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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Audiobook

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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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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    Edward Woodbridge, VA, United States 05-23-13
    Edward Woodbridge, VA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Absolutely amazing."
    What made the experience of listening to The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress the most enjoyable?

    It was a fascinating and unique storyline.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I truly enjoyed how he created a detailed evolution of a society on the moon.


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

    The computer.


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

    Yes


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    Christopher Humphries Scranton, PA 05-15-13
    Christopher Humphries Scranton, PA 05-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Much more than I expected!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress to be better than the print version?

    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.


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    Hyrum Orem, UT, United States 05-03-13
    Hyrum Orem, UT, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story, poor accent"
    Would you listen to The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress again? Why?

    Great story overwhelms the poor accent someone decided the narrator should use. One of the masterworks of science fiction.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting look at possible ways people would behave in the future and possible changes in culture, and sex roles.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Like I said the accent was hard to get used to and narrator slipped out of it a few times.


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

    From the Master of Science Fiction


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    Jon from Reston VA 05-01-13

    Jon

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    "Heinlein's failure"
    What disappointed you about The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Robert A. Heinlein’s story?

    Improbable story line and irritating Russian accent of main character


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lloyd James’s performances?

    Probably not.


    What character would you cut from The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Not recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 04-28-13
    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 04-28-13 Member Since 2013

    You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.

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    "Great but dated story, mediocre narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress to be better than the print version?

    Not in a million years.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great story about David slaying Goliath with the help of the central computer.


    What three words best describe Lloyd James’s performance?

    Uninspired, poorly directed.


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

    Yes, but it was one of my favorite books as a teenager.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Arnold toronto, ON, Canada 04-18-13
    Arnold toronto, ON, Canada 04-18-13
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    "Harsh Mistress Is A Fun Light Read"

    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

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    D. BLAND Columbia, SC 04-17-13
    D. BLAND Columbia, SC 04-17-13 Member Since 2013

    Gadget Freak

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    "A Hard but Rewarding Listen"
    Where does The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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


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

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Lloyd James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    John Algonquin, IL, United States 04-11-13
    John Algonquin, IL, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2011

    Any fool can know something the point is to understand!

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    "A little dated but a wonderful performance"

    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.

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    greg Puyallup, WA, United States 03-19-13
    greg Puyallup, WA, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The Master of Science Fiction!"

    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.

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    Peter 03-18-13
    Peter 03-18-13
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    "A political discussion of freedom"
    Where does The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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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