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3.05 out of 53.05 out of 53.05 out of 53.05 out of 53.05 out of 5 3.05 (19 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: January 2012 ISBN: 9781470806231
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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 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 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 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 Joe Osborne | 1/22/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 1/16/2014

    " Good Science/historical fiction. A bit prejudiced against Chinese and Japanese though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 1/11/2014

    " A clever book that shows how one piece of technology used with an understanding of marketing, and in turn psychology, can win a war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/10/2013

    " Uitermate racistisch, maar wanneer je daar doorheen leest, een leuk boek over spionage, oorlog en de kracht van het geloof. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Keith | 11/2/2013

    " At Black Butte "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn Hibbs | 6/13/2013

    " Racist science fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chip Crawford | 4/13/2013

    " The writers of Red Dawn had to get inspiration from this book. Good read when you're feeling like a rebel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clayton Yuen | 4/2/2013

    " Although it was Robert A. Heinlein, I guess I get bored at the prose . . . it goes on and on and on about the detail of the surroundings. Sometimes I wanted to say, "Move On!", but I persevered . . . but to no avail . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nate | 4/1/2013

    " really absurd early heinlein. its terribly written and the poit is dumb, but the anti-asian and anti-commie sentiment is absolutely hilarious "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Icarus | 12/10/2012

    " Yeah, I know. This is Sixth Column. I bought 'em both before I knew better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Lemke | 11/26/2012

    " First off, one must realize this book is inexcusably racist (it loses a star for this point alone). However, its quite fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik Graff | 8/25/2012

    " The appended description of this novel adapted from Wikipedia makes it sound pretty interesting, particularly given that it was written just prior to the entry of the USA into WWII. Yet, it having made little impression (and being racist to boot), I give it a low rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marta | 7/6/2012

    " This is the first Heinlein book I read, probably in 1980 or so. It remains one of my favorites. I joined the army in 1983 and served in Psychological Operations. This book was like a training manual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 6/30/2012

    " Great book, I read it 7 years ago but couldn't remember the title or author. I finally tracked it down and was able to re-read it. Asians invade the US, scientists create a genetic gun and a fake religion to distribute it and take back the USA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Coerver | 5/16/2012

    " The text really shows that it is among Heinlein's early work but it is still worth the read. He seems to get the American people on a base level and this leaves his work always worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garrett Santos | 3/21/2012

    " Great, short read. "

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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

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is the winner of eight Earphones Awards and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.