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.
"Adrenalizing, mind-stretching, conviction-testing...unmatched by any contemporary!" (Theodore Sturgeon)
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.
Nope, not in the 21st century. There could not be an intelligent computer with a vocal interface. There could not be penal colonies on the Moon. Penal colonies could not revolt. There couldn't be war of liberation. Colorado couldn't be bombed to dust. Nope, nope, nope.
The book is so good the audio doesn't get in the way...still humorous and still insightful of human behavior. James does better than good job of voicing the characters. Heinlein was always my favorite SF author (tied with Keith Laumer).
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!!
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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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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