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Publisher's Summary

As startling and provocative as his famous Stranger in a Strange Land, here is Heinlein’s grand masterpiece about a man supremely talented, immensely old, and obscenely wealthy who discovers that money can buy everything.

Johann Sebastian Bach Smith was immensely rich—and very old. Though his mind was still keen, his body was worn out. His solution was to have surgeons transplant his brain into a new body. The operation was a great success—but the patient was no longer Johann Sebastian Bach Smith. He was now fused with the very vocal personality of his gorgeous, recently deceased secretary, Eunice—with mind-blowing results! Together they must learn to share control of her body.

Once again, master storyteller Robert A. Heinlein delivers a wild and intriguing classic of science fiction. Written at the dawn of the 1970s, this novel is the brilliantly shocking story of the ultimate transplant.

©1970 Robert A. Heinlein (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“Magnificent. A science fiction masterpiece.” (Galaxy)

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Not a very good listen.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Not sure where he was going with this story, or why he was headed there but it was a total miss for me. If they made a movie out of this book it was be a hard R to X rating. Not really SiFi just sex sex and more sex.

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

I read and listened to Stranger in a strange land and it it was head and shoulders above this listen. Star ship troopers was excellent and I'd tell anyone to check it out, this one don't waste the credit.

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  • Benjamin
  • las vegas, NV, United States
  • 04-09-15

Drivel

The dialogue resembles twilight. You might as well read crappy fiction from the 50 shades of gray lady,
Simply awful.

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Hienlein Fans should run

The man is a great writer but I just couldn't stomach this book. Page after page of adolescent erotica. I know that I should consider the so called "free love" cultural hype of the period in which it was written but I lived through that period and even then I would have considered it junk. The narrator did a fine job but you can't make a silk purse out of.... you get the idea.

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Ok I guess

If you could sum up I Will Fear No Evil in three words, what would they be?

The story was pretty good. It seemed to have some gaps which I guess is attributed to the Unabridged version. The narrator's voices were ok, he just was pretty weak in the female voices. :)

Who was your favorite character and why?

I guess the Johan for his ability to adapt.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Anthony Heald?

Not sure

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  • Bill
  • Pendleton, IN, United States
  • 05-03-13

Did Heinlein Really Write This Tripe?

I truly love Heinlein - which is why I was floored by this meandering stringing-together of male adolescent fantasies. I'm no prude and I've read racier scenes than these in much better novels. It's just that these were awkward, uncomfortable and unapologetically misogynistic.

Yes, Heinlein was a product of his times and I've forgiven him on numerous occasions for (mostly) mild misogynistic behavior in his characters. And I could even put up with a little of his sermonizing on the evils of Victorian ethics and the beauty of free love. (The book was originally published in 1970.) But in this novel, it never ends...

The biggest shame here is that the plot had all kinds of potential: brain transplant, being suddenly young and "doing it all over again" and especially the different ways men and women think about sex. Although I think Heinlein thought he was doing the latter, he simply projected his male fantasies into the mind of a woman and made her the two dimensional mirror image - a sex object that lives only to make men hot and happy.

It's truly staggering to me that the same mind that produced Stranger in a Strange Land (one his best) and dozens of other sophisticated, thoughtful novels wrote this. As others have said, if you're new to Heinlein please don't start here. In fact, fan or not, just skip this one entirely. Let's all just pretend he never wrote it!

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  • Marty
  • Columbia Heights, MN, United States
  • 03-19-13

ugh

What disappointed you about I Will Fear No Evil?

Can't bring my self to finish it, not even close to the other heinlein books i've read

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

yes

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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realy realy bad

So bad I couldn't finish the 2nd of the 3 parts. No science except a brain transplant.

5 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Liz
  • CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States
  • 11-06-12

Don't waste your credit

Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or Anthony Heald?

No

Has I Will Fear No Evil turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What didn’t you like about Anthony Heald’s performance?

Anthony Heald is of the camp that a female voice is a breathy voice. He actually suits the characters reasonably well (as they're shallow and cliched).

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

So disappointed! I realize this book was written in the 1970s, but the author has so little imagination and so little depth and interest in the difference between the sexes it's astounding. It reads like a young boy's fantasy about getting to try on a female body and live out his sexual fantasies in a vaguely liberated environment. With so much potential subject matter to explore, he sticks to prurient, boring cliches and stereotypes, giving his characters no depth and little imagination.

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Not appropriate for work

What disappointed you about I Will Fear No Evil?

I listen to audiobooks at work. This one is not appropriate for that use. I listened to the first 1/3 of the book and decided it was not something that I felt comfortable listening to at work.

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

I thought it would be more sci fi but it was mostly about sex.

What aspect of Anthony Heald’s performance would you have changed?

I thought the performance was ok.

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  • Jim
  • Batavia, IL, United States
  • 11-11-11

Story may be OK, but can't stand the narration

I'm a Heinlein fan and have loved all of his other books. And the reviews indicate that this one will be worthwhile too. But this one, at least in audio form, is a turn off. They really should have gotten a woman to read this book since most of the relevant characters are female. The narrator doesn't have enough vocal variation to help you differentiate between characters and his voicing of women characters comes off really fake.

I plan to "read" this book. I think I'll be able to handle the dialogue. For example, in the last five minutes, before I gave up (almost all the way through part 1), the words "pretty" "sweet" and "dear" were used too many times. If I'm reading, I can tune out those awful word choices. But the way Heald performs, it is just too annoying.

Now to download another Heinlein book that I haven't read yet. Audible doesn't have many more.

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