To Sail Beyond the Sunset

  • by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
  • 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 best seller 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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“Thoughtprovoking…Considerable wit and energy!” (Newsday)

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Challenging contents covering taboos

An exciting romp, with quirky attitudes to challenge our social norms.
The vivid exploration of incest can be troubling at times.
Expertly read though with good characterisations.
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- Paul Hamer

Maybe the weakest of Robert Heinlein's novels

Heinlein does know how to create a good story, but this one regretably has a lot of weaknesses. In actual fact some of his views (stated through the protagonist) to me were in many ways more interesting than the story itself. I think Heinlein's main excuse for writing the story is that it is an old goat's wish for meeting an amoral and horny lady. In actual fact the description isn't very believable. Will a woman really go into the most minute details regarding her sex life to strangers? I find that difficult to believe, especially when she does her best to hide her sexual feelings from society.

Another thing is that Heinlein seems to believe that if you catch a VD, you can just pop down to your physisist and be healed, just like that. If that's the case, why then may as many as 1/3 of the adult population in the world have herpes? And that in the West. As far as I know, it is one of the VDs that still is not curable, so "free sex" may not be that free after all, contrary to what Heinlein seem to believe.

So the main reason to read this would either be for Heinlein's views on general right to vote, education system, religion and other topic. Some you may agree with and others you may heartedly disagree with, but at least I found them interesting. And of course to get the conclusion of his Future series.

Regarding the performance, Bernadette Dunne did a valiant effort, but I didn't feel she was totally successful to imitate the voice of the male characters. She just didn't seem to get her voice low enough without straining it. But having to read descriptions that I'm sure she would crinch from, is admirable.
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- Roy Oestensen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-09-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.