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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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    Sandra L. Jacob US 11-14-10
    Sandra L. Jacob US 11-14-10 Member Since 2008

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    "It was ok."

    Remarkably similar to the political situation today. Technology a little dated. A computer named Mike, thankfully not like Hal.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry Cape Coral, FL 33991 11-14-08
    Jerry Cape Coral, FL 33991 11-14-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Worst Listen of a good story"

    I guess you have to read Heinlein to enjoy him. The reader made this the longest and most boring listen. The voices of the robots with the accents etc. were monotone and were not original. The story justs drones on and on forever.

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful
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  • jan819
    10/31/06
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    "Still Great"

    '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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    8/21/09
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    "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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Raj
    London
    8/12/11
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Louise
    CaerphillyUnited Kingdom
    5/15/10
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    Andover, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    8/24/08
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    Chesham, Bucks, United Kingdom
    10/16/06
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    "Llod James cannot read!"

    Terrible reader - listen to the sample before you buy it!

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Charles
    SchuttrangeLuxembourg
    6/1/07
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    "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.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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