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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.

Critic Reviews

  • Hugo Award, 1967

"Adrenalizing, mind-stretching, conviction-testing...unmatched by any contemporary!" (Theodore Sturgeon)

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great narrator with a wide range.

The character development for a few characters stop short for the sake of plot and story. The main character views and explained were very helpful when needed for understanding or questions. Much more realistic as a science fiction genre with questions of politics and the meta physical. Great opening book to become hooked with this author. Give it a listen.

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One of my favorites.

Have read this book many times in my 68 years and is still one of my favorites.

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Moon Is JUST Harsh

A classic that I am glad I took time to know. A lot of 'talk talk.' The entire novel is spoken almost purely from one POV. Action follows suit, explained by a distant narrator. But Moon is a Harsh Mistress is yet good science fiction, if you can get past the fact the Lunnies manage to do everything on paper??? And Mike, the super computer, could do no wrong. Sigh. Yet, I am glad I put this book on my list of things to read.

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An absolute Heinlein favorite

To keep it short and to the point - I read the Rolling Stones before I knew anything about this book (which precedes it, though I don't know offhand which was written first) and I must say do it that way! Read the Rolling Stones then read this book! The forced accent of the narrator seems quite rough at first but quickly grew on me and helped immerse me in the story.

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What else can I say?

Probably the best combination of political philosophy and science fiction that exists. My favorite book, hands down. And the narrator nails the vernacular. Just spectacular overall.

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How Things Might Be

My personal favorite book of all time.

A hard and critical look at how things could be if humanity knew what it was doing with a blank slate. Things don't go perfectly; they never do, but could it have gone better? I doubt it.

Mike (Mycroft) is a sentient computer who desperately wants to prove himself to someone. He does so by proving himself to Manuel Garcia O'Kelly Davis, his first and best friend. Manny is Luna Aurhority's head engineer who falls head first into the revolution to free Luna from Earth's grasp. The hard science can last a long chapter or two, but the (long) rational looks at human nature are worth it, at least to me. Love and loss, gain and determination. How much of these do you have, and how much of these are you willing to give for what you believe in?

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A Classic

Heady political scifi and the freedom man, where ever we may reside. The moon has evolved from the off world prison earth had intended and she yearns for freedom.

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Top 5 SiFi of all time

What did you love best about The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress?

The plot is simple revolution and it takes place on the Moon. The setting is absolutely fascinating...even today. Maybe especially today. Just imagine a time when man has developed a society on the Moon. The population is at the threshold of revolution. Then introduce a character we love and maybe fear. Mike. The character development is masterful. You fall in love with all of them. The story is simple but the depth and texture RAH lays out is enveloping and will compel you to keep going.

What did you like best about this story?

Simply a master piece.

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

He's in my top five picks of narrators.

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

a.k.a. Mike.

Any additional comments?

If you only read/listen to one Heinlein story. This should be it.

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A classic from the master

Great book. Would recommend to any freedom lover. Great reader and interesting premise, from the man who defined a genre.

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Wonderful book

Wonderful book; great narration. I highly recommend. Although progressive for its time, parts of the story are unfortunate to say the least for the modern day.