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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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    Amazon Customer 07-11-15

    I am an avid reader and because my job keeps me behind the wheel 8 to 10 hours a day I especially enjoy audio books.

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    "great classic with great performance"

    This is one of my favorite Heinlein stories, and I appreciate even more now that I've finished college. While it does have some things that are considered archasims in the modern day, that is simply an eccentricity of the time it was written, and therefore can't be judged by modern, overly PC, standards. Lloyd James is a great reader, this being the second book I've heard him read, both from the same author. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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    spaceykasey247 Texas, USA 07-07-15
    spaceykasey247 Texas, USA 07-07-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Poignant"

    Heinlein creates a realistic society and social structure that makes several excellent points about our society today. The most memorable and important point to remember from this book, to me, is that the people who want to create laws that dictate morality are not asking for those laws for themselves because they feel like they can't control themselves if it isn't illegal, rather they want those laws to dictate how others should live their lives.

    Spoilers: I was sad with the way it ended. Myc's "death" was so tragic!

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    J. Sandford 07-05-15
    J. Sandford 07-05-15

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    "Interesting view into a future past"

    Will make a good movie. The narration was not a style that I enjoyed and for me this impacted the story presentation.

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    Michael C. Sloan 07-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great audiobook"

    The reader, Lloyd James, is a real artist. Heinlein is dated, but a must read for sci fi fans and those interested in 50s-60s pop culture

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    A. Gomez colorado 06-30-15
    A. Gomez colorado 06-30-15

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    "Great performance!"

    The narrator did a fantastic job acting out the voices of different characters. The book was good, but the story was kind of boring. Perhaps I was expecting more science and less politics, but it was an interesting "libertarian" rendering.

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    M. S. Radowski Sunnyvale, CA United States 06-29-15
    M. S. Radowski Sunnyvale, CA United States 06-29-15 Member Since 2010
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    "An enjoyable listen, beginning to end."

    The story is well written, and the narration is top notch. While some of the computer related references are dated, they still hold together with a little suspension of disbelief.

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    DENNIS Adelphi, MD, United States 06-23-15
    DENNIS Adelphi, MD, United States 06-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "It couldn't happen."

    Nope, not in the 21st century. There could not be an intelligent computer with a vocal interface. There could not be penal colonies on the Moon. Penal colonies could not revolt. There couldn't be war of liberation. Colorado couldn't be bombed to dust. Nope, nope, nope.

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    Bigcollegebear 06-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "the best audio book ever."

    I have listened to a lot of audio book, this one is by far the best.

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    rj n 06-14-15
    rj n 06-14-15
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    "Just as good as the first time, 30 yrs ago"

    The book is so good the audio doesn't get in the way...still humorous and still insightful of human behavior. James does better than good job of voicing the characters. Heinlein was always my favorite SF author (tied with Keith Laumer).

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    Erik C Lanier 06-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Engaging story"

    Classic science fiction that explains basic governmental and societal concepts that many people do not consider. TANSTAAFL

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