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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,766 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Bernadette Dunne, Emily Durante, Malcolm Hillgartner, Sean Runnette, Paul Michael Garcia, Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “[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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Allyson | 2/20/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ned | 2/11/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peteralee1 | 1/30/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shawn | 1/15/2014

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

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