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
the narrator is excellent and has a perfect voice that reflects the characters growth throughout the whole story.
At many points in the book you can tell that they have re-recorded sections and spliced them in. The patches sound quite different and the switch can be jarring. Otherwise the recording was fine and the story is a classic.
Horribly noticeable changes in pitch, tempo, and volume in what seems to be the original reading with clearly spliced additional audio to make it unabridged.
Better than the movie! Ending was weak would have liked more tie in with original characters
As with many books, this one was better than its movie. It always impresses me how well SciFi authors in 1959 can describe space travel before the first human went into space.
...but the retakes at the top of chapters were terribly jarring and took me out of the story. I will likely never listen to this recording again. It is important that I point out the fact that it was the editing, and not the reader at fault here. If this is Blackstone's idea of a product that is "ready for public release" I may be wary of them in the future.
This is one of my favorites from my childhood. I have always appreciated the socially charged nature of Heinlein. If you like sci-fi, I would recommend this, or any other of his books for that matter.
Starship Troopers is the genre defining epic of military science fiction. The reader does a decent job, though I would've preferred more variety in accents and tone inflection in action scenes.
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