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)
This is less a book about science fiction and more a story about a revolution.
I would have pitted Mike against a similar Earth bound computer as was suggested could have been a possibility. It would have added a little more drama. Similarly, Mike could have been playing tricks with the lunar revolutionaries which would have also gone along with his initial character construction.
In any event, I wish the story had been told from Mike's perspective.
It's not the best I've listened to, best definately worth the credit.
The awakening of the computer called Mike, the descriptions of life on the moon, and the battle for freedom.
Yes it was.
I like a wide varitety of novels and while this book was written well before my time the story is relevant to these times. I typicall read more modern day novels, buy the story telling of Heinlein keeps drawing me back in to want to listen to more of his novels. This is the fourth book of his I've listened to and like his others well worth the credit.
Yes, great performance
It was a smart, stimulating read
I believe this is his best performance, "Starship Troopers" was the only one of his performances I didn't care for
TANSTAAFL!!! (There ain't no such thing as a free lunch)
I've never read the print edition.
I have not.
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
I have not read the print version
The political ideas described.
Professor Bernardo de la Paz
Liberty or Death!
A superb production of one of Heinlein's greatest novels! The "inside baseball" choice of Manny speaking with a Russian accent and with a "guy at a bar" laconic recitation of history make this a performance I will treasure, and listen to many, many times in the future as well as recommend to my Heinlein fan friends.
Kudos to Lloyd James for a wonderful performance!
Rich characters and something different.
Excellent and timeless science fiction. I had rather given up on older science fiction because the new stuff (Robert Sawyer, Vernor Vinge, et al) were so good. Went back to the 60's with this one and was amazed.
I haven't read the print version of this book but the fabulous performance of the narrator, covering as he does numerous and diverse characters, both male and female, kept me glued the whole way. The principle character does not speak in "standard English" but rather in "Luna". The fact that it is narrated really highlights how interesting and cool this is.
It is amazing to think that this book was written in 1966. But for the references to the phones, which are still in this futuristic setting, fixed to landlines, it is easy to believe that it could have been written this century. The language is wonderful, the characters entertaining and complex and the story brings eveything from great drama to great humour. The self-aware supercomputer reminded me of a cross between Hal 9000 and Marvin the Paranoid Android.
Absolutely! Read superbly... Heinlein shows insight into economics and society.
Similar to 1984 and A Brave New World, this story shows an imaginative distopia, not too unlike society as we know it!
No. Excellent reading voice,though.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
A stunningly brilliant exposition on what freedom really is, and how human nature will find its own societal equilibrium if left to fend for itself. I wish schools spent more time studying work like this and less on dystopias like 1984. I suppose Heinlein is still considered merely science fiction by mainline literature snobs.
'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress' is as enjoyable and controversial today as when I first read the book all those years ago. The story has an interesting setting and first person perpective that I found absorbing and there are points in the narrative where I found it all but impossible to put the book down.
The story is typical Heinlein in that it combines well thought out action and controversial philosophical ideas that are just begging to be discussed and argued over.
I had some initial doubts about Lloyd James as a reader, but having listened to several of his books, I have become used to his voice and feel that he has done this book justice, adding a valuable dimension of characterisation that has helped my visualisation of the story no end.
This reading should appeal to all Heinlein fans.
"The best got better"
I've always loved this book - and it's as old as I am. The first person style, written in a mishmash of languages, just works as does the telling from the perspective of someone caught up - and eventually leading - a revolution.
Then you move to the audiobook version. Instantly it comes to life. Most of it is told in a pseudoRussian accent, but quickly you find this switches with the dialogue. The pace is a little slow at times, but very soon you are into the action. And then when the final chapters kick in you are gripped to the end - even if you know what the ultimate end must be.
Heinlein at his finest? Probably
"Fantastic introduction to Heinlein"
I was given some recommendations on which Robert A. Heinlein books to start out with. Many people suggested I start with “The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress” and I was not disappointed. A fantastic listen; you are left guessing where things will go right up to the end. The narrator does an excellent job. Overall, extremely enjoyable, and highly recommended.
"My All Time Favorite Sci Fi Book!"
There are many kinds of books. Some are fresh and new, once read, even if enjoyed, you don't want to revisit them. Some you can re-read, maybe just once. Some books you like so much, you can read, and read, and re-read and they become as familiar as a comfy pair of slippers, but remain fresh and new for you every time.
Such a book, for me, is Robert A Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. This classic mixture of science fiction at its best, and political thriller, held me enthralled from the first sentence to the last.
I borrowed the book in dog-eared braille copies, and in special audio format, to revisit it from time to time, and now, thanks to Audible, I have it to keep forever. Given, by Lloyd James, one of the finest narations I have ever heard, this book is a must read for anyone who is into Science Fiction. Everyone I ever introduced to it loved it, so go on, add it to your wish list, or download it today!
"A great book presented well"
This was a much loved book of mine already, and it was a wonderful surprise to have Lloyd James reading it - I really like his style of reading, and in particular how he gives a wonderful flavour of the type of person who is narrating it.
Top marks - thank you!
"Llod James cannot read!"
Terrible reader - listen to the sample before you buy it!
"Teach Yourself English"
Yeah, spoken text almost incomprehensible. I used to teach English as a foreign language -- I would have failed a pupil with an accent like this.
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