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Publisher's Summary

Robert A. Heinlein wrote some of the best-selling science-fiction novels of all time, including the beloved classic Stranger in a Strange Land. In The Cat Who Walks through Walls, he created his most compelling character ever: Dr. Richard Ames, ex-military man, sometime writer, and unfortunate victim of mistaken identity.

When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Ames is thrown headfirst into danger, intrigue, and other dimensions where Lazarus Long still thrives, where Jubal Harshaw lives surrounded by beautiful women, and where a daring plot to rescue the sentient computer called Mike can change the direction of all human history.

©1985 Robert Heinlein; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio

Critic Reviews

"Dialogue as witty as Oscar Wilde's, action as rollicking as Edgar Rice Burroughs', and satire as spicy as Jonathan Swift's." (New York Times)

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What happened at the end?!!!

This book really didn't seem to go anywhere, especially as it appeared to be a 'road movie' type of story. I love Robert Heinlein but this one just went off on to many tangential paths towards the end. The book ended and I was left with a sense of what just happened, what was the last quarter of the book about, and why name the book after the cat?!!

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Can't Get Past the Narrators Voice

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Weiner?

Anyone would have been a better narrator than this guy. Tom sounds like Zapp Brannigan from Futurama. He totally detracts from the characters and the story. I couldn't finish the audiobook because the image of Zapp's swaggering pantless persona plagued me throughout the listening experience. It's really too bad, because I love Heinlein, and this is one of my favorite books.

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Classic Heinlein. Reader droll and monotonous.

Great book. Read Stranger in a Strange Land first. Performer a bit dull even with the voices.

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old favioter

great story by a master story teller. on to number of the beast. thank you

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I forgot.

I forgot how stupid Heinlein's stories got after Starship Troopers. His whole time series with Lazarus Long seemed to start well then disintegrate into nonsense, as did Stranger In a Strange Land. About that wretched book Heinlein said what must be true of all the books concerning Lazarus Long and his ilk. And iexplained the oddity of Stranger, which also started out in fine Heinlein style until about 530 pages only to abruptly not only radically change style but also descend into nonsense. He had gotten to that point, said he, and had no idea where to go from there. That he chose such silliness and utter tripe for the latter half of that book and all the time hopping Long books was too bad. That people kept buying indicates either hope that Heinlein would get back on track or utter moral decay on the readers'part. I've never figured out which reason. I just know that he should have brought Pixel into this story much sooner and actually given the cat a meaningful part in the story or named the book, How to Get Gullible People To Buy My Books When I've Run Out Of Entertaining Stories To Tell.

I can't fault the narrator on any point though. Tom Weiner did a fine job.

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Simply Great

What made the experience of listening to The Cat Who Walks through Walls the most enjoyable?

I'm a Heinlein fan. I especially love the Lazarus Long universe. It's best to have read, The Moon is A Harsh Mistress first. but not mandatory.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hazel Stone

Which character – as performed by Tom Weiner – was your favorite?

Can't pick. Even the bad guys are as real as the good guys.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

Good story, well told,

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The Cat Who Walks through Walls

I did not enjoy this book as much as "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress". Very much the same era and background. This time there is time travel component and even mentioning "Time Lords". I found the beginning a grabber and it move you along in time and space but it seems to get bogged down since Heinlein needed to set a scene when you shifted to a new place. In addition, Heinlein got involve in the integration and explanation of the group marriages and sexual attitudes. It started good but it dragged for me. The end was a bit of a surprise. The title was a strange choice and I do not know why he chose it since the cat had no impact on the story.

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I didn't care for it

You might find it tremendously funny. I didn't. I found the relentless banter tedious, but that's just me.

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  • Jess
  • Hartford, CT
  • 11-28-15

This is definitely not one of Heinlein's best and the reader is not great.

Unfortunately, I was frequently distracted by the near constant dry mouth noises coming from the reader of this book. It made it difficult to listen to for very long and at least to me, was very distracting and annoying. Also, he has approximately 2 accents which he adds in at various points. The French is not terrible but the ... Russian? Is hard to understand and inaccurate to the actual accent.

This isn't one of Heinlein's better novels, it feels more like an attempt to build a bridge between several different worlds of his characters than anything else, and it doesn't have much of an actual plot, just action and long, complicated made up science.

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Nice story. Ending is abrupt, much to be desired.

I generally like Heinlein. This is a decent story though it has several confidence - jarring left turns. Unfortunately the ending was written with an abruptness that says to me the author just got tired or lazy after writing the requisite number of words. Still, I've read this audible title twice over the years so I suppose that must mean it's tolerable. Great narration.