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.
I have and I will! The narrator is amazing, giving each character their own feel and personality. He does accents, inflections, and tones of voice all very well. Seriously an amazing audio book.
Mike, for sure.
Amazing story telling, great voices, and his accents are all amazing.
The ending, moved me to tears. If you don't cry a little then you aren't human.
The best audio book out there, bar none. If you only choose one book to listen to, this should be it. Don't let the SF label put you off, great read with a good message.
This one one of my favorite Heinlein books and the audible version did not disappoint. Great narration of a sci fi classic.
He is definitely one of the deans of science fiction(?) and as with so many other of his books he should be listened to closely for current relevance and spendid political and social analysis. Narraration was a bit different but Mr. James was still interesting. Get it and enjoy.
This is less a book about science fiction and more a story about a revolution.
I would have pitted Mike against a similar Earth bound computer as was suggested could have been a possibility. It would have added a little more drama. Similarly, Mike could have been playing tricks with the lunar revolutionaries which would have also gone along with his initial character construction.
In any event, I wish the story had been told from Mike's perspective.
It's not the best I've listened to, best definately worth the credit.
The awakening of the computer called Mike, the descriptions of life on the moon, and the battle for freedom.
Yes it was.
I like a wide varitety of novels and while this book was written well before my time the story is relevant to these times. I typicall read more modern day novels, buy the story telling of Heinlein keeps drawing me back in to want to listen to more of his novels. This is the fourth book of his I've listened to and like his others well worth the credit.