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.
After having seen the movie and then taking a Sci-Fi class and having to read this book I have once again been very disapointed about the movie.They left so much ourt yet added to much to the movie. The book goes into much more detail aobut Rico and where he goes and how he gets there and nothing about the areasin the movie. Maybe they can remake the movie in the future to more fit the book.
A science fiction fan for as long as I can remember but I also enjoy history (fact and fiction) and humor.
This is the second of the titles I read from Audible and it was more in-line with what I was expecting. The story is excellent; Please don't confuse Robert Heinlein's excellent novel with the B-movie that came out a few years ago. The plot is vaguely similar, many of the names are the same, but the details differ significantly. This story was written by someone who'd experienced 'boot' (camp) and the description of tunnel warfare by 'marines' is a clear reference to Vietnam.
The reading was steady and clear. If there was a down side to the listening experience it really was the sound quality. There were periodic clicks and a noticable hiss that may have been on the original source recording.
This is classic military SF by a master. If you're exposure to military SF tends to the clean and tidy destruction of huge space armadas you migt appreciate a more up-close-and-personal listen to the story of Juan Rico
Granted, his reading style was stilted and awkward, but it detracted from this EXCELLENT novel only slightly. Worth wading through. I have only just recently discovered Heinlein though I have been reading SCI-FI for YEARS. He is a FANTASTIC SCI-FI author. Don't miss this book.
Let me start of by saying that this story is great. The characters and plot are well thought out and are believable. I don't believe I haven't read the book by now.
That being said, the narrator is horrible. He often sounds like he just ran up a flight of steps and is out of breath, and other times he sounds like he's bored or depressed as he sighs while he reads, but the worst thing is all of the pauses. He literally pauses for about a second after each sentence. After you notice it, it becomes hard to concentrate on the story.
I would still recommend downloading and listening to this book because the story is so strong, but I would suggest listening to the audio sample first to get an idea of what you are in for.
Much of the book consists of the main character recalling or thinking about important things that are very interesting. I don't see how that would work in a movie. The "action" in the book that would be easy to film isn't where the real action that would be hard to film is in this book.
The narrator is great. Some people may consider the reading "dry monotone" but that is the way a Starship Trooper would tell most of his story. The few times the narrator gets "animated" are very appropriate for the main character.
Heinlein's a genius, and this might be his best novel. Obviously, that's a good thing. The narrator chosen to bring this classic book to life, however, is nearly impossible to listen to: he's dull, lifeless, stumbles over some passages, mispronounces words, etc. Just a terrible performance. Definitely read the book, if you haven't; avoid this audio version, though.
Lloyd James is not only a bad reader, but a bad recorder. He absolutely ruined this fantastic book with bad editing, poor timing, inadequate mic placement (you can her him breath and click the mouse constantly) and general poor reading.
The fact that it is STARSHIP TROOPERS is the only reason I managed to provide 2 stars.