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Double Star

By: Robert A. Heinlein
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
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Every stand-in dreamed of the starring role - but what actor would risk his life for the chance?

One minute, down-and-out actor Lorenzo Smythe is, as usual, in a bar, drinking away his troubles while watching his career circle the drain. Then a space pilot buys him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knows, he’s shanghaied to Mars. Smythe suddenly finds himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career: impersonating an important politician who has been kidnapped. Peace with the Martians is at stake, and failure to pull off the act could result in interplanetary war. 

Smythe knows nothing of the issues concerning free interplanetary trade and equal rights for aliens and cares even less, but the handsome compensation is impossible to refuse. He soon realizes, however, that he faces a lifetime masquerade if the real politician never shows up.

©1956, 1984 by Robert A. Heinlein. © 2003 by the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust (P)2020 by Blackstone Publishing

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Hugo Award Well Deserved. A+

A must read/listen for Heinlein fans, young and old. The reading by Bronson Pinchot made the story even more believable. He is one of the very best in the business.

Don’t let the formulaic revision of “Man In The Iron Mask” hold you back from this story. You will cheer for our band of political brothers as they survive a series of hazards through initiative, talent and showmanship.

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amazing narration

I've read this book before, but the narrator brings this book so amazingly... He might just be the best narrator I've heard so far.

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The dean of the golden age at his peak!

A tale of an actor-politician the the role of his life. (I would have so loved to have attended the meeting when RAH met Ronald Reagan.)

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Let’s Con the Galaxy

I will admit at the start I was worried this would fall through and the story would turn bland but it managed too keep me hooked. Honestly, not very many titles grasp me without some sort of violence. However, this is one of those books that being on the edge every second really won me over. 9/10 great read

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Surprisingly fantastic

Had no great expectations going in, but I enjoyed this book more than most. The story itself is fun but the portrayal by Pinchot was especially good.

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it's good just Jesus Christ that main character is so annoying in the beginning

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A true gem of a novel and audiobook...

I was quite impressed by this audio edition. The narrator does an excellent job on it.

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Odd hearing this in 2022

The performance was very very good Bronson did his normal rate job I love listening to him read.

I read the story back in the early 80s when I read all of Highland Court is it is odd hearing this story today in 2022 based upon current political situation within the United States. The story is a masterpiece and will continue to delight audiences for years to come

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Very enjoyable

Great story, and one of the best vocal performances I’ve heard on Audible! Highly recommend.

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Outstanding performance bye Bronson pinchot!

classic Science Fiction with an outstanding performance by Bronson pinchot. not only did he have to convey the text but also had to convey an actor conveying another person..