I Will Fear No Evil

  • by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by Anthony Heald
  • 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As startling and provocative as his famous Stranger in a Strange Land, here is Heinlein’s grand masterpiece about a man supremely talented, immensely old, and obscenely wealthy who discovers that money can buy everything.
Johann Sebastian Bach Smith was immensely rich—and very old. Though his mind was still keen, his body was worn out. His solution was to have surgeons transplant his brain into a new body. The operation was a great success—but the patient was no longer Johann Sebastian Bach Smith. He was now fused with the very vocal personality of his gorgeous, recently deceased secretary, Eunice—with mind-blowing results! Together they must learn to share control of her body.
Once again, master storyteller Robert A. Heinlein delivers a wild and intriguing classic of science fiction. Written at the dawn of the 1970s, this novel is the brilliantly shocking story of the ultimate transplant.

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What the Critics Say

“Magnificent. A science fiction masterpiece.” (Galaxy)

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Not Heinlein's best - but still good

I am an admitted Heinlein fan. I own the entire canon in paper, everything available in e-book format, and everything Audible carries in audio. But this is not his best novel. He wrote it at a low point in his career. The story is still entertaining, but the characters are not his most compelling. So why purchase this book?

Heinlein, as always, provides interesting commentary on our culture. Many of his ideas are coming to pass today. There are creditable observations on how America is moving to a fractured society run by corporate interests and political thugs. Remember that his ideas about the relation of medicine to law were written over 30 years ago. His vision is impressive and thought provoking.

The performance and recording are superb. I was unfamiliar with Anthony Heald until this work. I will seek out his other performances - he's outstanding.

And it's a fun listen. Look, the sex scenes will seem silly. The metaphysical ideas are really out there. But it's still an enjoyable way to spend hours. You won't be bored.

Thank you Blackstone Audio and Audible for adding this masterwork to your collection.
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- Lisa

Shorter Verison of David's Review

David's review of run, don't read is a great review, only a little long.

I am a Heinlein fan. I loved The Green Hills of Earth, Starship Troopers, Starman Jones, Have Spacesuit Will Travel and Double Star. This book is crap.

I did not like Friday or Stranger in A Strange Land. This book is in that category.

This 90 year old man gets his brain transplanted into a 20 something hot chick's body. As a man he was a man's man and loved women. Once he is in a female body, he becomes a airhead. He wants to sleep with everybody including his best friend. He is so pretty he makes gay men want to go straight. I am pretty sure that if tomorrow my best friend's brain ends up in Beyonce's body, I am going to be too weirded out to have sex with him/she. Heinlein believes that a change in body will change our gender, yet studies show that it is the brain that determines the sex.

The worst part is that this is 19 hours long. I could handle eight to ten hours of it, but not 19. After the surgery is over, the book reads like a cheap romance. Lots and lots of girl talk. Hours of girl talk. Mind numbing middle school girl talk with adult situations thrown in.

Please do not let this be your first Heinlein.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-07-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.