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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

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  • Hugo Award, 1962

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dawn
  • 01/01/2009

Amazing...a must read!

SiaSL is one of the few books that I grab a copy of whenever I go into a second hand book store to be given away to anyone who shows an interest. It is also the first Audible book I downloaded. It is classified as a Sci-Fi book but it is much harder to easily describe such a fine book. It is a commentary on the human race and our traditions from the perspective of an insightful outsider. Religion is the most obvious and controversial issue. It was actually banned in some states from public libraries and schools because of this fact. It is not a religion bashing book howeever, it just makes you think about things that so many take for granted. I strongly reccommend this book for those that are looking for powerful, likeable characters and insights that only a genius could create. (I have tried to read his other books but am not a big fan of hardcore sci-fi books. Take a chance and learn to Grok your life in a whole new way!

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Connie
  • 14/08/2009

Enhanced version seems to correct audio defects

As other listeners below experienced, I at first found the sound quality too poor for listening, but I downloaded the book again when Enhanced format became available, and the audio quality problems disappeared.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Kyle
  • 23/12/2011

Wildly Entertaining

What did you love best about Stranger in a Strange Land?

The narration was excellent. Just excellent.

What did you like best about this story?

I particularly enjoyed the personality of the characters.

What does Christopher Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator did exactly what he was supposed to do: Read the text while adding just the right amount of emotion without becoming annoying. It's not easy to find a voice that you can listen to for 16 hours.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed often at the wit of the characters.

Any additional comments?

Excellent book, I highly recommend.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • W. Seligman
  • 26/02/2004

We live in the world this book made

Will you find this book boring? You may if: you expect all science fiction to be about action, aliens, spaceships, violence, and bizarre sex; if you don't have the patience to listen to a conversation about ideas; if you don't know what the American world-view was like when the book was written.

SIASL was written before the sexual revolution began, before cynicism about our government was popular, when mainstream religious thought was considered above criticism. I don't say this novel was solely responsible for changing the world, but it was part of the spark that began that change. In the post-Watergate, post-Pill, post-Sun-Myung-Moon era, it's hard for some folks to see the stunning impact the book had. Now we've had communes and religions that were formed based on the ideas in this book. We live in the world that this book helped to make; it's hard to be shocked by it anymore.

But the ideas remain, and they're still thought-provoking. Could the religion described in the book actually exist? There now is a real Church of All Worlds; clearly, their members think so.

I admit the book shows its age. Heinlein's attitudes towards homosexuality would change over the next couple of decades; the book's views on that and on drug use are stuck in the 1960's. But all works are products of their times, and this one fine story for those who choose to listen.

A special mention for the reader, Christopher Hurt, who does an excellent job with his voice work.

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  • Global
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  • Ceil
  • 10/09/2009

Great narrator!

OK, this book is now a little dated, but it's still a classic; I remember being shocked by the views on religion and sex. Now, not so much. But Christopher Hurt is a wonderful narrator, and brings the characters to life. Great fun.

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  • Global
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  • Lorela
  • 14/02/2004

Excellent bit of nostalgia...

It was a pleasure to hear, thirty years later, a book I loved to read so much in my teens. A bit dated, perhaps, but not badly so. It stills says a lot about society in general. The narrator was excellent, so much so as to add quite a lot to a story I already knew. I would listen to a book narrated by him just on his talents alone. I suppose you are either a Heinlein fan or you are not...I am.

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  • Global
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  • Harris
  • 09/03/2003

A Parable for the Ages

Although written over forty years ago this semi sci-fi still rings true today. While it tells the story of an earthling born on Mars who returns to Earth, it is really a parable on many of our social mores. The author has a sharp knife. He doesn't spare government, religion, the media, sexual proclivities or law enforcement. Our Martian sic earthing is the reluctant "deus ex machina" using his extra terrestrial powers to right wrongs and showing us "Gods" way. While similar plots have been use in numerous Hollywood movies over the last several decades, the book is still interesting and worth listening to.

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  • Global
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  • Myron
  • 22/06/2005

More Thought Provoking than Entertaining

The premise of an earthling born on Mars, raised by Martians and then returned to earth is wonderful. You get some idea of what that unused part of the human brain might be able to do with a little training.

Do not expect ray guns or your usual Space Western. This is, in my opinion, a very dogmatic novel. The views expressed can spur you to think about many aspects of politics, religion, culture and the like in different ways if you lean to being introspective. That is the books greatest strength or weakness.

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  • Global
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  • Mike Hart
  • 16/01/2004

The reader groks Jubal

Very well done. The voice of the reader in conveying Jubal Harshaw was great and added a lot to the story for me. I have read the book many times over the years and it simply doesn't age. This reading of the book was very well done and I enjoyed it very much!

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  • Global
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  • Tom
  • 01/09/2003

Excellent Great story and Narration.

I read this book 20 years ago and really liked it. I felt enough time had passed that it wouldn't be boring. Glad to say I was right.

If you like Heinlen you'll love this book, it's a great story and brings up many fascinating concepts.

The narration is excellent. The narrator does a great job of playing the different characters.

This is a must listen for science fiction fans.

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  • der-guru
  • 14/06/2009

Immer noch eins der besten

Heinlein hat viele Bücher geschrieben, darunter viele gute und zum Ende seiner Schaffenszeit auch einige weniger gute. Aber "Stranger In A Strange Land" ist immer noch eines der besten die Heinlein geschrieben hat.
Die Charaktere sind alle "lebendig" und überzeugend. Die Story ist gespickt mit Philosophie, die aber aufgrund des Themas nicht fehl am Platz wirkt.
Die zentrale Frage in dem Buch beschäftigt sich mit: Was wäre wenn ein Mensch bei Fremden (in dem Fall Marsianern) aufgewachsen wäre, welche eine völlig andere Einstellung zu nahezu allem haben.
Der Sprecher verstand es die Figuren ohne Nennng der Namen unterscheidbar zu halten und mit Leben zu füllen.
Den Hörgenuss trübte einzig die etwas bescheidene Audioqualität, welche klang, als ob sie von einer Audio-Kassette aufgespielt wurde, die schon mehrfach gespielt wurde. Deswegen auch "nur" 4 Sterne.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Junovis
  • 03/03/2011

Überzeugende Lesung, mittelmäßiger Roman

Zunächst: die Lesung durch Christopher Hurt ist hervorragend! Er verleiht jeder Figur eine eigene, passende Stimme.

Der Roman selbst lässt mich zwiegespalten. Er ist nicht so öde wie "Starship Troopers", was wohl daran liegt, dass die Figuren in "Stranger in a Strange Land" auf unterhaltsame Art zusammenspielen und es einfach Spaß macht, ihren Dialogen zu folgen. Gemein mit "Starship Troopers" hat er jedoch, dass es Heinlein scheinbar überhaupt nicht darum geht, eine Geschichte zu erzählen, sondern Moral zu predigen. Der gesamte Mittelteil des Buches wird dafür geopfert; die meiste Handlung findet sich noch am Anfang und am Ende des Romans, wohl um den Leser zunächst zu ködern und am Ende vergessen zu machen, dass eigentlich nicht viel passiert ist (auch darin gleicht er "Starship Troopers").

Heinleins moralischen Überlegungen, im Roman im wesentlichen durch die Figur Jubal geäußert, sind durchaus scharfsinnig und leichter annehmbar, als die in "Starship Troopers", doch nehmen sie in dem Buch, dass ja als Science Fiction verkauft wird, zu viel Platz ein. Nebenbei bemerkt wäre "Mystik" wohl eine passendere Kategorisierung dieses Werkes. Und zum Ende hin nervt das andauernde "growing closer" und "thou art god" einfach nur noch.

Heinlein Fans werden das Buch wohl so oder so hören, andere, die eine spannende Handlung erwarten, suchen besser anderswo.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Walter
  • 23/05/2011

Manchmal ist kürzer besser

Dieses Buch gilt als einer DER Klassiker der Science Fiction - zu Recht, soweit es den ersten Teil angeht. Der ist eine brillante Satire auf das Amerika der 50er, vereinigt Zukunftsglauben und -pessimismus und ist eine durchgehend spannende Geschichte um einen Fremden, einem Marsianer menschlicher Herkunft namens Valentine Michael Smith.

Im zweiten Teil des Buchs beginnt Smith die Welt zu verändern und das Buch wird ... strange. So sehr, dass man fast aufhören möchte. Aber trotzdem, die Spannung lässt einen weiter zuhören und die Geschichte selbst ist durchdacht und endet konsequent.

Der Verdacht, dass hier ein Lektor versagt hat, ist unzutreffend. Denn als das Buch 1961 herauskam war es kürzer (ebenso wie meine eigene Printausgabe aus den 80ern). Allerdings veröffentlichte 1991 die Witwe Heinleins die ungekürzte - um 27% verlängerte - Urversion des Buches. Seither ist nur noch diese im Umlauf.

Die Aufnahme selbst ist ohne Makel. Schade, dass es sie nicht von der ursprünglichen Printversion gibt. Manchmal ist kürzer besser...

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