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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1961 by Robert A. Heinlein; (P)1996 by Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

  • Hugo Award, 1962

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one of my favorite books of all time!

excellently narrated. thank you!
this such an amazing story. A perfect mix of philosophy and science fiction.

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Loved it

Great story, great narrator, and some lovely food for thought. And that's about it, really.

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  • Amanda
  • Saint Louis, MO, United States
  • 11-28-16

All Sexisim and Preaching

What would have made Stranger in a Strange Land better?

Cutting out all the "Good Girl" and "I ought to paddle you" comments made to the "girls" (because there are only men, girls and Martians) and the redundant sermons would give us an abridged version about 4 hours long.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Either Howl's Moving Castle, Breakfast of Champions or Hercule Poirot's Christmas, since I bought them all last night on a sale.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator wasn't bad exactly, it might not be possible to make this book sound like it isn't droning on forever.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I liked the other four Heinlein books I've read much better, but I'll take a long break before trying another one. I could deal with the sexism in Double Star much more easily, for example. It wasn't crammed down my throat like it is in this one and I could see it as a creation of the time in which it was written. Something of value might float up in my consciousness after I get over the time sucking waste of trying to dial into this book.

Any additional comments?

If you feel like you can't just walk away after a few hours of trying to get into this book, just skim over the Cliff Notes and save yourself the effort of trying to stay interested.

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Personal opinion

When I started this book it was pretty heavy on strange details that I couldn't grasp. It took a while (or what felt like a while) to get clued in, as you'd expect with any great book. Once hooked however I immensely enjoyed the story. It had a captivating narrative, philosophical bits I appreciated, and the reader did a decent job differentiating characters. If by the end he had dropped a portion of that differentiation, I barely noticed and it barely mattered to my enjoyment of the book. I highly recommend this long listen to anyone!

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The Reality I wish was real.

This classic work is a masterpiece of science fiction. it's tale is thought provoking and challenges my everyday perspective. well worth the time.

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great read.

Some poignant and quotable art & social commentary from 2nd character Jubal. interesting to see the retrospective influence this book had

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Better in the 1960's

I first read this book in high school in the mid-'60's - I thought it was "deep" back then. Its still a good book, more fun then prophetic but still a notable read if you can get beyond the 1960's sexism and bit of racism ( nick name for an Indian charter is Stinky and the "N" word is used once in a mob scene. Put it in a 1960's context and you'll enjoy it. If you try to listen to it in a contemporary context, the things I mentioned before will drive you crazy.

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Wonderful classic

This was a great rendition of a classic literary work. That said, it was written between 1950 and 1960, and published in 1961 - before feminism and modern understanding of gender roles. So as long as you can overcome the overt misogyny of the mid-1900s, it's a wonderful book.

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A classic gets a great make over

Almost perfect narration drives this science fiction classic that both entertains and provokes in equal measure.

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book club choice

Is there anything you would change about this book?

read this book for my book club; strange how many things for 1950 SF is common place tolday

Would you recommend Stranger in a Strange Land to your friends? Why or why not?

not really; couldn't read it when assigned in high school; hard to start

Did Christopher Hurt do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

yes

Was Stranger in a Strange Land worth the listening time?

not really; not my cup of tea but listened for my book club