Intelligent in details and the storyline, this sets a high bar for sci-fi. Heinlein manages to comment on human nature, politics, the culture of marriage, an interesting portrayal of AI, lunar colonization, and the future of humanity on earth, all while creating worthwhile characters.
There are books you can listen to, enjoy, and forget. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is not one of those books. Visions of the cities on the moon still play in my head. I can hear the voices of the characters. I can see the rocks hurtling toward Earth. I miss Mike.
I don't think I've read another book like it. I just racked my brain in "comparison" mode and nothing came up. It's a unique book. I must say that Mannie in the book as read by Lloyd James reminds me very much of Mannie from the computer game "Grim Fandango." This is a good thing.
I don't believe I've listened to Lloyd James before. He was excellent for this book.When I look at the moon James's is the voice I hear.
There were two: the loss of Mike, and when I realized Luna was victorious.
At times I got a little impatient with the detail in which Heinlein went with the history and philosophy of revolution. I just wanted more story action.This is unlike me and I am a little embarrassed.
The story is told from a first person narrative in a Russian/Latin accent. The accent got really old really fast and didn't get any better. If you can get past it, the story is great.
With the self-deprecating first person narrator and good science for its time that earmarks most Heinlein novels, this book takes us through an American independence style revolution on a lunar penal colony. The characters are engaging while questioning our basic political assumptions. The first time I read/listened to it, the main character's Russian diction and grammar was a distraction, but you get used to it. I thought the reader on this version was as good as the old Books on Tape version other than his French accent for Stuart.
I am an avid reader and because my job keeps me behind the wheel 8 to 10 hours a day I especially enjoy audio books.
This is one of my favorite Heinlein stories, and I appreciate even more now that I've finished college. While it does have some things that are considered archasims in the modern day, that is simply an eccentricity of the time it was written, and therefore can't be judged by modern, overly PC, standards. Lloyd James is a great reader, this being the second book I've heard him read, both from the same author. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Heinlein creates a realistic society and social structure that makes several excellent points about our society today. The most memorable and important point to remember from this book, to me, is that the people who want to create laws that dictate morality are not asking for those laws for themselves because they feel like they can't control themselves if it isn't illegal, rather they want those laws to dictate how others should live their lives.
Spoilers: I was sad with the way it ended. Myc's "death" was so tragic!
The narrator did a fantastic job acting out the voices of different characters. The book was good, but the story was kind of boring. Perhaps I was expecting more science and less politics, but it was an interesting "libertarian" rendering.
The story is well written, and the narration is top notch. While some of the computer related references are dated, they still hold together with a little suspension of disbelief.