The Door into Summer

  • by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by Patrick Lawlor
  • 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dan Davis, an electronics engineer, had finally made the invention of a lifetime: a household robot that could do almost anything. Wild success was within reach, but then Dan's life was ruined. In a plot to steal his business, his greedy partner and greedier fiancée tricked him into taking the "long sleep": suspended animation for 30 years.
When he awoke in the far different world of A.D. 2000, he made an amazing discovery. And suddenly Dan had the means to travel back in time and get his revenge.
Once again, the author of Stranger in a Strange Land and Starship Troopers displays his genius. The Door into Summer proves why Robert Heinlein's books have sold more than 50 million copies while winning countless awards and earning him the title of Grand Master of Science Fiction.


What the Critics Say

"[Heinlein is] one of the grandmasters of science fiction." (Wall Street Journal)
"Heinlein...has the ability to see technologies just around the bend. That, combined with his outstanding skill as a writer and engineer-inventor, produces books that are often years ahead of their time." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"[Heinlein is] not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world. He remains today as a sort of trademark for all that is finest in American imaginative fiction." (Stephen King)


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Perfectly executed.

During the golden age of Science Fiction, when the genre transcended its pulp fiction origins to become an established literary form, Robert.A.Hienlein was without question one of the “stars”. An original voice with a wide vision he was also a writer who knew how to tell a story. While many aspects of his work now seem a little dated, such as the technology - ( he was writing in a time that had no preconception of the digital revolution that would begin to transform technology 30 odd years on ), and the social commentary - ( Heinlein was a liberal voice coming of age as a literary force at the cusp of the sexual revolution ). This does not however detract from his mastery of the basic elements of his craft. This particular novel, “The Door into Summer”, finds him at his peak as a story teller, and the pace fairly rips along, keeping the reader totally engaged and on tender hooks throughout. The central character Dan Davis has been thoroughly done over by his scheming fianc?e and his best friend. Seeking solace in escape, he plans to cryogenically freeze himself and awaken to a future free of trouble. Of course nothing turns out the way he expects and his only hope lies in returning to his past by way of new and untried technology. The plot is sublime, and has become a standard template for writers and film makers. The story is infused with all the usual Heinlein elements; talky commentary, glib wisecracks, smart-alecky rapid fire dialogue, nudity and lots of gadgetry. Everything about this story works. Heinlein at his best. A wonderful audio experience, perfectly executed and highly recommended. I loved it!
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- Andrew


This is a classic Heinlein story of temporal displacement, speculative technology, opinionated exposition, and cat appreciation. I loved the premise of a cutting-edge engineer/inventor in "futuristic" 1970 experiencing future shock in 2001.

I really enjoyed Heinlein's take (in 1956!) on garage engineering, intellectual property, and information technology (which didn't even really exist yet). While some predictions for the future were naturally way-off, others were strikingly close to the mark.

The narration was perfect, and the reader is well-cast for the voice of the main character.

Plus it's just a fun story with a refreshingly positive outlook on the future.
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- Greg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.