To Alex, the signs were clear that Armageddon and the Day of Judgment were near. Somehow, he had to bring his beloved heathen, Margrethe, to a state of grace, for heaven would be no paradise without her. But time was growing short. And, while he was at it, there had to be a way to save the rest of the world.
©2003 The Robert A. & Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Heinlein's back in form, with a most refreshing and satisfying blend of ideas and storytelling....a limber, complex, and economical novel that disarms and often compels - with Heinlein's best theology-shaded fantasy since Stranger in a Strange Land." (Kirkus Reviews)
Lawdy. Had to abandon this one after only a short time. I couldn't bear the abuse Heinlein was getting.
I am a big fan of Heinlein, and love the book (which gets 5 stars from me in written form), but the reader seems to have completely missed Heinlein's light humour and sarcasm. It was just DULL. There is also a balance between reading in an unhurried manner, and reading too slowly. This falls the wrong side of the balance. Definitely too slow, particularly dialogue.
My opinion: Avoid this recording, go buy the book, and spend some happy hours enjoying it!
Yes - it's fab.
It's a delightful romp.
I find that I cannot edit my previous review which I headed "Drone, drone, drone", so I'm adding a second review. I revisited this recording, simply because it's a book I enjoy so much and needed something to listen to in the background.
What a different impression a second hearing made. I cannot think what made me find the reader monotonous previously. This time, I'm finding the reading light and enjoyable.
Maybe my taste has varied over time, maybe my tolerance for American narrators has increased, maybe I just didn't give this one enough of a chance before. Anyway, I'm glad I came back to it and am thoroughly enjoying it at the moment.
"Finally! Someone who can read a Heinlein story!"
I have listened to Job three times. Of course, I like well-done satire, though it may not be everyone's cup of tea, especially if your ox is being gored by the writer. But I think this story is one of the best refutations of biblical literalism I know of.
Most memorable moment? That's a tough one. I think it's the confrontation with Satan in Satan's great hall.
Obviously, I like the performance. There are so many BAD performances of Heinlein's work. For example, the reader of Time Enough For Love should be banned from further work. I mean, come on, I could almost hear the page turning. But here, Mr. Garcia plays the main character straight. Alex believes, and Paul Michael Garcia captures his sincerity and gullibility perfectly.
"OK, So I Get The Joke Already..."
What can I say about Robert Heinlein that hasn't been said before? How about the man was brilliant, and clearly certifiable. JOB: A Comedy Of Justice traces the story of Alex and Marga as they are dumped between alternate realities with little more than the clothes on their backs (and in a couple of cases with nothing on but their smiles). The story works to a point but, after the first few transitions, I stared to wonder why Heinlein didn't stop. These characters were being tormented until they encountered a Texas rancher who helps them out (and eventually turns out to be a very likable Satan).
I enjoy satire, but I would have expected more subtlety from someone of Heinlein's stature.
The sound quality of this recording was very good and the reading by Paul Michael Garcia was clear and well paced.
"Audio Quality Issues"
The volume of this audiobook is very inconsistent. At times the narration is incredibly loud, but a while later it will be so soft that it is difficult to hear. I have over 200 books in my Audible library and have never experienced this before. This appears to be a technical problem, and not an issue with the narrator, who does a fine job.
"SUCH A LOVE STORY - WHODATUNK THAT!"
I never read the print version.
Jerry. He was Alex and Marga's best - and VERY unlikely - ally all the way through!
Paul Michael Garcia made me feel like I was sitting with him over several long dinners listening to his personal journey!
Who doesn't keep a long and endearing love story for the ages close? I laughed, argued back, took my head set off in anger once, and worried about Alex and Marga.. no tears, well maybe at the end; the joyful kind that happen with great celebration.
This was recommended to me by a close friend off and on for over a year. I needed something new, out of the box and boyhowdy was it ever! It is an interesting journey through a life on many many levels -- one that had a much deserved reward. I may pick this one up in print and put it in my personal library, It will be full of little sticky flags and multi-color highlighter marks! It is just a novel, it is one for the ages.
"A bit hard to follow but overall worth a listen"
I really liked the twist in the plot but it was a but hard to follow until the reveal. Also the the ending was a little confusing.
I really like Heinlein but this story was pretty different from most of his books. It was still enjoyable and I got to like it more as the story went on.
Overall it is worth listing to but Heinlein has better books.
All of the characters were pretty good.
no the story is pretty complete
"You can't go back!"
I remember reading this book about 25 years ago. I loved it. I remember it as one of my all time favorite books. When it popped up on Audible I was so excited to relive it. Well, you can;'t go back. I was bored beyond belief. In the first 15 minutes we establish the basic story, Our two main characters are bouncing around in alternative versions of late 20th century america. After the first few bounces the novelty is over, but you have several 100 more to trudge through. I guess when I was 18 that was enough, now I am 46 and I need a little more. I write more for require spoilers which I hate coming across in reviews. Heinlein is a great writer and perhaps my previous reading spoiled the story for me. I'll finish with saying that the book is dated socially and politically and possibly could offend people. Which I guess means it could be worth listening to anyway.
"Church of the Holy (Wholy) Orgasm?!"
This book is a stunning critique (not criticism) of organized religion with a wickedly wonderful way of exposing the inherent contradictions and outright absurdities thereof, while nonetheless extolling the nobility of the human spirit and engendering pride in our own courage regardless of the length of odds or the power of our opponents. Classic Heinlein with characters reminiscent of those known and loved in other stories. "A skilled artist in shapes and colors does no more than is necessary to create his (her) effect!"
"Romcom with a cynical, religious twist"
was alright, dont ever need to listen to it again. felt like it could have ended a few chapters earlier but then the struggle continued for him.
"not my type"
i really didn't care for the story. really hard to get in to the book.
"A Classic Farce"
A timeless story of the dangers of preconceived notions of knowledge of the aspects of God.
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