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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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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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    Steven 05-28-13
    Steven 05-28-13
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    "Good story, well written"

    The story itself is well written, and, none too surprisingly, quite different from the movie from a few years back. The major issue I had with the audio read of this book was in the audio track itself, vice the story or the narrator. There were parts where the sound quality obviously changed, both tempo, timing and background sounds. These parts were made all the more obvious by their lasting only a few seconds at a time, to note that they were not completely in the same track as the rest of the read.

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    Brenden Zapp Lima, Ohio, United States 04-09-13
    Brenden Zapp Lima, Ohio, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2012

    My hearing will surely go out early in life due to all the audiobooks I listen to!

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    "The Movie didn't even scratch the surface..."

    The film adaptation that became famous in 1997 is one of my favorites but the novel goes so much deeper. Differences are apparent and play a major role in the book (Dizzy is a guy in the novel, but a woman in the movie. In the novel they are separated from women and by the time Rico comes in contact with them he has completely forgotten how to act around them.). There are many other differences but I don't want to make this too long.

    Some of the discussions that Rico has in his "History and Moral Philosophy" class are mind-probingly interesting. For example they have a discussion about Juvenile delinquents and go into a discussion comparing their rash behavior to that of raising a puppy. This all of course is a discussion about the books "past" which is technically our time, but was written over 50 years ago.

    Keep in mind that Heinlein wrote this book basically in response to his views on nuclear weapons testing in his time. He received alot of heat from different people but his views on military and political actions were brilliantly defined by the novel.

    There is just too much to say about the book, and not enough time to say it. "The forever war" is definitely a polar opposite and its my recommendation that if you do not have a firm stance on the described issues and want to see both sides of the field, to read these in succession.

    "...war is controlled violence for a purpose. The purpose of war is to support your governments decision by force."

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    John G Colorado 03-25-13
    John G Colorado 03-25-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Great story, but the audio needs work."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a great story. Longer and more in depth than the movie (as books tend to be) .It gives more insight into how society functions in a future where vets are the only ones with a vote. It has great sci-fi and military content.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Starship Troopers?

    The description of dropping from the troop transport as well as the reading of the recall song.


    What three words best describe Lloyd James’s performance?

    Mellow, Even, Clear


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The audio needs work and should be read by someone with a little a swagger in their voice.This was required reading at the Officers Basic Course at one time and when I read it I imagined one of the combat vets that I knew telling it as his story. The reading was a bit flat.

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    James Robb Virginia 02-11-13
    James Robb Virginia 02-11-13 Member Since 2012

    Love history, love books. Love current events. Christian conservative. British history. Military history. Political history. Classic fiction.

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    "Disappointment"

    I'm a Heinlein fan, but this book wasn't as good as I remembered. Comes off as something of a sci-fi civics lesson. Too much of the always-heavy handed author intrusion making his political points. Its not offensive, as some reviewers seem to conceive, but it is nearly boring. The narrative is sparse, the lectures endless. Now, the production is bad; just bad. The voice is fine, but the very frequent editing and re-recording is painful to hear. The voice is professional, but the production quality is just terrible.

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    Jim United States 01-21-13
    Jim United States 01-21-13
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    "Great story, disappointing reading"
    What did you like best about Starship Troopers? What did you like least?

    ST is one of my favorite sci-fi stories--a good action yarn wrapped around a bunch of political ideas. Unfortunately, the reading was rather monotone--leaving me drowsy and hypnotized at times instead of interested. There were also a couple mispronounced words--small details, but something I'd expect to be correct.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the lesser characters actually--Sergeant Zim, Major DuBois, etc.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lloyd James?

    I'm not sure. The audio presentation says it was copyright 1998 and times change--but in the exact same delivery? No, probably not.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Done right, Starship Troopers would be a great movie--Full Metal Jacket in space. The movie that was done is NOT the same as this book.


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    Tim Bryan, TX, United States 12-05-12
    Tim Bryan, TX, United States 12-05-12
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    "Great story"
    Where does Starship Troopers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Just below "Altas Shugged"


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Starship Troopers?

    learning about the social structure


    Have you listened to any of Lloyd James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Fiction of the past, leasons for the future


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    David Heath Freppon 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Starship troopers"
    Would you listen to Starship Troopers again? Why?

    I was recommended this book by a friend a few years back. I will have to say that if you compare the movie to the book you will be disappointed in the movie.


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    Lyndon MT PLEASANT, SOUTH CAROLINA, United States 08-30-12
    Lyndon MT PLEASANT, SOUTH CAROLINA, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Superb retelling of age-old leadership principles"

    Fantastic book. Well written and entertainingly constructed. Heinlein does a fantastic job of mixing an entertaining story with spot-on social commentary and a lucid portrayal of age-old leadership principles. Disregard the negative comments about the narrator, he does a great job of impersonating a soldier's journal or internal thoughts.

    A must-read (so to speak).

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    JEFFERY Sparks, NV, United States 08-27-12
    JEFFERY Sparks, NV, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A great book"

    this is a one of a kind book, a truly great story and any one in the military can embrace

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    Derek Roy Boise, ID 08-23-12
    Derek Roy Boise, ID 08-23-12

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    "Terrible Narration"

    Great story, but I found the Narration unlistenable. I did not finish the book for this reason!

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