This was the first science fiction book I ever read. I've read it many times since then and have enjoyed it every time. But listening to it absolutely blew me away. The narrator did an amazing job with all the characters, but especially Manny and Mike. This might just end up being the first audio book that I listen to twice.... I can't recommend this enough. If you are on the fence about it I promise you won't regret this purchase.
Narrator fantastic, wonderful with accents. Story is a little too in-depth with revolution strategy for my taste, but I would still recommend this highly for sci-fi or post-apocalyptic fans.
Heinlein at his best
well read. My imagination just like the original time I read it
the story was great and captivating. the narration was an interesting mix of accents and styles.
I just finished The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
Really did not realize how big of an influence this book was on me, the first time I read it I was about 20. Rereading it 20 years later and I can see the influence of it on my opinions of militarism, compulsory laws, non-traditional relationship make ups, volunteerism and other libertarianish ideas that I have about the world.
This is a book that really stands the test of time even Heinlein use of technology does not feel as dated as it is. Maybe it is because we have not reach the level of technology discussed in the book. Or the Heinlein is just vague enough in his descriptions that you can get past some of the discrepancies. Not many books from the 1960s can hold up this way in my opinion. This received the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1967 and boy did it deserve it. This book has a high place in my heart as one of the best works of fiction I have ever read.
Who would I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in science fiction, libertarianism, volunteerism or free market ideas. Heinlein does a lot of political and social chest thumping in this book but personally that is when I think he is at his best.
I wanted escapism...All I got was a political treatise on nation building. Not worth my time. Or my credits.
I really liked Stranger in a Strange Land and have listened to it multiple times. I struggled to get 4 hours in to this book and the narration and the story just hasn't interested me in the least.
Maybe. This one just didn't do it for me.
Someone with a convincing Russian accent. Someone who put emotion in to their reading.
Confusion. No spoilers here but I didn't find a reason to like any of the characters in the book.
I see that others really like this. Oh well.
The performance was enjoyable, almost comical interpretation of the main character. Other characters were brought to life in an enjoyable way, sometimes silly, sometimes serious.
Many startling scenes, some great character moments.
Bombs. Scenes with bombs.
It was a fun adventure, but very "matter of fact" and dry for my taste. I guess I'm not an Heilein fan, though I tried. I found the political and sociological elements interesting, but predictable. Luna wants freedom, there is a carefully planned revolt, very detailed, and we learn that freedom comes at a terrible cost (something we already know from history). There is very little description of life on the moon, and although the characters are likable, they did little more than postulate and solve figures about their revolution.
The invasion of the moon/loonie battle
Masterful voicework. Balanced multiple voices/dialects. Like his voice. Easy listen
The debate/interrogation of the Prof/Manny by the FN administration, discussion of politics
This story was slow and boring for the first 8 hours of narration (think Atlas Shrugged without any significant plot advancement). It did begin to pick up some redeeming qualities in the latter third, but then simply fizzled down the home stretch. I would not be able to recommend this book no matter how hard I wanted to. I have enjoyed Heilein's other work: 'Stranger in a Strange Land' and 'Starship Troopers'. But this one just missed the mark, a rare instance where an abridgment would have actually been the better version.
The narration was good, I could have perhaps done without the Russian accent only because at times it made the words difficult to understand, but I still give the narrator favorable ratings as I understand that the character was indeed of Russian decent and the writing itself at times was written with a Russian inflection.