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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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    M. S. Radowski Sunnyvale, CA United States 06-29-15
    M. S. Radowski Sunnyvale, CA United States 06-29-15 Member Since 2010
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    "An enjoyable listen, beginning to end."

    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.

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    DENNIS Adelphi, MD, United States 06-23-15
    DENNIS Adelphi, MD, United States 06-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "It couldn't happen."

    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.

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    Bigcollegebear 06-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "the best audio book ever."

    I have listened to a lot of audio book, this one is by far the best.

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    rj n 06-14-15
    rj n 06-14-15
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    "Just as good as the first time, 30 yrs ago"

    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).

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    Erik C Lanier 06-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Engaging story"

    Classic science fiction that explains basic governmental and societal concepts that many people do not consider. TANSTAAFL

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    Bradly USA 06-08-15
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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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