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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,682 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Heinlein Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN:
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Jonathan Hoag has a curious problem. Every evening, he finds a mysterious reddish substance under his fingernails, with no memory what he was doing during the day to get it there. Jonathan hires the husband and wife detective team of Ted and Cynthia Randall to follow him during the day and find out. But Ted and Cynthia find themselves instantly out of their depth. Jonathan leaves no fingerprints. His few memories about his profession turn out to be false. Even stranger, Ted and Cynthia's own memories of what happens during their investigation do not match. There is a thirteenth floor to Jonathan's building that does not exist, there are mysterious and threatening beings living inside mirrors, and all of reality is not what they thought it was. Part supernatural thriller, part noir detective story, Heinlein's trip down the rabbit hole leads where you never expected. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J Allan | 2/18/2014

    " Best just to read it, without knowing what to expect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bianka | 2/12/2014

    " "-and he built a crooked house-" is my favorite from this collection. "_all you zombies_" left me a with a headache trying to untie the time paradox stuff... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Foxtower | 2/11/2014

    " This is one of four Heinlein novels that remain in my library. In thirty years I've found my tastes have changed and I don't like much of his work anymore. Yet I marked this particular book "good". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Mccafferty | 2/5/2014

    " I thought I was re-reading this. The book is on my shelf but I don't remember this story. It was reminding me of Neil Gaiman's short story "The Sunbird" and by the end I was surprised by how much it was like Neil Gaiman. I am amazed by the variety in style in Heinlein stories and how his fantasy differs so much from his hard sf (they don't tend to have the long passages of speechifying) Very interesting read. So glad I sought it out again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helga Ganguly | 1/27/2014

    " Unforgettable. I've been thinking of reading it again lately. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Randall | 1/27/2014

    " This was just weird. heinlein's hard SF stuff is more my cup of tea, I think - I'm just glad I have no site. For to look into a mirror... Scary... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 1/19/2014

    " This is a collection of short stories. The title story is one of the most hair-curling stories I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randy | 1/1/2014

    " Short brisk read. And even if the stories didn't all qualify as 'great', they were never boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc Gacy | 12/27/2013

    " One of the best opening lines of a book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aquarium | 12/14/2013

    " I've read only the "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag" story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 12/11/2013

    " All good Heinlein, though a little on the fantasy side. "-And he Built a Crooked House" is one of my favorite short stories of all time, but they're all great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 11/23/2013

    " A mixed bag. The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag was the best in the collection in my opinion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josie B. | 9/28/2013

    " For YEARS after I read this, I had to cover mirrors in any room I slept in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel | 5/30/2012

    " Love. Ah love. The answer is love. I knew it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frank | 4/1/2012

    " Okay, but not one of his best works. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they're a die hard Heinlein fan and have already read all of his other stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Collin | 12/9/2011

    " Like all collections of short stories, it's hit or miss. Several are fantastic, several are mediocre. If you're interested in Heinlein's body of work, I wouldn't start here unless you only have a couple of hours. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Israel | 9/7/2011

    " This has to be one that RAH wrote for the paycheck. Not a bad story but not one that kept my interest all the way through the 4 cumulative hours it took to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 3/12/2011

    " One of my favorite stories. It would make such a great movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 12/29/2010

    " Contains "All You Zombies". Say no more. The collection was also titled "6 x H: Six Stories by Robert H. Heinlein" (Pyramid paperback, 1961). This is the edition I have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helga | 11/24/2010

    " Unforgettable. I've been thinking of reading it again lately. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josie | 10/30/2010

    " For YEARS after I read this, I had to cover mirrors in any room I slept in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aquarium | 9/10/2010

    " I've read only the "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag" story "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephen | 4/13/2010

    " I guess I expect too much from this science fiction master. This book just did not live up to that expectation for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 2/20/2010

    " Not Heinlein's best stories, though the title story is pretty great. The remainder are not bad, but not terribly exciting.

    Note the printing of the book I read was renamed "6 x H." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 8/12/2009

    " This is a collection of short stories. The title story is one of the most hair-curling stories I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randy | 8/8/2009

    " Short brisk read. And even if the stories didn't all qualify as 'great', they were never boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 7/13/2009

    " Not so keen on the title story, a bit long winded. Loved the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The W | 7/13/2009

    " W Rating : B+

    Great stories. Twilight Zone reminiscent and just a lot of fun. This was a great book to read. I recommend to everyone. Good pulp 50's novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 7/3/2009

    " This was just weird. heinlein's hard SF stuff is more my cup of tea, I think - I'm just glad I have no site. For to look into a mirror... Scary... "

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