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)
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This book has not aged well. The plot is weak and jumps around, the dialogue is stilted, and there is little character development. In addition, I found the Russian accent of the main character to be grating. I am surprised the ratings here are so high, I recommend skipping this one.
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.
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