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3.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 5 3.92 (24 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: November 2013 ISBN: 9781482932683
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First came the news that a flying saucer had landed in Iowa. Then came the announcement that the whole thing was a hoax. End of story. Case closed.

Except that two agents of the most secret intelligence agency in the US government were on the scene and disappeared without reporting in, as did four other agents who were sent in. As a result, the head of the agency and his two top agents went in, and they managed to get out with their discovery: the earth is being invaded by slug-like aliens who can completely control the mind of any human they touch. What the humans know, they know. What the aliens want, no matter what, the human will do. And most of Iowa is already under their control.

Sam Cavanaugh was one of the agents who discovered the truth. Unfortunately, that was just before he was taken over by one of the aliens and began working for the invaders, with no will of his own. And he has just learned that a high official in the Treasury Department is now under control of the aliens. Since the Treasury Department includes the Secret Service, which safeguards the president of the United States, control of the entire nation is near at hand. Can-do intelligence officer Cavanaugh is the only man who can stop the invaders.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 1/31/2014

    " Awkwardly written and a bit unbelievable at points.. Operation Sun Tan (weird!). I just saw the movie with Donald Sutherland playing the old man. It was a pretty good rendition...glad they left out some of the sillier aspects of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefan Vucak | 1/31/2014

    " Vintage Heinlein. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corinne | 1/17/2014

    " Typical Heinlein fodder. I liked it, but his books are kinda always about a guy with a gun shootin' up the enemy and beating the arrogant scientists and smug pen-pushers and getting the girl (who is always just as tough, muscular and no-nonsense as him, until they get married five minutes after meeting, at which point she becomes a giggling squealing bunny who says "Yes dear" a lot). Not bad. "

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

    " Interesting premise, but difficult to stay engaged beyond the first hundred pages. Heinlein escalates the plot too early, and then doesn't give enough ebb and flow; the war simply keeps dragging on with little progress. The interactions between the two lead protagonists are entertaining, but about halfway through the book the female becomes painfully two-dimensional. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 elissa | 1/12/2014

    " I did an oral report on this in 8th grade. The teacher laughed at the complicated plot, and my attempts to summarize it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nell | 1/12/2014

    " One of my favourite Heinleins, although maybe not a 'classic'. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan | 1/5/2014

    " Kill slugs wherever they may be "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivan | 12/31/2013

    " Well, this book have something that we have to fear but we don't. Description of captured mind does't sound something unusual it feels more like a hard medical procedure, not more. And emotions of heroes kind of a unnatural. They look like puppets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 12/23/2013

    " Sci Fi: slug-like monsters take over human bodies and want to run the world. Fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Robins | 11/27/2013

    " Read as eBook. Interesting "alien invasion" concept; good main characters (Sam, Mary, Old Man). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caleb Liu | 7/30/2013

    " Everyday xenophobia and fear of foreign invasion is writ large in this novel where aliens attached themselves to humans and take control of their minds. More right wing fodder from Heinlein. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Roberts | 5/31/2013

    " This novel is a pure pulp delight. At this point we have seen so many "body snatcher" stories that it is hard to get excited about them, but Heinlein's novel predates them all. The book is repeatedly ingenious and fun, with twists you don't see coming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teleia | 10/26/2012

    " Ignore the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Howard | 4/14/2012

    " This book is incredibly tight. Three, four pages, and he's got you in the middle of things, and it doesn't slow down. Really good work. Nice iconic alien, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Florin Pitea | 1/4/2012

    " An excellent invasion novel with a paranoid subtext connected to the Cold War. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T.J. Bell | 11/19/2011

    " I liked it in a the way I love shitty old B-movies. "It's so corny you gotta love it". Entertaining and worth picking up in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/23/2011

    " I read this book as a teenager - it was so creepy but so addictive - I just couldn't wait to find out how it ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Speedy | 5/19/2011

    " Heinlein desatado. Una sociedad futurista descrita sólo a pinceladas; paranoia rampante; el individuo por sobre el estado y las instituciones; violencia y acción sin pausa. Lo mejor de Heinlein, en la lucha de los humanos contra el enemigo invisible. Un clásico. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ross | 5/9/2011

    " One of the most plagiarized works of the 20th Century is oddly not one of Heinlein's better novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 4/30/2011

    " Might be my favorite Heinlein novel I've read. Probably because it never questioned the sexual morality currently set in stone by society. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 3/29/2011

    " Don't know. Every few years or so I make the attempt to get into sci-fi--with similar results. Heinlein is good at speculation and world building and all, but I just can't seem to muster any interest in the story's outcome or any degree of concern over the characters' fortunes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 10/16/2010

    " Robert Heinlein writes an excellent sci fi story, but also just a darn good page turner. The movie wasn't a classic, but my daughter and I still enjoy watching. The book is great, with gritty secret agent battling invading aliens and protecting his family. Great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/30/2010

    " As adventurous a romp can be when it's thinly disguised anti-communist propaganda. Very fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 6/19/2010

    " classic book, fast action but the romantic plot seemes forced.
    the idea of everyone taking tempus pills to slow the perception of time deserves its own book. "

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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 an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.