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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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    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 New Jersey 05-30-11
    Thomas Phelan New Jersey 05-30-11 Member Since 2008
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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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    Louis T. Heberlein Davis, CA USA 08-30-10
    Louis T. Heberlein Davis, CA USA 08-30-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Great book, bad audio version"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dana E. Warren Alberton, Montana USA 07-23-09
    Dana E. Warren Alberton, Montana USA 07-23-09 Member Since 2008

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    "boring reader"

    The boring voice ruined a good story.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Woodstock, GA, United States 08-21-07
    Andrew Woodstock, GA, United States 08-21-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Not as good as i remembered"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kev United States 01-08-05
    Kev United States 01-08-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Fun Old SciFi Yarn -- Odd Reader"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Matschull Ut, USA 08-19-03
    K. Matschull Ut, USA 08-19-03 Listener Since 2002

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    "Great"

    I enjoyed this story better than the movie. It gives more background and better insight into the main characters. A great tale.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Sydney, N/A, Australia 02-14-04
    Jamie Sydney, N/A, Australia 02-14-04
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    "Don't be misled"

    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.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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