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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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    "very fun if somewhat dated scifi story."

    enjoyed every monent. performance captured varied cultures of mixed luna society. enhanced enjoyability emmencely. dated only due to lack of enhanced technology from mondern perspective

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    Ratman_42 10-10-15
    Ratman_42 10-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Heinlein for president .. . ."

    Heinlein is a timeless master. I read this the first time in high school and just finished the audio version. Honestly I loved the audio version better than the book.

    I'm amazed at the reviews that call the book dated or boring. Yes, there are few explosions and lots of dialogue but dialogue creates characters and worlds rich enough to be worth caring about. Heinlein succeeds beautifully at this while serving up his rich political ideals.

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    DeeAndTee Oakland CA 10-02-15
    DeeAndTee Oakland CA 10-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story of revolution"

    It is a big story with lots of ideas about politics military the state that all tie-in very nicely together. I love the artificial intelligence

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    Zappy42 Maine 09-16-15
    Zappy42 Maine 09-16-15 Member Since 2015

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    "thought provoking and fun"

    a must read for those thinking of revolution, Heinlein shows you all the important parts

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    Robert W. 08-11-15 Member Since 2006

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    "This is the Jewel of my Audible Collection"

    I was first introduced to this book in an anthropology class named Science Fiction and Social value. The instructor pointed out numerous aspects of the book, from it being written literally with a Russian accent, often dropping articles, to the range of emotions. Lloyd James does an outstanding job of providing the proper emotion and inflection to make this audiobook a truly compelling experience. I have to admit, it was among my first purchases when I joined Audible years ago and I listen to it at least once a year.

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    Currently an Apocalypse listener most of my titles I have read are Apocalypse other than books not on my profile such as the Dresden Files

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    "Heinlein at his finest"

    This is s fantastic work done by a master storyteller. Conveying a blend of philosophy and ethics in a way only Heinlein can while challenging us to think about our actions and our decisions pressuring is to realize perhaps the tried and true isn't always the right

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    Intelligent in details and the storyline, this sets a high bar for sci-fi. Heinlein manages to comment on human nature, politics, the culture of marriage, an interesting portrayal of AI, lunar colonization, and the future of humanity on earth, all while creating worthwhile characters.

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    Tory Anderson Levan, Utah United States 07-26-15
    Tory Anderson Levan, Utah United States 07-26-15 Member Since 2016

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    "I'll Never Look at the Moon the Same Again"
    Where does The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    There are books you can listen to, enjoy, and forget. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is not one of those books. Visions of the cities on the moon still play in my head. I can hear the voices of the characters. I can see the rocks hurtling toward Earth. I miss Mike.


    What other book might you compare The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress to and why?

    I don't think I've read another book like it. I just racked my brain in "comparison" mode and nothing came up. It's a unique book. I must say that Mannie in the book as read by Lloyd James reminds me very much of Mannie from the computer game "Grim Fandango." This is a good thing.


    Have you listened to any of Lloyd James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't believe I've listened to Lloyd James before. He was excellent for this book.When I look at the moon James's is the voice I hear.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were two: the loss of Mike, and when I realized Luna was victorious.


    Any additional comments?

    At times I got a little impatient with the detail in which Heinlein went with the history and philosophy of revolution. I just wanted more story action.This is unlike me and I am a little embarrassed.

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    Ron Lubbock, TX, United States 07-25-15
    Ron Lubbock, TX, United States 07-25-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, annoying accents"

    The story is told from a first person narrative in a Russian/Latin accent. The accent got really old really fast and didn't get any better. If you can get past it, the story is great.

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