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The Moon is A Harsh Mistress

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Lloyd James

14 Hours 15 Minutes

Blackstone Audiobooks

May 2000

Audio Book Summary

Revolution is brewing on twenty-first-century Luna, a moon-based penal colony where oppressed “Loonies” are being exploited by a harsh Authority that controls it from Earth. Against all odds, a ragtag collection of dissidents has banded together in revolt, including a young female radical, an elderly academic, a one-armed computer jock, and a nearly omnipotent supercomputer named Mike, whose sentience is known only to this inner circle and who is committed to the revolution for reasons of his own.

Drawing many historical parallels with the War of Independence, Heinlein’s fourth Hugo Award–winning novel is a gripping tale bursting with politics, humanity, passion, innovative technical speculation, and a firm belief in the pursuit of human freedom.

Robert A. Heinlein was the most influential science fiction writer of his era, winning the Hugo Award for best novel a record four times. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress was the last of these Hugo-winning novels and is widely considered his finest work.

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  • Gabi

    This could have been written today. I loved this whole story, the narration was superb. All in all one of my all time favorites.

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  • Anthony Penton

    I wasn't expecting so many libertarian revolutionary ideals to be in the book. Really, it's revolution with a sprinkle of sci-fi added to the mix. It was a bit too much politicking for my tastes, and not enough sci-fi. I agree fully with Gene Shepard's review. However, the narrator is top notch.

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  • Hammond

    A good Heinlein story, of course. Lloyd James does an excellent job with the voices, differentiating with accents. Very comfortable listening.

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  • Anonymous

    After listening to Stranger in a Strange Land, I was cautious about another Heinlein, but this one was first rate, in my opinion. Great reader that kept me interested and on edge about what would happen next. Classic sci-fi and a good listen.

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  • Anonymous

    If you enjoy political science and sci-fi this one is definitely for you. It is as relevant today as it was when it was written in 1965. The writing is spectacular and the narration perfect.

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  • Gene Sheppard

    Heinlein is considered the dean of science fiction by many, as I do, however “The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress” leaves much to be desired. This story holds nothing of value for a Sci-Fi enthusiast. He simply addresses political issues, which have nothing to do with living on the moon. If the venue were not on the moon, you would not know the characters were on the moon. If you like how Heinlein couches social issues within his stories, you will like this one. He overtly discusses human marital morays, ethics, and issues very well.

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  • JK

    A very clever and enjoyable novel, telling part of the history of this lunar colony and making it all very believable in the process (although as with all sci-fi of this era, the technology references and predictions are way out in places). Listen out for the way that Mike's accent and phraseology develops during the book, and for phrases such as "the Chinese half of Australia".

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  • Anna Shirey

    Great book! I haven't read Heinlein in awhile, and this was a great reintroduction to it. The narrator was great, and the story is provocative - gives you a behind-the-scenes look at revolution from the ground up. Sci-fi at its best shows us a new perspective on life as it really is, and this certainly does that. Highly recommend.

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