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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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Brilliant!

Oh I just loved this book, I loved the Russian accent of the narrator of the story (not the actual narrator), I loved all of his voices, he is brilliant in all of his depictions. What a story - it is crazy that it's so old and yet has proved to be not at all dated. So imaginative, so suspenseful, so action packed. Really, I can't say enough positive things - it's sci-fi, if you love sci-fi and somehow, like myself, you missed this one 30 years ago, give yourself the pleasure of listening to it now. You will love it too.

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  • Evan
  • Honolulu, HI, United States
  • 08-01-16

This is my favorite book on earth

I listen to this every year. I just love it so much. It makes me want to rebel and start my own country.

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Heinlein's Best

The best of Heinlein's work, this novel should be on every reading list regardless of genre.

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an amazing classic and one of my favorites

absolutely love this book and it's one of my favorite by Robert Heinlein. in spite of the Sci-Fi aspect of the book being a little dated it's still one of my favorites the characters are great I cannot like Mike the computer

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Loved it!

What a great book! The performance was outstanding, and the book is interesting, fun, and thought provoking. The 1965 take on a spacefaring future is fascinating. Switchboard phone relays, yards of paper printouts from computers, tube monitors, and no internet. Yet it all makes perfect sense, and adds to the story.

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A classic, apparently

Pretty decent book, but I didn't really love it. Instead of an action packed Sci-Fi thriller, this books is more of a political discussion on the virtues of libertarian (if not borderline anarchist) philosophy. It's a well thought-out book, with Heinlein giving almost a step-by-step process of how a revolution should work (at least in his mind) and the issues that would need to be addressed. I thought the first half of the book was very engaging, from the innocuous start all the way to the Loonies (what the residents of the Moon, or Luna, call themselves) planning to fight their way out from under Terra's (Earth) dominance.

Once the revolution actually begins, though, the book's pace slows considerably and the plot gets mired in politics. I understand this is not an accident; any such revolution would undoubtedly result in political holes that need to be navigated. The Loonies path was eased quite a bit by the convenient presence of Mike (short for Mycroft Holmes), an artificially intelligent and sentient supercomputer, who can basically tell the guys all kinds of facts, figures and probabilities for virtually every conceivable action. This allows the Loonies to know, in advance, what the likely result of their actions would be, and course correct as and when required. Unfortunately, it also kind of sucks the tension out of the story.

A revolution would, above all else, be extremely risky. Sure, you have all these high ideals of what is wrong with current society and how you would fix them, but... what if it doesn't work? What if you just end up starting a war you cannot win, and people lost their lives only to end up with the status quo? Some of this tension is lost due to the prescience of Mike; sure, he doesn't know everything, and probabilities aren't certainties. But there was never really any point in the book where I found myself wondering if the Loonies would succeed. The end result seem pre-ordained.

And speaking of the end - I didn't like the forced bit of ambiguity right at the end. Didn't seem natural or fitting. It's like Heinlein just thought that having some unresolved question mark at the end would be kind of cool, just to leave things a little mysterious, but it didn't work for me.

On the plus side - the audiobook narration was fantastic. Lloyd James does an excellent job. Distinct voices, accents, inflections... all great. I also liked that he didn't do a lot of 'bookisms.' Like if a character chuckled while responding to another, James would just put the chuckle in his voice rather than say, "he chuckled." I have no idea if this was part of the written book, though I don't know how it could be; without mentioning "he chuckled" how would the reader know that the guy chuckled? Either way, James didn't say it and I thought it was great. A great example of voice acting rather than narration.

The book, on the whole, is decent enough but it does have some issues that stuck out to me. It's basically Hypothesis on Revolution 101 framed around a narrative. Not a terrible book, by any means, but not one that will necessarily stay in my mind a long while.

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Revolutionary training manual

Well performed.
I learned many things I would not have guessed in fomenting a revolution.
I recall being very impressed with Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land", when read 50 years ago. I will seek out more of his and Lloyd James woks.

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An interesting story with an awesome Narrator

I have to state that first, the narrator gave the main character a Russian accent. I really didn’t like it at first, but after this first chapter I was hooked. The narrator does a fantastic job with all the different characters and switching between them flawlessly. I really was impressed with the range that he was able to pull off. The book itself probably isn’t for everyone. Heinlein is very up in your face about both libertarianism and sexual freedom. If either of those make you uncomfortable then this probably isn’t the book for you. As for the story, it’s a little out there. The earth started sending criminals to a colony on the moon. Once there they had to send resources, mostly food, back to an over populated earth. Then after some convenient circumstances they are on their way to fighting for freedom. Overall, if you’re a Heinlein fan or looking for some decent Sci-Fi then it’s a good listen.

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loved it

loved all parts whish prof hadn't died, wonderful narrator model work of sci Fi novel

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  • R. Byrd
  • Bakersfield, CA United States
  • 07-09-16

Great Story-Terrific Narrator!

A poor narrator can ruin even the best story. That isn't the case here. Lloyd James told a great tale. All characters were unique. Will look for more books read by him.