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)
The book did a good job of not being overtly dated, so that was a pleasant surprise.
I didn't like the style in which the main character was written. Heavy on dialog and not as heavy on scenes and descriptions, but all RAH books are this way.
Glad to get it off my list. Don't think I'll do it again, though.
I loved every minute of this book. In today's publishing world it is very hard to publish a book that has exposition like this one, however the exposition is right on point. That makes this classic almost impossible to repeat in today's market, and so makes this book an even rarer jewel.
This was one of my first hard core science fiction reads years ago. And if only one word (the same word) was changed in about five places this book would read as current sci fi. The writing is excellent, the story immersive and the human psychology spot on. All I can say after listening to this as an audible book is the same thing I felt years ago. Wow!
A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.
Interesting story, characters, and ideas. I was pleased with this novel compared to the few other Heinlein novels I have read. I do not care for the little side stories (such as line marriage versus clan) which are distractions from the story for me (but may be enjoyable to other readers). Overall this is a clever and compelling book about a few million lunar residents who seek independent status from governments of Earth.
Lloyd James does a great job. I was impressed with his ability to switch from one voice to another throughout the novel. It helped tremendously with keeping the characters separate.
Well, maybe yes, but close. Mr. James offers a wonderful performance, his voice allowing each characters a unique flavour.
Professor de La Paz, definitely.
Lloyd James offers much more definition and "personality" to this character with respect to what I gave while reading the book.
Several, indeed. The early scene at the Raffles, when "We declare the revolution", with each characters explaining in their point of view, the diplomatic trip to Terra, and the last chapter, when Manuel mourns Mike.
This is my most favorite book of all times. I've read it over a dozen times across a space of 40 years and I still love it. More than anything else, it molded my personal philosophy into what it is. Manny, Wyoh and the Prof are old friends and each word is dear to me. I enjoyed visiting 'in' Luna City once again, and fell in love with a computer one more time. Mycroft Holmes, tovarisch, you are my one true computer friend. And many of my own laptops have come and gone and been named after you.
But what surprised me about this book was the accent it was read in. I fall easily into Manny's dialect. The book was written in first person and Manny's Loonie-speak is as thick an accent as many a southern drawl. But I never, ever, ever, expected it to be read with a russian accent. Even with many reads and many russian words thrown into the mix, in my head, I didn't hear the accent. That took some getting used to. The voice isn't unpleasant, and by the end, I had accepted it, and was again writing and thinking in Mannie's thick loonie accent. I could deal. But Prof? Why was Prof accent not Spanish like he spoke in my head all these years? That was harder to take.
Moon is a very immersive book. I am still hooked on it and is a 'listen-more-than-once" book. Even with funny accent.
I've been a fan of Robert Heinlein for many years. Starship Troopers was my first foray into RH's imagination, followed by all the other classics. All of these experiences were via the printed word, and I wouldn't trade them for anything.
On a whim, I purchased The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, curious to see how it would be handled in the audio book medium. It was a spellbinding event! I was blown away by Lloyd James' ability to assign and accurately use the voices for each character! Very impressive! Though I had read the book before, hearing it read by Mr. James made it seem like a totally new story.
Two thumbs up!
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