I was NOT a fan of the film, but after talking to older friends who suggested the book was worth reading, I too the chance on this one. Somewhat philosophical in its approach, with as much to say about our place in society as anything, I found the story engaging and enjoyable. Narration is decent as well. Some similarities to the movie of the same name are certainly present, but in the main this is a totally different story, with different values and sensibilities.
For fans of Sci Fi, this should be in your library.
(From my husband) I read the book several years ago and enjoyed it then; Saw the movie and hated it. I was glad to see it available on Audible and thoroughly enjoyed it again. Heilein writes a story about a futuristic soldier, but weaves in social commentary about how the world could look in the future if cultures continued to focus on the individual, and not the greater good. It was eerily similar to current events, and close to the social issues we are facing today. The book has a strong political theme towards the middle and later chapters, but it makes for excellent discussions.
The book follows the life of a kid that joins the military, follows him through training, conflict, and recollections of life and discussions before his enlistment. While it may sound bland and generic, Heinlein adds the details to give thorough explanations of the thoughts and actions of the characters and situations.
Great book. Wonderful story of camaraderie and the relationship between service members. It always moves me when I read or listen.
I am a Christian, husband, father of two, and amateur photographer. I heart audio books. A lot.
Heinlein's masterpiece is amazing in and of itself. When you consider it was originally published in 1959 it's absolutely astounding. Think of the SciFi books you've read that were written 10-20 years after this one that are already dated, this book holds up and is more poignant than ever in today's times. Heinlein proves you can have a captivating work of science fiction without polluting it with obscenities and illicit sex, a lesson modern writers should learn. The complaints about the narrator are negligible, I've listened to both audio versions and both are fine. If you are caught up in a mispronunciation or insufficient dramatization, then you're missing the point. The content of this book is what should be focused upon, there are many deep moral questions explored regarding society, the military, and suffrage. Also, the subtle humor and storytelling are excellent, which you should expect from R.A. Heinlein. If you're a SciFi fan, this is an absolute must read/listen. The movie was an absolute travesty, if you enjoyed it then this book may not be for you. If you have not seen the movie, take my advice and keep it that way.
I started ready Heinlein when I was in elementary school in the late 50's and early 60's, when many of his books were fresh off the presses. I have been a life-long fan ever since and periodically re-read several of his books that are my favorites.
Starship Troopers is the second on that list, only after The Door Into Summer. It resonates with me on so many levels that I cannot count them all, though the most recent is that I am married to a Filipina, the same ethnicity as Johnny Rico. I, too, have served in the military and I cannot help but think that much of what motivated me to join was somehow rooted in this book.
I agree the reading could be much better, which is why I deducted a star from the my rating.
However, if you can get past the marginal quality of the reading and put aside your personal preconceptions/prejudices about the nature of mankind and how societies should deal with that in an equitable manner, you will not only find this book highly entertaining, but insightful and thought-provoking.
Given the state of today's world and the incompetent and/or venal bozos on either end of the political spectrum that are running it, Heinlein just might have had it right!
P.S. Echoing the sentiments of many others, the movie of the same title was a massive disappointment, bore only the most tenuous relationship with the content of the book, and was a tiresome screed of the director's ignorance, prejudices, and overall cluelessness about all things military and political. Even some of the cool special effects couldn't save it and and I'm something of a CGI junkie. In a nutshell: it SUCKED!
After seeing the weak movie several years ago this reading breathed new life into the story for me. Friends of mine we discussing the book which I had initially avoid because of the movie. Although some of the political overtones are dated and not main stream now its refreshing view the future though pre-cold war writings. Also eerie parallels to current day agenda's i.e USA Freedom Corps.
I have had this audio book previously, and the version on Audible is like a copy of a copy of a copy. I am very dissappointed in the product.
If you can find a more 'original' version of the audiobook, I recommend it. For those that do not know, the book is NOT the movie.
I was extremely disappointed by this audio addition of Heinlein’s classic novel (one of my all-time favorites).
If you’ve never experienced this book, I urge you to do so… After all, this book single handedly created the genre of Military Science Fiction! But, I urge you to EXPERIENCE IT IN PRINT!!!
I liked the movie because it was fun. I absolutely loved this book. This has got to be one of my favorite listens to date, and I've listened to more than 100 books. It is so good that I can gurantee that I will listen to it again.