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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

Lu par : Lloyd James
Durée : 14 h et 12 min
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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.

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

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  • Gerald
  • 25/10/2008

Very Good Interpretation

I was initially surprised by the use of the Russian accent for the narrator but it works and works well. I'll never read the book again without hearing that accent. And his other "voices" for the main characters - especially "Mike", was right on. This was a very well done reading of a must read classic.

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  • Peter
  • 04/12/2006

Heinlein's Masterpiece

This is quite simply the best book Robert Heinlein wrote. While the premise is somewhat implausible (ship convicts to the Moon? More economical to ship hydroponic grain from the Moon than to grow it on Earth? - I don't think so), it serves as a platform for Heinlein to explore topics in politics and philosophy. These include: what does it mean to be human? What is the relationship between duty, responsibility and rights?

Heinlein is able to pull this off by embedding the "politics" in a real page turner about a revolt by colonists on the Moon against the tyranny of the home planet. Heinlein keeps the plot zipping along with plenty of action and "gee, whiz!" techno gizmos that are only slightly dated today (the book was first published in the mid-60's).

The characters in this book are the among the most fully realized in all of Heinlein's work. The narrator is a one-armed computer repairman, whose best friend is only sentient computer in existence, Mike. Heinlein treats Mike's alienation and attempts to become "human" with a light hand and sympathy.

The first person language used in the book contains a rich argot from the dozen or more nationalities that make up the lunar colony. This contributes greatly to make the setting believable and real.

As good as the book is, Lloyd Jones improves on it. His vocal characterizations are wonderful, and brought out elements of the character that I never noticed before, despite having read the book at least a half dozen times in the past.

I would recommend this book whether you are coming to it for the first time, or if you have read it many times before. It puts a fresh face on one of "the Grandmaster of Science Fiction's" greatest works. If you love science fiction, you owe to yourself to give this book a listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21/06/2007

Great story, wonderful narrator

I read "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" in high school,and now that I'm "reading" it again 15 years later I realize how much I missed the first time. Heinlein has written a literate sci-fi classic that delves into philosophy, Revolution and other always current topics. Narrator Lloyd James clarifies my biggest problem with the book: protagonist Manny's sometimes odd language and syntax. When Manny speaks with a Russian accent, all is clear. Recommended for lovers of sci-fi and good stories!

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  • kuaikuai
  • 19/04/2009

This books is better in audio translation

Heinlein once wrote (in _The Number of the Beast_ that Tolstoy's works gained from translation. That I cannot judge, but _The Moon is a Harsh Mistress_ which is one of my favorate books and one I reread periodically, gains from Lloyd James's translation. In particular, his voice for Mannie sounds both authentic and more multi-dimentional than the voice I imagined when reading the book. His brief chuckles punctuate Mannie's sly humor beautifully.

I know this is an audio version I will be listening to again. In fact, I imagine I will pull it out every time I go back to reread the book.

As for the book itself -- if you only read one book of Heinlein's in your lifetime -- this is the book you should read. Seriously.

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  • Harry
  • 12/08/2009

Reasonable adaption, but pauses in funny places

Fidelity is reasonably good; just a little muddy. I was surprised to find that this recording dates back to 1999.

Lloyd James is a competent enough reader, but his interpretation of the primary character (Mannie) was a bit jarring at times. I could handle the Russian accent; but he paused at times he should have kept reading and vice versa.

His Russian accent for Mannie put a new spin on the character for me; along with the French accent for Stu LaJoie. Never really heard those accents in my head while reading the novel, even though I knew that Heinlein had intended it that way.

Prof's manner of speaking was a bit too drawn out. Wyoh was fine, but I would have liked a bit more femininity in the voice. Mike's voice was done as expected.

Was surprised (and pleased) to hear the English accent for the Authority chairman; made a nice touch and really differentiated him from the other characters. James also does Oriental accents well.

Chapter divisions on my iPod were not marked according to the chapters in the book.

As this was my first Audible audiobook, I was pleased to find that there were some stops built into the book; and even more pleased that the iPod remembered where I had left off when I switched to music.

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  • Dale
  • 08/12/2008

A classic

I agree with the reviewer who commented on the surprise, but workability of the narrators accents. It explains alot about the syntax Mannie uses. You'll quickly get used to it, and it goes far in letting the listener track WHO is talking.

What can I say? It's classic Heinlein at his best. The anachronisms are a bit attention getting, but not so much that it detracts from the story.

This is a must for any sci-fi buff's collection.

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  • Shafik
  • 01/12/2007

wow!

The story in itself is already a classic, I won't even write about that, there's plenty about it on the Net, just search about it.

But what to say of the narration ? simply A-S-T-O-U-N-D-I-N-G !! The narrator does a fabulous job - he did not cease to amaze me with his prowess doing accents, voice pitches, etc, amazing story to be heard!

The bad thing is: It won't believe a single word of what you hear and listen on the TV news anymore, you'll see and appreciate the machinations behind everything from this point on... thanks to professor De la Paz and the rest of the conspiratory group ;-)

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  • Robert
  • 15/04/2011

Good book, great narration

I enjoyed the book and loved the narration. I have read many great books and some I have failed to appreciate. This is a classic that I have just failed to appreciate a lot. There were parts that made me laugh out loud. I felt that best character development is exemplified in the computer Mike. Not being so far into the future, 2070 or so, one might expect to identify closely with some of the characters. I did not. The story seemed quite implausible and that says a lot given I have read much more phantasmagorical books that even seemed possible some time in the future. With all the criticism, the book was enjoyable. When I started writing this review I gave the book a rating of 4 stars. As I finish it I have concluded that for me it really only ranks 3.

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  • Greg
  • 02/02/2010

Outstanding

Loved this. Great narration. This narrator sets the standard. It has been awhile since I listened and the images are still fresh in my mind. It is amazing that this was written in 1966. It could have been written last year. Excellent story with a great message.

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  • JB
  • 24/11/2006

Dazzling political sci-fi

If you like Sci-Fi mixed with politics, this is a great listen. It reminded me in many ways of _Dune_, which framed political intrigue and social commentary within a sci-fi story line. Having some historical perspective on this piece makes it even more interesting. This was originally published in 1966, before the first moon landing--before I was born. The exploration of politics so left as to be right is as interesting as the subtle and comic development of an artificial intelligence from child-like naivete to nearly omniscient wisdom. The narration is very good, especially considering the abrupt changes in accent necessary to separate the characters. Highly recommended.

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  • Walter
  • 31/01/2011

Ein Klassiker, ein Genuss

Robert A. Heinleins Roman über eine Revolution der Mondbewohner ist wohl einer DER klassischen der Science-Fiction Romane schlechthin, geschrieben 1966, drei Jahre vor der ersten Mondlandung. Es ist alles da: Humor, Spannung, politische Beobachtungen und Ideen, vor allem Heinleins Individualanarchismus. Es ist ein großartiges Buch

Aber Lloyd James schafft es in seiner Lesung, das noch zu steigern. Die Nuancen in den Akzenten und der Satzgestaltung, die unübersetzbar sind und von jemanden dessen Muttersprache nicht Englisch ist leicht übersehen werden, kommen wunderbar zur Geltung und machen das zuhören zum Genuss!

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  • Jan Fritsche
  • 23/02/2019

Excellent Book if you know what you're gettinginto

Knowing the age of the book and this recording of it being read, it still takes some getting used to. The chosen accent for the main character was irritating sometimes. Nevertheless, he had a clear voice at all times and was easily understood, even at 190kph on a german highway.
Concerning the book itself: I kind of liked it. It had some strange concepts of rebellion and politics and made it seem quite easy. The liberal political views of the author were hammered in quite strongly. Certainly worth a read/listen for Sci-Fi fans, but at least for me, there are better books out there.

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  • Grischa Baumann
  • 14/02/2018

some small audio problems.

Great story that aged more or less well. The political ideology is very extreme and not for me.

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  • der-guru
  • 14/06/2009

Starker Anfang gutes Ende

Ich suche mir die Hörbücher normalerweise nach dem Sprecher aus. Für mich ist also das vorhören eine wichtige Funktion bei Audible. Dieses hier habe ich einfach so "gekauft" ohne vorher hineinzuhören und das war auch gut so.
Der Sprecher spricht die meiste Zeit aus sicht eines Computertechnikers auf dem Mond, der sehr logisch und ohne viel Emotion denkt. Auch ist er im Buch kein "Muttersprachler" weshalb die Sätze oft auf die essentielle Information verkürzt und ohne viel Sprachmelodie sind. Dies sorgt aber in diesem Fall für das Flair des Buches.
Die "Insassen" des Mondes wollen sich gegen die Unterdrückung durch die Erde wehren und so ihr eigenes Überleben sichern. Hierfür haben sie eine Geheimwaffe, von der nicht einmal die meisten "Lunies", wie sie sich selbst bezeichnen, wissen. Einen sich seiner selbst gewordenen Computer.
Das Buch startet toll und Heinlein schafft es die Story so zu gestalten, dass man gelaubt es gäbe keinen anderen Weg. Zum Ende hin flacht es ein wenig ab und auch wenn der wirkliche Schluss etwas schade ist, so muss es doch so sein.
Wer weiss, vielleicht hat Mike ja auch nur die Notwendigkeit zu einem solchen Handeln gesehen.

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  • Thomas Kohl
  • 08/01/2009

Toller Stoff aber...

Ich liebe dieses Buch, lese es regelmäßig eigentlich 2-3 mal im Jahr, es ist eine bewegende Geschichte völkischer Revolution mit interessanten Denkkonstrukten und philosophischen Ideen.Das Hörbuch ist allerdings durch die starken dialekte die der Sprecher etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig, mir wäre eine neutrale Vorlesungsweise da lieber gewesen, es wirkt teilweise unfreiwillig komisch.Ansonsten ein schönes Hörbuch wenn man der englischen Sprache halbwegs mächtig ist und auch etwas von der dialektfärbung hat.