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Every stand-in dreamed of the starring role - but what actor would risk his life for the chance?
One minute, down-and-out actor Lorenzo Smythe is, as usual, in a bar, drinking away his troubles while watching his career circle the drain. Then a space pilot buys him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knows, he's shanghaied to Mars. Smythe suddenly finds himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career: impersonating an important politician who has been kidnapped. Peace with the Martians is at stake, and failure to pull off the act could result in interplanetary war.
Smythe knows nothing of the issues concerning free interplanetary trade and equal rights for aliens and cares even less, but the handsome compensation is impossible to refuse. He soon realizes, however, that he faces a lifetime masquerade if the real politician never shows up.
©2014 Robert A. Heinlein (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks
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By Will on 11-04-14

Great story and Weiner's best narration

The book won a Hugo award and is one of Heinlein's best, but the narration makes the audio version required, even if you've already read the novel.

I've listened to several of Weiner's narrations before, and always considered him a competent performer. My perception of him has been greatly elevated after hearing this work. It is easily the best performance I've heard from him, and probably one of the best by any narrator.

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By Lifesavr on 11-21-14

Perfect Heinlein!

What did you love best about Double Star?

The story is just wonderful and Perfect Heinlein. I read this what seems to be a million years ago and since then I have re-read it several times. This audiobook is perfectly done and the reader was great. This is simply creativity that none of us will ever see again. Heinlein and of course Asimov, are giants from the past. We all know now without any doubt that the Martians that are a main focus here, are never to be. But the story is more about life, politics, people struggling for the better way of life and the sacrifices that we all are ask to make in the attempt to obtain it all.

What did you like best about this story?

Heinlein is just great.

Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Great performance by the narrator, if anything, I feel he made the story even better.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I basically did.

Any additional comments?

Like I said this is the end of this type of writing. Future Science Fiction writing of course will and have their own great writers, but this era is over and never to happen again, thus this is one of the best stories that I feel, represents that era! Enjoy!

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20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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