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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,344 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781455197705
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As startling and provocative as his famous Stranger in a Strange Land, here is Heinlein’s grand masterpiece about a man supremely talented, immensely old, and obscenely wealthy who discovers that money can buy everything.

Johann Sebastian Bach Smith was immensely rich—and very old. Though his mind was still keen, his body was worn out. His solution was to have surgeons transplant his brain into a new body. The operation was a great success—but the patient was no longer Johann Sebastian Bach Smith. He was now fused with the very vocal personality of his gorgeous, recently deceased secretary, Eunice—with mind-blowing results! Together they must learn to share control of her body.

Once again, master storyteller Robert A. Heinlein delivers a wild and intriguing classic of science fiction. Written at the dawn of the 1970s, this novel is the brilliantly shocking story of the ultimate transplant.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Those who have thought of science fiction as only child’s play will see how wrong they are.”

    Detroit Free Press

  • “One is left with the feeling that he has been in the presence of a master!”

    National Observer

  • “Magnificent. A science fiction masterpiece.”

    Galaxy

  • I Will Fear No Evil strongly affected me when I first read it, it changed the way I thought. It made me question how the mind and the body mold each othe, and what makes the personality.”

    SF Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/18/2014

    " Despite its problems, this is still one of my favourite Heinlein books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Piggie | 2/14/2014

    " This book amused me. I loved the interactions between the characters: heartfelt, honest and raw. There was a lot of things to consider here. The social commentary was amazing. Its a look at gender identity and sexuality. Very relevant topics in today's culture. The writing voice is choppy at times, but that's pretty much always been my opinion of Heinlein. And by far a minor issue is light of all the great things happening in this book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jammies | 2/12/2014

    " The idea behind this book was splendid and ground-breaking. When I started it, I felt sure that it could be an exploration of the differences between men and women, and how those differences are built and reinforced by both biology and environment. However, Mr. Heinlein found it easier to give the main character a deus ex machina and spent the second half of the book having said main character hop into bed with anyone who looked even remotely interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charles Spitzig | 2/3/2014

    " One of the worst books I've ever read. The plot was non-existent. The characters were old-fashioned stereotypes. The only positive thing I can say about the characters was that there was gay couple that was (briefly) shown in a positive manner. VERY rare for the time, at least in SF. Also, I think it was a specific result of writing this book that Heinlein started a some kind of blood collection organization that still exists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Burton-Rose | 1/16/2014

    " This is the banal boss-fucks-the-secretary fantasy, except the boss transfers his consciousness into the secretary, making it a transsexual boss-gets-fucked-as-secretary fantasy...? Even though published in 1970 it still feels like retro '50s sexism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/3/2014

    " It was a fascinating story...for it's time, and the time I read it, a great tale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John McIlveen | 12/28/2013

    " One of the weaker of Heinlein's books. Get's very long winded and too focused on whimsical thoughts about style, 'boy craziness', and Alpha-maledom. Makes a decent social commentary on the acceptance of homosexuality, but overall a weak novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefan Vucak | 12/25/2013

    " Superb in the first half, but Heinlein tends to ramble later. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 11/25/2013

    " I couldn't get through it. Heinlein has great ideas he just doesn't know when to shut up and finish the damn book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 11/17/2013

    " A very interesting and heartwrenching look into trying to live forever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 11/1/2013

    " One of his better books "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy Leanne | 10/19/2013

    " Very strange story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 9/17/2013

    " I think Heinlein was an amazing author. Extremely inventive storyteller. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 9/10/2013

    " Aside from the female characters body paint this book is a total 14 year old boy's fantasy novel. And not a very good one at that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dylan Mcintosh | 7/26/2013

    " I read this a LONG time ago. I remember that I had to keep reading because it was so bizarre. I may have to revisit in the future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 5/23/2013

    " A decent tale that I read once unlike many other Heinlein books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 3/25/2013

    " I've likely read this before but I never tire of reading Heinlein. It is about a rich, old man who has a brain transplant with a young woman. Very good but maybe a little too much "thinking" than action. If you have not read Heinlein before, start with another choice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 11/9/2012

    " Definitely not one of his better works, but one I enjoy again and again. An intriguing view of sex and how people relate to it. Also a rather disturbing and distressingly possible view of our society's future - Joan Eunice's world is only livable if you're as rich as she is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M. J. | 9/4/2012

    " I loved it! Such a deliciously taboo concept...This book turned me on to Heinland's work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Howard | 6/8/2012

    " I think it was at this point that he started drooling and playing with himself under the table. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 5/19/2012

    " Excellent Science Fiction. There is a reason Heinlein was a Grand Master. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Craig | 9/28/2011

    " Some of Heinlein's older work really shows off his misogyny. This work really hasn't aged well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Frank Hofer | 9/25/2011

    " When I read this book decades ago, I thought it was okay. I recently tried to re-read it and couldn't get through it. Far and away the worst Heinlein ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Edwards | 5/12/2011

    " I know this isn't one of Heinlein's most popular books, but I still like it. I'm enjoying it quite a bit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 4/30/2011

    " Not my cup of tea. I did like the ending though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 2/24/2011

    " What would it be like to live another life in the body of the opposite gender?
    This could have been done so much better. But I love Heinlein, so he gets spotted a star. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 2/16/2011

    " Heinlein at his grossest, creepist, and most misogynistic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 2/5/2011

    " I haven't read this book in quite a few years. I remember liking this book a lot more when I was younger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/16/2011

    " My notebook lists only the finish date. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 1/3/2011

    " My absolute favorite of his books. Because sometimes, it really is that much better to be a woman. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allin | 10/29/2010

    " seriously hated this. an interesting idea turned into homoerotic masturbatory fantasy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 8/16/2010

    " I couldn't get through it. Heinlein has great ideas he just doesn't know when to shut up and finish the damn book. "

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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

Anthony Heald, an Audie Award–winning narrator, has earned Tony nominations and an Obie Award for his theater work; appeared in television’s Law & Order, The X-Files, Miami Vice, and Boston Public; and starred as Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. Heald has also won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.