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)
It was a fascinating and unique storyline.
I truly enjoyed how he created a detailed evolution of a society on the moon.
I didn't really know what to expect from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised with how rich the story was and how much I cared about Mike's character.
Great story overwhelms the poor accent someone decided the narrator should use. One of the masterworks of science fiction.
Interesting look at possible ways people would behave in the future and possible changes in culture, and sex roles.
Like I said the accent was hard to get used to and narrator slipped out of it a few times.
From the Master of Science Fiction
Very little advanced science or technology. Ridiculously improbable story line. Story applauds a war where the people on luna (aka, the moon) kill more than fifty thousand people on earth. The story also seems to commend aspects of the old Soviet Union, arguably the worst run state in recorded history. This is an utterly bizarre book. Hard to believe this is from the Heinlein who wrote the outstanding Starship Troopers.
Improbable story line and irritating Russian accent of main character
All of them.
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
Not in a million years.
Great story about David slaying Goliath with the help of the central computer.
Uninspired, poorly directed.
Yes, but it was one of my favorite books as a teenager.
Heinlein makes an interesting plot around the idea that the moon is turned into a penal colony and then declares independence. Little of his speculative science (growing wheat on the moon? Electromagnetic slingshots for sending things to earth?) has worked out but he makes some good guesses about the future of computing considering this was written in the late 60's.
Oh, by the way, the narrator fakes a russian accent, which is off putting but you do get used to it.
The more interesting sub plot is about a computer that becomes self aware. This was the fun part that drew me in for the first third of the book. The rest of the story focuses heavily on the political circumstances they had to go through to be free and I found it trying to slog through, maybe because I was hoping for some emotional development that never materialized. The ending was good. Heinlein is a great concept guy and plotter so if that's your thing by all means get this audiobook
This listen is "middle of the pack" for me. The performance was amazing, but I found the political maneuvering a bit tedious by the end of the book
I enjoyed the early interaction between Mannie, the main character, and the self aware computer. I remember as an adolescent reader being turned off when Mike, the computer, also had feminine characteristics. (girls, ugh!). As an adult, those interactions become very amusing.
The books ending was a bit unexpected for me. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but it left me in a reflective mood.
The performance was amazing. The narrator is able to use a variety of accents, doing feminine characters, and a computer. I really enjoyed the book.
Any fool can know something the point is to understand!
While I enjoyed the story I was stunned by the voice work on this book. Story was interesting mid-60s fair with the idea that the moon was only years away from full on colonization. Technology will require a bit of overlooking but the Botany Bay approach to the story keep me interested through out.
This is one of my favorite Heinlein stories. The characters and action are amazing and the narration is perfect for this story. If you have never read any Robert Heinlein books, this one is a can't miss. I would recommend anything he has written without question. We don't have authors like him any longer.
The Russian accent tripped me up until I learned to appreciate it(4 stars). The accent did add to the background of the story line and the narrator. The struggle for freedom and observations of different types of governments caused me to strech.
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