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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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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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    C. Borah 03-19-15
    C. Borah 03-19-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Military philosophy"

    Not so much a military sci-fi story but a post-WW2 military philosophy course. A good book.

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    Joseph 03-19-15
    Joseph 03-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Book was great, Narration not so much"

    I loved the story and the finish of the novel, as a soldier myself, I know alot of the feelinhs and emotions Rico feels and portrays. The authors knowledge of the effects on the military are spot on, due to his service as a Navy Officer. This is a must read for all military, and is on the required reading list for the U.S. Service Academies. On that note, the execution of the narration was poor. Ramdon pauses and audio quality changes were constant. Thus could have been from digitizing the original tract. It was distracting, but overall, I would recommend it.

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    Simon Forsyth Brisbane, Qld Australia 03-17-15
    Simon Forsyth Brisbane, Qld Australia 03-17-15 Member Since 2015

    Old timer IT guy, researcher.

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    "Excellent book! Poorly narrated"
    Any additional comments?

    If you have seen the movie but not read the book then read the damned book! Very different. Unfortunately Lloyd James is very average at reading, he gets somewhat better as the book progresses but he actually has trouble with the flow of sentences in the early chapters. There are also a number of audio editing mistakes in this production - pretty weak for such a classic. Mark Boyett would be perfect to narrate a new production.

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    Anthony Norwalk, CA, United States 03-16-15
    Anthony Norwalk, CA, United States 03-16-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Book: Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein"

    This book is a story about an infantryman who is fighting and insect looking species that has high technology. The book goes along with the man’s life from high school to his entry into the infantry to his deployment on a planet that humans are attacking. The aliens encountered are nothing like the pseudo-human aliens from most science fiction TV shows and novels. These are nothing like us. They don’t understand us. And, they don’t seem to want to understand us. Also, like many insect species such as ants and bees, they have workers, fighters, and queens. However, they have another cast in their structure: Brains. Brains are slug like and can barely move; however, they control the workers and fighters. Since little is known about “bugs”, the mission is to capture brains and queens alive to study. This is that story or should I say nightmare.

    I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoy science fiction and wants to read something that isn’t the pseudo humanized aliens that we all grew up with. These aliens don’t look like us. They don’t act like us. They use difference senses than we do. They are pure alien.

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    David SEATTLE, WA, United States 03-16-15
    David SEATTLE, WA, United States 03-16-15 Member Since 2010

    Always on the look out for a great story that sweeps me into another world, time, or person. I hate being bored by literature.

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    "A philosophy of soldiering"

    If you think this is a novel that spawned the movie, you'll be about 5% correct. It is more a civics lesson than action/adventure with a narration that leaves a lot to be desired.

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    Paolo 03-16-15
    Paolo 03-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable but very heavy on describing protocols"

    Amazed that this book was written in 1959. For those that loved the movie, you maybe disappointed. Those that are armed service members will enjoy this immensely. or so I predict. It describes rank and protocol beyond the layman's understanding which was confusing for me. And opts for short cuts instead of describing events e.g. 'was not memorable and therefore chose not to write it' sort of comments instead of explaining "why" something happened. Other than this, a good book to listen too.

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    William West Hartford, CT, United States 03-13-15
    William West Hartford, CT, United States 03-13-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Classic combination of SciFi and social commentary"

    Classic combination of SciFi and social commentary. The only reason for not 5 stars on performance are subtle audio glitches, but they are very infrequent.

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    Chris Crowley Texas 03-12-15
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    "great story."

    enjoyed the story emencly, but the audio, you can tell it was ripped from a cassette and not touched up.

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    Penny M Hlavna Anchorage, AK United States 03-11-15
    Penny M Hlavna Anchorage, AK United States 03-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "recording was deficient"
    Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or Lloyd James?

    yes, I enjoy Robert Heinlein stories.


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

    during the recording, sometimes it sounded like he was in another room, then the
    he would be back near the microphone. This interfered with his reading of the book. His voice was not monotonous but the fact that it didn't sound like he was next to the microphone all the time, ruined his performance


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment in the recording


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    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 03-10-15
    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 03-10-15 Member Since 2012

    I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.

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    "Love the story"

    I really love this story, but I just could not get past the narrator. Flat and never seemed to be in character. The voice never seem to match the character to a point that I was not ever able to believe it.not a bad narrator, just not the right choice for the story.

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