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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress | [Robert A. Heinlein]

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

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.
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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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    Marilyn Schetz CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH, US 10-01-11
    Marilyn Schetz CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH, US 10-01-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Stands the test of time"

    While I enjoy many different types of literature, Sci-fi is my favorite. I also enjoy many contemporary writers, but reading books like these make me realize that the old classics still pack a fascinating and satisfying punch.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    E Rosenquist San Anselmo, CA, United States 09-19-11
    E Rosenquist San Anselmo, CA, United States 09-19-11
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    "RAH at his very best"

    Long time RAH fan, I've read all of his works, most of them many times. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is my favorite. Heinlein's economical combination of accurate science, compelling characters, and his great storytelling make his story of the Lunar Colonies a moving retelling of a familiar story. If you can only hear one of his books, you can hardly go wrong with this one. If you are already an RAH fan, you owe yourself to read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

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    Matt P 09-09-11
    Matt P 09-09-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great entertainment"

    Great story. Not too much of a complex, detailed SciFi, but nevertheless very interesting.

    Accent of the characters is at first kind of shocking and unexpected, but you learn that it very much adds to as you listen on

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mundell Auckland, New Zealand 09-04-11
    Mundell Auckland, New Zealand 09-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "One of the best ever Sci-Fi classics"

    This book introduced me to sci-fi many (many) years ago. Hearing it in audible format was great - it added a whole new life to the novel. The voices only take a few moments to get used to, then you realise how much sense it makes to have the accents. It's a great story that has intellectual depth as well as interesting characters that you can care about. Do yourself a favour and listen to one of the best sci-fi books from the classic era (before the sci-fi genre got all weird, bloated and hard to read).

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    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 08-01-11
    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 08-01-11

    Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.

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    "Still a wonderful story"

    I first read this book in about 1980. It is a book that I never quite stop thinking about. Listening to it puts a new spin on the characters, and happily the narrator does an excellent job. His talent only adds to the story. Heinlein's obvious wish for humanity to treat each other fairly is evident, and the characters are warm, personable people that I wish I could talk to. The story is wrapped tightly around Heinlein's political beliefs, but it is not a political book. It is a coming of age story with many elements. I look forward to listening to it several more times.

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    John 05-31-11
    John 05-31-11

    Audiobooks are the greatest invention ever!

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    "It was OK"

    Heinlein is one of the greats. Lloyd James is a great reader. I loved his read of Starship Troopers. That said, I learned from this book that a story about a revolution + lunar location + guy with a mechanical arm + a character that is a computer = science fiction.

    I wouldn't tell a person not to get this book. Just because I didn't enjoy it doesn't mean someone else won't. Many already have.

    One warning for those who have already heard Lloyd James read Starship Troopers: Some of Prof's lectures will take you straight back to H&MP. That is balanced by a wonderful rendition of Mannie that lacks even the slightest hint of Juan Rico.

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    Christine 04-01-11
    Christine 04-01-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Story"

    Heinelin didn't disappoint me with this book. It is a bit long, but well worth it when you get to the end!

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    Justin United States 02-15-11
    Justin United States 02-15-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it"

    This was a really great book by the master of sci-fi. An exploration in anarchy and AI and the politics of axtra-terran settlement. The reader did quite a good job as well considering the various difficult ethnic combinations of the characters and their interpreted accents. I loved every word of it!

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    Kent Springfield, VA, United States 01-27-11
    Kent Springfield, VA, United States 01-27-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Well worth the time to listen!"

    Loved this book! The story was riveting, and the narrator was VERY skilled in inflecting the various voices - male and female alike...especially in representing a variety of nationalities/dialects! I was eager to keep listening to this book!

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    Sam Australia 01-27-11
    Sam Australia 01-27-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Optomistic writing of a bygone era"

    I enjoyed this book overall. The narration worked for me, with different voices mostly distinguishable - and some memorable characters, if a little idealistic.

    The technology side of the writing is clearly dated and this was a distraction. The cultural predictions of the story were difficult for me to untangle from my guesses at the cultural norms of the era when the book was written.

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