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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Audiobook

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

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Publisher's Summary

In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

Winner of the 1967 Hugo award, this novel marked Heinlein's partial return to his best form. He draws many historical parallels with the War of Independence, and clearly shows his own libertarian political views.

©1965 Robert A. Heinlein; (P)1999 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, 1967

"Adrenalizing, mind-stretching, conviction-testing...unmatched by any contemporary!" (Theodore Sturgeon)

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    Bradly USA 06-08-15
    Bradly USA 06-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Harsh indeed"

    The master of the pen spares no detail. From back room politics to front line violence. Outstanding book.

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    John B. Fisher Raleigh-Durham, NC USA 05-29-15
    John B. Fisher Raleigh-Durham, NC USA 05-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic Heinlein"

    This is one of my all time favorite Heinlein stories. Guy meets computer. Guy meets girl. Guy meets old professor. So of course a revolution is born. But in typical finesse you buy into the story. You become invested in the characters. what happens to them masters.

    Yup!! It's a classic Heinlein. Enjoy the ride!!

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    Amazon Customer 05-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Good...Thought-Provoking"
    Where does The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a very good book...entertaining and thought-provoking. This book draws inspiration from the American Revolution...being familiar with the history of the American Revolution will deepen an appreciation of this book. While it has lots of unique elements and is not a pure corollary to the American Revolution, there are enough elements to make it interesting if you have a bent toward history.


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    Ryan 05-13-15
    Ryan 05-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "wow"

    it's a political theory piece but oh so very good even if you don't agree with it all.

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    Ben 05-07-15
    Ben 05-07-15 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Not very good"

    This book has not aged well. The plot is weak and jumps around, the dialogue is stilted, and there is little character development. In addition, I found the Russian accent of the main character to be grating. I am surprised the ratings here are so high, I recommend skipping this one.

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    mitch 04-15-15
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    "Love this book"

    Every time I read this book is gets better and better!!! One of my all time favorite books in the world!!!

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    Brandon 04-13-15
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    "Decent read, but I wouldn't do it twice."

    The book did a good job of not being overtly dated, so that was a pleasant surprise.

    I didn't like the style in which the main character was written. Heavy on dialog and not as heavy on scenes and descriptions, but all RAH books are this way.

    Glad to get it off my list. Don't think I'll do it again, though.

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    David 04-09-15
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    Still terrific. First read it 40 years ago. Hope I can find another just like it.

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    Kellen Wilson 04-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome!"

    I loved every minute of this book. In today's publishing world it is very hard to publish a book that has exposition like this one, however the exposition is right on point. That makes this classic almost impossible to repeat in today's market, and so makes this book an even rarer jewel.

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    K. Allen 04-03-15
    K. Allen 04-03-15

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    "Classic Heinlein"

    This was one of my first hard core science fiction reads years ago. And if only one word (the same word) was changed in about five places this book would read as current sci fi. The writing is excellent, the story immersive and the human psychology spot on. All I can say after listening to this as an audible book is the same thing I felt years ago. Wow!

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