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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (876 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Spider Robinson Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Callahan Series Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455180356
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Nobody blends good science with bad puns as brilliantly as Spider Robinson, as his legion of devoted fans will attest. Now he’s back with the latest chapter of the Callahan saga—an improbable tale of impending doom, a road trip, space, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll.

The universe in is desperate peril. Due to a cluster of freakish phenomena, the United States’ own defense system has become a doomsday machine, threatening the entire universe. Only one man can save everything-as-we-know-it from annihilation. Unfortunately, he’s not available. So the job falls instead to bar owner Jake Stonebender, his wife Zoey, and their super-intelligent toddler, Erin, not to mention two dozen busloads of ex-hippies and freaks, Robert Heinlein’s wandering cat, a whorehouse parrot, and misunderstood genius-inventor, Nikola Tesla, who is in fact alive and well.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Spider Robinson] proves as consummate at maintaining suspense as he is at keeping the laughs coming. Fans and the uninitiated alike will devour this intoxicating blend of character comedy and hard SF, for Robinson’s writing remains as potentially addictive and as full of earthy delight as Stonebender’s famed Irish coffee.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As usual, Robinson should please old fans and win new ones…You’ll surely come to love the eclectic cast of dozens, including everybody from a talking baby…to—why not?—the forgotten father of the 20th century, Nikola Tesla.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Features [Robinson’s] usual blend of homegrown wisdom and laconic humor and includes a guest appearance by the late Nikola Tesla…Fans will welcome this unabashedly rollicking SF adventure.”

    Library Journal

  • “The fun comes from assembling a fleet of school buses, evading state troopers, and exploring NASA’s shuttle launch system. Robinson resembles Heinlein in his mild anarchism; oft-cited, never described sex; and characters that think they’re smarter than the rest of us—and are. His personal touch is recreational drugging. The results delight.”

    Booklist

  • “Puns, booze, coffee, save the universe—not necessarily in that order.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Barrett Whitener is just terrific…It sounded like he was having a blast performing it too. Nearly every minute or so of the novel’s production a groaner pun or a ridiculous situation had me smiling or wincing—and sometimes painfully at the same time.”

    SFFAudio.com

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 8/5/2013

    " Oh, Spider Robinson. You're a hippy, but I like you anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 7/8/2012

    " I like all the Callahan books so that I liked this one was not surprise. Robinson writes like a cross between Douglass Adams and Robert Heinlein. Very quick, entertaining, easy reads that are pure entertainment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 5/30/2012

    " This wass the best new entry in Robinson's long-running Callahan's series for some time. Many of the familiar characters return, and some intriguing new ones are introduced. Robinson's trademarked admiration of Heinlein is well represented, puns abound, and it's a familiar fast-paced romp. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 5/30/2012

    " A more or less entertaining read, but Spider's later books pale so much in comparison to the early Callahan short stories that are collected in the first three books. Misses a whole lot of the charm and wonder that the early stories had. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M | 5/12/2012

    " 1 wk "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt Shively | 4/9/2012

    " so far the least of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/19/2012

    " Re-read the whole series 7/2012. All are feel-good light reading. Series goes gradually downhill, but all are enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen Jackson | 12/9/2011

    " My first Spider Robinson, after a recommendation by an online friend. Callahan's Key is a lot of fun. I'll definitely look out for the earlier books in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan Pinson | 7/11/2011

    " this can't possibly be the best one ... i need to find the first one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 5/15/2011

    " I'm rereading this, one of my favorite pick-me-ups as I really need it at the moment.

    Worked very nicely though I did also have to augment it with a Terry Pratchett... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 7/1/2008

    " I like all the Callahan books so that I liked this one was not surprise. Robinson writes like a cross between Douglass Adams and Robert Heinlein. Very quick, entertaining, easy reads that are pure entertainment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 8/21/2007

    " Oh, Spider Robinson. You're a hippy, but I like you anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 6/4/2007

    " This wass the best new entry in Robinson's long-running Callahan's series for some time. Many of the familiar characters return, and some intriguing new ones are introduced. Robinson's trademarked admiration of Heinlein is well represented, puns abound, and it's a familiar fast-paced romp. "

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About the Author
Author Spider Robinson

Spider Robinson is renowned for his Callahan’s Place series of bestselling novels. With his late wife, Jeanne, he wrote the award-winning Stardance series. As an audiobook reader of his own and others’ work, he has won the Earphones Award and been a finalist for the Audie Awards. In 2008, he won the Robert A. Heinlein Award for Lifetime Excellence in Literature.

About the Narrator

Barrett Whitener has been narrating audiobooks since 1992. His recordings have won several awards, including the prestigious Audie and seven Earphones Awards. AudioFile magazine has named him one of the Best Voices of the Century. He lives in Washington, DC.