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After firewalking in Polynesia, fundamentalist minister Alexander Hergensheimer never saw the world the same. Now called Alec Graham, he was in the middle of an affair with his stewardess, Margrethe, and natural disasters kept following them. First, there was an impossible iceberg that wrecked the ship in the tropics; then, after being rescued by a Royal Mexican plane, they were hit by a double earthquake. 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.
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Critic Reviews

"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)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Thomas on 02-25-13

Finally! Someone who can read a Heinlein story!

Would you listen to Job again? Why?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Job?

Most memorable moment? That's a tough one. I think it's the confrontation with Satan in Satan's great hall.

What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

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.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Vincent Tume on 07-22-09

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.

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16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Miss on 11-17-13

I'm going back on what I said

Would you listen to Job again? Why?

Yes - it's fab.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a delightful romp.

Any additional comments?

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.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Danya on 12-10-10

Drone, drone, drone

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!

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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