A) My parents were mere pups in 1959.
B) I am not a person who is generally attracted to, what appears to be, sci-fi pulp.
C) The movie is enough to make any sensible person want to run screaming from this book.
D) Military stories tend to do very little for me.
All that said, I read this on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. Personally, I liked the narrator's tone and cadence quite a bit.
On a few occasions, the author does do some Ayn Rand-esque philosophizing, using his characters as a mouthpiece for his philosophy. These moments are few and far between enough, that they are easily stomached. If you don't let them bother you, this is a great listen!
I have read many books in my day and this one is my favorite. The 1997 movie and the book are completely different and unrelated. The movie is an embarrassment to this fantastic book. An interesting fact about the movie is that the director never even finished reading the book before he directed the movie.
When I first started listening to this book, I thought it was going to be as bad as the movie. I was greatly surprised by the philosophical and political agenda. It is almost as if the book and the movie have nothing in common, and for this I am greatful.
If there is one thing I have learned. If you like the movie you will love the book. This is the best book I have. Takes a little bit to get used to the narrator. I have had this title on my otis so many times I could not count. Cant wait till my 4 year old is old enough for this one.
It rates last due to the narration.
Hight school math book.
To flat and boring.
I could not listen to it in one sitting. Got irritated with the narration.
Of all Heinlen's work, this one is my favorite. It truly stands the test of time. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough; it simply is a must own!
The book I found interresting. Very different from the movie adaptation. Heinlein tries to address some social and philosophical issues in this book, making it not merely an "action movie book", but a book with some depth. Not the deepest book in the cuttlery drawer, but still. Quite enjoyable.
The narration I did not enjoy. The reader I found somewhat annoyig. I have only heard this one book by Lloyd James, he may be better in other books.
I will recommend this book to others based on its written contents, though not on its narration.
*please forgive me any writing errors ;)
I would definitely listen to Starship Troopers again, my only dissatisfied remark is with the recording; the volume jumps up and down! at some points the narrator sounds muffled and distant as if through a pillow ten feet farther away. I got used to it after a while, but it was always present.
I wouldn't have changed his performance, just the recording performance.