You don't always get what you pay for...
Occasionally, you get far more.
This is the case with most all of Heinlein's fine works. Adventure with a constant balance of danger and intrigue is what you'll find within this marvel. Perhaps one of Heinlein's most realistic pieces of fiction, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress never once requires the reader to make a stretch of logic nor reality to accept the liberating tale of man's bond with machine in a truly luny fight for freedom.
A fun and compelling story of political intrigue in a fairly scientifically realistic future.
The reader did a great job with the many voices and accents of the main characters.
I liked the book but I love the audiobook. I don't mean I like the book and I want to add emphasis. I mean I love the audiobook, the characters, the language, and accents, the families. I listen to it time and time again when I want to be back at the Davis's dinner table.
The beginning where where Manny introduces himself and the ending which I won't discuss, Gaspadine.
The choice of a Russian as narrator adds at least 50 % to the book.
"The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" - I don't mess with fantastic books.
Some of the beatnik speak was hard to understand but added color.
I did not know what to expect when I started this book. I discovered it contained is a sci-fi tale where the sci-fi bit is really just a vehicle to tell a certain type of story. The book tells a tale of revolution and contains a big dollop of the author's political philosophies. I can't say I found the political noodling convincing, though.
That said, it's a good story overall, if a bit long. Mike is a particularly neat character and I liked the human-computer team up element.
This is my fourth Robert Heinlein novel. He is not my favorite sci-fi author, but I will still recommend this book, especially to fans of 1960s’ sci-fi.
I usually expect Heinlein science fiction to have some fun and adventure. While this novel is set on the moon that leads to a science fiction patina, it is really a social science novel. The story has a lot more to do with subversion and rebellion than science. The colonies of the moon are being oppressed by the huge consolidated powers of the earth. The moon is not going to take it any more. This leads to subversive conspiracies and resistance leading to outright rebellion for independence. Sound familiar?
Even though I was disappointed in the story, I thoroughly enjoyed the performance of Lloyd James. His accents for moon-speak seemed very natural.
I first read this book in the 60s. I didn't envision the lead character as Russian. the narrator captures the sense of Russian in the same way ensign Checkov did for Star Trek.
Heinline is a master of his craft, pulling characterization and differing viewpoints together in a belivable whole.
I enjoyed it thoroughly and recommend it to anyone wanting a good read.
Rand for readers
Mannie was well-developed with a sarcastic wit. He's a reluctant freedom fighter more passionate about his family and friends (including HOLMES IV "Mike") than any political ideology or objective. As with all the characters in this audiobook, the voice acting is incredibly good bringing Mannie to life for the listener.
James is the absolute best narrator I've encountered in many years of voraciously consuming audiobooks. This book is worth getting just to experience his performance!
Great forward looking political fiction in the tradition of Orson Scott Card, George Orwell, and Aldous Huxley. An intriguing take on the power of individual liberty versus collective organization with an acceptance of the compromises inherent in political change.