- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 18 hours and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: April 4, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XTTVF3Z
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The Moon and the Other Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
If you are into thoughtful science fiction with complex characters, this is the kind of book you should read. The characters in the book are fully imagined. They are complicated, contradictory, flawed in ways that feel true to life.
As the title suggests, the novel is set on the moon. It is set in the future, but it doesn't feel like much of a departure from the present. Capitalism still rules and so do men, for the most part. Patriarchy remains a destructive force in human culture. The story critiques this by imagining a society on the moon where women rule (a decision made by both men and women in the society). The reality of that rule isn't utopian. It isn't simple.
The novel is populated with men and women that want different things for the Society of Cousins (this imagined feminist society). Some people want to take it over. Others simply want to reform it in small ways, make it more equal. Other people want to see it destroyed. Some want to see it remain unchanged. Yet others are completely indifferent. The push and pull between these objectives and positions form the core of the novel. However, the diversity of the characters and their individual goals and motivations make a novel that surpasses all of these political abstractions. The characters are full human beings that don't fit the boxes even they try to fit themselves into.
The novel is filled with beautiful prose and deep thoughtful passages. Characters struggle in their relationships and in their careers. They struggle with themselves.
The world of the novel is painted painstakingly. Despite its sociological questions, this novel does not skimp on the science fiction. Speculative technologies are central to the plot, adding even more social and philosophical dimensions.
The Moon and the Other doesn't provide any easy answers. It resists preaching. It is just a good book with strong characters exploring a well-drawn speculative premise. If you're into that stuff, you'll enjoy this one. If you're not, this book just might change your mind.
P.S. Mr Kessel, if you happen across this review, know that I am now a huge fan, and wish you immense success.