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.
"A great take on a classic novel!"
This has always been one of my favourite stories from my youth, and Lloyd James has managed to present it perfectly *very much in the style of the original narrative*. Don't go expecting the movie - this is a far simpler story of a young soldier, in a futuristic setting, from his point of view. Heinlein had a lot to say about the society we are living in, and where we might be going. Listen with an open mind - and enjoy.
"An insight into discipline"
Having seem the film I wanted to read this book to see what the film missed. The film is very loosely based on the book and you can see why when you listen to it. I loved this book, even though the reader lacked expression the story made it all worth while. I think it is more about ideology than attacking bugs and I can see why it caused a stir when it was released. This book makes you consider how we bring up our children and why we do what we do. Very thought provoking.
Had always meant to pick up this book, after seeing the film a few years ago. I disagree with some of the other reviews, in terms of the narration. I enjoyed listening to this.
The story is great, and thought provoking in terms of the concepts presented.
"A truly terrible reading!"
I can't review the story because the reading is so unspeakably bad that I gave up on it after an hour and have no intention of putting myself through the rest of it. Lloyd James reads like he has never seen the words infront of him in his life before. He reads every sentence with EXACTLY THE SAME pattern and vocal inflections. He takes long pauses between mid sentence words and generally sounds like a total amateur. And most unforgivebly of all - you can hear rustling pages. BBC audio books this ain't! Please avoid this terrible reading.
I agree that the narration is certainly not the best you will find on Audible. The story, however, shines through! I completely enjoyed this book and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone.
The book melds an enjoyable sci-fi story with a very interesting political essay on government and society in general.
In short, enjoyable Sci-Fi!
Starship Troopers is a true classic, an enjoyable, epic read or listen.
Highly recommend it!
"Once more in the breach and damm those torpedoes"
Damm good book
The training of the Mobile Infantry.
When John Rico went over the hump, both physically and mentally.
It was hard going to read the book years ago but when John Rico went of the hump, both physically and mentally in his training I felt good as the main character felt. The way the military was treated and respected in the book is better than the military is treated today and I would disagree with anyone who say this book is rubbish for any reason.
"top sci fi story"
the book is great and i have read it a number of times, great characters in a well put together and interesting universe. the audio books is well read no down sides at all. please please download it and give it a listen.
"Ruined by a terible reader"
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein is one of the classics of Science Fiction. It is the forerunner of most if not all military sci-fi novels and I would recommend that anyone read it. Sadly I cannot recommend that anyone listen to this audiobook version. The reader manages to ruin a great book by droning steadily through everything; quiet times, training, the white heat of action.
"Great story poor politics"
The book describes a society with two classes. The 'citicens' who have served their term in the military and therefore have privileges, and the 'rest'. The author left me wondering if he really thinks this is a good solution or if he meant it as a warning.
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