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Publisher's Summary

Featuring "All You Zombies", the basis for the movie Predestination

This collection from grand master Robert A. Heinlein includes five short stories sure to please science fiction fans everywhere. The title story tells the tale of a young man who meets a time-traveling bartender whose origins - and relation to the young man - are more complex and stranger than the Ouroboros ring on the barkeep's finger. In The Man Who Traveled in Elephants - one of both Heinlein and Spider Robinson's all-time favorite stories - we join a former traveling salesman on a bus. The man and his wife had once traveled with a host of imaginary animals searching for places to sell elephants.

"They" takes listeners inside a mental institution, where a man suffering from delusions has been confined. In "Our Fair City", a parking attendant named Pappy, a sentient whirlwind named Kitten, and a crusading reporter named Pete aim to take down their corrupt city government. Lastly, in "And He Built a Crooked House", a clever architect designs a house in the shape of the shadow of a tesseract, but it collapses through the fourth dimension when an earthquake shakes it into a more stable form.

©2013 Robert A. Heinlein (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Disappointing For Heinlein

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As a big fan of most of Heinlein's work, maybe I just came into this one with expectations a little too high...

By no means were the five stories in this small collection bad, but aside from the first story, none of them really made an impression with me.
Spider Robinson did a pretty damn good job of narrating the book, especially considering that he himself is an author and not an actor. But as I alluded to previously, the content itself just wasn't that great for him to work with.

If you LOVE Heinlein, you might want to add this book to your collection, but otherwise, I would pass on this one.

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Excellent Narration

This was a fascinating collection of short stories. My favorites were definitely "All You Zombies" and "And He Built A Crooked House." "They" was also excellent and reminded me of my love for Fahrenheit 451 in how it depicts Guy Montag slowly losing his mind as he realizes the truth. While the story tells you what the twist is, I was still surprised at the end of this one. I highly recommend everyone giving this anthology a listen or read. It makes me want to pick up a bunch of other Heinlein books and short stories that I haven't gotten to yet.

The narrator of the Audible edition is one of the finest I've encountered so far--I'm going to be looking for other books he's narrated just because of his talent.

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Where did all you zombies come from

This book is amazing! It's all about time travel and the paradox that comes with it. The storytelling leads you towards the plot twists with little regard of what you thought was about to happen.

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5 Classics From the Grand Master

Where does 'All You Zombies' rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely one of my favorites..

What other book might you compare 'All You Zombies' to and why?

Heinllien really only compares to himself.

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

Robinson injects a warmth and life into the text of these stories that is just not possible when they are being read silently.

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

I don't think this book would translate well into a film.

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I was consistently surprised at how well these stories hold up over the years.

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Nothing Like A Good Paradox To Spin Your Brain

This is a nice collection of five short stories by Heinlein. They are not, by any stretch, the philosophical behemoths that Heinlein is known for, but they are uniquely Heinleinian from the perspective of his cleverness and licentiousness. I think I read somewhere (probably Wikipedia) that RAH wrote 'All You Zombies' in a day, so just be prepared for an incomplete and not very deep story, yet it is still fantastic.

I think my favorite story was, 'And He Built A Crooked House,' based solely off the concept of originality; a house imploded on itself in the 4th dimension. RAH's description of a tesseract, despite his writing capability, still required me to look up a modern-day, computer-generated, models of various tesseracts because I had previously not know what one was.

The narration was great, but on "3x speed," it was unclear and jumbled together; I had to lower to "1.8x speed." This wasn't really an issue since the book is so short, but I don't understand the discrepancy between this audio book and 99% of the others I listen to at "3x."

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Nice Variety

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This is the first Heinlein collection I've read/listened to, but it seems to be a great variety of entertaining stories with provocative thematic material.

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