Better than I expected; the synopsis makes it sound dull, and the ending feels like a bit of a non-ending, but the added dimension of the leaps in time are interesting. I've seen rumors they are making this into a movie - could be interesting if handled properly.
The book is well read, very enjoyable. I just prefer the original version of the book (1974 release) to this one.
There is a criminal spoiler in the opening credits (not even in the actual book). This spoiler tells the main storyline of the book and COMPLETELY ruims the first chapters!!! I am mad out of my skull becouse of this utter ignorence and am going to demand a FULL refund.
At irst I thought it was just an introduction and actualy part of the book, untill the narrator went:
It was fine other then story
The story was not realistic in any sense. While I am not a Vietnam Vet I am a Vet, and the military described in here is not one I could never understand. It sounded more like a lot of what one would wish were in a military force. For instance the free sex that trips enjoyed would have ruined discipline a unit needs. Teammates depend on each other they don't use one another. It was like the women were there to serve the men and vice versa.
Some would say that people fight better if they care for one another....but that isn't why we fight as troops. we fight because we depend on the other person next to us. Having sex doesn't make that any more real. The way the military acted in general was like a child's dream as to how they wanted it be.
I am not sure how to take the story in general. It was a nightmare of a society that is for sure. If you are looking for military sci-fi Starship Troopers is far better and is NOT Plato's Republic. Heinlein advocated there in a meritocracy and it is more of Heinlein both clarifying and defending his military and political views of the time. For the record Plato's work is directly attacked as Heinlein viewed it as a socialist. Heinlein was Libertarian.
Still this book won major awards....so yea for Joe! But I am disappointed I used credit. It was way esoteric.
Yes the characters were easy to distinguish.
None. Editing the story should be the author's job.
Starship Trooper's is not Plato's Republic.
Really dated story and yes, it's military science fiction, but so old school it's almost silly at this point. Kind of like watching really old episodes of Star Trek. The writing is only mediocre and the main character isn't particularly well developed. If you're looking for old school read almost anything by Heinlein, or these days read James S.A. Corey.
Change the pacing of the book and make the concept more believable.
Someone who sounds younger, and can curse without making you cringe. After hearing Will Wheaton's fantastic narration of Ready Player One, I was constantly wishing he would narrate this book.
I don't know... the main character was incredibly boring, so probably him. I don't even remeber his name anymore.
This book was obviously written in a time before audio books and suffers for it. The pacing constantly feels off. You're moving along moment to moment and then the book jumps forward without warning.
Oddly, it reminds me of the Mike Judge movie, Idiocracy. As a Judge fan I wanted to like that movie, but it's plot was so unbelievable that it just wasn't funny. The people were just sooo stupid... But not just ridiculous stupid, like Beavis and Butthead, but I'm supposed to suspend my imagination and believe that the real world will get this stupid? No.
Like that movie, the concept of this book probably sounded great after a few beers in the bar, but fails to resonate with reality.
This book was thoroughly awful. It is a collection of four stories, and the only thing that I would try to do to redeem it would be to take all the stupidity about military promiscuity out of the first section and remove the second-fourth parts entirely.
No, MSF is my favorite genre of all time, this story just doesn't do it justice.
He sounds legitimately like a vet. So, listening to his naration was one of the few redeeming qualities of the money I spent on this audiobook.
Yes, stop reading Joe Haldeman.
It is unfortunate that Audible does such a poor job of databasing a genre as diverse as Science Fiction. I wanted to read a good Military Science Fiction novel, and instead I got a bad Distopian Future book.
Pretty boring. Illogical story. Decent performance. I don't see how this book is rated so highly either in SF circles or Audible. I had trouble finishing it.
Entirely too much time spent on building dramatic points and once there is one it's too dammed weak to be remember why I was listening for it. Every story has a point of view. I couldn't' agree less with this one. If there is a better one after 3 and a half hours, then great. I got tired of waiting for it to come. And the narrator is a good reader but he sounded disinterested in the one he was reading. Good luck if you're looking for the action. I gave up.
The title should be Hippies in Space. Military aspect was rediculous and completely unrealistic. If you have any actual military experience you probably wont like this book. Cant believe it received any awards.