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Glory Road Audiobook

Glory Road

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Publisher's Summary

E. C. “Scar” Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn’t given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: "Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential, willing to travel, no family or emotional ties, indomitably courageous and handsome of face and figure. Permanent employment, very high pay, glorious adventure, great danger. You must apply in person, 17 rue Dante, Nice, 2me étage, apt. D."

How could you not answer an ad like that, especially when it seemed to describe you perfectly? Well, except maybe for the “handsome” part, but that was in the eye of the beholder anyway. So he went to that apartment and was greeted by the most beautiful woman he’d ever met. She seemed to have many names but agreed he could call her Star. A pretty appropriate name, as it turned out, for the empress of twenty universes. And she sends him on the adventure of a lifetime.

Robert A. Heinlein’s one true fantasy novel, Glory Road is as much fun today as when he wrote it after Stranger in a Strange Land. Heinlein proves himself as adept with sword and sorcery as with rockets and slide rules, and the result is exciting, satirical, fast-paced, funny, and tremendously readable - a favorite of all who have read it. Glory Road is a masterpiece of escapist entertainment with a typically Heinleinian sting in its tail.

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.

©1963 Robert A. Heinlein; renewed 1991 by Virginia Heinlein; 2003 by the Robert A. & Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust; Afterword 1979, 1984 by Samuel R. Delany (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A triumph.”(Chicago Tribune)

Glory Road maintains a delicacy, a bravura, and a joy that not only are notable, but clearly consign it to his heptology of major SF novels.” (Samuel R. Delany, American author and literary critic)

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    DJ Shopping Queen 06-18-12

    Lexxa

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    "A fun ride."
    What did you love best about Glory Road?

    The characters are colorful and sharp. Classic Heinlein.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oscar is exactly what I would expect from a Heinlein hero.


    What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I was pleasantly surprised by Bronson Pinchot's narration. With one exception I love what he did with the characters in this book. I was a bit bothered at first by the fact that he gave Rufo a french accent. But it didn't take long to get used to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book as a young adult and it's just as much fun now as it was then. A good ride!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Flint, MI, United States 12-01-12
    Linda Flint, MI, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story and performance!"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Every time the hero stumbled over a custom or situation which was strange to him, I enjoyed "watching" him decide how to respond and what questions to ask to get enough information to really understand what was happening.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I've been reading Heinlein for years, I didn't actually remember this story. I truly enjoyed the experience.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-18-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2016

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "Heinlein definitely should stick to Sci-fi"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I preface this with the fact that I am a huge Heinlein fan. This book is a turd. The concept is really cool and interesting but poorly executed at best. This book would have needed a complete re-write to be acceptable. As the author is dead that isn't going to happen. I have to say this is one of the few books by the author I do not like.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert A. Heinlein again?

    Of course..


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    All of them. I don't like his TV and movie work but Bronson Pinchot is a genius at narrarating audiobooks.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Glory Road?

    Really this story is more like a draft than a completed work. I'd keep the main concept and the first few chapters and scrap the rest.


    Any additional comments?

    Heinlein is one of the most prolific authors of all time the fact that this is one of the few stinkers he ever wrote is a testament to how talented the guy was. You can't hit a home run all the time but most anything else he wrote is excellent.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    ES 06-07-15
    ES 06-07-15 Member Since 2017
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    "It's interesting"

    Well told story.

    Sex, thoughts on sex, wish for sex, fear of sex. Wanted more on thoughts of heroes and more glory roads!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Childs 09-20-17
    Josh Childs 09-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A sub par reading of a genuinely bad story."

    The difference in volume between male and female voices was extreme. Audio Compression: it's not just for pop stars. And the character with the accent was read in such a marble-mouthed fashion that I constantly had to rewind to understand what he was saying.

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    Michael Jacobi Michigan 07-26-17
    Michael Jacobi Michigan 07-26-17 Member Since 2010

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    "The Road Still Beckons"

    Heinlein never wrote a book I didn't like. This one though is a standout. A wonderful "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court" kind of tale with great daring do and adventure to spare. There is a healthy dose of Heinlein's own "Live and Let Live" philosophy too, But mostly its just a romp through almost fairy tale monsters and lovely ladies and he man adventures. Its pretty explicit on six so maybe not for the 10 and under crowd. (I read it when I was a teen ager). A good performance by the narrator and well edited. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sajii Dover, NJ USA 07-17-17
    Sajii Dover, NJ USA 07-17-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Two giants here"

    I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this book, and the performance of it by Bronson Pinchot. His range was staggering and every line was delivered so naturally it seemed as though it was his story. And Heinlein is a hallowed Master for very good reason, his philosophical and metaphysical wanderings exercise and elevate the mind of the audience. Although some situations certainly betray the mores of his time, I'm already looking forward to listening again.

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    Eugenia Parrish 06-03-17
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    "Impossible"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I grew up with Pappy Heinlein books and generally forgive his somewhat dirty-old-man view of the female sex, especially as he got older. But this one with its hints of B&D is just awful. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against anyone's taste in sex if it's consenting adults, but the icky-sweetness of their master-slave palaver is repulsive and the cutesy-poo archness offensive.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert A. Heinlein before, how does this one compare?

    Badly. I mostly listen at night when I can't sleep, but there are other people in the house, so I keep the volume down. Unfortunately, the narrator made his female lead's voice so breathy and low that I couldn't hear it without turning it up so that the male voice bellowed. I have other Heinlein books and never had this problem.


    How could the performance have been better?

    He might have found some way to convey a passive and meek "female" voice without making it so low it's nearly impossible to hear. I kept replaying or skipping most of the first half and finally quit.


    Did Glory Road inspire you to do anything?

    I have tried to get through this book several times since I bought it. It might become the second book I have ever returned, but since I bought it so long ago, maybe I'll just let it go.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother. If you're into "clean" B&D, buy the paperback. Don't torture yourself with the audio narrative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-03-17
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    "One Voice does it work"

    this is one of my favorite books by Robert Heinlein. while the voice actor was okay I think the story requires multiple voices. it took me awhile before I wasn't distracted buy the voices.

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    Arcticreader 01-21-17
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    "Fun in parts, but dated, unfortunately."

    The last few chapters were the best. I only got.that far because of fond memories from reading most of Heinlein's novels as.a young woman. The problem is mainly the dialogue and power between the two main characters. Even if it looks like fantasy, it is an SF-fantasy hybrid. Most modern women, and lots of men will object to the portreyal of the women in the story
    The reader/actor increased the problem, but it was well and lively done.

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