While I wouldn’t boast that this is one of the better books I’ve listened to, I will admit that I enjoyed it to a degree. If you are feeling “so-so” about spending the credit, I would advise not doing so. On the other hand, if you find the description to your liking, by all means, enjoy. I liked the movie, and I believe the movie had a better story. Don’t purchase this book based on your enjoyment of the film, because I fear you would be disappointed.
Starship Troopers has always been one of my favorite books, and I've read it a number of times. This is far far different than the movie that came out. The story follows the young and privileged high school graduate Juan Rico who, almost on a whim, joins the military. When you are at peace joining the military seems more like an adventure, but then war breaks out. We follow Juan growing from a boy and into a man over the course of the war.
The book is full of social ideas which some find appalling. Personally I didn't have any problems with them, but if your politics tends to lean way to the left, you may have issues.
Several years ago I bought the audio CDs for about $60, but I never got past ripping the first CD because the reading was so bad -- monotone, slow, bad rhythm. I bought the audible version thinking (1) it might be better, and (2) at least I didn't need to spend the time ripping multiple CDs.
Bad decision. It is still the same bad version. I can recommend the book. I cannot recommend the audio version. Hopefully Audible.com will commission a new audio version.
I read this book as a teenager and then watch the movie in college and I like them both even though they aren't very well tied.
But going back to listen to this book again didn't justify my 'love'
I did like it but it wasn't as action packed as I remembered.
It's been about twenty years since I read this nutty old Heinlein novel -- and it was dated THEN. But it was loads of fun revisiting this tuff little boot-camp-o-da-future tale and especially funny listening to Heinlein's nut-boy political rants. He's so fervid in his hard-selling of the Heinlein version of Libertarianism (Ayn Rand meets Hulk Hogan) that he almost has me buying it. Great entertainment.
The reader has a very pleasing voice and does the various voice characterizations just right -- but, as other reviewers (pause) have pointed (pause) out, his (pause) unexpected, ungrammatical and (pause) mis(pause)placed (pause) pauses and (pause) weird emPHAsis slowly drive the listener mad -- but then maybe it's better to be out your freakin' mind to enjoy good ol' Heinlein to the fullest.
I enjoyed this story better than the movie. It gives more background and better insight into the main characters. A great tale.
This is my first introduction to Heinlein and if this is typical then you can keep it. Longwinded and boring , terrible narration and far to much detail. I kept thinking maybe on the next CD is when the action will start . Alas it never did , at least I can use them for drink coasters.Maybe it's just me and I just don't get it ,but give me excitement and emotion every time.
This may be a terrific book, as I have enjoyed reading other works by the author. However, the narrator has such little vision and emotion, that the best I can do 20 minutes before falling asleep. I have tried it several times, but I am sadly defeated after getting through the first two hours.
This is my 5th audible.com work of fiction, and the worst so far.
This is by far the very worst READ I've EVER heard!!! Dry, Monotone, and chock full of pregnant pauses. This is a crime against this WONDERFUL classic. Llyod James should NEVER read to anyone AGAIN!!!
Oh, God is this stale. I know it was written in the 50's but come on. Am I supposed to believe that in the future the roughest, toughest badasses in the armed forces don't cuss.
Anyway, this book comes off as a boring diary of a soldier from boot camp to leutenant. It's nothing like the movie and most of the characters from the movie barely appear in the book.
I would normally say the book was better than the movie but this is a sad exception.