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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by April | 2/3/2014

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

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