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If there is a part of you that longs for just a little bit more Robert Heinlein and you've already torn through his great works, then this book is for you.
The story is pure adventure. From the opening moments the story is full of excitement and novelty. The narrator has a great I'm-going-to-sound-a-bit-like-a-ditz-but-it-is-an-act-and-I-am-smarter-than-you tone which captures the first person narrative of the protagonist Friday.
My only critique is that somewhere around 60% of the way through I stared asking myself, "where the heck is this going?" but I didn't really care that much, the story was interesting and so as Heinlein made his explorations of alternative family structures and waxes theoretical about life, I just let it ride.
It is the greatest Heinlein book? No, it isn't. The plot does drag and the characters are not quite as gripping as some of this other works. But if you've already scoured his great works and you're looking for a hidden gem and a little bit more from the great master then this book is for you.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I love the story of Friday, a super sexy courier in a future world that is both very close to where we are now and also very different. The "tech level" in this book doesn't distract the modern user like some of RAH's older books (it was published in the '80s). This is very much one of my favorite Heinlein books and I'd love to see it done into a movie.
That being said, this audio presentation misses the five star mark. While having a female narrator makes this audio vastly superior than the one that went before (what were they thinking!?), the characterizations were a little flat and so were the emotions. The narration was such that, if I wasn't careful, I'd slip away from being engrossed in the story, and pay attention to the voice.
Overall, it's a good audiobook and a great story set in a world you could come to believe is right around the corner from the world we are in now,
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
'Friday' breaks the Heinlein mould somewhat, and is the better for it. The setting is more cleverly considered than many others, and is more in on a par with that of 'Number of the Beast' rather than earlier, shorter works - which tend to be newtonian space ships and slipsticks. The universe of 'Friday' is also somewhat similar the Culture space if Ian M Banks.
Another pleasing difference in Friday is that it focuses less on spaceship drives and astrogation, and more on interpersonal relationships in a number of cultures much different to our own.
I rate this, and 'Number of the Beast' as my two favourite works by this author, and 'Friday' ranks in my top twenty all time favourite books
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Friday?
Sex, far too much of it.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment, I read the book based on comments made by an author of another book I had read, her book was good, this wasn't. Far too much sex involved, I am no prude, far from it, but the lead character enjoyed anything, animal, mineral or vegetable.
Heinlein is noted as a fine author of sci-fi but my first foray has not encouraged me to try another.