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
One of the best military science fiction books ever written. Also good for a practical military read, pertaining to the deficiencies of modern day warfare.
A fantastic science fiction story. You likely have already read or heard about this book so I'm not going to recap why it is a good book other than it is far, far deeper than a simple war novel.
My primary issue is the performance of this version. The minor issue is that the narrator reads the book as it is intended, as a personal journal of a soldier, not a "as it happens" account. It is always meant to be read completely in the protagonist's voice. In print that is fine. But in audio that causes issues with the conversations between multiple characters. The narrator should have done s better job to add more differentiation to his male characters.
Secondly and the bigger issue is that frequently throughout the story the audio gets really muffled. Most like it was encoded from a different and inferior source. If you can get past those issues it is a worthy listen.
I thought this would be like the satirical movie from the late 90s. The setting and names were right, but I was unprepared for the depth of story and intellectual analysis of government, military, and citizenship. If you want an adventure book, maybe look elsewhere. If you want a good thinker, I'd recommend Starship Troopers.
I like Lloyd James as a narrator. I also like Victor Bevine as a narrator. I do not like bits of one over the other for a half a sentence here and there throughout a book. It throws off the whole thing. If you need to re-record a book, then re-record it.
I like this book, as I have liked any Heinlein I have read. I had avoided it in the past due to watching the movie, but as always the book is much better. However, the narrator has a tendency for awkward pauses, that can make this a harder listen than it should be. More distraction comes from a strange dropping off throughout the recording. Even with both these issues, I will probably listen to it again.
What a great story I have re-read this book time and time again. The narrator does am amazing job reading the story and Heinlein tells an amazing story with great social viewpoints
I originally read Starship Troopers about 10 years ago. At the time I thought that Heinleins beliefs were rather extreme, and fascist. Now, with you and yours experience, I'm starting to see the wisdom in a lot of his ideas. I don't necessarily agree with everything he says, but its not as outrageously offensive as it was when I was younger.
The novel is fantastic, I listen on my commute and have conversation starters when I get home or work.
There are a few phrases that needed to be spliced into the reading. It was a night distracting but one lasts a sentence or two.
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