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Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781504635219

Publisher Description

Robert A. Heinlein has been hailed as one of the most forward-thinking science fiction writers of all time, and Expanded Universe (presented in two volumes) offers the perfect collection of his works to provide listeners with true insights into his uniquely creative mind.

Heinlein personally selected each story or essay for inclusion in this collection, which is ordered chronologically, starting with his first sale in 1939 of “Life-Line” to Astounding (for seventy dollars). This remarkable collection highlights the development of Heinlein’s writing style and his philosophy on life throughout his career.

More importantly, this collection is as close to an autobiography as anything Heinlein wrote during his life. Heinlein was an extremely private person who never wrote much about himself. In this exclusive collection, he offers forewords to most of his stories and essays (and an occasional afterword), giving listeners a rare glimpse into the inner mind of the master.

Expanded Universe is a must-have for any Heinlein enthusiast and any fan of science fiction.

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  • “A fascinating look at the mind of the most influential SF writer of all time.”

    - Locus
  • “If you really care about Heinlein, then Expanded Universe is a book…that you might save pennies from your lunch money to buy.”

    - Omni
  • “The single most important and valuable Heinlein book ever published.”

    - Spider Robinson, author of The Callahan Chronicals
  • “Would you consider buying a book just because I asked you to? It’s called Expanded Universe."

    - Algis Budrys, award-winning science fiction author
  • “This collection demonstrates the formidable talent and irascible perceptions of one of the genre’s most outspoken writers.”

    - Library Journal

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A bunch of short stories by Heinlein. Some stories are good, some are great. Heinlein looks back through the years to frame each story in modern commentary. "

    - JLA, 12/2/2019
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    " I have never seen this book on audio. It is a grand find! A collection of Heinlein lesser known but highly revered stories. I had a print copy many years ago, but I am now blind and deeply appreciate this audio version. Very professional! The reader has a good grasp on the language, with appropriate inflection and a rare command of nuance. "

    - David, 4/11/2017

About the Author

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, Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, has won Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, AudioFile Earphones Awards, Audible’s Book of the Year Award, and Audie Awards for several audiobooks, including Matterhorn, Wise Blood, Occupied City, and The Learners. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale, he is an Emmy- and People’s Choice-nominated veteran of movies, television, and Broadway and West End shows. His performance of Malvolio in Twelfth Night was named the highlight of the entire two-year Kennedy Center Shakespeare Festival by the Washington Post. He attended the acting programs at Shakespeare & Company and Circle-in-the-Square, logged in well over 200 episodes of television, starred or costarred in a bouquet of films, plays, musicals, and Shakespeare on Broadway and in London, and developed a passion for Greek revival architecture.