It doesn't matter if I read it from my old hard-back edition, or listen to it from Audible via my iPhone, "The book is the way the Movie should have been made".
There's very few books I care to go through twice, but this is one of those few.
If you've only seen the movie, read the book. It's totally different but fascinating and gives more perspective/content to some of the stuff from the movie.
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.
I loved the movie and decided to try the original. Well if you want to listen to a terrible monotone narrator who pauses at odd times, and hours of preachy military dribble about rank then by all means get this book. The bug wars are barely a factor, the characters are barely fleshed out and are one dimensional. I seriously struggled to get through this boring garbage. I was hoping for so much more but it seems the movie grabbed the best parts of this book and vastly expanded them. Final grade - D
Starship Troopers was significantly better than the movie of the same name. It romanticizes the military and the strife required to move forward as a recruit in an exciting, action packed, science fiction setting. The only downside is that it ends too soon.
I enjoyed the story and I thought that the use of a separate class of citizens, who had taken personally responsibility for the body politic, most intriguing. Heinlein always seem to point out a likely what-if grounded in the hard facts of history and the current trajectory of civilization. I found myself with a few key takeaways from the story, both philosophical and educational. I recommend this book for anyone searching for further understanding of the military and for aspiring leaders.
seriously this book is one of my favorite sci-fi adventures that truly challenges you to think and consider some really interesting political concepts.