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Starship Troopers | [Robert A. Heinlein]

Starship Troopers

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.
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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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    Greg Pleasanton, CA, USA 03-11-04
    Greg Pleasanton, CA, USA 03-11-04
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    "Is it over yet??"

    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.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Luv2Read Waterford, MI USA 10-05-04
    Luv2Read Waterford, MI USA 10-05-04 Member Since 2001

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    "The reading will drive you nuts."

    The reader sounds bored out of his gourd. Did they actually pay someone to read like this?

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Seattle, WA, USA 02-22-08
    Charles Seattle, WA, USA 02-22-08
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    "Good reading of a good book"

    A great way to read/listen to Starship Troopers.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    shane eden, VT, United States 11-12-12
    shane eden, VT, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I dont et it"
    What disappointed you about Starship Troopers?

    the lack of detail


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    ehh


    What didn’t you like about Lloyd James’s performance?

    nothing special monotone nothing to like here


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    it was about space and fighting giant bugs


    Any additional comments?

    skip it see the movie

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Murphy Natick, MA United States 03-28-12
    Christopher Murphy Natick, MA United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2009

    Hyperbole is the Best Thing EVER!!!!

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    Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or Lloyd James?

    I wouldn't read anything by Heinlein unless I had a gun at my head.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Well it won't be another highly rated science fiction book.


    What aspect of Lloyd James???s performance would you have changed?

    I would have given him a different book. He did nothing wrong and didn't deserve to be punished by reading this terrible book.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, it didn't


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 03-22-12
    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Starship Snoozers"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron 01-03-12
    Ron 01-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "More pooper than Trooper!"
    Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or Lloyd James?

    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?!!


    Has Starship Troopers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Very, very close


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lloyd James?

    It wouldn't matter...no one could make this story interesting for me.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I'll have to get back to you on this one.....


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone thinking of downloading this book may want to seriously consider a psychological evaluation first.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer IRVING, TX, United States 11-13-11
    Amazon Customer IRVING, TX, United States 11-13-11
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    "Surprisingly shallow"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Phelan 05-30-11
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    "Tribute to Grunts Masquerading as a Novel"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ken cypress, CA, United States 02-03-11
    Ken cypress, CA, United States 02-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A fair story"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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