Lazarus Long is so in love with life that he simply refuses to die....
When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Ames is thrown headfirst into danger - and other dimensions....
In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world....
A wonderful tale of a young man’s coming of age, Zorba the Greek has been a classic of world literature since it was first translated into English in 1952 ....
Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known...
After the fall of the American Ayatollahs as foretold in Stranger in a Strange Land and chronicled in Revolt in 2100, the United States of America at last fulfills the promise inherent in its first Revolution....
Friday, a secret courier, is thrown into an assignment under the command of her employer...
When four supremely sensual and unspeakably cerebral humans find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies....
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....
With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife...
After the fall of the American Ayatollahs (as foretold in Stranger in a Strange Land) there is a Second American Revolution; for the first time in human history there is a land with Liberty and Justice for All....
Set on a desert planet, Dune is the story of Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious Maud'dib, avenge a plot against his family, and bring to fruition humankind's most ancient dream....
After firewalking in Polynesia, fundamentalist minister Alexander Hergensheimer never saw the world the same....
For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying....
Maureen Johnson, the somewhat irregular mother of Lazarus Long, wakes up in bed with a man and a cat....
To Fast Eddie Felsen, a young pool hustler, there was only one thing that mattered: to make the big time and the big money in the world of pool by beating the best in the country....
William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade....
Citizen of the Galaxy is a suspenseful tale of adventure, coming of age, and interstellar conflict by science fiction's Grand Master....
Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. On his new planet, Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, a sexual pioneer, a neon evangelist, a martyr, and, finally, a messiah. Stranger in a Strange Land is the most famous science fiction novel ever written. It became the bible of the "love generation" and transcended the genre to achieve the status of a modern classic.
SiaSL is one of the few books that I grab a copy of whenever I go into a second hand book store to be given away to anyone who shows an interest. It is also the first Audible book I downloaded. It is classified as a Sci-Fi book but it is much harder to easily describe such a fine book. It is a commentary on the human race and our traditions from the perspective of an insightful outsider. Religion is the most obvious and controversial issue. It was actually banned in some states from public libraries and schools because of this fact. It is not a religion bashing book howeever, it just makes you think about things that so many take for granted. I strongly reccommend this book for those that are looking for powerful, likeable characters and insights that only a genius could create. (I have tried to read his other books but am not a big fan of hardcore sci-fi books. Take a chance and learn to Grok your life in a whole new way!
21 of 22 people found this review helpful
As other listeners below experienced, I at first found the sound quality too poor for listening, but I downloaded the book again when Enhanced format became available, and the audio quality problems disappeared.
20 of 21 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about Stranger in a Strange Land?
The narration was excellent. Just excellent.
What did you like best about this story?
I particularly enjoyed the personality of the characters.
What does Christopher Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The narrator did exactly what he was supposed to do: Read the text while adding just the right amount of emotion without becoming annoying. It's not easy to find a voice that you can listen to for 16 hours.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laughed often at the wit of the characters.
Any additional comments?
Excellent book, I highly recommend.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
OK, this book is now a little dated, but it's still a classic; I remember being shocked by the views on religion and sex. Now, not so much. But Christopher Hurt is a wonderful narrator, and brings the characters to life. Great fun.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
Will you find this book boring? You may if: you expect all science fiction to be about action, aliens, spaceships, violence, and bizarre sex; if you don't have the patience to listen to a conversation about ideas; if you don't know what the American world-view was like when the book was written.
SIASL was written before the sexual revolution began, before cynicism about our government was popular, when mainstream religious thought was considered above criticism. I don't say this novel was solely responsible for changing the world, but it was part of the spark that began that change. In the post-Watergate, post-Pill, post-Sun-Myung-Moon era, it's hard for some folks to see the stunning impact the book had. Now we've had communes and religions that were formed based on the ideas in this book. We live in the world that this book helped to make; it's hard to be shocked by it anymore.
But the ideas remain, and they're still thought-provoking. Could the religion described in the book actually exist? There now is a real Church of All Worlds; clearly, their members think so.
I admit the book shows its age. Heinlein's attitudes towards homosexuality would change over the next couple of decades; the book's views on that and on drug use are stuck in the 1960's. But all works are products of their times, and this one fine story for those who choose to listen.
A special mention for the reader, Christopher Hurt, who does an excellent job with his voice work.
28 of 31 people found this review helpful
Although written over forty years ago this semi sci-fi still rings true today. While it tells the story of an earthling born on Mars who returns to Earth, it is really a parable on many of our social mores. The author has a sharp knife. He doesn't spare government, religion, the media, sexual proclivities or law enforcement. Our Martian sic earthing is the reluctant "deus ex machina" using his extra terrestrial powers to right wrongs and showing us "Gods" way. While similar plots have been use in numerous Hollywood movies over the last several decades, the book is still interesting and worth listening to.
28 of 31 people found this review helpful
It was a pleasure to hear, thirty years later, a book I loved to read so much in my teens. A bit dated, perhaps, but not badly so. It stills says a lot about society in general. The narrator was excellent, so much so as to add quite a lot to a story I already knew. I would listen to a book narrated by him just on his talents alone. I suppose you are either a Heinlein fan or you are not...I am.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
The premise of an earthling born on Mars, raised by Martians and then returned to earth is wonderful. You get some idea of what that unused part of the human brain might be able to do with a little training.
Do not expect ray guns or your usual Space Western. This is, in my opinion, a very dogmatic novel. The views expressed can spur you to think about many aspects of politics, religion, culture and the like in different ways if you lean to being introspective. That is the books greatest strength or weakness.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
Very well done. The voice of the reader in conveying Jubal Harshaw was great and added a lot to the story for me. I have read the book many times over the years and it simply doesn't age. This reading of the book was very well done and I enjoyed it very much!
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
I read this book 20 years ago and really liked it. I felt enough time had passed that it wouldn't be boring. Glad to say I was right.
If you like Heinlen you'll love this book, it's a great story and brings up many fascinating concepts.
The narration is excellent. The narrator does a great job of playing the different characters.
This is a must listen for science fiction fans.
12 of 15 people found this review helpful
Unlike the other reviewer I felt that this was extremely thought provoking and it does stand the test of time very well. Clearly from a scientrific perspective some aspects do not hold up today but generally I felt the points being made are as relevant as ever and the story is well told and compelling.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Knowing that the book was written some time ago I accept, but I was not pleased that is sounds as if it was recorded from an old 78 record. This I found detracted from the enjoyment of listening to a book that I had read a long time ago. I hope that this may in some part prepare future buyers of what they are getting.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
Sorry everyone - This book does not hold its age well / plus the production is appalling
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Robert Hienlein at his best. An amazing story. well told and acted.
a must read
Sci Fi written in the 50s can always be hard work. You have to over look the predictions of the authors future which didn't come true. With Sci Fi I'm all about the story and this is a classic. Essentially this is about a modern day Jesus Christ and how society reacts to him.
I first read this book way back in the early 1970s; in fact, it was my first proper read of any book at the time so there's always going to be a sense of nostalgia associated with it. The story is multifaceted but is told in a simple, straight-forward manner which makes it easy to follow and understand. In this audio version the narrator does a fine job with all the different accents and really helps it all comes to life.
For me it is a classic in its own right and even though it seems not to hold up to more modern novels it nonetheless captures how Science Fiction was approached back in the 60s.
I have really enjoyed this book and unlike some other reviewers, liked the production. A strange echoing recording that added to the story. I found I kept listening, even though I had returned home from dog walk or tube journey.
I initially found the narrator's voice most off-putting but slowly the story came through. This book saw me through the first few cold dark months of walking the dog pre-dawn or post-dusk. It is a marathon listen and sounds very dated now but I still enjoyed it.