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)
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I had not read the novel in over a decade, but the characters once again came to life through my headphones. Bravo, Mr. James!
Great premise but didnt follow through with a good plot.
Hard to distinguish between characters, very annoying voice
I'm not quite done yet but I needed to pause and write a review: While the somewhat silly sounding accents at first seem overdone, the narrorator gives one of the best performances in an audiobook I have ever heard. Filled with nuance and admirable consistency, this classic sci-fi story was done justice by true emotional depth given to each character. If you've read this before are are considering giving this a listen for a refresher, be assured it will give the story a depth you likely had not imagined. If you're new to this book, I believe you will be absolutely enamored by it, in large part due to the wonderful reading.
You don't always get what you pay for...
Occasionally, you get far more.
This is the case with most all of Heinlein's fine works. Adventure with a constant balance of danger and intrigue is what you'll find within this marvel. Perhaps one of Heinlein's most realistic pieces of fiction, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress never once requires the reader to make a stretch of logic nor reality to accept the liberating tale of man's bond with machine in a truly luny fight for freedom.
A fun and compelling story of political intrigue in a fairly scientifically realistic future.
The reader did a great job with the many voices and accents of the main characters.
I liked the book but I love the audiobook. I don't mean I like the book and I want to add emphasis. I mean I love the audiobook, the characters, the language, and accents, the families. I listen to it time and time again when I want to be back at the Davis's dinner table.
The beginning where where Manny introduces himself and the ending which I won't discuss, Gaspadine.
The choice of a Russian as narrator adds at least 50 % to the book.
"The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" - I don't mess with fantastic books.
Some of the beatnik speak was hard to understand but added color.
I did not know what to expect when I started this book. I discovered it contained is a sci-fi tale where the sci-fi bit is really just a vehicle to tell a certain type of story. The book tells a tale of revolution and contains a big dollop of the author's political philosophies. I can't say I found the political noodling convincing, though.
That said, it's a good story overall, if a bit long. Mike is a particularly neat character and I liked the human-computer team up element.
This is my fourth Robert Heinlein novel. He is not my favorite sci-fi author, but I will still recommend this book, especially to fans of 1960s’ sci-fi.
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