excellent job with the "Loonie" accent. I highly recommend.
I've read this book several times. It never ceases to impress me. The reading adds a new level to the story and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
This was a journey back to great old Sci Fi for me. Heinlien is still the best writer and I loved every minute of it.
Yes, but not possible.
I'm not sure I would have the narrator do the Russian accent. It was in tune with the book/character; but the voice in my head when reading the book wasn't accented so it took a bit of getting used to.
I know allot of people love this guys books, but to me he is worse than Stephen King. He goes, on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on. He creates social structures and political systems and use weak characters and weak story to color it in. Sorry he might be a legend but not in my books.
I seriously cannot hype this audio book enough. I never read it as a kid, but thanks to audible, I got to hear it performed by one of the very best reader/actors I have ever heard. Please listen to this amazing thoughtful exciting and intriguing book. You won't be disappointed, and you won't believe it was written during the early 1960's. Even more cool to people with a libertarian streak.
The reader is freaking fantastic. I loved the computer's voice (Mike) and how it evolved during the story (cracked me up throughout the book). Just plain awesome, surprising, thought-provoking.
As usual, I listened via Audible app on my Android phone.
I read this book in the 70's. It and 'Door into Summer' are my favorite Heinlein books. I gave both to my teenage son in the 90's and he also really liked this book. However, the audible version improved the book tenfold, a hundredfold! Lloyd james, the narrator, used accents - I didn't remember the Russian flavor - and also made Manuel a real person, not to mention Mike, Wyo, Prof, Finn, Stu, Mimi, Greg, Ludmilla.......
The professors suggestions of what their new government should look like. I remembered a lot of it from my first reading.
The trial of Stuart, the jury, including the explanation of Taanstafl, a phrase I used on my kids more than once.
Sorry, I am not real creative.
This is the second Heinlein book I downloaded. The other was 'Starman Jones'. I will be getting more of these, especially those narrated by Lloyd James.
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