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
This book is a story about an infantryman who is fighting and insect looking species that has high technology. The book goes along with the man’s life from high school to his entry into the infantry to his deployment on a planet that humans are attacking. The aliens encountered are nothing like the pseudo-human aliens from most science fiction TV shows and novels. These are nothing like us. They don’t understand us. And, they don’t seem to want to understand us. Also, like many insect species such as ants and bees, they have workers, fighters, and queens. However, they have another cast in their structure: Brains. Brains are slug like and can barely move; however, they control the workers and fighters. Since little is known about “bugs”, the mission is to capture brains and queens alive to study. This is that story or should I say nightmare.
I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoy science fiction and wants to read something that isn’t the pseudo humanized aliens that we all grew up with. These aliens don’t look like us. They don’t act like us. They use difference senses than we do. They are pure alien.
Always on the look out for a great story that sweeps me into another world, time, or person. I hate being bored by literature.
If you think this is a novel that spawned the movie, you'll be about 5% correct. It is more a civics lesson than action/adventure with a narration that leaves a lot to be desired.
Amazed that this book was written in 1959. For those that loved the movie, you maybe disappointed. Those that are armed service members will enjoy this immensely. or so I predict. It describes rank and protocol beyond the layman's understanding which was confusing for me. And opts for short cuts instead of describing events e.g. 'was not memorable and therefore chose not to write it' sort of comments instead of explaining "why" something happened. Other than this, a good book to listen too.
Classic combination of SciFi and social commentary. The only reason for not 5 stars on performance are subtle audio glitches, but they are very infrequent.
yes, I enjoy Robert Heinlein stories.
during the recording, sometimes it sounded like he was in another room, then the
he would be back near the microphone. This interfered with his reading of the book. His voice was not monotonous but the fact that it didn't sound like he was next to the microphone all the time, ruined his performance
disappointment in the recording
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
I really love this story, but I just could not get past the narrator. Flat and never seemed to be in character. The voice never seem to match the character to a point that I was not ever able to believe it.not a bad narrator, just not the right choice for the story.
I saw the movie first and thought it had a lot of action and silly humor. So all of these years later I thought I would listen to the audio book. The book is read by a man with a very bleak, boring voice. The reader delivers everything in a very matter of fact way with very little nuance. But that is how the story is. Most of the story focuses on political and social commentary and military rank and duty obligations. Near the end of the book there is a very rushed narrative about the battle with the bugs, but it is not very vivid or interesting. The movie is better.
Where the book really shines is the thought provoking social and political commentary and the civilian va military question and what is means to be a citizen.
Also, for a book written as long ago as this book was, I noticed that I has a lot of ground breaking science fiction technology, themes, and creatures that are only briefly touched on, but have been explored and used in more detailed science fiction novels and movies.
This Heinlein Classic was one of his great libertarian platforms, and a fun read too. I found the reader in this rendition to be dull, and the recording had weird discontinuities in it that sounded like short sections of a different person.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys military sci-fi. It's a classic, though some might find it too slow-paced compared to some contemporary works.
The narrator is competent. Neither adds nor detracts from the story. Weakest point is the lack of variety in character voices.
The editing was sloppily done. All the corrections sound like they were recorded in a different space with different equipment, which means there are sentences throughout the book that sound muffled and a bit fuzzy compared to the rest of the book. It doesn't spoil the book, but it's distracting.
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