My personal favorite book of all time.
A hard and critical look at how things could be if humanity knew what it was doing with a blank slate. Things don't go perfectly; they never do, but could it have gone better? I doubt it.
Mike (Mycroft) is a sentient computer who desperately wants to prove himself to someone. He does so by proving himself to Manuel Garcia O'Kelly Davis, his first and best friend. Manny is Luna Aurhority's head engineer who falls head first into the revolution to free Luna from Earth's grasp. The hard science can last a long chapter or two, but the (long) rational looks at human nature are worth it, at least to me. Love and loss, gain and determination. How much of these do you have, and how much of these are you willing to give for what you believe in?
Heady political scifi and the freedom man, where ever we may reside. The moon has evolved from the off world prison earth had intended and she yearns for freedom.
The plot is simple revolution and it takes place on the Moon. The setting is absolutely fascinating...even today. Maybe especially today. Just imagine a time when man has developed a society on the Moon. The population is at the threshold of revolution. Then introduce a character we love and maybe fear. Mike. The character development is masterful. You fall in love with all of them. The story is simple but the depth and texture RAH lays out is enveloping and will compel you to keep going.
Simply a master piece.
He's in my top five picks of narrators.
If you only read/listen to one Heinlein story. This should be it.
Wonderful book; great narration. I highly recommend. Although progressive for its time, parts of the story are unfortunate to say the least for the modern day.
The political undertones of this story resonate in 2016 as much as they did in 1966. An excellent story, with humor and allusions to the Future that in some cases we have already seen.
I think Lloyd James has given one of best performance that I have heard to date in all the Audible books I have listened to. Maybe the fellow who does the Harry Potter books might outshine him, but wow. I love this story. I enjoyed it as a teen and have enjoyed revisiting it as I listened this week.
The idea behind AI consciousness was engaging. but when Heinlein started dealing with nitty gritty politics and war maneuvers, it immediately became boring. I can't remember a single thing that happened in the skirmishes. there were a bunch of threats, there were some rocks hurled from the moon to earth, but I had no investment in the point by point. anarchism as described here, looks to be an idiotic ideology. The "prof" sounds more like a villain from Ain rands books, and his sudden disappearance disappearance seemed contrived... I didn't care one way or another. It's not a bad sci fi, but there are many that are better.
I have to confess to that I cut my teeth on Robert Heinlein and a stranger in a Strange Land in 1968 when I was living in Hawaii while my father was stationed there. it changed my world . this Audible of another Heinlein classic does the book Justice.