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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,090 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: July 2012 ISBN: 9781470806330
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E. C. “Scar” Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn’t given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: 

Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential, willing to travel, no family or emotional ties, indomitably courageous and handsome of face and figure. Permanent employment, very high pay, glorious adventure, great danger. You must apply in person, 17 rue Dante, Nice, 2me étage, apt. D.

How could you not answer an ad like that, especially when it seemed to describe you perfectly? Well, except maybe for the “handsome” part, but that was in the eye of the beholder anyway. So he went to that apartment and was greeted by the most beautiful woman he’d ever met. She seemed to have many names but agreed he could call her Star. A pretty appropriate name, as it turned out, for the empress of twenty universes. And she sends him on the adventure of a lifetime.

Robert A. Heinlein’s one true fantasy novel, Glory Road is as much fun today as when he wrote it after Stranger in a Strange Land. Heinlein proves himself as adept with sword and sorcery as with rockets and slide rules, and the result is exciting, satirical, fast-paced, funny, and tremendously readable—a favorite of all who have read it. Glory Road is a masterpiece of escapist entertainment with a typically Heinleinian sting in its tail. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A triumph.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Glory Road maintains a delicacy, a bravura, and a joy that not only are notable, but clearly consign it to his heptology of major SF novels.”

    Samuel R. Delany, American author and literary critic

  • “Fairy-tale spinning in space for the young in heart and years by the two-time winner of the Hugo Award.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 1964 Hugo Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Behlke | 2/10/2014

    " This is my favorite book by my favorite author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce Reiter | 2/8/2014

    " just time to reread heinlein. my copy had an essay on heinlein and how this fits with Farnham's Freehold and the Moon is a Harsh Mistress. "

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

    " should be mandatory for anyone who is 15 in age or spirit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 2/3/2014

    " entertaining pulp, typical Heinlein free-love OD, good (now) archetypal slacker hero (Stripes?), aged ok-leaning towards MASH attitude "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pete Bartel | 1/20/2014

    " Enjoyable, but the adventure ends 3/4 of the way through the book, leaving the remaining quarter to wind down and explain previous stuff--rather an anti-climax. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manny | 1/18/2014

    " If you've read Glory Road, you may be amused by this Quiz question. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nadia | 1/15/2014

    " My guess is, Heinlein wrote some great books and some to pay the rent. This was clearly the latter - by far the worst of his books I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mock Shark | 1/7/2014

    " Will love if you love a mix of scifi/fantasy, strong women, sex, and battling for good in an all or nothing setting. First read when I was a kid - I had to have missed a lot! There's so much here and Heinlein is a suberb writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Castleberry | 10/29/2013

    " Loved it! I want to travel to Center now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 10/5/2013

    " The only Heinlein fantasy novel is as excellent as anything he writes. As per usual, he takes many of the cliches of the genre and turns them on their head. Very true, funny, and accurate as hell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Michael | 9/7/2013

    " One of my early fantasy favorites that has been on my personal bookshelves for years and re-read many times. Complete with an off-planet quest, somewhat confused but swashbuckling hero and a mysterious, beautiful female leader. Just plain fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 8/20/2013

    " It's hard to get five stars out of me, but I really thought about it. Call it 4.5. Not so much for the writing(even though it's as good as everything else Heinlein wrote), as far the basic ideas and plot. No, I'm not going to spoil it, read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward | 8/19/2013

    " The best fictional adventure story about adventure stories ever and the most realistic, fully-rounded male protagonist ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Howard | 7/25/2013

    " Heinlein's twist of fantasy and sci-fi. I thought that "Scar" Gordon was one of RAH's better characters. I've enjoyed reading this book several times, and I'm sure that I'll read it again soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Collin | 5/7/2013

    " I'm not a Heinlein fanatic, but this one seems in retrospect to be a departure from what else of his that I have read, as it's less sci-fi and more fantasy. Lighter on the this-is-how-it-works details he usually crams in, heavier on pulp. Still, a thoroughly enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joihelene Holloway | 1/23/2013

    " I enjoy reading Heinlein! Brillent twists and turns with tons of adventure and fun. This book though obviously written decades ago, has the feel akin to the old comic books with a slightly better plot line. Some of those comic books were really good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mathew | 12/6/2012

    " I've got better luck getting into a Twilight novel than this one... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angi Knickerbocker | 9/5/2012

    " I could read this book over and over again. I loved it! An adventure to say the least! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yougo | 6/8/2012

    " A bit a whimsical adventure. It has a little philosophical discussion about culture and societal expectations. It was an enjoyable read with a bit of a disappointing ending. "

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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 and Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, 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.