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"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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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!)
If you want to listen to this book, get the unabridged edition. The abridged edition leaves out of things that make this book enjoyable.
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.
Amazing book but this abridged version feels like I am watching a movie. Quick summery no character development. Big scenes and plot point are skipped over. DONT LISTEN TO THIS AUDIO BOOK. Read the original!!!!
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
he did perfect
try making it closer to the book. but he did good job on what he did
CUT....I would be adding
make it closer to the book and it would be so much better.
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).
It was interesting but if you read the book you will be disappointed they left a lot out of the book. I was under the impression no matter how long a book the entire book would be read. It was abbreviated like the movie, this is one book that if not read has to be redone (movie, audio book or TV show in its entirety.
"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.
"Dismal version, abridged to death"
Only half of the book was included, losing all the political aspects and the build up against the Tolneps.
The story is great, if read yourself. But this is a dismal hatchet job.
"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.
"Good Story of a possible future"
Breathtaking, Exhilarating, Suspeneful
Lord of the Rings - Like LOTR this story takes you through a journey full of suspense and intrigue of first one main character then slowly adding more to bring about an over all great story
Always a pleasure to listen to a story by Roddy McDowell as he always seems to bring the characters alive in his own unique way
Like any good book this left me wanting both more and to start read again
Unfortunately this is not the full book being read but a cut and chopped version. Even though the parts missing might not have damaged the listening to a first time reader or listener and still made this an amazing book.
To a true fan of this story, the missing sections add that added background and in some places that extra bit of other character heroics needed to help make a good book GREAT.
"This abridged version ruined the story"
The story was cut so badly. major characters disappeared and there were huge leaps in the story line. The full version is required to appreciate this story>.
Piers Anthony With a tangled Skein
Seriously read the unabridged version as this does the story no favours at all
While reading was good - it was way too abridged - shame because it's a classic SF novel and deserves to be read in full
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.
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