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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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    Joshua 01-23-16
    Joshua 01-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Audiobook Version of a Classic"

    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!

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    Marco 01-21-16
    Marco 01-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Horrible Narration"
    Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or Lloyd James?

    maybe


    What was most disappointing about Robert A. Heinlein’s story?

    Great premise but didnt follow through with a good plot.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Hard to distinguish between characters, very annoying voice


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    Chris Monrovia, CA, United States 01-14-16
    Chris Monrovia, CA, United States 01-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding performance of a classic"

    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.

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    S. Leland 12-24-15
    S. Leland 12-24-15

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    "Engaging even in 2015!"

    By focusing on people this novel manages to stay engaging and fun! This has aged very well.

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    Amazonian 12-23-15
    Amazonian 12-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "You don't always get what you pay for"

    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.

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    JB 12-18-15
    JB 12-18-15
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    "Another classic Heinlein with great performance"

    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.

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    E. Dodd 12-16-15
    E. Dodd 12-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't buy."

    Don't buy this book, like I did, and I can't it to download beyond the book icon.

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    Justin 12-16-15
    Justin 12-16-15
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    "A fantastic book,"

    The narrator was great, kept the characters straight by the slightly different voices. I loved the story, just not sure how I feel about the ending.

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    Joshua Guttman Atlanta, GA United States 12-15-15
    Joshua Guttman Atlanta, GA United States 12-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The audiobook adds so much"
    Where does The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress?

    The beginning where where Manny introduces himself and the ending which I won't discuss, Gaspadine.


    What does Lloyd James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The choice of a Russian as narrator adds at least 50 % to the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" - I don't mess with fantastic books.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the beatnik speak was hard to understand but added color.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-07-15
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-07-15 Member Since 2016

    Rob Thomas

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    "A political hotdog in a sci-fi bun"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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