The story is one of the best sci-fi about humans, machines, and politics. There's some good technology discussed ... mostly how rocks can be thrown at earth from the moon.
Conspiracies start with 3 people (or 4 if you include the AI computer). Tanstaafl, there is no such thing as a free lunch.
The reader's accent added to the story and he did a good job with all voices males and female.
The end of the book is particularly moving.
I am a Heinlein fan from way back and I have always loved this book. Lloyd James really brought the characters to life. I felt as if I was on the moon with these people. Top Notch.
Manny was my favorite character. I never really thought of him with a Russian accent but it worked for me.
I loved the way that he could slip in and out of accents. He also made the characters come alive in my mind. He gave a wonder performance.
It made me think. Could a computer come to life. If so, would it think I was stupid or not stupid?
Like many reviewers, I read this book many times back in the 80's and 90's and loved it. I was enticed by a recent $4.99 special to buy the audio version. I found it lacking in three respects.
- Direction - Manny's Russian accent was appropriate, but he spoke with the flatness of a cyborg. Prof feels totally wrong, sounding more effeminate than the practical, crusty and insightful academic/revolutionary. He sounded closer to 30 than 70. Plus, the director failed to catch the deficits in the performance noted below.
- Editing - too many gaps in conversations that were both distracting and confusing.
- Performance - Manny's Russian accent often lapsed into ordinary American English, and many characters sounded very similar. Old, young, male, female, it was often hard to tell them apart.
Overall, I wanted a performance that lived up to the story, which is one of Heinlein's best. This didn't.
If you've never read this book, ignore this message and have a listen. The story is that good. If you read the book and loved it, and are looking to enjoy it anew in another medium, you may be disappointed.
This is a classic, and for good reason. The story is compelling and full of detail. At first I wondered how the writing would hold up in today's computer age. I can now say that it holds up very well. Although some of the specific technologies in the book are not what we would consider to be modern, the concepts are spot on (computer networking, communications, complex computer systems that can predict human thought and action, etc.). Heinlein shows his Sci-Fi mastery with this book.
This is a must read/listen for anyone that calls themselves a Sci-Fi fan.
Lloyd James does a masterful job of capturing the argot of Luna. Wonderful performance. While some readers blandly read whats on the page, Lloyd James, chuckles, snorts and adds those verbal spacers that, while not written, are implied. Everything I could have wished for. Will listen multiple times for sure. I read this when it was first published and it is near and dear to my heart. Second only to Have Spacesuit Will Travel in Heinlein's lexicon.
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A real classic. Heinlein gives us another taste at what the struggle for freedom is all about.
This is one of Heinlein's best in my opinion, and even 45 years after it was written, it still holds up very well. The colony of Luna is very well thought out, and the structure of the society very interesting. Not only is the technical side of this novel very good, but you begin to see the ideas form and take root that burst into life in later novels like Time Enough For Love, and the Cat Who Walks through Walls.
My only complaint about the novel is the Russian accent the main character is portraided with, it is a little overdone, and sometimes I had a hard time understanding it.
While I enjoy many different types of literature, Sci-fi is my favorite. I also enjoy many contemporary writers, but reading books like these make me realize that the old classics still pack a fascinating and satisfying punch.
Long time RAH fan, I've read all of his works, most of them many times. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is my favorite. Heinlein's economical combination of accurate science, compelling characters, and his great storytelling make his story of the Lunar Colonies a moving retelling of a familiar story. If you can only hear one of his books, you can hardly go wrong with this one. If you are already an RAH fan, you owe yourself to read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
Great story. Not too much of a complex, detailed SciFi, but nevertheless very interesting.
Accent of the characters is at first kind of shocking and unexpected, but you learn that it very much adds to as you listen on