Often when I've picked up a science fiction novel that I enjoyed in the past, I find it's just too dated both in technology and in character that it no longer works for me. I've read this book before, but probably at least 30 years ago. I loved it then, and I was pleased to find that I love it just as much now, if not more.
Lloyd James performs the narration narration extremely well, with just the right tone for all the characters. Although written in 1966, it wears time well. You can understand the references to nation states and political thought of the time, but it's also as easy to just go with the story without reference to the past. Of course, even the expectations of technology weren't on the mark, it doesn't matter to the story, in spite of one of the main characters actually being a computer.
Well written, wonderful characters and story.
Stranger in a Strange Land, also written by Heinlein, has long been one of my favorite books. I think Moon has climbed up that list after this listening.
One of the best.
Manny of course, as the main character. Very believable characters.
Lloyd James did a great job for a number of characters. He is the reason this is the best of the audible books I've listened to so far.
Excellent classic science fiction by one of the masters, Robert Heinlein. I read this nearly forty-five years ago as a teenager, and enjoyed it much more this time around.
I did not find listening to this book enjoyable. Robert Heinlien is my favorite author and the reader didn't do his story justice. I am 63 years old and had read this book over 25 years ago, so I was familiar with the work. I didn't make it through much of this audible rendition.
The story is a fascinating one, as I remember it. Heinlien always makes his characters people who I personally can relate to.
I didn't cry at the story, but I was upset at how the reader ruined it.
Perhaps audible books are not for me. I love to read and have even tried my hand at writing. Although this was my first attempt at "listening" to a book and I am going to try again, I am having second thoughts about it. It may not be for me.
I never read the print version, but the audio edition is excellent.
Mannie is a great character. He is such a no-nonsense type character that is so completely practical. Humble heros are usually some of the best.
I enjoyed his performance of both Mike and Mannie. He gave great personality to Mannie. He also emulated the "always calm" AI persona of Mike.
Dinkum Thinkum can run circles around H.A.L 9000.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
Considering when it was written, this is a very good story. There are parts that are slow, Lloyd James is excellent. I think it's worth reading/listening to, definitely worth your time and money.
This is slower then most modern books, but the story is excellent and just keeps you listening to see what happens. The computer with a personality was a great element.
I always enjoy Heinlein, and this novel is one of his greats. Lloyd James' narration gets a bit strained in places, I can't always tell if Manny is a russian programmer or a mexican bandito. It's not really enough mess up the story, but it was enough for me to remember it a couple weeks laters as I write this.
Finding out how a conscious computer might have an orgasm.
He does a good job at making it seem as if the narrator is recalling one of his old war stories.
I wouldn't want to do anything for 8 hours at time except sleep.
A great piece of hard sci-fi. In a battle for independence the Moon fights the united nations of Earth. The final outcome is obvious and hinted at throughout the book. What makes it an enjoyable listen is watching all the parts fall in to place, starting with a conspiracy by a handful of lunar colonist and eventually blooming into an all out interplanetary war.
The book mostly takes place on the moon and in the process of watching the conspiracy unfold, we learn alot of detail about customs, taboos and personality traits that might develop in such an environment. So, in a sense it reads like a "Sociology of the Moon 101" with an action story woven through the plot to keep an exciting pace.
Overall Heinlein presents us with a more optimistic view of space exploration then other top sci-fi writers that I enjoy, such as Philip K. Dick (for planet colonizing suspense, I highly recommend "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch"). The eventual fallout from the conflict is to the mutual benefit of both the Earth and Moon and humankind in general.
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress is an adventure, an education, and a time capsule of the 60's all in one place. I've read this book several times, and each time I love something different about it. This time I realized just how much of my understanding of government, rebellion, and citizenship was improved over the years by this work. This book isn't just about a rebellion - it is about what to do once the rebellion is over, an element too many stories of the kind ignore.
Towards the end of the book, Manuel describes his family graveyard, which is in fact a small greenhouse tunnel, where the processed nutrients of the dead are put into beds to grow flowers and all things beautiful. I'd read that half a dozen times before, but narrated, the inflection and just the tiniest say Lloyd James' voice breaks...
This is a book that deserves some time - and thought - between listening. So to say I did not want to listen all in one sitting is no insult. It is a complement to a story told with intelligence, a tale you an learn from.
After meany read-throughs of this book, listening to it read in the voice, and accent, of Manny (as well as Mike, Wyo, Proff and others) was a delight. It took just a few moments to adjust to the different accents, and once I did, the whole story gained depths and perspectives I had never experienced before.
What a brilliant concept - the Moon has become a little bit like the American colonies and a little like post-penal colony Australia, and is now ready for independence. This is the story of a war, told largely from the viewpoint of a clever, moral, and good-natured computer technician. The voice actor hits the most important voices squarely on the head, especially the four lead characters of the story. His best performance is that of Mycroft, the sentient computer who grows more human throughout the story. Five stars across the board.