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
As another reviewer said - I just don't get it. It is slow, overly "dialoged", and has little action to offer. It was a struggle to listen to the entire thing.
The reader sounds bored out of his gourd. Did they actually pay someone to read like this?
the lack of detail
nothing special monotone nothing to like here
it was about space and fighting giant bugs
skip it see the movie
Hyperbole is the Best Thing EVER!!!!
I wouldn't read anything by Heinlein unless I had a gun at my head.
Well it won't be another highly rated science fiction book.
I would have given him a different book. He did nothing wrong and didn't deserve to be punished by reading this terrible book.
No, it didn't
Just a piece of right wing propaganda. There is absolutely no story. It's just a long propaganda piece for militarism, interventionism and murder by a man who never saw combat. Obviously this was Heinlein's attempt to overcompensate.
Aside from the fact that the narrator's voice is flat and unemotional, the story is plain boring. The first 5 minutes are interesting and it goes downhill from there. If you like action with your sci-fi stay far away from this title. I don't understand where all the high marks come from, it is also censored. Not one blanking curse.
Without a doubt one of the top 3 most boring books I've ever encountered. I'm still trying to figure out what kind of person I would have to be to enjoy this book. My conclusion....after about three years of utter solitude and isolation I MIGHT find this book stimulating. I'm all for details to enhance the story, but hours of inane, uninteresting drivel? Seriously?!!
Very, very close
It wouldn't matter...no one could make this story interesting for me.
I'll have to get back to you on this one.....
Anyone thinking of downloading this book may want to seriously consider a psychological evaluation first.
I hope you enjoy being preached to about sacrificing yourself for society, because that's what you're about to subject yourself to. There were a few exciting parts of this books, but they were between long sections about the superiority of people in the military. The narrator also reads the exciting parts like he's reading a grocery list. Good luck with this one.
I give the book 3 stars because I think any tribute to Marine infantry (i.e. grunts) deserves a star, because I think the lectures embedded in the novel are worth a listen, and because the novel contains some Heinleinian gems as he describes a future world.
However, the book itself was merely an excuse for long lectures about the importance to a free society of its voting citizens valuing their freedom and their vote. To Heinlein, the value of freedom is best understood by those who risked their lives for it. I tend to agree with Heinlein's basic point that citizens of free democracies who have lost the memory of what it took to gain that freedom become decadent and lazy and a free society of such citizens will inevitably decline.
I agree Mr. Heinlein, but you are writing a novel not a political lecture, and as a novel Starship Troopers just isn't very good. Anybody can create noble characters and then find excuses in the book to have them lecture the reader, but this isn't good writing. In a novel, show me your point by developing interesting characters and a plot which brings your point home in the way a lecture never could.
I don't regret listening to this book because I generally found the lectures embedded in the book worth listening to and I recommend the book because I think others would benefit from giving Heinlein's perspective in Starship Troopers some serious thought. Again however, as a novel, Starship Troopers just isn't very good.
While I wouldn’t boast that this is one of the better books I’ve listened to, I will admit that I enjoyed it to a degree. If you are feeling “so-so” about spending the credit, I would advise not doing so. On the other hand, if you find the description to your liking, by all means, enjoy. I liked the movie, and I believe the movie had a better story. Don’t purchase this book based on your enjoyment of the film, because I fear you would be disappointed.
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