I Will Fear No Evil
- Narrated by: Anthony Heald
- Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 07-04-11
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Johann Sebastian Bach Smith was immensely rich—and very old. Though his mind was still keen, his body was worn out. His solution was to have surgeons transplant his brain into a new body. The operation was a great success—but the patient was no longer Johann Sebastian Bach Smith. He was now fused with the very vocal personality of his gorgeous, recently deceased secretary, Eunice—with mind-blowing results! Together they must learn to share control of her body.
Once again, master storyteller Robert A. Heinlein delivers a wild and intriguing classic of science fiction. Written at the dawn of the 1970s, this novel is the brilliantly shocking story of the ultimate transplant.
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By Nukapai on 05-11-15
Inside the mind of a dirty, old flasher
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A pseudo-philosophical study into identity and sexuality, told with the emotional intelligence of Twilight, subtlety of Benny Hill and plotting finesse of a telephone directory; imagined by a dirty old man, gleefully rubbing his thighs.
This book has done for Heinlein what Cop Out did for Bruce Willis - it's so bad, it has cast its miasmic cloud over all other associated works and ruined them a little bit for me. Avoid (also avoid Cop Out).
The premise could have worked and at the very beginning, I had hope. An elderly, dying businessman wants to find a way to escape his hospital existence and since he's also filthy rich, decides to have a bit of fun and puts out an outrageous demand: find a healthy, young body for me to put my brain into.
When his secretary conveniently dies shortly after, his brain is put in her body and the Benny Hill theme tune comes on. It doesn't stop until the very end, by which time we've had hours of internal dialogue between 'the boss' and his secretary (yes, her consciousness somehow survived in her body without her brain in it), sex, talk about sex, 1950s sexist attitudes, competitive promiscuity and worse. There's also an assumption that now that the boss is inside a woman's body, his sexual orientation is automatically female. The topics aren't the problem. It's the way in which they are handled. I suppose you might enjoy reading this if you've always wanted to know what it's like to be inside the head of that man in the park, wearing nothing but an anorak and hoping to expose himself to children at an opportune moment.
What does Anthony Heald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The performance was great, considering the quality of the book. Having this as an audiobook meant I suffered it through to the end (had it been a physical book, I'd have given up a few chapters in). I don't know whether having spent 19 hours of my life listening to this counts as a bonus, alas.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Sean Smith on 15-03-18
Having read and loved nearly all Heinlein's books, I found this one hands down the most disappointing one of the collection.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
By Ed W on 09-05-14
What disappointed you about I Will Fear No Evil?
Sorry Robert but this story was boring.
What was most disappointing about Robert A. Heinlein’s story?
The whole thing
What does Anthony Heald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Very good reader
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Will Fear No Evil?
From chapter 2 to THE END
Any additional comments?
I like most Heinlein books but this one just had no plot. Kind of get tired keeping track of who was bedding who. The basic premise of the book was interesting but it went no where. If it wasn't for the very good reader, and the idea that there must be a story in here some where I would have deleted it after the first hour.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful