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  • The Door into Summer

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784

Dan Davis, an electronics engineer, had finally made the invention of a lifetime: a household robot that could do almost anything. Wild success was within reach, but then Dan's life was ruined. In a plot to steal his business, his greedy partner and greedier fiancée tricked him into taking the "long sleep": suspended animation for 30 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • classic

  • By Greg on 04-05-09


5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-09

This is a classic Heinlein story of temporal displacement, speculative technology, opinionated exposition, and cat appreciation. I loved the premise of a cutting-edge engineer/inventor in "futuristic" 1970 experiencing future shock in 2001.

I really enjoyed Heinlein's take (in 1956!) on garage engineering, intellectual property, and information technology (which didn't even really exist yet). While some predictions for the future were naturally way-off, others were strikingly close to the mark.

The narration was perfect, and the reader is well-cast for the voice of the main character.

Plus it's just a fun story with a refreshingly positive outlook on the future.

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