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
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.
Starship Troopers has always been one of my favorite books, and I've read it a number of times. This is far far different than the movie that came out. The story follows the young and privileged high school graduate Juan Rico who, almost on a whim, joins the military. When you are at peace joining the military seems more like an adventure, but then war breaks out. We follow Juan growing from a boy and into a man over the course of the war.
The book is full of social ideas which some find appalling. Personally I didn't have any problems with them, but if your politics tends to lean way to the left, you may have issues.
Several years ago I bought the audio CDs for about $60, but I never got past ripping the first CD because the reading was so bad -- monotone, slow, bad rhythm. I bought the audible version thinking (1) it might be better, and (2) at least I didn't need to spend the time ripping multiple CDs.
Bad decision. It is still the same bad version. I can recommend the book. I cannot recommend the audio version. Hopefully Audible.com will commission a new audio version.
I read this book as a teenager and then watch the movie in college and I like them both even though they aren't very well tied.
But going back to listen to this book again didn't justify my 'love'
I did like it but it wasn't as action packed as I remembered.
It's been about twenty years since I read this nutty old Heinlein novel -- and it was dated THEN. But it was loads of fun revisiting this tuff little boot-camp-o-da-future tale and especially funny listening to Heinlein's nut-boy political rants. He's so fervid in his hard-selling of the Heinlein version of Libertarianism (Ayn Rand meets Hulk Hogan) that he almost has me buying it. Great entertainment.
The reader has a very pleasing voice and does the various voice characterizations just right -- but, as other reviewers (pause) have pointed (pause) out, his (pause) unexpected, ungrammatical and (pause) mis(pause)placed (pause) pauses and (pause) weird emPHAsis slowly drive the listener mad -- but then maybe it's better to be out your freakin' mind to enjoy good ol' Heinlein to the fullest.
I enjoyed this story better than the movie. It gives more background and better insight into the main characters. A great tale.
This is my first introduction to Heinlein and if this is typical then you can keep it. Longwinded and boring , terrible narration and far to much detail. I kept thinking maybe on the next CD is when the action will start . Alas it never did , at least I can use them for drink coasters.Maybe it's just me and I just don't get it ,but give me excitement and emotion every time.
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