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)
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!
Cold War flavor in a rich tale of human triumph over injustice & poverty. Normalizing human social expression. Always teaching government, propaganda, economics.
In this book, Heinlein often rambles when making points. That was overlooked by most critics when first published due to the deep political and social context built and fulfilled by Heinlein. It is interesting that he presents several political holdings which are polar opposite when comparing this book to "Star Ship Troopers".
The performance is very enjoyable.
This is a SciFi classic. It contains a comprehensive vision of life on the moon, futures of computing and the balance between population and ecology.
This was the first science fiction book I ever read. I've read it many times since then and have enjoyed it every time. But listening to it absolutely blew me away. The narrator did an amazing job with all the characters, but especially Manny and Mike. This might just end up being the first audio book that I listen to twice.... I can't recommend this enough. If you are on the fence about it I promise you won't regret this purchase.
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