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Expanded Universe, Vol. 1

By: Robert A. Heinlein
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
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Publisher's Summary

Robert A. Heinlein has been hailed as one of the most forward-thinking science fiction writers of all time, and Expanded Universe (presented in two volumes) offers the perfect collection of his works to provide listeners with true insights into his uniquely creative mind.

Heinlein personally selected each story or essay for inclusion in this collection, which is ordered chronologically, starting with his first sale in 1939 of "Life-Line" to Astounding. This remarkable collection highlights the development of Heinlein's writing style and his philosophy on life throughout his career.

More importantly this collection is as close to an autobiography as anything Heinlein wrote during his life. Heinlein was an extremely private person who never wrote much about himself. In this exclusive collection, he offers forewords to most of his stories and essays (and an occasional afterword), giving listeners a rare glimpse into the inner mind of the master.

Expanded Universe is a must-have for any Heinlein enthusiast and any fan of science fiction.

©2015 Robert A. Heinlein (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Really depressing book, but worth reading

This is a book of stories and articles written starting in the early 1940s. Apparently RAH was very interested in and concerned about the development and spread of atomic power and weapons, and it shows in his early stories and articles.

He was convinced that the only way to avoid a disastrous 3rd world war was a strong world government.

It’s interesting to see him advocate for both libertarian rugged individualism and also seem to advocate for suspension of individual rights worldwide to avoid new wars.

But one of the things I’ve always liked about RAH was his interest in “trying on” different philosophies and following them to logical conclusions in his stories and articles.

As it turned out either the politicians were smarter than RAH thought, or we’ve just been extremely lucky so far, nobody has used atomic weapons since Nagasaki in 1945.

Then again, we’re not completely out of the woods.

It’s not all doom and gloom. There’s a story about a man who can predict exactly when you are going to die, a relatively good straight murder mystery a couple of hard-to-classify stories about the true nature of bravery and one that makes me think the Old Man must have run for office at some point.

Worth a read.

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Classic Words of Wisdom

RAH and his musings from the ageshe wrote them are thought provoking and classically accurate in their own ways.

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A look at history.

RH started his writing at a critical time in our history. His observations are still valid. Enjoy.

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Still has the magic, "would that the world were"

It's the story well conceived and laid to the page that pulls in the mind, thus, earns the shekels that keeps the presses painting mind pictures.
If you are like myself in enjoying the Hineline mind, this book of stories reviels some part of how the
man saw potentials presented. realities

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Worth every second of its time

Loved it.
It is worth every penny and every second!
And that is besides the fact that the stories aged so we'll. They are still as relevant as they are prophetic.
And they remind us of the issues unsolved but forgotten.

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loved it.

I'm always thrilled to find an entire collection of an author. this was an excellent collection of nuclear fantasy .

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Some are better than others

This is not classic Heinlein, but it does give a good glance into that genius' head and also into the way people used to think in mid-20th century.

Performance by Pinchot is, as always, brilliant.

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Some great stories, as expected

Would you consider the audio edition of Expanded Universe, Vol. 1 to be better than the print version?

Well, I haven't read the printed version but the audiobook is an excellent production. Very immersive.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Expanded Universe, Vol. 1?

Nothing in particular.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

None in particular.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

My comments above may give the impression that I wasn't hooked by this collection, but I was. There were a couple of stories which bored me but the vast majority were excellent.