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.
The main character is Eastern European. Unfortunately, the narrators interpretation makes me think I'm listening to "Rocky and Bullwinkle"
I pair it with other of heinleins works, except his other, amazing pieces of science fiction, don't require the narrator to sound like a drunken racist imitating a (fake) Russian accent
The narrator was so busy trying to sound "exotic?" that none of the characters came across as their deep, vivid personalities deserve. I recommend Samuel L. Jackson, only because it would make me very happy
Everything but the narration was very great, the rest was only insulting
Please, please don't let this narrator pretend he is from east Europe anymore. I feel genuinely disappointed that I could dislike a book by heinlein
Divorced old opinionated judgmental politically incorrect smarta55. If you agree with me, fine. If not, also fine.
"There ain't no such thing as a free lunch" How correct and timely this book is even though it was written years ago. "That which is immoral for one person to do to another is also immoral for a group to do to an individual".
The Russian accent was thick, plus some unfamiliar words made it a bit hard to follow at first, but excellent narration overall once my ears calibrated.
enjoyed every monent. performance captured varied cultures of mixed luna society. enhanced enjoyability emmencely. dated only due to lack of enhanced technology from mondern perspective
Heinlein is a timeless master. I read this the first time in high school and just finished the audio version. Honestly I loved the audio version better than the book.
I'm amazed at the reviews that call the book dated or boring. Yes, there are few explosions and lots of dialogue but dialogue creates characters and worlds rich enough to be worth caring about. Heinlein succeeds beautifully at this while serving up his rich political ideals.
It is a big story with lots of ideas about politics military the state that all tie-in very nicely together. I love the artificial intelligence