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 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.
This was an absolutely wonderful audio novel. The narrator brought it to life, nailing the different voices so well I could easily tell who was talking without the attribution. The first person narrative from Manny also makes the story ideal for an audio format, its as if Manny is telling us what happened. Now I'm gonna have to get more Heinlein and more by Lloyd James.
Yes, it is mostly a good read though it tails off in the last half.
Mike. But it is unfortunate that he fades out of frame in the last half of the book and so much of the unique character that Heinlein imagined is left unexplored.
Harsh Russian accent
Dr. Christopher W. Roberts Ph.d I am a Computer Geek working around the U.S. and the world. I have a lot of Air miles to listen to audible titles.
It should be noted that other Heinlein books continue this story. the rolling Stones, the cat who walks through walls. I have heard other narrators of this book and the sudo rus accent in this reading was distracting however it was well done in the othercharterization especially Mike's voice!
Must listen for RAH fans
While I understand why this book is an award-winning masterpiece (Heinlein's grasp of international relations, politics, revolutionary strategy, philosophy, technology, and projection of the future is staggering), it was too heavy on the political theory for me. If it weren't for the audio version, I would probably not have finished it. What it sacrifices for in action it makes up for in brilliance of concept. I prefer an equal balance of both.
The most interesting aspect of the story to me was the endearing computer Mike.
Lloyd James is a genius, hands down, with his mastery of accents. His pace, inflection, and tone were perfect. My only complaint was that when he did the voice of Wyoh and other female characters, he ended up sounding like a gay man and it was distracting. It's best, with male readers, to not try to attempt to sound female. It doesn't work. With that said, I still had to give him 5 stars because he was that amazing otherwise.
I really liked it. Having read Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land", I was optimistic about this book. Definitely not disppointed. The Narrator did an excellent job with the "Loonie" accent. I highly recommend.
I've read this book several times. It never ceases to impress me. The reading adds a new level to the story and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
This was a journey back to great old Sci Fi for me. Heinlien is still the best writer and I loved every minute of it.
Yes, but not possible.
I'm not sure I would have the narrator do the Russian accent. It was in tune with the book/character; but the voice in my head when reading the book wasn't accented so it took a bit of getting used to.
'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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