I absolutely love listening to books as well as reading print. Audible is crucial to getting through my day.
So I don't know if I liked this book or not, but I acknowledge it's quality and the conversation it provides. I get that it's not an action sci fi, more of a sociological book, but I think it failed in that regard and that's why I knocked it down a few stars. It feels like JUST the radio speech Galt gives in Atlas Shrugged without any of the quality narrative surrounding the speech. It spent more time preaching than selling me on the society under these rules.
The memoir of a soldier appeal is truly what kept me reading. I know it's nit picking but after his section about "spanking children solving the world's problems speech" I was a bit less interested in what Heinlein had to say. This is worth a read, but keep your mind active and ready to think.
I came into this from originally watching the movie and thought it was cool allot of the characters were in it that were in the movie, but was really interested in how they were in the book compared to the movie and was very surprised of the differences but really liked it.
I really like Johnny Rico the main character since that's who you follow, and I just like how he is in the book better, But I think Zim is my favorite He's a cool character, I liked him in the movie but really liked him in the book. You really got to know him a bit better here and made me like him allot more.
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THIS HAPPENS JUST ABOUT AT THE END OF THE BOOK.
I really did like The part where he was about to enter his original ship and rejoin the Roughnecks, it put a smile to my face when he said, "I'm going home."
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THIS IS A BIG SPOILER THAT WILL HONESTLY RUIN IT IF YOU READ THIS BUT I LOVED IT SO MUCH.
I loved when he met up with his father, I had an idea they might meet again but how they did really surprised me, and it was a moment thought caught me off guard but was really an emotional moment.
If you've seen the movie I HIGHLY recommend going through this. It's a much more different view than the movie. The movie follows the book OK but in this you get a better idea who Rico is and what he really went through to rank up as he did and how he really felt about the war. As I've said I love the movie now I've gone through the book I love it and made me love the story in both even more.
I love this story! Read it first as a teen and have read it several times since. It's as much a book about philosophy and a comment on modern society as an action adventure. The movie is pathetic - ruined the story of the book - don't let the movie put you off! The book is excellent!
A straight-tailed slick-Hog knuckle dragging mouth breather; and proud of it!
I have read this book a number of times over the years and I still enjoy it. Come and join high school grad Johnny Rico and his mates as they go through Terran Federation Mobile Infantry boot camp, then aboard the corvette Rodger Young as they battle the "bugs" and to a lesser extent, the "skinnnies" from planet to planet. No spoilers but JR experiences some close calls and interesting situations. Big changes in his career as things progress. All-in-all, this audible selection (mostly) lives up to what I remember. Lloyd James' performance is not quite up to what I expected / hoped for. Other than that, this is classic vintage Heinlein. Well worth it.
Big fan of Science fiction. I am an aerospace Manager by day, food/wine enthusiast, surfer, photographer, cyclist and guitarist after hours
It was well done with one issue. The editing was terrible. While the voice was in fact, very good (after all, Rico was a young man), the editing was just not professional. You can easily tell where the dubbing was done and there was even one place where the the phrase was repeated in a different timbre. That being said, it is Heinlein at one of his finest (IMO). If you have seen the movie, which I can only describe as an abomination and hollywood rape of a classic, you are in for a refreshing surprise. It was great when I first read it in my teens, and it is still great in my late 40's. Enough said.
I liked his performance quite a bit. He portrayed the protagonist in the earnest style that you would immediately indicate someone in his late teens and early 20's.
I won't comment due to the spoiler aspect of my description.
Heinlein at his best. It is a book with revisiting for certain!
It has an engaging story punctuated by Heinlein's philosophical ideas on war and society.
Also, my kind of narrator. He has a pleasing voice but doesn't go off the deep end coming up with different voices for every character.
I wouldn't put this before The Moon is a Harsh Mistress or Stranger in a Strange Land, but I am very happy to have this one under my belt!
This is one one my favourite books
Starship Troopers introduced me to the world of possibilities that science fiction offers
too bad the narration didn't live up to that expectation