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Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Bernadette Dunne, Emily Durante, Malcolm Hillgartner, Sean Runnette, Richard Powers, Tom Weiner, various narrators Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781483072760

Publisher Description

The wickedest, most wonderful science fiction story ever created in our—or any—time

Anything can begin at a party in California—and everything does in this bold masterwork by a grand master of science fiction.

When four supremely sensual and unspeakably cerebral humans—two male, two female—find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies—and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller-coaster ride of adventure, danger, ecstasy, and peril.

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  • “[A story] about two men and two women in a time-machine safari through this and other universes. But describing The Number of the Beast thus is like saying Moby-Dick is about a one-legged guy trying to catch a fish.”

    - National Review
  • “[Has a] charming finale.”

    - Kirkus Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " My best friend (at the time) gave me this book in tenth grade and said, "Here, read this." It was the first Heinlein novel I read; I had never heard of the author before. It was a great story and I was hooked from the first words, although I remember being a bit confused toward the end when some of Heinlein's characters from other books appeared. Since two of the main characters were named for characters in the Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars novels, reading this book led me to investigate those as well. This led to me writing a comparative study of science fiction through the twentieth century in eleventh grade English! Ahhh....good times. I recently unpacked the very book my friend gave me over twenty years ago and I'm looking forward to reading it again. "

    - Allyson, 2/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This one's tricky! It may bite you on the ass ... "

    - Ned, 2/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Interesting notions about the nature of reality and the possibilities that exist. Standard Heinlein weirdness applies. "

    - Peteralee1, 1/30/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Disjointed, slow plot. Tries to tie all his books together, but feels forced. Fun Heinlein wordplay, but overall not an enjoyable read. "

    - Shawn, 1/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " One of the worst books I've ever read. The plot was BAD. It had Heinlein's "oh, so risque" view of sex. Maybe in the 50's, his view of sex was risque. It was just monotonous to read about. This and one other of his books kind of killed me of any desire to ever read Heinlein again. A couple of his other books had previously given him my "read anything he writes" status. "

    - Charles, 12/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Self indulgent, both on Heinlein's part and mine. You've got to be a fan to love every part of this book. "

    - Scott, 12/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " One of the few books I have actually given up on. This book is one tedious argument about who the fuck is gonna drive the spaceship. Ugh. FAIL. "

    - brandon, 11/12/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " A lot of words to produce such fluff. The SF aspect of the story is merely the backdrop for a rather unimaginative road trip by a group of sexually liberated folk. Readers probably found this groundbreaking stuff had Heinlein written it in the late 1950s. For my sensibilities, it falls between the cracks. The story does not strike true as either a grand comedic romp or a hard space biopic. The novel is the worst of both. "

    - Pangs, 11/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Love the way Heinlein brings physical love into his novels without actually describing the act of making love. This is the second time of reading this, it's one of my keepers "

    - Sue, 11/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of my favorite audiobooks. I love the way this was written, each chapter is told from the point of view of one of the four main characters. Another great Heinlein work but then aren't they all? "

    - Pamela, 10/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Number of the Beast by Robert A. Heinlein (1986) "

    - Roman, 8/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " It had so much potential, and some parts were really great. But I have come to hate 3/4 of the main cast and the exploration was so.... Dry. I'll give it a 3/5 for the few good parts it had.... Oh well "

    - Anthony, 8/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Ugh. Ludicrous, masturbatory, and not at all fun. Classic late Heinlein. "

    - Peter, 8/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " couldn't stand this book, so much gratuitous sex (and way too much of that is incestuous) and horribly cheesy too "

    - Ruth, 8/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Like so many others have said, this book is tiring and obnoxious. I've read a few Heinlein books, mostly because my father is a huge fan, and I really enjoyed Stranger in a Strange Land, but this one is just plain unfortunate. Just don't bother. "

    - Gina, 8/6/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " What if all the worlds written about in books existed in other dimensions...including Oz? "

    - Jess, 7/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I'm finished with this, FINALLY. Took some time, as whenever I turned around there was math EVERYWHERE. Was quite awesome though, regardless. Had Jubal Hershaw in it, and one of the greatest characters I've come across thus far, Mr. Lazarus Long! "

    - Jared, 6/12/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " My all time favorite science fiction book. I have reread it at least 5 times. "

    - Yostgrade7, 3/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Plodding. Zzzzzzzzz. "

    - Chuck, 3/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Truly one of his worst. "

    - doug, 2/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Kind of a fun book, in that it explores a bunch of fictional worlds, but it's deep in the period where Heinlein was just phoning it in. Lotta fanciful ideas. Lotta sex. Not a ton of substance anymore. "

    - Brady, 12/30/2012
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Ok, I didn't finish this; it had something to do with the preoccupation with perky nipples. "

    - Steph, 12/18/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I love this book. An intense read of sexy mathematical creative genius. "

    - Aleisha, 10/12/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was my first Heinlein book - and it hooked me on the Grandmaster and SciFi forever... Multiple universes, almost infinite possibilities? Rejuve, time travel, links to all my favorite classic stories? Whew! I need to re-read this... "

    - Michael, 8/18/2012
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Like THE CAT WHO WALKED THROUGH WALLS, Heinlein's attempt to combine characters from other stories. He also drew in literary favorites. His means was intriguing, but a bit far-fetched. Pace of story was good, but ending was disappointing. "

    - Robert, 7/15/2012
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Heinlein was senile :-( "

    - Matthew, 7/13/2012

About the Author

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 Narrators

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway.

Emily Durante has been narrating audiobooks for over ten years and is also an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook director. She has been acting since the age of seven and has performed in a number of stage productions at the professional, collegiate, and regional levels.

Malcolm Hillgartner is an accomplished actor, writer, and musician. Named an AudioFile Best Voice of 2013 and the recipient of several Earphones Awards, he has narrated over 175 audiobooks.

Sean Runnette, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has also directed and produced more than two hundred audiobooks, including several Audie Award winners. He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company and has toured the United States and internationally with ART and Mabou Mines. His television and film appearances include Two If by Sea, Cop Land, Sex and the City, Law & Order, the award-winning film Easter, and numerous commercials.

Richard Powers has published thirteen novels. He is a MacArthur Fellow and received the National Book Award. His book, The Overstory, won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.

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.

Robert Petkoff is an actor and audiobook narrator who has won a prestigious Audie Award and multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, and Quantum Leap. His Broadway credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Tateh in Ragtime.