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
great book, nice narration. censored a quote at the beginning of a chapter, however. knocked off a star for performance because I'm an adult and I don't support censorship of speech.
loved the story. so much more depth than the movie, but it's easy to see the relationship and I understand why they made it the way they did. my only critique is that the audio quality was inconsistent. clear parts mixed with muffled parts made the editing very obvious.
I really wanted to like this book after being so epically disappointed with the movie years ago when it came out, but unfortunately I did not. A lot of older science fiction books from those days do stand up to the test of time, but this one (imho) did not.
To sum it up quickly there was very little action and WAY too much military jargon and philosophy. Maybe my childish mind just couldn't grasp the beauty of this book. Either way, it wasn't my cup of tea.
I love the book. The recording is slightly erratic in quality. I am not sure if it is the artist, or the technology, but the tone and timber change periodically for no apparent reason. It is like the mid range on an equalizer suddenly gets shoved to ten.
The editing was pretty rough, it was obvious where things were cut and spliced together and it made for discontinuities in the story. I really enjoyed the story, however, the idea of the powered Marauder suit was really interesting.
I consider this book to be the absolute best of Heinlein. Scifi like no other.
But, and it's a big but, audio quality is appalling! Was able to listen to the end, only because i love this novel... Sudden changes to the narrators pitch, words read twice. Probably all caused by poor audio editing :-((((( Definitely not a production standard (at least i do not expect such).
I won't lie, I love the story. I love this book. But the recording presented is shoddy. There are jumps and skips and even repeated words. Some phrases come in different audio quality than the rest of the book, and there is even a repeated word in there.
I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Haenlein's work, or any science-fiction fan ever. Just be aware that the quality is not up to standard.
The voiceover actor does an admirable job. But the editing needs serious work.
the book had many great moments and went into very good detail on what was going on. it is very different from the movies but that was to be expected.
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