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4.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 5 4.25 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Every stand-in dreamed of the starring role—but what actor would risk his life for the chance?

One minute, down-and-out actor Lorenzo Smythe is, as usual, in a bar, drinking away his troubles while watching his career circle the drain. Then a space pilot buys him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knows, he’s shanghaied to Mars. Smythe suddenly finds himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career: impersonating an important politician who has been kidnapped. Peace with the Martians is at stake, and failure to pull off the act could result in interplanetary war.

Smythe knows nothing of the issues concerning free interplanetary trade and equal rights for aliens and cares even less, but the handsome compensation is impossible to refuse. He soon realizes, however, that he faces a lifetime masquerade if the real politician never shows up.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Double Star you can smell and feel and practically taste the future.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The story moves at a sharp pace, helped along by Heinlein’s slick prose and the kind of wry good humor demonstrated when he describes the multiconsonant names he has ascribed to his Martians as sounding like ‘a leaking faucet.’”

    Guardian (London) 

  • “In this intricately plotted novel of interplanetary intrigue, Heinlein is at his best.”

    St. Louis Post Dispatch

  • “Lorenzo Smythe, an actor, is persuaded to impersonate the Chief Minister, Bonfort…After an intense briefing for his new post, Smythe is still not above detection—by the Emperor, and an attempted exposure by a newspaperman. But he is able to carry on and carry it off, so that when it is learned that Bonforte will never return—he is ready to keep his identity...Not too far flung nor far fetched.”              

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 1956 Hugo Award for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mckinley | 4/12/2011

    " Enjoyed this one. What does it mean and what does it take to impersonate another person? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Janine | 3/1/2011

    " Actors, Martians, pretending to be the President (well, presidential hopeful)...

    What's not to love? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matt | 2/27/2011

    " the movie Dave, in space. Or rather, the movie Dave was "Double Star," on earth. Come to think of it, if Double Star is ever made into a movie, Kevin Kline would play the part of Lorenzo perfectly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Randtat | 1/24/2011

    " No better than decent. The protagonist and narrator is interesting and unique, but the story is unexceptional. Nothing really grips you about it.

    Not bad, but Heinlein has done much better. Must have been a weak year for it to have won the Hugo. "

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