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Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. On his new planet, Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, a sexual pioneer, a neon evangelist, a martyr, and, finally, a messiah. Stranger in a Strange Land is the most famous science fiction novel ever written. It became the bible of the "love generation" and transcended the genre to achieve the status of a modern classic.
©1961 by Robert A. Heinlein (P)1996 by Blackstone Audiobooks
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Hugo Award, 1962

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dawn on 01-01-09

Amazing...a must read!

SiaSL is one of the few books that I grab a copy of whenever I go into a second hand book store to be given away to anyone who shows an interest. It is also the first Audible book I downloaded. It is classified as a Sci-Fi book but it is much harder to easily describe such a fine book. It is a commentary on the human race and our traditions from the perspective of an insightful outsider. Religion is the most obvious and controversial issue. It was actually banned in some states from public libraries and schools because of this fact. It is not a religion bashing book howeever, it just makes you think about things that so many take for granted. I strongly reccommend this book for those that are looking for powerful, likeable characters and insights that only a genius could create. (I have tried to read his other books but am not a big fan of hardcore sci-fi books. Take a chance and learn to Grok your life in a whole new way!

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25 of 26 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Connie on 08-14-09

Enhanced version seems to correct audio defects

As other listeners below experienced, I at first found the sound quality too poor for listening, but I downloaded the book again when Enhanced format became available, and the audio quality problems disappeared.

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23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mike on 02-16-07

First Class

Unlike the other reviewer I felt that this was extremely thought provoking and it does stand the test of time very well. Clearly from a scientrific perspective some aspects do not hold up today but generally I felt the points being made are as relevant as ever and the story is well told and compelling.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-31-07

a clasic SF

Knowing that the book was written some time ago I accept, but I was not pleased that is sounds as if it was recorded from an old 78 record. This I found detracted from the enjoyment of listening to a book that I had read a long time ago. I hope that this may in some part prepare future buyers of what they are getting.

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6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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