Audiobook narrator in my own right, I'm a voracious listener of anything & everything. I'm a sponge, absorbing entertainment & the craft!
As a fan of the film, but having never read the book, I DID know that this novel was significantly different than its movie-version. I went in with an open mind, and while the book is quite good (Heinlein certainly had some opinions about military and government!!!), I found it to be rather preachy. Still the book could be worth reading (or listening to) if the narrator was better. More or less, he was fine as long as he was reading narrative, but once he started to do voices...what voices!? There was no differentiating between one character and another. There was ZERO acting when it came to the parts! And the pauses!!! Sometimes they would be so unnecessary I was shocked that after a lengthy pause he was still talking about the same thing! Then, the bad spot editing! These bits were frequent (several times a chapter) and he sounded so different I wondered if it might be a different narrator. And then the audio quality would go drastically off! The very start has this happen. The title of the book is one of these spot checks. It was distracting and made a somewhat slow novel, ten times slower and very boring! This could have been a rather fantastic listen if they hadn't had such a bad reader. Because that's all he was. A reader. Not a performer, not a narrator! I'd say avoid this audiobook and hopefully they'll get someone better to redo this one soon!
Imagine being immersed in a story, and another voice suddenly interrupts the narrator with some lines he was apparently not given in time for the original recording. And imagine this goes on for the length of the story. The result is distractions worse than commercial breaks.
The story itself was just ok. Interesting action and character development alternated with the author's opinions on politics, moral responsibility, child-rearing, the death penalty, etc., etc.
Probably not. Not due to his vocal skill but due to technical reasons discussed above.
If I were making an abridged version, it would skip Heinlein's pontificating on political issues (see above).
To be frank, I am a very disappointed customer. Because of this books presentation, I am now considering quitting this service.
I will revisit this book again sometime - probably the same I listen to "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" again.
The intimate storytelling method. As seems to be the author's style, the narrative never breaks away from our hero's perspective.Also, the author's commentary on our own society (as revealed retrospectively as history) was fun to listen to and think about, especially given this book's age.
Very believable and personal performance as the lead character; great pacing, leaves some 'breathing room' where appropriate, never felt rushed or tedious. The sections where he's reading female characters bother me, but that's a frequent feeling I get while listening to books, so take that with a grain of salt :)
There are several moments of real camaraderie between the infantrymen, and genuine relationships all throughout this story with characters of all types. No character is left as a cardboard cutout here, you'll find emotional attachment to many.
The audio quality is a bit inconsistent; it sounds as if certain lines were recorded with a lower-quality microphone or something. Minor distraction, if you notice it at all.
I group it with the good ones. It wasn't great, but I really enjoyed it. I wish I had known going in what year this book was published. This book is much more impressive when you consider when it was written.
The main character is really the only interesting character in this book. Unlike the movie the book mainly follows the main character exclusively, all other characters are very minor in comparison.
The narrator could have been more animated, and the audio quality should have been better. But it was not a chore to listen to, I enjoyed the reader enough, nothing special, but fine.
"Do you want to live forever?"
The book was good, considering when it was written it is astounding the amount of technology that the author dreamed up, very impressive. That said, this book is very main character centric, all of the other characters are very minor by comparison. There are really no friends that you care about, no girlfriend, just the main character and a handful of other characters who's names you know even though you are not emotionally invested in them. I know that the movie is like a totally different thing, barely resembling the book, but the movie made the relationships important, and the book would have been better if it did the same. Overall a very good book, just a little lonely in my opinion.
Classic Heinlein. Great tale. Though, it seemed like the story was just getting warmed up at the end. Would've enjoyed a sequel very much.
I greatly enjoyed this book. While I'm newer to recreational literature, I grew up on the movie going in to this book with the expectation of what I had seen in the movie.This book was my bridge in to recreational literature, and this book based on one of my favorite movies made it happen. I was blown away, this book much more then the movie. The book was well narrated by Loyd James with a few minor overdubs and such which did not ruin the experience. While Reading I felt a sense of pride, feeling like I would have made many of the same choices that Johnny made. I think that if i was made to read this book in high school i would have really considered joining the military, and to this day if necessary i would not hesitate. This book is my definition of citizenship. I would recommend this book to any of those interested in Si-Fi / Military.
The story mixed action with philosophy well. It's one my favorite Heinlein books. I wish Lloyd James would re-record it with the skills he has now. It's the reason I joined the Army instead of another branch - and I stayed for 3 years active and 18 years in the reserves. I guess you could say that this book was an important influence in my life.
BUT, this was one of Lloyd James' first audio books (I think and hope). He LATER became a very good reader. With this book he was stilted and artificial. Later, when he read "The Curse of Chalion" (a VERY good book, by the way) he read so well that I looked a couple of times to assure myself it was the same reader.
The realistic action (which hasn't deteriorated at all over 50 years) and the philosophy, mixed in, that I wish we could adopt now.
YES, BUT, look carefully at the performance reviews of Lloys James. He started off poor but became very good.
YES! But don't let Lloyd James reading put you off Heinlein. He was the king of SF from 70+ to 40 years ago. His books have aged remarkably well.
My favourite science fiction, especially vintage SF, has elements of the bizarre and alien, as well as a mystery or an unexpected twist. This novel has neither for the modern reader. Now, I realize that my familiarity with space travel and hive mind alien bug opponents is not the book's fault, but is a result of it having been so influential in the genre. That being said, the central story isn't really science fiction at its core. Its a story about becoming a soldier in a modern army, with some rather heavy-handed preachy sections. Now, I've got nothing against preaching - I'm training to be a preacher myself - but it's pretty blunt and non-nuanced, and thus pretty boring.
This book is interesting from a historical perspective; however, the story itself is showing its age and wasn't compelling at all to me. I'm returning it.
The reader seems like he's reading the book for the first time. He pauses at totally inappropriate times, mispronounces words, and emphasizes the wrong word many, many times, and I'm not even halfway through the book yet.
When talking about someone being hanged until he is "dead, dead, dead" the narrator reads it as "dead (long pause) deaddead".
No. I've read in other reviews that he is a good reader, but this one is so bad that I think I'll pass.
No. Heinlein is dead and I don't think many modern writers would do justice to a sequel. I'd be glad to be proven wrong, though.
I have 4 Audible accounts and my wife thinks I may have a problem.
yes because I could drive while I listened.
Yes fo sho!
A must listen.