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
It was a good story with a lot of politcal messages about how a country should be ran. Pretty interesting thoughts. The narrator sounded like he was from the 60's, but the book was written in 1959 so I guess that's an option. Audio changed volumes and speech patterns occasionally like they added sentences in later.
excellent story with some awesome themes and ideas that are true, even today.
The narrator had a frustrating voice to listen to. this book would have been better read by a guy with a deeper voice that wasn't so slurred and forced.
I wish we could get different voices, because this book is awesome.
a truly excellent listen, the book is a great story, there is a small issue with the recording at some points, where the volume gets a bit muffled, you dont miss any of it though, so its not much of an issue.
I really love the story but the overdubs were difficult to not make it a distraction. The narrator also read too slowly and I ended up listening on 1.5x speed. The story is great and would still listen to it regardless.
This is one of my favorite Heinlein books - and this particular recording of it has been around awhile. I remember checking out the CD version of it from my local library.
The problem is that its not a very good recording. There are numerous audio errors where breaks are in the wrong place, or the audio quality changes between sentences. I have no issue with the narrator, but the audio engineer was terrible!
Please do a new recording!
This story by one of my favorite authors has been an inspiration since I was in junior high school.
It's been quite some time since I've read it, so I really enjoyed hearing it as an unabridged audio book.
This version seems to have been the abridged version, that was later extended to an unabridged. The audio is inconsistent in palaces I found it annoying.
Absolutely he had a good even narration, and provided emotion when needed. His narration of this first person text comes across as if he was remember and not just reading the book.
excellent story follows more the animated series vs the movie. I loved when they got into how their society is structured. only thing that kinda sucked was the monotone voice if the reader and the poor recording. sometimes it took me out of the story. All around though worth the buy.
If you're looking for a campy sci fi this book isn't the place! Very thought provoking and engaging story, this book got me hooked on Heinlein and I haven't looked back! I recommend "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" after this Starship Troopers
A classic from Heinlien that resonates with world events. Give it a listen to explore the ideas being examined.
The performance was good, although a bit more differentiation between speakers would be better. Some audio oddities that might have been due to my using my phones speaker rather than stereo output.
"A great take on a classic novel!"
This has always been one of my favourite stories from my youth, and Lloyd James has managed to present it perfectly *very much in the style of the original narrative*. Don't go expecting the movie - this is a far simpler story of a young soldier, in a futuristic setting, from his point of view. Heinlein had a lot to say about the society we are living in, and where we might be going. Listen with an open mind - and enjoy.
"An insight into discipline"
Having seem the film I wanted to read this book to see what the film missed. The film is very loosely based on the book and you can see why when you listen to it. I loved this book, even though the reader lacked expression the story made it all worth while. I think it is more about ideology than attacking bugs and I can see why it caused a stir when it was released. This book makes you consider how we bring up our children and why we do what we do. Very thought provoking.
Had always meant to pick up this book, after seeing the film a few years ago. I disagree with some of the other reviews, in terms of the narration. I enjoyed listening to this.
The story is great, and thought provoking in terms of the concepts presented.
"A truly terrible reading!"
I can't review the story because the reading is so unspeakably bad that I gave up on it after an hour and have no intention of putting myself through the rest of it. Lloyd James reads like he has never seen the words infront of him in his life before. He reads every sentence with EXACTLY THE SAME pattern and vocal inflections. He takes long pauses between mid sentence words and generally sounds like a total amateur. And most unforgivebly of all - you can hear rustling pages. BBC audio books this ain't! Please avoid this terrible reading.
I agree that the narration is certainly not the best you will find on Audible. The story, however, shines through! I completely enjoyed this book and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone.
The book melds an enjoyable sci-fi story with a very interesting political essay on government and society in general.
In short, enjoyable Sci-Fi!
Starship Troopers is a true classic, an enjoyable, epic read or listen.
Highly recommend it!
"Once more in the breach and damm those torpedoes"
Damm good book
The training of the Mobile Infantry.
When John Rico went over the hump, both physically and mentally.
It was hard going to read the book years ago but when John Rico went of the hump, both physically and mentally in his training I felt good as the main character felt. The way the military was treated and respected in the book is better than the military is treated today and I would disagree with anyone who say this book is rubbish for any reason.
"top sci fi story"
the book is great and i have read it a number of times, great characters in a well put together and interesting universe. the audio books is well read no down sides at all. please please download it and give it a listen.
"Ruined by a terible reader"
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein is one of the classics of Science Fiction. It is the forerunner of most if not all military sci-fi novels and I would recommend that anyone read it. Sadly I cannot recommend that anyone listen to this audiobook version. The reader manages to ruin a great book by droning steadily through everything; quiet times, training, the white heat of action.
"Great story poor politics"
The book describes a society with two classes. The 'citicens' who have served their term in the military and therefore have privileges, and the 'rest'. The author left me wondering if he really thinks this is a good solution or if he meant it as a warning.
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