- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition (1 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455112542
- ISBN-13: 978-1455112548
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.8 x 14.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 363 g
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To Sail Beyond the Sunset: The Life and Loves of Maureen Johnson (Being the Memoirs of a Somewhat Irregular Lady) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 July 2012
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Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.
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Honestly, I'd have given this final book only one star, but for his retention of his ability to wrote witty dialogue, and his ongoing love for cats.
But he almost loses that one for the Coventry Raid chapter. Surely he must have known at SOME time in his life that the Luftwaffe bombing of British cities took place at night, and that Me-109 and Spitfires were both DAY fighters, incapable of combat once daylight was extinguished.
Writers. I don’t like price l paid.
The book was new and had original price stickers as well as higher ones.
I just feel that the original price should have been the selling price.
The book sold for the highest price.
If the reader has not read any of this series, he/she might prefer starting with "Methuselah's Children", "Time Enough for Love" and "The Cat Who Walks Through Walls" for background. I have not read the last of the three. Also, a character frequently referred to in this novel is a major character in "Stranger in a Strange Land" and "Number of the Beast".
In To Sail Beyond the Sunset, Maureen tells her life story, from girlhood through her present; the majority of the novel is set in the 20th century, but interspersed with that past are snippets of a "current" story where she deals with a timeship accident that leaves her stranded in a strange culture. Those acquainted with the Lazarus Long mythology will welcome more of the same, including a closer look into Ira Johnson's life as well as Maureen's compelling story, all of which illustrate that the boundary-pushing of Lazarus's life in the future was not unlike his immediate ancestors' and that of the Howard families of the 1900's. Readers even get to see a bit of Lazarus as a boy and a comparatively young man. Maureen's story is the chief one though, and it is one of full human liberation, a life, as the reference in the title to Tennyson's "Ulysses" suggests, desirous of "drink[ing] life to the lees." The novel does tend toward the sentimental and poignant, drawing on the nobility and gentleness of its main character in a manner somewhat reminiscent of Stranger in a Strange Land; if you sniffled at any of the scenes in Stranger, you will find more poignancy to choke you up here. The novel is also chock-full of sexual issues that some may find offensive, including teen-age sex, polygamy, incest, and "festival" orgies, none of which are crudely depicted but all of which are presented in sufficient detail that this book (like Time Enough for Love) is definitely not children's fare.
In sum, To Sail Beyond the Sunset draws together many story lines and characters from Heinlein's work, epitomizes, it seems, his ideal of free and liberated people in the persona of Maureen Johnson, and--as his last published novel while living--is a fine testament to his work and life.