This is as close to hard sci-fi as I have seen Heinlein go. I appreciated the thought applied to how society, politics, and anatomical changes would develop on the moon. like all good sci-fi it poses a simple questions and teases or the ramifications from a multitude of perspectives. it is unavoidable that unforeseen technological advances in our own timeline are missing from this possible future and their absence make it tedious. certain inventions have already become so common place that the omission effects the suspension of disbelief. The political aspects are either going to be your kinda thing or not.
I'm a little dismayed by all the five-star reviews. For me, the "Russian" accent was almost unintelligible at times. I normally listen a 1.5 times normal speed, but realized I wouldn't understand ANYTHING at that speed.
Plus, those annoying pauses -- right in the middle -- pause -- of a sentence. Then, there is the meeting between the Prof, Mike, and Wyoming. When there wasn't a "he said/she said" I had trouble figuring out WHO was talking -- all three sound the SAME. I made it about halfway through and I've given up.
The story so far has been so-so. Maybe it picks up, but I just can't get through the narration.If you're a Heinlein fan, I highly recommend READING it.
Hard to say I just could not listen and stay tuned in.
No, but I might have to worry about the Authors style.
Again, Hard to say if it was actually his performance of the script he was reading.
Did not get that far in.
Personally I feel the Author tried toooooo hard to use Tech Speak sound gangstish or Futuristic. Maybe all at once?
Pissed off colonists come up with the best revenge ideas.
He brought Mike to life. I've read many books where the author/narrator got the humans right but couldn't quite make the AIs relatable. Maybe it's because Mike is still figuring himself out that it works so well here.
There was a large period of Heinlein's writing when he would go off on tangents about group marriages and other polyamorous unions. I tend to gloss over those bits because he wrote wonderful stories. Also, the non-traditional relationships allow his heroines and heroes to end up together without having to be everything to one another. I just wish he'd had a few more original ideas of how to do that.
I liked the story a lot it but I didn't care for the whole story being narrated with a bad Russian accent. It was distracting for about the first 3rd of the book....luckily I enjoyed the concepts of the book enough to get past it....
I haven't read this book in decades. The audio version gave it a fresh spin. Not that it needed one. The sci-fi aspects have aged well and the anomalies add to the charm of the story. I loved the narration, especially the way Mike's voice matured over time. Definitely worth a listen!
This story is not only plausible and entertaining, it has few scientific holes. The Moon fights for independence from a tyrannical Earth. Not going to get a "spoiler ending" out of me. Read this book.
I feel like it was easier to get through the audio version since I could freely work on art projects and such while listening. I don't know if it is better or not.
I've never heard him before, but if this recording was any indication of the quality with which he presents his craft, I'd wager that they are all comparably fantastic.
I did get choked up a bit on a couple of sections, pace around in frustration, and laugh hysterically for a moment or two. The way in which the author wrote some of the scenes and the manner in which the narrator spoke the lines elicited feelings of sorrow and of love, hate and anger, and joy and happiness.
I really enjoyed the story.
The narrator (Lloyd James) is very bad at trying to speak with an accent for each character, making it hard to understand what he is saying at times. This is very distracting and annoying, I wish I had just bought the book and read it myself. The story is read so badly that I had to stop listening after only a few chapters. I was not able to follow the story due to being annoyed so badly by the reading. This otherwise excellent story was a waste of my time and money. I do not recommend purchasing this or any other book read by Lloyd James.
He read from the book.
Disgust and disappointment
I will never purchase another book narrated by Lloyd James.
I enjoyed the story to the point that I found it hard to stop listening. The only reason I didn't give a good rating on the performance is that at times characters would speak with another character's voice. I also noticed at one point the character Mike said "thanks, Mike" when I believe it should have been "thanks, Man". I've not looked at the original text but the situation was where Mike and Manny were in a conversation and Manny just complimented Mike. There was no reason that Mike should be thanking himself. Not horrible and not too frequently but when it happened it disrupted the flow.