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.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
So this book was picked for my book club. Yes, I cheat and listened to the audio instead of reading it. Yes, I get razzed at book club too, but who has time to actually read. Okay so I might be one of the few people that actually liked the movie judging by other reviewers, so I was cool with this pick. I will admit that the book is way better, but I tend to think of them as completely different stories. This book was written back in 1959 and amazingly enough a lot of the authors theories about the future are very close to the mark. The author has a lot of philosophical points that make you stop and think them over. Overall a good book but I would have enjoyed it more if it had been read by a different narrator. I wasn't a fan of the narrator/ recording it sounded like it was an old tape that made everything monotoned and flat with the end of the words sounding fuzzy.
A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.
They must have accidentally printed the wrong title on this book. This boring Hugo award winner should be called "Humdrum Trooper." With a title like Starship Troopers you would think there would be some action, but it was nothing more than an infantryman's boring account of his early military service, bookended by the first and last chapters with weak battles. Heinlein used the story to preach his political and social views. Hardly any science fiction. Don't waste your time with this one.
Lloyd James' narration doesn't help the book at all. His voice is weak (which just doesn't work when you mimic a Sergeant), he doesn't do voices (which makes it hard to tell who's talking), and the main character Juan Rico doesn't have the slightest Spanish accent.
for those who think about buying this audiobook. first of all is that it is different from the movie even though some aspect still the same. the difference is this book talk about army philosophy 90% of the time, 5% storyline, and 5%action.
the story is bland and full of stupid army philosophy. the narator sometimes change its voice mid sentence. not recommended for those who want action.
This book got me straight to sleep with no risk of any engagement or interest. The narration was possibly close to as good as void be expected given the material.
Essentially a diary of a bland and brainwashed soldier doing stuff.
This isn't a story. It is an excuse for the author to expound on his theories in long detail.
None of them are memorable enough that I can think of their names to cut them.