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The Number of the Beast Audiobook

The Number of the Beast

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Publisher's Summary

The wickedest, most wonderful science-fiction story ever created in our - or any - time. Anything can begin at a party in California - and everything does in this bold masterwork by a grand master of science fiction.

When four supremely sensual and unspeakably cerebral humans - two male, two female - find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies - and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller-coaster ride of adventure, danger, ecstasy, and peril.

Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988) was the dominant science-fiction writer of the modern era, a writer whose influence on the field was immense. He won science fiction's Hugo Award for best novel four times.

©1980 Robert A. Heinlein. 2003 by the Robert A. & Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“One of the grand masters of science fiction.” (Wall Street Journal)

“The most influential science fiction writer of all time!” (Locus)

“[A story] about two men and two women in a time-machine safari through this and other universes. But describing The Number of the Beast thus is like saying Moby-Dick is about a one-legged guy trying to catch a fish.” (National Review)

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    nailsthatglow 04-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The main influence for the multiverse in comics"

    If you have read three novels by this writer, chances are you have read at least one of the stories by each of the mentioned writers and the world they come from.

    positioned to tie the various timelines of all his novels. a must read for any fan.

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    Dale Ostrander Elon College, NC United States 03-29-17
    Dale Ostrander Elon College, NC United States 03-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Bored. Never got into it"

    I have listened to so many Heinleins that I loved but this was not one of them. Was not a fan of of the voice switch nor did the story catch my interest. Bugged out after 8 hours in.

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    Richard Owen 03-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story with great story tellers"

    Not my favorite Heinlein novel, but still one of the greats. Amazing performance by the cast.

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    Michael Griffey II Attica, IN United States 02-09-17
    Michael Griffey II Attica, IN United States 02-09-17

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    "Annoying"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you liked War & Peace, this might be for you.


    What was most disappointing about Robert A. Heinlein’s story?

    I usually love Heinlein's work, but this story was so rambling and in dire need of serious editing that I found myself wishing some of the characters would just shut up and get on with the action. For instance, when they first visit Mars 10 they spend an inordinate amount of time arguing and fooling around that it was a massive relief when they finally met other people.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I don't know who narrated each part, but the ones who narrated Zeb and Deety were awful. They read very. del-i-ber-at-ely and enunciated way too much instead of reading naturally like other books I've listened to. The man who read for Jake was pretty good. I liked listening to his parts. The woman who read for Hilda was much better than Zeb or Deety but not as good as Jake.


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

    There was a lot that was good about the story. It could have been amazing, and the parts that weren't idiotically boring reminded me why I love Heinlein's other books. He brought a lot of beloved characters in from other books.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book, cherish and grok it as I have Heinlein's other books but between the narrating, rambling and the end...I won't tell you how it ends although I can't possibly ruin the ending any more than the author did.

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    G. Sodeman Miami, FL 12-23-16
    G. Sodeman Miami, FL 12-23-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Great book, terrible narration, unlistenable."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The book is a great piece of R.A.H,, but the narration ruins the books. The voices and tone are completely off. A single narrator would be a better choice the the way the ensemble cast was used.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The ensemble narration was not done well. The narrator for Zeb read the other characters parts during his sections, which causes a sort of cognitive dissonance when the next narrator takes over readying D.T.'s lines. The choice of narrators for their parts was odd, not good representations/interpretations of the the characters.


    What character would you cut from The Number of the Beast?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    I love the book, but would demand a refund for the Audible version if I could, as I don't think I'll be able to get near finishing it, and it is a favorite book of mine. The narration is killing this version.

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    Matthew 12-17-16
    Matthew 12-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "This isn't even a novel"

    Four sexually supercharged Mary Sues get into a flying car and.....

    You would think they would have all sorts of space time adventures, but no, they spend 10 hours bickering with each other. Ever been on a road trip with obnoxious family? Where all you can remember is the fighting, and not the Grand Canyon? The book muddles through 10 hours of that, then turns into a tawdry sexual romance novel set at the worlds worst, incredibly dated, scifi convention. There is no resolution to anything in the book, nor is there much of a plot. Only extreme heinlein scifi geeks would nerdgasm to this, and those people must be pushing eighty years old.

    I'm a huge scifi reader and I say: avoid at any cost. I kind of want a refund from Audible this is so bad. I kind of want to find the great Tom Weiner and shake him and say "why, why did you read this aloud?!?"
    Spoiler alert, he reads for Lazarus Long, who is the only reasonable character and is only reasonable for like,30 minutes, and he only appears 20+ hours into the book.

    Avoid at all costs. This is not a novel. This is 70 yr old Robert Heinlein masturbating at the typewriter envisioning 1940s scifi through the lens of 1950s libertarianism meets 1960s hedonism. Literary drivel.

    You want a real novel about time travel? Go get 'The End Of Eternity' by Asimov, not this garbage. At least the voice actors gave it their all. I can't believe I sat through the 20+ hours of this garbage.

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    Crystal 09-13-16
    Crystal 09-13-16
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    "Story ruining narration"
    What did you love best about The Number of the Beast?

    The story is fantastic, but the only way I know that is because I read the book.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    The narrators have managed to make it sound like a whiny romance / space opera. Deety, who is written as a brilliant computer programmer, comes across as a spoiled little girl. The other narrators are not as bad, but they still don't bring out the personalities of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope someone re-issues this book with a good traditional narrator. It doesn't deserve what has been done to it.

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    Bill Boling Lynden, WA USA 08-22-16
    Bill Boling Lynden, WA USA 08-22-16 Member Since 2014

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    "best Heinlein book that I have just finished!"

    of course I love it, I have Time enough for Love! great author good read

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    James 08-16-16
    James 08-16-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyed as a teen...adult...and as a Senior"

    I have always enjoyed Heinlein and have reread him throughput my life. They usually have a nonspecific sexual overtone and become more adult oriented as you proceed through his series of books. Early fiction definitely teen oriented ; later books more adult oriented.

    Enjoy. Read as many times as you can.

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    Jessica 06-26-16
    Jessica 06-26-16
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    "one of my favorites"

    i must preface this review by saying that Heinlein is my all-time favorite author. this book is narratively a mess, and I love every uncomfortable, disjointed, anarchic, self-indulgent second of it. my only real complaint is in the performances. this book is told in point of view chapters from each of the four main characters. in particular the female who reads for DT ends up sounding weak and insipid a lot of the time which does not fit the character at all. if possible I recommend the audio version read by George Guidal his single performance managed to capture the wit and charm of the style so much better.

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