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Stranger in a Strange Land Audiobook

Stranger in a Strange Land

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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

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, 1962

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    Matthew Simien 09-16-16
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    "Now I realize where the word grok comes from."

    This book started off interesting and then it became dull when the main character was introduced. I can see why the book was a hit, but I felt it tried too hard to touch relevant subjects such as theories on religion, sex, marriage, aliens, super powers, politics, economics, and family dynamics. A lot of those theories were questioned based on whether your moral base was correct or learned. Great ideas to explore, but I guess I was interested more in the main story than all of the moral questioning.

    Narrator: Male characters were great, but female characters done by the same narrator scratched a chalk board for me.

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    Amazon Customer 09-16-16

    Farmer, Nurse, Skeptic, Science enthusiast

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    "There is a reason why people recommend this book"

    Themes run deep, like water. Sharing of such water might just bring us close enough.
    Thought provoking.

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    Sam Major 09-15-16
    Sam Major 09-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book, good voice actor"

    The voice actor was good, and I enjoyed listening to him and the individual voicework for each character. This greatly enhanced the telling of the story.

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    Kimberly 09-13-16
    Kimberly 09-13-16
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    "Great Story"

    my sister recommended this book for me it took me a little while to get into it but once I got into it I was lost in the book and before I knew it the book was over I'll recommend this book to everyone

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    Mark H 09-07-16
    Mark H 09-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A book about nothing"

    The first half of the book is really good! I was on track to understanding why people considered this book a classic. And then, rather suddenly, the author resolves every plot in the middle of the book.

    Then for rest of the book the main characters just seem to talk amongst each other with no clear plot or direction.

    it's almost as if the first half of the book and the second half were written by two completely different people.

    Trust me , don't waste your time on this. It has all the ingredients to be a great sci Fi novel but the author fails at bringing anything together.

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    superiv13 Boise, ID USA 08-09-16
    superiv13 Boise, ID USA 08-09-16

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    "My Black Hole for science fiction novels"

    I've never thought of myself as being into sci-fi but I think I may be sucked in after this. glorious dialogue in a unique setting, steep with philosophical ideas. beautiful writing and character development.

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    Kelly 08-05-16
    Kelly 08-05-16
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    "As good as the voices in my head"

    Already loved this book, read it several times. The narrator is fabulous. Each character, voice, thought, and narration, is distinct and beautifully spoken.

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    Lawrence L. Smith Jr. 07-28-16
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    "Before the Martians there was Robert A. Heinlein.."

    A strong Like..
    Even better than thou art god..
    Somewhat as good as ever ..
    Parallels the passion of Christ, with interplanetary signification ..

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    John Estes 07-26-16
    John Estes 07-26-16
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    "fantastic philosophical fantasy book"

    this amazing book takes you through the life of a human raised among an alien race. by the end of the book you'll question your own moral values and want to grok with the universe

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    Daniel Blaisdell 07-26-16
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    "Worth reading and re-reading"

    Read this over thirty years ago and just finished it again. I still recommend this story

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