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©1982 by Robert A. Heinlein; (P)1996 by Blackstone Audiobooks
This is one of those books that wanders a bit, but the way Heinlein wanders is almost fun. This is a peek at a future world from the point of view of an artificial person. Friday is a super-spy, built to succeed, and very good at what she does. Her world is very interesting.
Previous versions of this book were read by a male reader who made her sound like a bimbo. I'd gotten over that, but it actually made adjusting to this reader a little difficult. At first I did not like the reader (though still admitting she was better than the old one), but she grew on me.
I love the story of Friday, a super sexy courier in a future world that is both very close to where we are now and also very different. The "tech level" in this book doesn't distract the modern user like some of RAH's older books (it was published in the '80s). This is very much one of my favorite Heinlein books and I'd love to see it done into a movie.
That being said, this audio presentation misses the five star mark. While having a female narrator makes this audio vastly superior than the one that went before (what were they thinking!?), the characterizations were a little flat and so were the emotions. The narration was such that, if I wasn't careful, I'd slip away from being engrossed in the story, and pay attention to the voice.
Overall, it's a good audiobook and a great story set in a world you could come to believe is right around the corner from the world we are in now,
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Not the best Heinlein novel by far, but still a quite refreshing story. The narrator really made the difference for me by giving this vagrant novel the tiny bit extra to keep it interesting and funny.
Robert Heinlein is my favorite author & I've read this particular book several times. When I saw that there was finally an unabridged audio version with a female narrator (don't get me started on male narrators being chosen to read books with first-person female protagonists), I was eager to start listening.
Unfortunately, the narrator is the reason that I'm unable to give this book five stars. There was just something about her delivery that made Friday & a few other characters sound *too* contemporary (when Heinlein's writing style relies heavily on mannerisms from the last century.) To her credit, she did a good job with "the Boss."
That isn't to say the narration was bad - she just failed to capture the main character for me. Otherwise, the author's voice comes through loud and clear - and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book as a good representation of RAH's work.
This is one of my favorite later works of Heinlein. I purchased the original version with a male reader that left quite a bit to be desired. This reader seemed to portray the book substantially better... until the deadly words were encountered.
Please, readers, try to familiarize yourself with terms in science and, if necessary, military and quasi-military. The thing that kills an audio book worse than anything else is when the reader hasn't a clue what they're reading. The most egregious example of this in this book was the substitution of the word "commandment" for the title of "commandant". There were other instances, but this one just stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb.
If you can grit your teeth and avoid rolling your eyes (especially if listening while driving) when one of these goofs occurs, then the rest of the book is actually quite passable and well done.
Friday is a wonderful book brought to life by audio. I read this book 30 years ago and thought it was great. Audio makes it complete.
I loved the end! I always thought she was great with kids and the end confirmed it. I like that Heinlein gave her a heart.
She gave a vioce to Friday, and I wasn't disappointed.
I would prefer to listen to the story in one session, except for the fact that it is very long. I don't think I can stay up that long.
This has always been one of my favorite sci-fi books. Being able to listen to it has been a great experience.
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I read a review of Friday as "The best book ever written without a plot."
I read that review after I read the book.
It's just about what happens to a woman called Friday, set against a background of a future where society is very different from how it is today.
It's dated now -- the book pre-dates the Internet but anticipates it, for example. So it's an interesting snapshot of what people in the 1970s would have thought of us in the 21st Century.
The world is at war (surprise, surprise) and Friday is a courier -- a dangerous job -- which involves getting physical objects past inquisitive border guards.
She's resourceful, sexy, sassy and fun.
One day, her whole world goes completely pear-shaped, and she has to dig herself out of a deep hole.
I liked the narration. The writing is engaging, the characters are charming and menacing by turns. All in all, a wonderful escapist read. I loved it.
what not too like? oh maybe I could kvetch about the neat&tidy ending a smidgen, but that would rather be a bit of hair-splitting on my part.
Ms. Huber does not bring anything to the story that I would not attain by reading a print version on my own; EXCEPT that her voice is so engaging as to be on par with the Sirens of Odysseus that I desired to not put the book to my own detriment many a night.
A fantastic story read by a fantastic voice.
Average story, better than average performance
Baldwin's demise and the conclusion.
Somewhat preachy, but several honest and caring scenes. The viewpoint is different from many of his books.
Friday. It was ALL about her
The kind of girl you would love to date but could never marry.
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