I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
I really love this story, but I just could not get past the narrator. Flat and never seemed to be in character. The voice never seem to match the character to a point that I was not ever able to believe it.not a bad narrator, just not the right choice for the story.
I saw the movie first and thought it had a lot of action and silly humor. So all of these years later I thought I would listen to the audio book. The book is read by a man with a very bleak, boring voice. The reader delivers everything in a very matter of fact way with very little nuance. But that is how the story is. Most of the story focuses on political and social commentary and military rank and duty obligations. Near the end of the book there is a very rushed narrative about the battle with the bugs, but it is not very vivid or interesting. The movie is better.
Where the book really shines is the thought provoking social and political commentary and the civilian va military question and what is means to be a citizen.
Also, for a book written as long ago as this book was, I noticed that I has a lot of ground breaking science fiction technology, themes, and creatures that are only briefly touched on, but have been explored and used in more detailed science fiction novels and movies.
This Heinlein Classic was one of his great libertarian platforms, and a fun read too. I found the reader in this rendition to be dull, and the recording had weird discontinuities in it that sounded like short sections of a different person.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys military sci-fi. It's a classic, though some might find it too slow-paced compared to some contemporary works.
The narrator is competent. Neither adds nor detracts from the story. Weakest point is the lack of variety in character voices.
The editing was sloppily done. All the corrections sound like they were recorded in a different space with different equipment, which means there are sentences throughout the book that sound muffled and a bit fuzzy compared to the rest of the book. It doesn't spoil the book, but it's distracting.
Loved the book, only thing ican say about the narration is at times it felt like they had someone else narrating and the cut it together in editing. Not sure if it was my phone causing that, but otherwise liked it.
The book feels authentic and is a good military story well written. Still easy to feel the same controversy as when the book was released, due to the strong fascist overtones of the book. Easy to cathegorize as a classic, and recommended - albeit with a small caution to younger readers with regards to its political discussions (mainly, 'do not take for granted everything one reads').
Performance is competent yet bland, and in my opinion detracts from the story. It is good enough to make it through the book without annoyance.
A classic sci fi that I have long loved. This is a great story and it is well told.
However, the audio recording gets muffled from time to time, which can be very distracting. As well, whenever a character says `huh?', the narrator says it with the exact same tone and inflection. No matter the speaker, place, or context. Again, distracting.
Those details aside, it is worth every penny.
Heinlein is awesome as always, this book addresses military aspects but much more important is his critique of how important the right to vote is and why we squander it away. His arguments are interesting and even if you disagree with him they will make you think deeply about them.