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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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A reason why you don't think Heinlein & Fantasy

Big heinlein fan here.

Glory Road is just bad.

How to sum it up... When Heinlein wrote this, fantasy was still a fairly new field. Its obvious that Heinlein had not read very much of it. I would guess that he had not read Tolkein or other writers that might have expanded how he thought about this genre. This book is linear. it feels like other fantasy books I have read during this period. Its not very creative. I enjoyed how it started, but once the main character hits 'fantasy', it becomes goofy and dumb.

I have read almost everything Heinlein wrote. This is one of the few books of his that I would rate poorly.

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Excellent Listen makes so-so read superb story!

If you could sum up Glory Road in three words, what would they be?

Darn fine adventure!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Glory Road?

The Wedding of Star to Ah-Scar!

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

Ah-Scar Gordon

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed... a LOT!

Any additional comments?

I was a bit leery about this audio book because I had been disappointed upon reading the hard-cover edition; it left me flat. I think It just goes to show that something is GAINED in narration!

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Slightly Dated But Still GLORYious

My all time Second favorite Heinlein tale. And Mr. Pinchot's reading was, for me, spot on. Was initially annoyed at Rufo's French accent, but by less than midway, I found it indispensable. A hearty well done to all involved.

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Not one of Heinlein's best

I love Heinlein's works - starship troopers, stranger in a strange land, etc. This was a fun book, but not one of his finest. it might have deserved 4 starts except for my dissapointment

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not one of his best for me

What disappointed you about Glory Road?

having recently reread all of the old heinlein material, i realized i'd never read this one. now i know why. i found his treatment of women embarrassing.

What was most disappointing about Robert A. Heinlein’s story?

more fantasy than sci fi

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Just Okay

The narrator was the best. The story was okay. At times, it was too preachy for me. Half way through the book I started to enjoy the story but it lost momentum and the ending fell flat. It was published in 1963 but does not seem outdated. If you like satirical fantasy, you might like this book.

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Crap!

Story doesn't make sense. The reader was phenomenal. The writing style was good. But story-wise.... don't waste your time or money.

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  • Rondal
  • Cleveland, Tn, United States
  • 04-20-14

A fun read by my favorite voice actor,

If you could sum up Glory Road in three words, what would they be?

Unpredictable, captivating and entertaining.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Star's grandson portrayed by Pinchot with a French accent.

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

The beautiful Star.

Any additional comments?

This book was an enjoyable journey.

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Glory Revisited

What made the experience of listening to Glory Road the most enjoyable?

I cut my teeth on Heinlein and am revisiting his works. This time I was old enough to catch a number of aspects that I missed the first time around.

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

Although this book is a bit more toward the fantasy genre than most of his works, he is able to bring a logical, scientific slant to what would otherwise be pure "magic."

What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

He had a great ability to shift personae. Loved his accents. He sounds a bit like Matthew McConaughey.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

They all are..

Any additional comments?

Warning not a feminist read.<br/>

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  • Keith
  • LIVERMORE, CA, United States
  • 02-24-14

Eh...

Good characters. Interesting concepts. Poor execution of the plot. I gave it 3 but I am probably being generous. 2.5? At least it was good enough to finish the whole thing. Pinchot did a great job narrating though.