...but the retakes at the top of chapters were terribly jarring and took me out of the story. I will likely never listen to this recording again. It is important that I point out the fact that it was the editing, and not the reader at fault here. If this is Blackstone's idea of a product that is "ready for public release" I may be wary of them in the future.
This is one of my favorites from my childhood. I have always appreciated the socially charged nature of Heinlein. If you like sci-fi, I would recommend this, or any other of his books for that matter.
Starship Troopers is the genre defining epic of military science fiction. The reader does a decent job, though I would've preferred more variety in accents and tone inflection in action scenes.
The narrator's voice is thin and flat. He doesn't differentiate characters at all. And he has zero sense of drama. I genuinely can't tell if this is a good story (though I have to say it's decidedly dated), because the narrator is so bad he is ruining the book.
Not this recording.
Start over because this narrator, Lloyd James, is hopeless. Truly, his performance and the mere existence of this recording a disservice to the Heinlein estate and this book, which no small reputation.
I couldn't finish it.
I paid three dollars for this download, and it turns out that was too much.
This is one of my favorite stories. I read it first as a teenager, and it was key in shaping my own philosophy of life. The narrator was good, but the variation in sound quality was annoying at times.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book and plan on listening again! Well worth it! The narrator was great! Read Starship Troopers as an early Teen, and decided to listen as an adult after finding out about Heinlein's proto-libertarian views.
Some obvious revisions/edits to the voice recording, but not really distracting. I love the story and it clearly shows where video games HALO and ODST got dinner of their inspiration.