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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,817 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781470806088
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Two short novels 

Robert A. Heinlein is widely and justly regarded as the greatest practitioner of the art of science fiction who has ever lived. Here are two of his greatest short novels:

Gulf

In which the greatest superspy of them all is revealed as the leader of a league of supermen and women who can’t quite decide what to do with the rest of us.

Lost Legacy 

In which it is proved that we are all members of that league—or would be, if we but had eyes to see. 

Plus two great stories

A pair of the Master’s finest: one on the nature of Being, the other on what it means to be a man.


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  • “Like most of Heinlein’s writing, Assignment in Eternity is immediately engaging. Various sci-fi stories of the distant and near future reflect his classic blend of individualism and futurism. Bronson Pinchot infuses the stories with a Golden Age Radio sensibility, using both broad drama and subtle nuances in accent to develop the future settings. Pinchot’s deep voice is perfectly suited to Heinlein’s generally masculine themes. His female voices are rough but adequate. Even Heinlein’s invented language, “Speedtalk,” proves little challenge. Although understanding the brief exchanges is unnecessary, Pinchot makes the strange syllables sound entirely natural.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/7/2014

    " I hate to give 2 stars but for me it was just OK. I have liked his stories before but this pair of stories just didn't catch my attention. I haven't been a big sci fi fan so take my opinion based on that info. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Stratton | 1/7/2014

    " I just couldn't finish it. It's not that the writing was bad (it wasn't), but I had a hard time with period people (from the mid-20th Century) in futuristic situations. It didn't quite work for me. I bailed midway through "Lost Legacy" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob MacLuan | 1/7/2014

    " Contains my favorite short story, "Lost Legacy" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Yoak | 1/4/2014

    " I really enjoyed the two short novels, Gulf and Lost Legacy. Though I read these at some point a long time ago, I had so little memory it was like reading them for the first time. Given that I'm out of new Heinlein, this is a rare treat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 1/2/2014

    " Early Heinlein, not his best, but even weak Heinlein has much to recommend it especially if you're a RAH fan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda Hamilton | 12/9/2013

    " It was okay. Kind of obtuse but okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/6/2013

    " Not my favorite by Robert Heinlein. This set of novellas gets a little too philosophical and technical sometimes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ankt | 12/3/2013

    " Great stories and I find his perspective on life very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 11/9/2013

    " A four interesting short-stories of mixed science fiction, and fantasy novel of Heinlein. An unexplored realm ...........us having the possibilities to make a new world in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 9/12/2013

    " My first adult SF read. Shocking violence. Give me more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ebrien | 3/26/2013

    " I read this when I was a kid and couldn't remember the title. I felt it was Heinlein and last evening I read and discovered I'd found the book I liked as a kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 2/26/2013

    " Amazing vocal characterizations by Bronson Pinchot! You must hear this particularly if you associate Bronson strictly with his fuggy film and TV roles. His voice is fluid, complex, and vibrant. His reading creates a movie in the mind. Of course, Heinlein's stories help, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 2/10/2013

    " An example of Heinlein's lower tier of works - interesting and enjoyable but not worthy of study or rereading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Young | 12/23/2012

    " Not the best Heinlein, but fascinating stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Osborne | 12/5/2012

    " I was disappointed by this collection of four short Heinlein novels, only one of which, Jerry is a Man, was really enjoyable. The other three were written very early in Heinleins career before he fully developed his skill. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirk Lowery | 11/20/2012

    " A collection of three short stories. Typical 1950s era concepts. I was particularly annoyed with his 1940s-50s colloquial dialogue. Clearly, Heinlein was still finding his narrative "voice". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charl | 10/21/2012

    " Some of his older writings, his own attitudes and politics showing through very strongly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 9/21/2012

    " This is one from my library that I read when I have time at lunch. it is short stories and one is very like the theme of Altas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I like Heinlein. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert 'RevBob' | 8/17/2012

    " This is one of that handful of books that I must reread now and again. The stories are old and dated in some aspects - what Golden Age SF is not? - but the ideas are addictive. Reading them again is like greeting an old friend. "

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About the Author
Author Robert A. Heinlein

Robert Anson Heinlein (1907–1988) was born in Missouri. He served five years in the US Navy and then attended graduate classes in mathematics and physics at UCLA. After a variety of jobs, he began to write science fiction in 1939. He is a four-time winner of the Hugo Award and a recipient of three Retro Hugos, and in 1975 he was named the first recipient of the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement. Several of his books were New York Times bestsellers, and his worldwide bestsellers have been translated into twenty-two languages. 

About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.