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3.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781470803384
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Maureen Johnson, the somewhat irregular mother of Lazarus Long, wakes up in bed with a man and a cat. The cat is Pixel, well-known to fans of the New York Times bestseller The Cat Who Walks through Walls. The man is a stranger to her, and besides that, he is dead.

So begins Robert A. Heinlein’s To Sail beyond the Sunset. Filled with the master’s most beloved characters, this compelling work broadens and enriches his epic vision of time and space, life and death, love and desire. It is also an autobiographical masterpiece—and a wondrous return to the alternate universes that all Heinlein fans have come to know and love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Admirably successful…The autobiographical material is consistently superb. The alternate universes are equally well done…The sexuality shows the lusty pleasure in smashing taboos familiar to readers of Stranger in a Strange Land.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “A family reunion for Heinlein’s characters…a well-attended gathering.”

    Houston Post

  • “A tour de force…In a strange and moving way, To Sail beyond the Sunset may be the finest work in the dean’s lengthy career!”

    Kansas City Star

  • “Exuberant and spirited…unquestionably one of the major, defining works of Robert A. Heinlein’s long and successful career.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “Thought-provoking…Considerable wit and energy!”

    Newsday

  • “Absorbing and involving!”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “In To Sail beyond the Sunset, Heinlein continues to assemble most, if not all, the characters he has ever created…Heinlein’s voice and his prose are stronger and fresher than they have been in some time…He remains the master!”

    Locus

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 2/14/2014

    " Reread - great, as always! Not for everyone, but right now, I needed to remind myself of Mama Mo'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deodand | 2/13/2014

    " This book divides readers, as most of Heinlein's work does. Yes, it chaps my ass a bit when Heinlein writes a female character because he kinda sucked at it. But I always come back to this one as one of my favourite Heinlein novels because the plot is really interesting. Reading "Stranger in a Strange Land" helps readers to understand the subtleties of this book, but it's not required, as you will get the gist - I was about to say grok it as you go. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James Christie | 2/11/2014

    " What a load of twaddle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandie | 1/27/2014

    " Gotta love Heinlein--this is another of his that you get to love the characters, they are just so real. "

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

    " It's the best book (and Stranger in a strange land) i've ever read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber (buriedbybooks) | 1/9/2014

    " DNF. Just couldn't get into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Johnson | 12/30/2013

    " Not for the faint of heart, or weak of stomach. Heinlein puts all his demons on display in this one. I simultaneously love it and hate it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Thraeryn | 12/25/2013

    " I enjoyed this book for its ties to Time Enough For Love and in its own right. This was after Heinlein started getting a little obsessed with the taboo sex, but it works as well as any of his other novels from after that turn. "

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

    " I don't think this is his best book, but its my personal favourite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roman | 12/12/2013

    " To Sail Beyond the Sunset by Robert A. Heinlein (1988) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody | 12/8/2013

    " So what if she ha sex? You probably do too. The is a well told story about an investing woman from an interesting Placce and time by an author who isn't afraid to voice his opinions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Lawrence | 8/2/2013

    " An interesting read. I like the idea of a time line and a Time Corps that can go into different times and try to change the past in an attempt to save humanity from itsself. Love the main character. An a moral wench after my own heart. ;D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse Bjorn | 7/16/2013

    " Absolutely my favorite Heinlein. Get over the incest, you prudes! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 6/6/2013

    " One of my most favorite Heinlein books, and I do love almost all of his. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Richard | 4/27/2013

    " It's a shocker. All of Heinlein's sexual fantasies roled into one book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Resch | 12/1/2011

    " The science fiction memoir of a very horny red-head. Love is the answer. Not sex, though one almost always invariably follows the other. Realistic and warm hearted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 11/3/2011

    " A story of a woman reflecting back on a life of over 1000 years. Kind of far fetched weak Sci-fi. Not bad, but not good either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 5/14/2011

    " A complex and engaging fictional memoir. Heinlein has been lauded as being uncanny at capturing the female personality in some of his works. This one is a prime example. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 4/26/2011

    " Weird, sexy, disturbing, confusing, interesting, and definitely worth a read... Spoiler alert... if you have any kind of familial sexual abuse in your past, do not read this book. There isn't abuse in the book, but there are parts that would upset someone with such a background. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 12/11/2009

    " I suppose I just didn't care about the original characters enough to bask in this genealogical feast, through which I instead suffered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 11/16/2009

    " This novel was much of what I have come to expect from Heinlein as he follows the life and times of Maureen Johnson, mother/lover to Lazarus Long. Contains a a great deal of commentary on sexual morality (or lack thereof) and social norms. Classic Heinlein in every sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathanstray | 8/20/2009

    " I think I might understand it better now, having read other Heinlein. "

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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

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous 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. She lives in Brooklyn.