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The Moon is A Harsh Mistress

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Lloyd James

14 Hours 15 Minutes

Blackstone Audiobooks

January 2006

Audio Book Summary

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. In what is considered one of his most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world, twenty-first-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 the problem with the inevitable is that it always happens.

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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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