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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,823 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455182985
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Dan Davis, an electronics engineer, had finally made the invention of a lifetime: a household robot that could do almost anything. Wild success was within reach—and Dan’s life was ruined. In a plot to steal his business, his greedy partner and greedier fiancée tricked him into taking the “long sleep”—suspended animation for thirty years.

But when he awoke in the far different world of AD 2000, he made an amazing discovery. And suddenly Dan had the means to travel back in time—and get his revenge.

Once again, grand master Robert Heinlein’s genius shines through, illustrating why his books have sold millions of copies and won countless awards.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trent Zelazny | 2/4/2014

    " Read when I was 19 and loved it. Loved it so much more this time around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pam | 2/3/2014

    " surprisingly enjoyable. considering this one is from the 1950s, i thought it would be humourously out of date. but in fact, it is still very relevant and poignant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marge | 1/26/2014

    " I believe this was the first time travel novel I ever read, back in early middle school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/26/2014

    " This book was so great. Very humorous, which I wasn't really expecting. Also, the next cat I have is going to be named Pete. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerald Curtis | 1/18/2014

    " If you like time travel stories, this book will be enjoyable, even though it takes quite awhile to get around to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 1/14/2014

    " Slightly cheese-tastic? Yes. But my favorite in the 'Heinlein for Kiddies' category. Romance, double crosses and time travel make for a great sci-fi adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 1/14/2014

    " I loved this book when I first read it. As an adult I see the slight dodginess of Dan's suggested Lolita complex, but Heinlein with his usual audacious plotting aplomb gets over the hurdle. Pete is a great character too. Heinlein was obviously a cat man! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/24/2013

    " A quick, fun read. I predicted what was going to happen fairly early, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rikie | 11/28/2013

    " I know my cat is always looking for the door into summer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 11/20/2013

    " Fun and intelligent. I really enjoyed Pete and was delighted with the ending (in reference to Pete). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivy | 11/15/2013

    " I'm becoming a Heinlein fanatic but every book of his I read is just so fantastic that it's hard not to be. I especially love the cat in this book. Heinlein is definitely a cat person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Coila | 11/8/2013

    " I forgot how much fun Heinlein is to read. This book is a good example why is one of the all time best science fiction writers. The story is dated but the writing is, as always with Heinlein, top notch! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rogue74656 | 11/5/2013

    " This is one of Heinlein's best short works. Written as a junvenile, he still managed to sneak in some thought-provoking (and mature) ideas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan Rasmussen | 6/11/2013

    " It's interesting to read a book when you are 14 and then again at 31. I can say that after some good old fashioned college education, I can see how sexism and boring writing can make a book not as good. I love Heinlein, but now more in a classic sense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kallierose | 2/27/2013

    " One of my favorite Heinlein books, and also one of the first I read. And re-read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 2/5/2013

    " Just barely three stars on this reread. RAH's 'philosophy' & politics are more annoying the older I get. Not to mention the sexism and the near-pedophilia. I'll have to be more careful about choosing to participate in group reads in the future - thank goodness this was short and brisk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim McGowan | 12/25/2012

    " A fun time travel yarn, with the interesting perspectives of 1970 and 2001 imagined in the 1950s. Also recommended for car lovers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Lehman | 11/12/2012

    " This was a fun read. It's always interesting to read an old sci if novel and see what their vision of the future is and compare it to what things are like today. Obviously computers and the Internet were not on the radar screen! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manna | 6/3/2012

    " I really liked this book. I enjoyed the descriptions of 2001 and 1970 written from 1957. It always makes me chuckle. I liked time travel theme. It was an enjoyable quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 9/29/2011

    " My all time favorite Heinlein book. This is the book that started me down the road as a life-long sci-fi fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 elissa | 9/10/2011

    " I can remember reading this on vacation in CA when I was about 11 years old. I don't remember much of the plot, but I do remember that it's typical Heinlein, with time travel and cats. One of those in between his books for teens and his books with much more adult content. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margo | 5/10/2011

    " Another time I needed a half star - I would give it 3.5. This time travel book was written in the 50's and set in the 70's and the year 2000. It was interesting to see what Heinlein thought life would be like. It has a great cat, a romance, and several shifts in time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 3/11/2011

    " A sweet little classic about robots, time travel, trademarks, betrayal, revenge, and a pretty cool cat. Liked it a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 3/10/2011

    " ( A Porta Para O Verão ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/26/2011

    " This was my first experience reading Heinlein, and I was pleased by the result. It's a pretty simple tale of betrayal and revenge, with more maturity than such tales tend to have. I'm pretty likely to try some more of his works later on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 1/24/2011

    " This was my first Heinlein book. I will be reading more Heinlein.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gendou | 1/15/2011

    " This is classic wacky Heinlein for kids.
    The one part I really enjoyed was when the galactic overlord measured time using the half life or "half death" of certain elements. Clever.
    The rest was silly, but not entirely un-enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Starla | 1/2/2011

    " Outdated now, but the human, and feline, elements still carry this wonderful tale.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 12/21/2010

    " For a 15 year old boy with set ideas of the world, this book rocked it to the very foundation; opening his mind to science fiction and a new way of viewing the world he lived in. I feel in love with Robert Heinlein and the world he created with his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carsten | 11/19/2010

    " My first Heinlein. I thought it was an odd tale in the beginning but slowly it got better and better - always with a dry sense of humour. The ending was perfect. Want to read more of him. "

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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

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.