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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Robert Carlsbad, CA, United States 07-22-12
    Robert Carlsbad, CA, United States 07-22-12 Member Since 2011

    Carlsbad Rob

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    "Great Story, Great Narration"

    This was an absolutely wonderful audio novel. The narrator brought it to life, nailing the different voices so well I could easily tell who was talking without the attribution. The first person narrative from Manny also makes the story ideal for an audio format, its as if Manny is telling us what happened. Now I'm gonna have to get more Heinlein and more by Lloyd James.

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    Robert 07-18-12
    Robert 07-18-12
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    "The Moon is a Harsh Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is mostly a good read though it tails off in the last half.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mike. But it is unfortunate that he fades out of frame in the last half of the book and so much of the unique character that Heinlein imagined is left unexplored.


    What three words best describe Lloyd James’s performance?

    Harsh Russian accent


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    Chris midvale, UT, United States 06-04-12
    Chris midvale, UT, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2008

    Dr. Christopher W. Roberts Ph.d I am a Computer Geek working around the U.S. and the world. I have a lot of Air miles to listen to audible titles.

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    "the ultimate revolution story"

    It should be noted that other Heinlein books continue this story. the rolling Stones, the cat who walks through walls. I have heard other narrators of this book and the sudo rus accent in this reading was distracting however it was well done in the othercharterization especially Mike's voice!

    Must listen for RAH fans
    Great listen.

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    Natti 29 05-28-12
    Natti 29 05-28-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent reader, tiring story"
    Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or Lloyd James?

    While I understand why this book is an award-winning masterpiece (Heinlein's grasp of international relations, politics, revolutionary strategy, philosophy, technology, and projection of the future is staggering), it was too heavy on the political theory for me. If it weren't for the audio version, I would probably not have finished it. What it sacrifices for in action it makes up for in brilliance of concept. I prefer an equal balance of both.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect of the story to me was the endearing computer Mike.


    What about Lloyd James’s performance did you like?

    Lloyd James is a genius, hands down, with his mastery of accents. His pace, inflection, and tone were perfect. My only complaint was that when he did the voice of Wyoh and other female characters, he ended up sounding like a gay man and it was distracting. It's best, with male readers, to not try to attempt to sound female. It doesn't work. With that said, I still had to give him 5 stars because he was that amazing otherwise.


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    Kyle 05-13-12
    Kyle 05-13-12

    I'm an Audible Addict.

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    "Very Enjoyable"

    I really liked it. Having read Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land", I was optimistic about this book. Definitely not disppointed. The Narrator did an excellent job with the "Loonie" accent. I highly recommend.

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    Simon Fraser NYC 04-29-12
    Simon Fraser NYC 04-29-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Sci-Fi"

    I've read this book several times. It never ceases to impress me. The reading adds a new level to the story and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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    Laurie SALEM, OR, United States 04-25-12
    Laurie SALEM, OR, United States 04-25-12

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    "Great book. Still relevant after all these years."
    What made the experience of listening to The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress the most enjoyable?

    This was a journey back to great old Sci Fi for me. Heinlien is still the best writer and I loved every minute of it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lloyd James?

    James Dale.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but not possible.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure I would have the narrator do the Russian accent. It was in tune with the book/character; but the voice in my head when reading the book wasn't accented so it took a bit of getting used to.

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    Aubrey 04-04-12
    Aubrey 04-04-12
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    Any additional comments?

    I know allot of people love this guys books, but to me he is worse than Stephen King. He goes, on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on. He creates social structures and political systems and use weak characters and weak story to color it in. Sorry he might be a legend but not in my books.

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    Joe Sparks SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 02-24-12
    Joe Sparks SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book + among my top 5 performances!"

    I seriously cannot hype this audio book enough. I never read it as a kid, but thanks to audible, I got to hear it performed by one of the very best reader/actors I have ever heard. Please listen to this amazing thoughtful exciting and intriguing book. You won't be disappointed, and you won't believe it was written during the early 1960's. Even more cool to people with a libertarian streak.

    The reader is freaking fantastic. I loved the computer's voice (Mike) and how it evolved during the story (cracked me up throughout the book). Just plain awesome, surprising, thought-provoking.

    As usual, I listened via Audible app on my Android phone.

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    Linda Pensacola, FL, United States 02-19-12
    Linda Pensacola, FL, United States 02-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress to be better than the print version?

    I read this book in the 70's. It and 'Door into Summer' are my favorite Heinlein books. I gave both to my teenage son in the 90's and he also really liked this book. However, the audible version improved the book tenfold, a hundredfold! Lloyd james, the narrator, used accents - I didn't remember the Russian flavor - and also made Manuel a real person, not to mention Mike, Wyo, Prof, Finn, Stu, Mimi, Greg, Ludmilla.......


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress?

    The professors suggestions of what their new government should look like. I remembered a lot of it from my first reading.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The trial of Stuart, the jury, including the explanation of Taanstafl, a phrase I used on my kids more than once.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sorry, I am not real creative.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second Heinlein book I downloaded. The other was 'Starman Jones'. I will be getting more of these, especially those narrated by Lloyd James.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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