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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It’s six against six million in a brilliantly waged near-future war for nothing less than liberty and justice for all. The totalitarian East has triumphed in a massive invasion, and the United States has fallen to a dictatorial superpower bent on total domination. That power is consolidating its grip through concentration camps, police state tactics, and a total monopoly upon the very thoughts of the conquered populace. A tiny enclave of scientists and soldiers survives, unbeknownst to America’s new rulers. It’s six against six million—but those six happen to include a scientific genius, a master of subterfuge and disguise who learned his trade as a lawyer-turned-hobo, and a tough-minded commander who knows how to get the best out of his ragtag assortment of American discontents, wily operators, and geniuses. It’s going to take technological savvy and a propaganda campaign that would leave Madison Avenue aghast, but the US will rise again. The counterinsurgency for freedom is on, and defeat is not an option.

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  • “Stage actor and award-winning narrator Tom Weiner provides an engaging reading, bringing to life each character as well as the ragtag counterinsurgency fighting for survival. This will be welcomed by Heinlein’s many fans and sf lovers in general.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leo | 2/9/2014

    " Arguably, Heinlein's most racist novel. Haven't read it since I was a teen, and I remember Heinlein's characterizations of the "Pan-Asiatics" as awful even then, and yet it was a solid, entertaining SF story. Since it's been almost thirty years, thought I'd see how it stood up. And you know what? It's still a gripping story with an excellent premise. The racism isn't quite as bad as Mickey Rooney's portrayal of Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast At Tiffany's, and I can overlook the absence of any female characters (except for the briefly mentioned secretaries) by just remembering that it was written in 1941. It's not Heinlein's best by any measure, but neither is it an embarrassing mess, as I Will Fear No Evil. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cory | 1/28/2014

    " As many others have said you really have to take into account when this book was wrote when reading it. I listened to the audio book version of this work and I think that may have lead to more enjoyment then if I had read it traditionally. If you set aside the racism and suspend you disbelieve there is a fun story at the core with interesting ideas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Frank Taranto | 1/27/2014

    " A fun to read early SF romp. This is typical early Heinlein, a group of smart men figure out how to take the US back from it's pan-asiatic conquerors. Yes, it has some racist overtones, but with the orient being a mysterious, dark place to most americans of the time, it needs to be looked at from whence it came. The USA as a nation wants to believe we've outgrown this kind of thinking, but look at the uproar about a group of Moslems wanting to build a mosque at ground zero. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Joe Osborne | 1/22/2014

    " I enjoy most of Heinlein's works but this is among his weakest. "

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