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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,076 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781455190898
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Engineered from the finest genes and trained to be a secret courier in a future world, Friday operates over a near-future Earth, where chaos reigns. North America has become Balkanized into dozens of independent states, sharing only a bizarrely vulgarized culture. Now, Friday finds herself on shuttlecock assignment at the seemingly whimsical behest of her secret employer, known to her only as “Boss.” Traveling from New Zealand to Canada, from one new state of America’s disunion to the next, she is confronted with a series of professional as well as personal crises that put her to the test. She must find quick, expeditious solutions as one calamity after another threatens to explode in her face.

Not since Valentine Michael Smith, hero of Stranger in a Strange Land, has Heinlein created a more captivating protagonist. Friday proves once again why Henlein’s novels have sold millions of copies, won countless awards, and earned him the title of Grand Master of Science Fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As joyous to read as it is provovative...Friday is all woman...She is as strong and resourceful and decisive as any Heinlein hero; in addition she is loving (oh, yes) and tender, and very, very female.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • Winner of the 1983 Prometheus Award
  • A 1983 Locus Award Nominee
  • A 1983 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 1983 Nebula Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pranaguy | 2/8/2014

    " Very well written and entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 1/27/2014

    " One of my favorite novels. Heinlein casually tosses in more sci-fi ideas in the opening scene than many authors do in an entire novel but they are just background settings for the central story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Warden | 1/25/2014

    " Heinlen was the reason I relished sci-fi.And for the 80's he was a kinky writer.This is one that I reread through the years.It doesn't wander off into techno babble and makes you love the character.Well worth the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvie | 1/22/2014

    " It's not a great book, but it's a really engaging book, and one of the first female superhero sci fi books i ever read, so it has a place in my heart forever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 1/17/2014

    " Not his best work by far, but I'm determined to read everything he's published. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Storms | 1/16/2014

    " An entertaining futuristic spy story, not on par with Stranger... but a fun read nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Marco | 12/27/2013

    " I'm not a huge Heinlein reader, but this book has stuck with me for years. Excellent science fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith Davis | 12/27/2013

    " Friday was the first Heinlein novel I read. Late period Heinlein tended to be long on softcore sexual tease and it is far from his best work, but it did lead me to seek out his better novels such as Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deidre | 12/20/2013

    " Now this I could not finish. Sexist is not the least of it. I swear he must have been getting a bit brain damaged too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexander Fontana | 12/8/2013

    " I enjoy any book that exhibits can do attitude. Cudos to Robert for at least attempting to consider main characters from the woman's perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dathan | 12/2/2013

    " I expected something similar to Stranger in a Strange Land (the only other Heinlein book I've read), and I got it. Friday has the introspection and philosphizing one expects from the 20th century's best science fiction authors, with an engaging plot and good characters to go with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Hernacki | 11/12/2013

    " A beach SF novel; I can sense the aftertones of Stranger, but there seems to be a failing of the heroine. The last section portrays the end of her story as motherhood. All in all, she is too willing to give up her adventure and replace it with a family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roving Gambler | 6/9/2013

    " Good read but not one of heinlein's best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Marquis | 4/14/2013

    " One of my all time favorites that I re-read every few years. Great escape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony Fecteau | 4/5/2013

    " This book was so innovative that I could not stop reading it. Seeing the future as Robert A. Heinlein see it is sometimes scary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Orr | 11/3/2012

    " Parts were very very good, but some if it dragged. Still, read it if you get a chance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 10/26/2012

    " A fun romp with a female heroine. One of the best features is Heinlein's satire of California politics, where everything is put to referendum. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael | 8/25/2012

    " I'm usually a Heinlein fan, but I just couldn't make it through this one. I think the action was a bit too slow for my tastes, and I really am sad to say that since I consider some of Heinlein's other works to be life-changers for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Henning | 5/14/2012

    " The golden rule for Heinlein books: if they're thick, they're boring. If they're thin, they're good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Woody Anderson | 5/9/2012

    " Friday rocks! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan Zimmerman Carstairs | 12/17/2011

    " It was okay. Not his greatest work, and frankly the people are more than a little wooden. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 prema | 11/8/2011

    " feminists say this is a terrible book. i disagree. mostly because what can be interpreted as some kind of sex-slave/misguided female future seems to me to be instead a cyborg manifesto. call me crazy...i won't mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myca Alford | 7/9/2011

    " One of my favorite sci-fi books of all times. I really can't pinpoint why, except that Friday reminds me of me. I read my Heinlein over and over and over again...until the covers fall off! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 6/16/2011

    " I've read,and enjoyed, this at least twice, and for the life of me I can't remember if Friday was 'respected.' She was strong, and interesting, etc. - but would a sensitive feminist be comfortable reading her story as told by Heinlein? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer McLean | 5/14/2011

    " Always wanted to be her, secretly. Hehehe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/14/2011

    " Friday of my favorite Heinlein characters. After reading just the first few paragraphs of the book, you realize that Friday is a kick-butt powerful heroine. Friday is also very caring and just really wants to belong. This book is a great choice for a first-time Heinlein reader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Henning | 3/24/2011

    " The golden rule for Heinlein books: if they're thick, they're boring. If they're thin, they're good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon | 3/22/2011

    " Typical 'late Heinlein'. In other words, a platform for some kooky ideas for unlikely political, financial and sexual arrangements. I wonder if Mrs. Heinlein ever read any of this stuff.
    In spite of it all, I retain a soft spot for this stuff. I kind of enjoyed this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/7/2011

    " Not my favorite. But I think anything of Heinlein should be read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael Gary Wirth | 12/29/2010

    " Twice I tried to get through this book, and twice it becomes so boring that I completely lost interest in it. How can something written by a pioneer of sci-fi be so droll? For the answer, check out Friday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peregrine 12 | 12/11/2010

    " Well, I first bought the book when I was 15 because of the cover. Wow, what a great cover...

    Anyway, the book was well written, smart and action-packed. Lots of stuff to think about, including and especially Heinlein's unusual views on sex and sexuality. "

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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

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won ten Earphones Awards. Her recordings for Blackstone include Skinny Bastard, The Art of Social War, and The Cheater.