“All You Zombies—”: Five Classic Stories

By Robert A. Heinlein
Read by Spider Robinson

3.20 Hours 01/01/2014 unabridged
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Featuring “All You Zombies—, the basis for the movie Predestination This collection from Grand Master Robert A. Heinlein includes five short stories sure to please science fiction fans everywhere. The title story tells the tale of a young man who meets a time-traveling bartender whose origins—and relation to the young man—are more complex and stranger than the Ouroboros ring on the barkeep’s finger. In The Man Who Traveled in Elephants—one of both Heinlein and Spider Robinson’s all-time favorite stories—we join a former traveling salesman on a bus. The man and his wife had once traveled with a host of imaginary animals searching for places to sell elephants. “They—” takes listeners inside a mental institution, where a man suffering from delusions has been confined. In Our Fair City, a parking attendant named Pappy, a sentient whirlwind named Kitten, and a crusading reporter named Pete aim to take down their corrupt city government. Lastly, in “—And He Built a Crooked House, a clever architect designs a house in the shape of the shadow of a tesseract, but it collapses through the fourth dimension when an earthquake shakes it into a more stable form.

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Summary

Summary

Featuring “All You Zombies—, the basis for the movie Predestination

This collection from Grand Master Robert A. Heinlein includes five short stories sure to please science fiction fans everywhere. The title story tells the tale of a young man who meets a time-traveling bartender whose origins—and relation to the young man—are more complex and stranger than the Ouroboros ring on the barkeep’s finger. In The Man Who Traveled in Elephants—one of both Heinlein and Spider Robinson’s all-time favorite stories—we join a former traveling salesman on a bus. The man and his wife had once traveled with a host of imaginary animals searching for places to sell elephants. “They—” takes listeners inside a mental institution, where a man suffering from delusions has been confined. In Our Fair City, a parking attendant named Pappy, a sentient whirlwind named Kitten, and a crusading reporter named Pete aim to take down their corrupt city government. Lastly, in “—And He Built a Crooked House, a clever architect designs a house in the shape of the shadow of a tesseract, but it collapses through the fourth dimension when an earthquake shakes it into a more stable form.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“There is no other writer whose work has exhilarated me as often and to such an extent as Heinlein.” Dean Koontz
“Heinlein wears imagination as though it were his private suit of clothes.” New York Times

Reviews

Reviews

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
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Twists Your Brain

This collection of Heinlein stories are some of his mind-benders, meant to twist the listener every which way in the realms of logic and the space-time continuum. Only a writer in the vein of Heinlein could pull off such confusing stories and make them seem perfectly sensible. Once the haze of the twists dissipates, that is. The stories “All You Zombies—“ and “And He Built a Crooked House” warrant multiple listens, they are that complex.

The narration by Spider Robinson was not one I particularly enjoyed. It was bit too rushed and mushed. I’m not completely sure why it was decided that casting another sci-fi writer, as revered and connected to Heinlein as he may be, to read the work of a sci-fi luminary such as Heinlein was made. But I would have appreciated a professional narrator for this collection.

Author

Author Bio: 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. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 3.20
Audience: Adult
Language: English