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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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  • 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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  • Robert
  • Lewisburg, WV, United States
  • 01-14-12

sickly antiquated

At first it seemed like a pretty decent book despite it being a quite bit dated but into the meat of the book the relations between the characters just became unbearable. I had to stop listening for fear of vomitting.

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

I have read and loved many a Heinlein novel... but if I had read this one first I might have missed out on some pretty good stuff.

What could Robert A. Heinlein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

If he had not written it it would be more enjoyable.

What three words best describe Anthony Heald’s performance?

good

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

Ever since I read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress I picked up every new Heinlein book with excitement. In the first moments of this one I was dismayed, disgusted and finally angry. Its not even funny if it was meant as a joke.

Any additional comments?

If you are interested in reading Heinlein DO NOT start with this one.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful