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Starship Troopers Audiobook

Starship Troopers

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Publisher's Summary

Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

©1959 by Robert A. Heinlein; (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • Hugo Award, 1960

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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-20-08
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-20-08 Member Since 2016

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Well Aged Heinlein"

    I had not read Starship Troopers in many years. Many of Heinlein's books have not aged very well, but this has aged quite well. This book has quite a lot of moral philosophy and social commentary, and a bit of humor, science fiction and action adventure. The main character is well developed, and the events interesting and fun. I enjoyed this listen quite a bit. This has little in common with the very bad movie.

    38 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 03-30-08
    Robert 03-30-08
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    "Freedom, Power=Responsibility"

    A well written space war story told with realistic characters and plot. This is a story of a young man who discovers himself and his place in a free society during an alien race war. Great action and character development with moral lessons that still hit home in the present. Questions like: Should everyone vote even if they don't care? What is the price of freedom? Is our way to handle youth violence based on any reasonable philosophy? Read this to enjoy a good tale or read it to think about human societies? It's good both ways.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    B. Cox Pennsylvania 10-12-13
    B. Cox Pennsylvania 10-12-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Bad overdubs"
    Any additional comments?

    Recording was mostly good, except for occasional sentences or paragraphs that were overdubbed and sounded awful - muffled, and possibly even a different narrator.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 06-28-06
    Michael East Peoria, IL, United States 06-28-06 Member Since 2014
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    "My favorite book ever"

    This is my favorite fiction book ever, and the only book that comes in a close second is Ender's Game. I loved "Starship Troopers" the first time that I read it at 13 years old, and I really loved listening to the audio recording 14 years later at 27. I drove around and wasted exhorbitant amounts of gas just so I could continue listening to it. It was nice. I reccommend this book to any person 13 years of age or above.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cather Cumberland, VA, United States 11-18-05
    Cather Cumberland, VA, United States 11-18-05 Member Since 2016
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    "A Science Fiction Classic"

    As other people have pointed out, the movie "based on" this book really wasn't. A few of the concepts made it into the movie, but only in passing. The real problem is that if you see the movie, you're expecting a sci-fi action movie of bugs and guns, and that's not what this book is.

    This is a Heinlein novel, and he's doing here what he does best: take a concept, and explore it through fiction. Many people have assumed that Heinlein is a fascist because of the world he created here, but I don't think they got the point. Unlike many Heinlein novels, this is a book for adults, and it requires thinking about what's being said.

    This only gets four stars because of the reading. I think Lloyd James does a pretty good job here, but the long pauses get annoying. I kept thinking I'd bumped my iPod. Still, I recommend it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald United States 10-25-08
    Gerald United States 10-25-08 Member Since 2016
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    "5 Star Story 1 Star Interpretation. 3 Overall"

    I love the story. It's well worth reading the actual book. But I cannot recommend the narrator for this one. And I was especially disappointed because the same narrator did such a GREAT job reading The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. But for this book he had a very flat, unemotional voice. And he kept hesitating and pausing in the middle of reading when it was obviously uncalled for. It was almost like he was unsure of himself and kept pausing to figure out how to read the next part. It was very annoying. Read the book - it's full of great ideas. But don't listen to this one.

    31 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Whiting, IN, United States 02-16-03
    Lisa Whiting, IN, United States 02-16-03 Member Since 2005
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    "DON'T see the movie, listen to this instead!"

    One of the crimes of this past century is the movie that was based on this classic novel. Someone ought to go to jail over that.

    But this Blackstone audio production does real justice to this interesting novel. Don't get too caught up in the military aspect of it's plot. It's really a coming-of-age story. It's also a remarkably adult story. And of course, Heinlein gets on his soap box and finds space to put forward his rather unique conservative political positions. Agree with him or not, at least he will get you thinking.

    If you are looking to share an audio book with a teenage son, this might be a good one. My 15 year old loved it, and it made for some interesting conversations.

    58 of 67 people found this review helpful
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    Ms Letty 12-06-04
    Ms Letty 12-06-04
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    "Wonderful, but hold your fire on the narrator"

    I heartily agree with most of the comments above, but I'd disagree with the negative comments about the narrator. I've heard him read several things and he adapts himself - he's no raw youngster like Johnny Rico the supposed narrator, though he sounds exactly like one on this recording. So good was his reading of the book in this character that I really thought he was around 22. It was only when I heard him read other works that I realised how carefully he'd played the part, and that he is actually considerably older.

    As for the book itself: wonderful. And the other comments are, IMHO, absolutely right - ie it knocks the film into a cocked hat. A very shallow cocked hat.

    25 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Stygar Carlsbad, CA USA 08-31-09
    Monica Stygar Carlsbad, CA USA 08-31-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book / Great Reading"

    This is an excellent story - thought provoking but amusing and engaging. It was also an excellent reading. The narrator did a great job with it. It is easy to listen to and appreciate.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Gousha San Jose, CA USA 06-21-07
    Charles Gousha San Jose, CA USA 06-21-07 Member Since 2009
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    "Great social analysis"

    This book is much less a military tale than a treatise on military life and related social philosophies. In between lengths describing a young man's reshaping from newly graduated civilian into a veteran military officer, Heinlein gives a number of views, ideas, and commentary on social/political setups, including voting, evolution, and military service in general. Putting this book's viewpoints side by side with "Stranger in a Strange Land" leads to interesting thoughts about our modern society.
    The reading is excellent. There are a few mis-pronounced words here and there in the first half, but the vocal tone is varied and engaging. Recommended reading/listening!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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