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.
Say something about yourself!
Possibly the best book I've read in years. Period.
Can't say (spoiler)
One of the few books that provoked a significant emotional response from me.
Simply brilliant and inspiring.
Say something about yourself!
Heinlein is very quickly becoming a favorite author and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is second only to Stranger in a Stranger Land. I am a sucker for a good revolutionary tale and after listening to 1984 (for the hundredth time) it was a nice change of pace.
It did take me a little while to adjust to the readers voice. I listen to these books while I'm at work so I listen in seven to eight hour stretches. While James is a good reader, it took a couple of chapters before my ear adjusted to his pauses and inflections. All in all this is well read and a fantastic story. Worth the money.
I understand Heinlein was a master of science fiction and this particular novel is an award winner. I thought it was pure drivel. Am I missing something? I recently finished Starman Jones which I enjoyed and Starship Troopers which was ok. This story of communism, socialism, anarchism, polygamy - political and social science fiction - fits right in there with Atlas Shrugged. Tripe.
Wikipedia says "it is generally considered one of Heinlein's major novels as well as one of the most important science fiction novels ever written." What am I missing? Robinson's Mars series and Steele 's Coyote series at least keep the BS politics to a side story and have interesting main stories worthy of being called science fiction. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is simply an unsophisticated outdated political fiction that could have just as easily taken place on a remote island in the Pacific (or California for that matter).
This book seems to have been created to really provoke and challenge certain cultural and societal norms while forcing the reader to consider politics, society and our relationships, and modern technology, in different ways.
Mike, the self aware computer, is the most important character in the story and I find him the most interesting.
Mike is a different type of self aware computer that all fans of the genre should become familiar with. Mike is self sacrificing, heroic, kind, thoughtful, ruthless, indifferent, tender, needy, arrogant, funny, tortured, friendly....etc. etc.
The thought of having a super computer that is tied into every aspect of our technological experience is tremendous when you are forced to consider the tremendous power such a computer would have to shape the course of human history.
Its like Mike is Harry Seldon from the Asimov novels. Or Mike serves as the brain of a Harry Seldon-type collective.
The author uses a language and style of talk that is difficult for me to get comfortable with but i think the reader did a great job with the material. He had to use the voice of a computer, and sometimes the voice of a computer imitating a real person, and the strange russian/english type language (no "the"!!!) that Heinlein has the main character speaking.
Yes. The story is short and moves along well.
I think that this is mandatory reading for those that like 60s era sci-fi. For more modern readers the social themes may begin to seem a little dated (a character is arrested for talking about his inter-racial marriage), ... but the technological and political themes are still very relevant and current.
I am a Robert Heinlein fan and this was a great book when I read it 40 years ago. Lloyd James did an EXCELLENT job. Loved the accent. It so worked for the character of Manny.
I've enjoyed a couple of other Heinlein works over the years, but I'm more of a fantasy fan. However I decided to bone up on my classics of the sic-fi genre, and I'm extremely glad I did.
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress is unlike anything I thought I would hear. I didn't expect it to be told from a first person perspective, involve revolution, or end as it did. Yet it was it great throughout. And I suppose that's the purpose of fiction: To entertain always and be thought provoking whenever possible. Heinlein succeeds at both.
And Lloyd James' performance makes it sound like the protagonist is sitting with you recounting his experiences personally. Really an excellent interpretation of an excellent book.
I simply can't recommend it highly enough.
It was a fascinating and unique storyline.
I truly enjoyed how he created a detailed evolution of a society on the moon.