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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,625 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781455191451
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After firewalking in Polynesia, fundamentalist minister Alexander Hergensheimer never saw the world the same. Now called Alec Graham, he is in the middle of an affair with his stewardess, Margrethe, when natural disasters begin plaguing them. First, there is an impossible iceberg that wrecks the ship in the tropics; then, after being rescued by a Royal Mexican plane, they are hit by a double earthquake. To Alex, the signs are clear: Armageddon and the Day of Judgment are near. Somehow, he has to bring his beloved heathen, Margrethe, to a state of grace, for heaven would be no paradise without her. But time is growing short. And, while he is at it, there has to be a way to save the rest of the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Job is funny, exciting, and thought-provoking…Read it!”

    Isaac Asimov

  • “Heinlein’s done it again…Job is the best thing he’s written for years!”

    Arthur C. Clarke

  • “I couldn’t put Job down…It is a gripping novel, one of the best.”

    Larry Niven, New York Times bestselling author

  • “In my opinion, this is the simply the finest Heinlein I have ever read!”

    Robert Bloch, author of Psycho

  • Job is an exhilarating romp through the author’s mental universe.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The author’s willingness to push his assumptions to their limits is clearly in evidence here…it may, in fact, be his strongest work in nearly two decades.”

    Newsday

  • “Fire-and-brimstone religion is not a topic one expects to find in a science fiction novel, but, heck, why not? It’s a treat to trot along with Heinlein as he creates with a madman’s glee—and a master’s expertise.”

    USA Today

  • “Funny, philosophical, sometimes scary, always gentle, the book is as inventive as anything Heinlein has written.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Heinlein’s latest novel pits human faith against cosmic whim. Displaying both his crusty, irreverent humor and his genuine respect for the fate of his characters, this novel will please Heinlein’s legion of readers.”

    Library Journal

  • “Heinlein’s back in form, with a most refreshing and satisfying blend of ideas and storytelling…A limber, complex, and economical novel that disarms and often compels—with Heinlein’ best theology-shaded fantasy since Stranger in a Strange Land.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  •  A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1985 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
  • A 1985 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 1984 Nebula Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fatbaldguy60 | 2/4/2014

    " OK, this is Heinlein in his sunset years. Yes, it is a bit over the top. Yes, I still loved it, as I do pretty much all his stuff. Call me a fanboi, I don't care. "

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

    " Not Heinlein's best book. No siree bob. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ogreart Art | 2/3/2014

    " I remember reading this book when it first came out in 1984. It challenged some of my religious concepts and made me think. What a thing for a book to do! This audio version is well done. It took me into the story of this modern-day Job and let me relive the adventure. Heinlein was the master. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 1/23/2014

    " One of my all time fav books from one of my all time fav authors "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Singleterry | 1/17/2014

    " I almost gave up this a couple of times. It was long and even though it's written in accessible writing style, it was confusing because of all the time changes and characters. I still don't think I have a full handle on all of what happened in the book. However, his commentary on religion was interesting and amusing, and his descriptions of heaven and hell were fascinating and hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 1/4/2014

    " I suppose I would have had a greater appreciation for this novel if I knew more of the religious texts it deals with. Still a great novel. I generally enjoy anything Heinlein writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Carnley | 12/30/2013

    " Very cleverly written story that truly makes you rethink what you assume you know to be real. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 12/22/2013

    " Not nearly as good as I had hoped. The plot just kind of meanders around a semi-humorous, biblical theme. Meh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oliver | 11/22/2013

    " Read this in ninth grade and still can't avoid think about a "light house stack" whenever I wash plates. Not an amazing book, but nostalgia keeps it close. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 pjreads ♫ | 11/22/2013

    " 10.6 best picture: a serious man "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 9/7/2013

    " Read it later in his works it's incredible and hilarious! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Librarygirl71 | 6/7/2013

    " Read this book in college and it really made me think. Recommend it to everyone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Waleska | 3/30/2013

    " Interesting scramble of religions... Happy ending though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 11/23/2012

    " Mhaw....the protaginists girlfriend is empty and boring. And to be honest, I'm sick of the jesus references - interesting plot but struggling to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 11/4/2012

    " I've read this one before. It's one of my favorite Heinlein books! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Group_Captain_Lionel_Mandrake | 12/25/2011

    " He was in his dotage and it shows. This book sucked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Farrell | 12/9/2011

    " I loved the hell out of this in college. I doubt it would hold up as well now that I'm older and wiser, so rather than read it again and ruin it I'll just remember it as it was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew King | 10/27/2011

    " Heinlein always entertains me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angel | 8/3/2011

    " hahaha. poor guy, this book is 100% fun "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda and tony schmidt | 6/30/2011

    " Tony "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Litchford | 6/27/2011

    " Truly one of my favorite books that give a bit of meaning to an aimless life without you ever catching on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 5/12/2011

    " Truly one of my favorite books that give a bit of meaning to an aimless life without you ever catching on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 5/11/2011

    " This book is on a par with Stranger and reflects the author's quirky views on religion and society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 3/29/2011

    " Highly underrated, humorous and takes a light hand with a heavy subject - one of my favorites. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anggie | 2/6/2011

    " I tried to read this. And like his book Stranger...I couldnt finish it. Its written well...just not my style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boothanew | 2/4/2011

    " its truly one of those books you have to stick with til the very end.
    and i loved it. :]
    I was crying and smiling all at once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/1/2011

    " I've read this one before. It's one of my favorite Heinlein books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 12/12/2010

    " A fun fast read. Heinlein is a little all over the place with his theological commentary. Sometimes it's hard to tell what his point is. I read this book about 20 years ago and didn't remember a thing about it. It saved me some money there because I still had the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 12/9/2010

    " A bit too pedantic and focused on making a point instead of telling an interesting story. Missing a lot of the humor of earlier Heinlein books as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helga | 11/24/2010

    " I CAN'T READ THIS ONE ENOUGH. A CHEERFUL VERSION OF CAT'S CRADLE. BURY ME WITH THIS ONE. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 10/19/2010

    " It was okay, not really "lol" funny or that thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daisybennett | 8/31/2010

    " One of my most favorite books of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 7/23/2010

    " I loved the hell out of this in college. I doubt it would hold up as well now that I'm older and wiser, so rather than read it again and ruin it I'll just remember it as it was. "

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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

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.