The wickedest, most wonderful science-fiction story ever created in our - or any - time. Anything can begin at a party in California - and everything does in this bold masterwork by a grand master of science fiction.
When four supremely sensual and unspeakably cerebral humans - two male, two female - find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies - and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller-coaster ride of adventure, danger, ecstasy, and peril.
Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988) was the dominant science-fiction writer of the modern era, a writer whose influence on the field was immense. He won science fiction's Hugo Award for best novel four times.
©1980 Robert A. Heinlein. 2003 by the Robert A. & Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“One of the grand masters of science fiction.” (Wall Street Journal)
“The most influential science fiction writer of all time!” (Locus)
“[A story] about two men and two women in a time-machine safari through this and other universes. But describing The Number of the Beast thus is like saying Moby-Dick is about a one-legged guy trying to catch a fish.” (National Review)
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.
The sory in this book besides a homage to the authors of the golden age of SF & F is the ultimate multiverse story. The two following novels form RAH "The cat who walks through walls" which also has the prerequisite of "The Moon is a harsh mistress" the novel "to sail beyond the sunset" is also based on the result of this book. A must listen for Hienlien fans.
I have most of Heinlein's work in print or audiobook. This is the worst one for so many different reasons.
Allah have mercy. I feel like I've done an N-space jump into universe of arrested pubescent development. "Stranger In A Strange Land," is brilliant because it rode high on the crest of the 60s counter-cultural movement, challenging nearly every moral bedrock of Western society. It is superb and does what Sci-Fi does best. This work isn't even an echo in an out-house of the mind that created "Stranger," or "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress." The story is as juicy as a packing peanut.
The dialogue in this book is pointless, too. I feel like I'm being treated to the discarded remnants on the cutting floor of "Time Enough For Love." The characters in this book are the same as Laz/Lor/Athena/Gallahad without the hook-laden narrative of Lazarus Long or great storyline.
I'm a loyal masochist so I suffered through the whole recording the same way I listened to Robert Plant's solo work simply because I'm a Led-head and thought, "At some point, this will get good." I had hope, so much hope. Now I just have scars.
It's a good thing I don't have a yard arm and a length of rope or I may be swinging in the breeze. I'm having a hard time describing this performance without using expletives. Horrible is a compliment. Female narrators should not try to imitate male voices by lowering theirs. [Under any circumstances]. Seriously. There should be a law. This was like listening to a woman with traumatic brain injury but without the benefit of being a public service announcement. Someone should be held accountable.
I now have a soundtrack for the waiting room in Hades...
Almost no adventure. You would have almost as much fun listening to your wife and her girls friends talk.
No he has written a lot of great books, just not this one.
Read his older works.
This book was written for those of us who grew up checking cereal boxes, just in case, because smart girls need spacesuits too! About a year ago I begged Audible for this book. Let's face it, we aren't getting any younger, and no large print editions were available. Experiencing this book in audio is truly a wild ride in the Gay Deceiver as it should be done, voice and ears only! This is a MUST LISTEN for Heinlein fans.
The book is a great piece of R.A.H,, but the narration ruins the books. The voices and tone are completely off. A single narrator would be a better choice the the way the ensemble cast was used.
The ensemble narration was not done well. The narrator for Zeb read the other characters parts during his sections, which causes a sort of cognitive dissonance when the next narrator takes over readying D.T.'s lines. The choice of narrators for their parts was odd, not good representations/interpretations of the the characters.
I love the book, but would demand a refund for the Audible version if I could, as I don't think I'll be able to get near finishing it, and it is a favorite book of mine. The narration is killing this version.
Four sexually supercharged Mary Sues get into a flying car and.....
You would think they would have all sorts of space time adventures, but no, they spend 10 hours bickering with each other. Ever been on a road trip with obnoxious family? Where all you can remember is the fighting, and not the Grand Canyon? The book muddles through 10 hours of that, then turns into a tawdry sexual romance novel set at the worlds worst, incredibly dated, scifi convention. There is no resolution to anything in the book, nor is there much of a plot. Only extreme heinlein scifi geeks would nerdgasm to this, and those people must be pushing eighty years old.
I'm a huge scifi reader and I say: avoid at any cost. I kind of want a refund from Audible this is so bad. I kind of want to find the great Tom Weiner and shake him and say "why, why did you read this aloud?!?"
Spoiler alert, he reads for Lazarus Long, who is the only reasonable character and is only reasonable for like,30 minutes, and he only appears 20+ hours into the book.
Avoid at all costs. This is not a novel. This is 70 yr old Robert Heinlein masturbating at the typewriter envisioning 1940s scifi through the lens of 1950s libertarianism meets 1960s hedonism. Literary drivel.
You want a real novel about time travel? Go get 'The End Of Eternity' by Asimov, not this garbage. At least the voice actors gave it their all. I can't believe I sat through the 20+ hours of this garbage.
The story is fantastic, but the only way I know that is because I read the book.
The narrators have managed to make it sound like a whiny romance / space opera. Deety, who is written as a brilliant computer programmer, comes across as a spoiled little girl. The other narrators are not as bad, but they still don't bring out the personalities of the characters.
I hope someone re-issues this book with a good traditional narrator. It doesn't deserve what has been done to it.
I have always enjoyed Heinlein and have reread him throughput my life. They usually have a nonspecific sexual overtone and become more adult oriented as you proceed through his series of books. Early fiction definitely teen oriented ; later books more adult oriented.
Enjoy. Read as many times as you can.
i must preface this review by saying that Heinlein is my all-time favorite author. this book is narratively a mess, and I love every uncomfortable, disjointed, anarchic, self-indulgent second of it. my only real complaint is in the performances. this book is told in point of view chapters from each of the four main characters. in particular the female who reads for DT ends up sounding weak and insipid a lot of the time which does not fit the character at all. if possible I recommend the audio version read by George Guidal his single performance managed to capture the wit and charm of the style so much better.
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