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The Cat Who Walks through Walls Audiobook

The Cat Who Walks through Walls

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Vanessa Lake City, PA, United States 10-07-14
    Vanessa Lake City, PA, United States 10-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "The title does match the story."
    What would have made The Cat Who Walks through Walls better?

    This is such a strange book and I do not see where it has anything to do with a Cat who walks through walls. I am not a fan of English dialectic books, they are to hard to follow.


    Has The Cat Who Walks through Walls turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


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

    NO and NO


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend it as a book to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rincewind 10-06-14
    Rincewind 10-06-14
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    "Tell the story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    RH spends too much time on politics and not enough time on the story. This could have been a decent short story.


    Has The Cat Who Walks through Walls turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Only Heinlein.


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

    Frustration.


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    Jack Daniels 09-30-14

    Uplinktruck

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    "An interesting tale of time and relationships"

    This Heinlein classic is a study in alternate relationships, quantum travel and good old fashioned science fiction. We follow a man living in the future as his life is turned upside down by a series of events that lead to ducking everything from local police to shadowy super villains. There are a few twists in the story.

    As it is with most classic science fiction, it is fun to listen to this and compare the technology Heinlein thought up to what we really have today.

    This book is a sequel to the Moon is a Harsh Mistress. It is a good listen and makes the miles go by fast.

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    Bryan Alley 09-11-14
    Bryan Alley 09-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Horrible"
    What would have made The Cat Who Walks through Walls better?

    The book might have been good, but the this off brand George Takei narrator is awful. Even though I only spent $4, I feel ripped off.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tom Weiner’s performances?

    No


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

    I don't know, any redeeming qualities are covered up by the horrible narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald San francisco, US, Canada 01-23-14
    Ronald San francisco, US, Canada 01-23-14 Member Since 2012

    Sol System, Earth, Northern Hemisphere, member of the human race.

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    "ripped off"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    finished the story


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    Tom was great, he has a great voice


    Was The Cat Who Walks through Walls worth the listening time?

    no it was a waste


    Any additional comments?

    Heinlein seemed to start out with a purpose and then left off the last half of the book. Set the reader up for a sequel but never delivered. Lost his mind, died?

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    Brett Utaaaah 10-29-12
    Brett Utaaaah 10-29-12 Member Since 2016

    the man with the plan

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    "Great book! and then..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, as long as you can deal with an abrupt and unfulfilled ending.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Heinlein? Why or why not?

    Of course! Heinlein has some great material as long as you are willing to deal with his occasional lapses


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    Mr Weiner has a great range and is able to bring the characters to life. Even female roles which men usually have difficulty with. Making your voice high pitched doesn't always portray a sexy woman! Heinlein use's so many female roles that any performer wishing to read well is invariably going to have trouble. Weiner pulls it off nicely.


    Was The Cat Who Walks through Walls worth the listening time?

    Yes, but really? The ending was abrupt and I felt like Heinlein just got bored and ended it without much thought.


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    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-08-12
    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2009

    My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.

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    "Too much dialog."

    Too much dialog slows the story way down and makes it confusing. One loses their place in the story by the large blocks of unrelated dialog.

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    George Harlingen Tx., TX, United States 05-27-12
    George Harlingen Tx., TX, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Was not expecting a time travel novel."
    What made the experience of listening to The Cat Who Walks through Walls the most enjoyable?

    The story kept me guessing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The cat


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the council scene


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

    Yes stayed up way to late listining


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 05-15-12
    Kelly 05-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not really a Comedy of Manners, but still good."
    What did you love best about The Cat Who Walks through Walls?

    I confess, the main reason I decided to pick up this book was not the author; I’m not a huge Heinlein fan, though his books are “classic” sci-fi, and I agree he is defintiely necessary to the evolution of the genre. I can admit to his worth as a writer without being an ardent lover of his writing style. I picked up this book on a whim, and because it had the subtitle of “A Comedy of Manners.” If there’s one thing I can almost always enjoy, its a narrative comedy of manners. Add in some science fiction and space travel, and how could I resist?


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    While I loved the initial set-up of the story, I ended up rather disappointed with the end. So many of the mysteries that intrigued me were never answered, or even worse, were poorly answered in awkward exposition that left plot holes an elephant could fall through.

    The development of the charming and witty relationship that evolved between Gwen and Richard was put aside in favor of annoying justifications for “free love” and polygamous marriages.

    Had the story continued in the same vein as that first third of the book, I think this novel could have won five stars from me, but Heinlein lost the thread of the most important piece: the actual plot. His priorities were obviously more on describing his idea free-love society, and on his World as Myth philosophy. While I did find the latter interesting, I think there may have been better ways to incorporate it into the story than pure exposition and long non-plot centric conversations.


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    Burt 05-12-12
    Burt 05-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Just not believable"
    What about Tom Weiner???s performance did you like?

    Tom did a very reasonable reading of the story. He just didn't have a lot to work with...


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Heinlein as a kid. He was one of the authors that introduced me to SciFi, and later got me interested in science as a profession (which I have now done for over 40 years). I was excited to hear another book of his that I had missed as a child of the 50's. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I kept wanting to continue, because the banter between the hero and his new wife was interesting -- kind of. Unfortunately, it did not ring in the least bit true. Stories I prefer are those that are either SciFi or Mystery, where you are sucked into the environment, and believe you could really be part of it. This story never met that criteria, always feeling artificial and contrived. I stopped listening at about the 3 hr mark. No idea if it ever got better, but I learned decades ago that there are better ways to spend my time than to see if a bad book/movie might get better at the end... When all is said and done, I have to admit this was a bad buy, and I wish I had spent my credits and time on a different book. :(

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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