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  • Stranger in a Strange Land

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Martin McDougall
  • Length: 23 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Epic, entertaining, blasphemous, this is the most influential and controversial of Science Fiction novels. Stranger in a Strange Land caused uproar when it was first published as it savaged conventional religious, sexual, and social ideals. Many years in the future, Valentine Michael Smith's upbringing is exceptional. Orphan child to two astronauts killed in space, he is raised on Mars. Twenty-five years later he is "rescued" and brought back to Earth. The initial enthusiasm of the administration in Smith's safe return is soon dampened by the realisation that they cannot control him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bloated, Self-Indulgent Waffle saved only in part by great narration

  • By mcfrood on 14-11-2017

Martin McDougall ruins a good story

1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-2017

Any additional comments?

The reader cannot handle multiple voices, not even for 10 seconds.
This makes it hard to follow conversations. I cannot give the reader a negative or zero rating, so the overall rating is not an average of the others. The story is good.

For Audible, the format of submitting comments ranges from paternalistic (as if
we're children and don't know how to say something) to ridiculous
(imagine playing 'editor' and deleting 'scenes' from a classic like, say, Hardy ---
not to mention the conflict of logic when the work is supposed to be unabridged).