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 read this book in the 70's. It and 'Door into Summer' are my favorite Heinlein books. I gave both to my teenage son in the 90's and he also really liked this book. However, the audible version improved the book tenfold, a hundredfold! Lloyd james, the narrator, used accents - I didn't remember the Russian flavor - and also made Manuel a real person, not to mention Mike, Wyo, Prof, Finn, Stu, Mimi, Greg, Ludmilla.......
The professors suggestions of what their new government should look like. I remembered a lot of it from my first reading.
The trial of Stuart, the jury, including the explanation of Taanstafl, a phrase I used on my kids more than once.
Sorry, I am not real creative.
This is the second Heinlein book I downloaded. The other was 'Starman Jones'. I will be getting more of these, especially those narrated by Lloyd James.
Interesting book. I enjoyed it but it's more of
I've loved this book since I was a teenager but Llyod James' narration made me fall in love with all over again. In particular Manni's Russian accent brought home the mongrel multi-cultural nature of Luna.
Heinlein's story of revolution on the moon ropes you in early and holds your interest to the last page. Lloyd James did an outstanding job of narrating this book - the character voices were so colorfully varied that it was easy to forget that he was the only person reading.
Having read "Moon" for the first time, 30 years ago, and many times in between then and now, listening to this story, told in first person added just one more dimension to a story that is timeless. Yes the technology is obsolete, but even that aspect makes this a wonderful read. I marvel at what Heinlein envisioned and how so much more has become commonplace.
This is a story about a society built on the moon,that began as a prison. Earth dropped all their worse criminals onto the moon. then slowly the people who made it through the harsh environment, developed a society that, while different from Earth, worked for them.
Earth government continues to insist that the Moon must follow their orders and riots ensue. The rest of the story is about some daring freedom fighters and their self aware computer, Mike.
Lloyd James was an excellent speaker, using the faint Russian accent and terse speach of Manny to develop Manny's society and his personality and relationship to his world and other people in it. I did feel that his voice could have been pitched just a bit lower, but that's kinda nit picking.
This audio book kept my husband and I entertained all the way up to New York City and I recommend it highly!
The story is one of the best sci-fi about humans, machines, and politics. There's some good technology discussed ... mostly how rocks can be thrown at earth from the moon.
Conspiracies start with 3 people (or 4 if you include the AI computer). Tanstaafl, there is no such thing as a free lunch.
The reader's accent added to the story and he did a good job with all voices males and female.
The end of the book is particularly moving.
I am a Heinlein fan from way back and I have always loved this book. Lloyd James really brought the characters to life. I felt as if I was on the moon with these people. Top Notch.
Manny was my favorite character. I never really thought of him with a Russian accent but it worked for me.
I loved the way that he could slip in and out of accents. He also made the characters come alive in my mind. He gave a wonder performance.
It made me think. Could a computer come to life. If so, would it think I was stupid or not stupid?
Like many reviewers, I read this book many times back in the 80's and 90's and loved it. I was enticed by a recent $4.99 special to buy the audio version. I found it lacking in three respects.
- Direction - Manny's Russian accent was appropriate, but he spoke with the flatness of a cyborg. Prof feels totally wrong, sounding more effeminate than the practical, crusty and insightful academic/revolutionary. He sounded closer to 30 than 70. Plus, the director failed to catch the deficits in the performance noted below.
- Editing - too many gaps in conversations that were both distracting and confusing.
- Performance - Manny's Russian accent often lapsed into ordinary American English, and many characters sounded very similar. Old, young, male, female, it was often hard to tell them apart.
Overall, I wanted a performance that lived up to the story, which is one of Heinlein's best. This didn't.
If you've never read this book, ignore this message and have a listen. The story is that good. If you read the book and loved it, and are looking to enjoy it anew in another medium, you may be disappointed.
This is a classic, and for good reason. The story is compelling and full of detail. At first I wondered how the writing would hold up in today's computer age. I can now say that it holds up very well. Although some of the specific technologies in the book are not what we would consider to be modern, the concepts are spot on (computer networking, communications, complex computer systems that can predict human thought and action, etc.). Heinlein shows his Sci-Fi mastery with this book.
This is a must read/listen for anyone that calls themselves a Sci-Fi fan.
Lloyd James does a masterful job of capturing the argot of Luna. Wonderful performance. While some readers blandly read whats on the page, Lloyd James, chuckles, snorts and adds those verbal spacers that, while not written, are implied. Everything I could have wished for. Will listen multiple times for sure. I read this when it was first published and it is near and dear to my heart. Second only to Have Spacesuit Will Travel in Heinlein's lexicon.
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