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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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    Stefanie 08-31-13
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    "Great title, boring book"

    This book is essentially a how-to guide on overthrowing an authority, from sleeper cells to establishing a new government. Not very interesting, if you ask me. There was some minor character development, but the book mostly was just long monologues on various theories about gender equity, economy, and government. I plowed through it because it's Heinlein, but I definitely would not recommend it to a friend. Oh, and the reader's russian accent for the main character definitely took some time to get used to. I almost immediately stopped listening because of it. Perhaps I should have...

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    Steve 12-04-11
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

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    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It works well with the overall story line.


    Was The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book is quarky, the characters entertaining, and the narration well done.

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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.

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    Skindr 11-14-08
    Skindr 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.

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