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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Audiobook

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

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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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    envchemist Columbia, SC USA 05-04-16
    envchemist Columbia, SC USA 05-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    I think Lloyd James has given one of best performance that I have heard to date in all the Audible books I have listened to. Maybe the fellow who does the Harry Potter books might outshine him, but wow. I love this story. I enjoyed it as a teen and have enjoyed revisiting it as I listened this week.

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    Citizen 04-25-16
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    "interesting portrayal of AI, but stunted politics"

    The idea behind AI consciousness was engaging. but when Heinlein started dealing with nitty gritty politics and war maneuvers, it immediately became boring. I can't remember a single thing that happened in the skirmishes. there were a bunch of threats, there were some rocks hurled from the moon to earth, but I had no investment in the point by point. anarchism as described here, looks to be an idiotic ideology. The "prof" sounds more like a villain from Ain rands books, and his sudden disappearance disappearance seemed contrived... I didn't care one way or another. It's not a bad sci fi, but there are many that are better.

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    Craig J. Anderson Stuart, FL 04-10-16
    Craig J. Anderson Stuart, FL 04-10-16
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    "science fiction when it was young"

    I have to confess to that I cut my teeth on Robert Heinlein and a stranger in a Strange Land in 1968 when I was living in Hawaii while my father was stationed there. it changed my world . this Audible of another Heinlein classic does the book Justice.

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    Dale California 03-30-16
    Dale California 03-30-16
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    "still just as good"

    loved it again...........I will always will love this book. RAH was one of the best, however, read between the words for tbe real meaning.

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    Walter Dunz 03-29-16
    Walter Dunz 03-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story! Fun!"

    I love this story, lots of fun. Great characters. It really makes a person think about what it might be like to live in that situation.

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    Since1791 USA 03-21-16
    Since1791 USA 03-21-16
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    "Why this is the best audiobook ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Is it worth reading (ahem, listening to) a 50 year old book? Yes, Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is five decades old, and yet it is a fantastic story the drags you in and won't release you till the file closes. It is premium science fiction that not only launched many other similar stories, but has yet to be passed in quality and innovation.

    The main character is a mutt (along with most Loonies) coming from a mixed racial background. The future on Luna doesn't see race but instead people are judged primarily on their ability to respect women. No big deal, right? But in 1966 this was a very big deal, with women's rights and racial mixing opposed in large circles. For Robert Heinlein to foresee this wasn't just a dream but logical peek into the future society and its ability to self correct.

    Manuel O'Kelly aka Manny is a computer technician who befriends a newly sentient computer Mike, and their friendship is the lynch pin to the revolutionary movement beginning on the moon. The story progresses with wonderful parallels to the American Revolution, and a future twist on the attitude Benjamin Franklin must have had. The novel calls into question the need for the overreaching arm of government in our lives, and touches on these concepts both overtly with its libertarian slant, and subtly with references to Ayn Rand.

    The dates in the book are clearly off (taking place in the 2070s), but mentally tack on a hundred years to the calendar and your brain green lights it. There were other fun 'technologies' that I found humorous as they scan books into the computer for it to read or the lack of cell phones, but this doesn't detract from the story.

    So let's talk-talk about Lloyd James, our narrator. He had a daunting job as Heinlein wrote the book in a broken English and slathered on Russian and future speak. I once tried to read it aloud and gave up after a chapter. Lloyd not only does it but pulls it off fantastically, nailing the Russian, French, American, and other accents. I'm convinced another narrator couldn't have pulled it off.

    Whether you have read Heinlein or are new to his old work, this is worth the money you spend on the audiobook. A great experience for me, and I have read the book four times. Pick it up in a library if you have to, but if you have the means, buy it. Remember... TANSTAAFL.


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    Calico Pete 03-14-16
    Calico Pete 03-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A thought provoking and moving study of rebellion."
    If you could sum up The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress in three words, what would they be?

    A haunting ending.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The intelligent analysis of how to mastermind a rebellion.


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

    Manny - Lloyd James' narration was absolutely masterful!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Without including any spoilers, the ending stayed with me long after I'd finished the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Lloyd James' narration truly brings the story to life.

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    Ryan Wagner 03-11-16
    Ryan Wagner 03-11-16
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    "The voice acting is awesome"

    This narrator did such an awesome job with all the voices of the various characters! Wow! The story was pretty awesome, very politically oriented, which was pretty neat for a sci-fi book.

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    Mark J Hayes 03-09-16
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    "instant classic"

    an instant classic read this book in high school never forgot it however it is extremely dated and technology for the 21st century

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    mark chicago, IL, United States 03-07-16
    mark chicago, IL, United States 03-07-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Deadpan hero"

    The Russian accent takes a chapter to get used to but is vital and perfect for the character.

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