Being previously in the service, I enjoyed the ability of Heinlein to capture a lot of the little things about it while still weaving a good story.
It is mostly like a cross between a sci-fi and a modern military biography.
This is my favorite book of all time. An Army Officers Reading List novel, this is the best story of moral obligation, duty, and leadership I have ever read.
It is unfortunate however that the recording for this book was done so poorly. The narrator was fine, but it sounds like mid sentence throughout much of the novel the spliced in another recording that was not of the same quality. Very odd and a bit distracting. Very disappointing. I hope they will rerecord this soon, I would happily buy it again.
The story is great, it's a classic of science fiction. The narration however, could use some work. The narrated isn't very good at putting emotion into his voice. Example: If the book says the next words said by someone are yelled, perhaps you should read them at something approximating a yell, rather than the exact same tone you read everything else.
Additionally, this "unabridged" version is obviously an abridged version that someone essentially copy and pasted in the previously cut sections. There is a noticeable change in the voice and style of certain sections, sections you can imagine someone might think could be cut from an abridged version. Very poorly done.
Obviously the story is awesome, a classic. Narrator does a good job but the editing is terrible! Easily the worst cut ins I've ever heard. Needs a full redecorating. Producers, redo this audio book! It deserves better!
Perhaps progressive for his time, the attitudes Heinlein prosletizes are barbaric and sexist by modern standards.
Most striking is his diatribe where he blames the ills of humanity on not beating children like dogs.
If this would have been my first audio book with audible I would have canceled my subscription right after and never recommended the service. Luckily it wasn't.
This story has nothing in common with the movie "starship troopers" other than the names of characters as well as a loose theme of alien bugs. So if you are expecting a sci-fi space battle book, look else where, this book consists of 95% boot camp and dialog and then maybe 5% action, if that.
The writing in this book seemed very sub par compared to other books as well. Every character answered every question in the book with "huh"? Or "uh" followed by a pause. It sounds like a poorly translated Japanese anime cartoon. The whole thing was difficult to listen through.
The plot starts out fine but doesn't progress anywhere. At one point the "bugs" are apparently winning and the MI has been losing all along, one battle later and apparently that somehow has turned the war? It is never explained. The book just "ends" with no real closure. The book starts with peace, war breaks out, home worlds are attacked, battles ensue, and then without resolution it just ends while the battle rages on. Very disappointing ending. I also would have like to know how these bugs managed to build space ships considering they lived underground in dirt.
I'm sure having to read such a bad story was putting the reader to sleep but I feel like he should have made a greater effort to make it interesting. I might be spoiled by other books on audible but this was read in an almost monotone voice the entire book, the worst part being, every few minutes the reader lost his microphone and later replaced the sound with a low quality muffled microphone changing the sound pitch and volume of the reading temporarily. The reading of this book just seemed very low quality and no where near the caliber of other books available on this site.
As the director of the movie "starship troopers" said about this book. It's awful and boring. I whole heartedly agree. Spend your money and credits else where. I personally will stick to the best sellers list and no longer gamble on unknown books like this.
if you want the real story as opposed to the movie at the very least listen to this book. I don't like the reader as much as some others but he does a ok or better performance. but the story makes it a 5 anyway
I read this book when I was young. it was better now that I am older and a soldier myself. its a wonderful read for soldiers and civilians alike. On The Bounce!