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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Audiobook

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

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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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    Carl 03-28-15
    Carl 03-28-15
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    "The Moon Shall Rise Again"

    Lloyd James does a wonderful job narrating Heinlein's depiction of the Lunar Revolution. Or as some loonies would put it: "War of Terran Aggression."

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    Xionma 03-27-15
    Xionma 03-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it as a book, loved as an audiobook"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress to be better than the print version?

    Well, maybe yes, but close. Mr. James offers a wonderful performance, his voice allowing each characters a unique flavour.


    Which character – as performed by Lloyd James – was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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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    Ellen C. Lindow Tampa, FL 03-21-15
    Ellen C. Lindow Tampa, FL 03-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Manny has a Russian accent?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is my most favorite book of all times. I've read it over a dozen times across a space of 40 years and I still love it. More than anything else, it molded my personal philosophy into what it is. Manny, Wyoh and the Prof are old friends and each word is dear to me. I enjoyed visiting 'in' Luna City once again, and fell in love with a computer one more time. Mycroft Holmes, tovarisch, you are my one true computer friend. And many of my own laptops have come and gone and been named after you.


    What aspect of Lloyd James’s performance would you have changed?

    But what surprised me about this book was the accent it was read in. I fall easily into Manny's dialect. The book was written in first person and Manny's Loonie-speak is as thick an accent as many a southern drawl. But I never, ever, ever, expected it to be read with a russian accent. Even with many reads and many russian words thrown into the mix, in my head, I didn't hear the accent. That took some getting used to. The voice isn't unpleasant, and by the end, I had accepted it, and was again writing and thinking in Mannie's thick loonie accent. I could deal. But Prof? Why was Prof accent not Spanish like he spoke in my head all these years? That was harder to take.


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

    Moon is a very immersive book. I am still hooked on it and is a 'listen-more-than-once" book. Even with funny accent.


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    Jennifer L. 03-05-15
    Jennifer L. 03-05-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Awesome story! Superb Performance!"

    I've been a fan of Robert Heinlein for many years. Starship Troopers was my first foray into RH's imagination, followed by all the other classics. All of these experiences were via the printed word, and I wouldn't trade them for anything.

    On a whim, I purchased The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, curious to see how it would be handled in the audio book medium. It was a spellbinding event! I was blown away by Lloyd James' ability to assign and accurately use the voices for each character! Very impressive! Though I had read the book before, hearing it read by Mr. James made it seem like a totally new story.

    Two thumbs up!

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    DJohnston 02-23-15
    DJohnston 02-23-15
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    "Great story, Great Listen"

    What does it mean to be alive? What does it mean to be free? Great questions pondered in a not so distant future environment.

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    Bobbye 02-21-15
    Bobbye 02-21-15 Member Since 2010
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    "The top three in my Heinlein regular reads"

    Cold War flavor in a rich tale of human triumph over injustice & poverty. Normalizing human social expression. Always teaching government, propaganda, economics.

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    Steven Jaynes Portland, OR 02-07-15
    Steven Jaynes Portland, OR 02-07-15

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    "A Heinlein classic well performed."

    In this book, Heinlein often rambles when making points. That was overlooked by most critics when first published due to the deep political and social context built and fulfilled by Heinlein. It is interesting that he presents several political holdings which are polar opposite when comparing this book to "Star Ship Troopers".

    The performance is very enjoyable.

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    T. Moseley 01-26-15
    T. Moseley 01-26-15

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    "One of my favorites"

    I've listened to this several times. I loved it in print, and the reading of the audio book is great.

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    Christopher 01-23-15
    Christopher 01-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Read it for the 5th time, but this time heard it"

    This is a SciFi classic. It contains a comprehensive vision of life on the moon, futures of computing and the balance between population and ecology.

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    Michael Damon Enid, OK United States 01-19-15
    Michael Damon Enid, OK United States 01-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Even Better on Audio"

    This was the first science fiction book I ever read. I've read it many times since then and have enjoyed it every time. But listening to it absolutely blew me away. The narrator did an amazing job with all the characters, but especially Manny and Mike. This might just end up being the first audio book that I listen to twice.... I can't recommend this enough. If you are on the fence about it I promise you won't regret this purchase.

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