Double Star

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Robert A. Heinlein

Narrated By: Tom Weiner

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2014

Duration: 5 hours 32 minutes


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.

“In Double Star you can smell and feel and practically taste the future.”—Chicago Tribune


  • JK

    This is a great SF novel. The story doesn't break any new ground (is there any?) but the characterisation of Lorenzo carries you all the way to the end of this. The contrast of a very artistic personality in a futuristic SF story works very well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Double Star

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