Is it worth reading (ahem, listening to) a 50 year old book? Yes, Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is five decades old, and yet it is a fantastic story the drags you in and won't release you till the file closes. It is premium science fiction that not only launched many other similar stories, but has yet to be passed in quality and innovation.
The main character is a mutt (along with most Loonies) coming from a mixed racial background. The future on Luna doesn't see race but instead people are judged primarily on their ability to respect women. No big deal, right? But in 1966 this was a very big deal, with women's rights and racial mixing opposed in large circles. For Robert Heinlein to foresee this wasn't just a dream but logical peek into the future society and its ability to self correct.
Manuel O'Kelly aka Manny is a computer technician who befriends a newly sentient computer Mike, and their friendship is the lynch pin to the revolutionary movement beginning on the moon. The story progresses with wonderful parallels to the American Revolution, and a future twist on the attitude Benjamin Franklin must have had. The novel calls into question the need for the overreaching arm of government in our lives, and touches on these concepts both overtly with its libertarian slant, and subtly with references to Ayn Rand.
The dates in the book are clearly off (taking place in the 2070s), but mentally tack on a hundred years to the calendar and your brain green lights it. There were other fun 'technologies' that I found humorous as they scan books into the computer for it to read or the lack of cell phones, but this doesn't detract from the story.
So let's talk-talk about Lloyd James, our narrator. He had a daunting job as Heinlein wrote the book in a broken English and slathered on Russian and future speak. I once tried to read it aloud and gave up after a chapter. Lloyd not only does it but pulls it off fantastically, nailing the Russian, French, American, and other accents. I'm convinced another narrator couldn't have pulled it off.
Whether you have read Heinlein or are new to his old work, this is worth the money you spend on the audiobook. A great experience for me, and I have read the book four times. Pick it up in a library if you have to, but if you have the means, buy it. Remember... TANSTAAFL.
A haunting ending.
The intelligent analysis of how to mastermind a rebellion.
Manny - Lloyd James' narration was absolutely masterful!
Without including any spoilers, the ending stayed with me long after I'd finished the book.
Lloyd James' narration truly brings the story to life.
Love sci-fi, action, mystery and romance. Just like anyone else. ;-)
This narrator did such an awesome job with all the voices of the various characters! Wow! The story was pretty awesome, very politically oriented, which was pretty neat for a sci-fi book.
The reader(?) Lloyd James did the story justice. I read the book back in the 70s. The audible with Lloyd was as good or better than my own imagination of the characters was. If you enjoy Heinlein's stories this is a must.
homebrewer & music tech nerd
Classic sci-fi that took me far too long to discover. Sadly, the faux-Russian accent of the narrator (Manuel Garcia O'Kelly-Davis) is rather distracting.