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Battlefield Earth | [L. Ron Hubbard]

Battlefield Earth

Suspense, politics, war, humor and intergalactic finance. A towering masterwork of science fiction adventure and one of the best-selling science fiction novels of all time, L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth opens with breathtaking scope on an Earth dominated for 1,000 years by an alien invader and man is an endangered species. From the handful of surviving humans a courageous leader emerges Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, who challenges the invincible might of the alien Psychlo empire in a battle of epic scale, danger and intrigue with the fate of the Earth and of the universe in the tenuous balance.
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Publisher's Summary

Suspense, politics, war, humor and intergalactic finance. A towering masterwork of science fiction adventure and one of the best-selling science fiction novels of all time, L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth opens with breathtaking scope on an Earth dominated for 1,000 years by an alien invader and man is an endangered species. From the handful of surviving humans a courageous leader emerges Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, who challenges the invincible might of the alien Psychlo empire in a battle of epic scale, danger and intrigue with the fate of the Earth and of the universe in the tenuous balance.

©1982 L. Ron Hubbard; (P) Galaxy Press, LLC

What the Critics Say

"This has everything: suspense, pathos, politics, war, humor, diplomacy, and intergalactic finance." (Publishers Weekly)
"Tight plotting, furious action, and have at 'em entertainment." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Shane Jasper, OH, USA 10-10-06
    Shane Jasper, OH, USA 10-10-06 Member Since 2006

    I am a long-haul truck driver out of Chillicothe, OH. You will find me mostly in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy section of a bookstore or library.

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    "They Gutted This Story"

    Battlefield Earth is one of my favorite stories, but I am deleting this audiobook version from my library. There is so much material omitted that it doesn't even hang together, and I don't think a person listening to it for the first time could understand it. For example, Terl completely disappears from the story after the attack on the compounds, when the gas drone was launched. So, how do the earthlings learn how to build a transport device - Terl was the only one who knew how to do that. What about Brown Limper's growing hatred of Johnny, his attempt to kill Johny and his attempt to become ruler of Earth. What about Johhny's friendship with Kurr, the General's treachery, and Patty's tragic love affair with Bitty? How did Johny finally learn Psychlo mathematics? These are all important parts of the whole story and their lack leaves a hollow shell of a tale that does not flow, and leaves far too many lose ends. My advice is to wait for the UNabridged version of the book. It will be well worth the wait and the listen.

    48 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    THOMAS GREY Lawrenceville, Ga USA 10-23-08
    THOMAS GREY Lawrenceville, Ga USA 10-23-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Too much was abridged"

    This is a well told story and I love McDowell as the reader! However, there is far too much cut out of this telling. So much of the story was lost that I am actually sad that I got this as an audiobook. Go get the actual book and read it. So much better

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    james MEMPHIS, TN, United States 11-01-10
    james MEMPHIS, TN, United States 11-01-10
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    "SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!"

    And I thought the movie was bad. They ruined an excellent book, too much stuff left out. Save your money and wait for an un-abridged version of the book or just read it. In the first few chapters alone you miss much of the story.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Dambois Wallkill, NY USA 08-15-12
    Donald Dambois Wallkill, NY USA 08-15-12

    Don

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    "DO NOT Buy this Abridged Version !"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one should by this Abridged version of the book. The ACTUAL book is wonderful, fully fleshed out story and characters. This Audio version is Atrocious! They cut out huge sections of the story that made the book itself so enjoyable and ruined what was left. I did not enjoy this horrible, hacked up version that has been produced here. The editors should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. (PLEASE refund my money!)


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Waukegan, IL, United States 05-23-11
    Charles Waukegan, IL, United States 05-23-11
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    "Battlefield"

    If you want to listen to this book, get the unabridged edition. The abridged edition leaves out of things that make this book enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Monique San Diego, CA, USA 06-09-05
    Monique San Diego, CA, USA 06-09-05
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    "Entertaining read"

    I read this book at least 5 times. It is quite entertaining and has never failed to grab my attention. Sure it?s pretty far fetched here and there, but, hellooooooooo, it?s FICTION!!!
    I do advice to wait for the unabridged version (abridgments always seem to leave out important story threads so the book doesn?t seem to hang together properly).

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 01-30-12
    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 01-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A bit daft"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a pretty entertaining and easily comprehensible read.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The Psychlos were quite good characters. The hero Johnny was pretty one-dimensional


    What does Roddy McDowall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought he was magnificent. A fantastically graphic and versatile actor


    Was Battlefield Earth worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I was a bit surprised it was in the Modern Library top 100 because it is an easy listen, but pure Pulp really

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judit Szodliget, Hungary 08-06-10
    Judit Szodliget, Hungary 08-06-10
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    "I love this book, but..."

    I love this book, but... I am very sorry it is abridged. As some important parts were left out, sometimes it is difficult to follow or understand the action line in this audiobook. The narration would be nice if was not too fast. Some places it seems to be a quicky. In spite of these - having read the book not once - I have enjoyed the audiobook. Thank you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Tague 08-17-14
    Ray Tague 08-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Yep you are very right they gutted this big time"
    Would you try another book from L. Ron Hubbard and/or Roddy McDowall?

    this is a great book in writing and they did gut it just a little on tape format and a lot on here on this format What 8 hours it should be a 30 to 40 hour reading. The movie was not even close


    What could L. Ron Hubbard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    he did perfect


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roddy McDowall’s performances?

    try making it closer to the book. but he did good job on what he did


    What character would you cut from Battlefield Earth?

    CUT....I would be adding


    Any additional comments?

    make it closer to the book and it would be so much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen El Paso, TX, United States 05-26-14
    Stephen El Paso, TX, United States 05-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Battlefield Earth - Not the Movie"

    I recommend to purchase this book.

    Story: I have not seen the movie but I understand it to be awful in execution. The book is average to very good in terms of imagination as you expect from a science fiction book. It is easy to follow and shows some interesting themes.

    Production: Roddy McDowall is the reader and, so, I am biased since I enjoy his acting. In fact, I think his reading raises the book to higher level. He is easy to listen to and an accomplished actor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Keith
    Peacehaven, East Sussex, United Kingdom
    10/14/06
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    "Too abridged for my liking"

    Roddy MCdowell does an excellent job of narrating Battlefield Earth. Unfortunately whoever did the abridging was not so clever. Large sections of the original story have been left out, materially altering the plot and sense of the book. This is a great shame as the original story is one of the best Sci Fi adventures ever written. I have read all 1000+ pages 3 times so feel that I can speak with some authority on this. Had the original book been preserved intact I would happily give it 5 stars. In this hacked state I can only give it 2.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Little Wenlock, United Kingdom
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    "Dismal version, abridged to death"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Only half of the book was included, losing all the political aspects and the build up against the Tolneps.


    What was most disappointing about L. Ron Hubbard’s story?

    The story is great, if read yourself. But this is a dismal hatchet job.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    Carshalton, United Kingdom
    11/15/11
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    "Too abridged and ignore the film!"

    I must agree, without reservation, to the two previous reviews.
    Having read the book several times did help to fill in the missing chapters, and whole chapters were omitted in this abridged version.
    However, if you enjoy scifi and man against all the odds scenarios, this is a must read.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Revey
    rhondda, mid glam, United Kingdom
    12/28/10
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    "Goodboy Roddy"

    Forget about the film. I first read this book in my early 20's and Roddy McDowels narrations put you there with the charactors and time.
    An absolute classic listen.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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