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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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    Louis T. Heberlein Davis, CA USA 08-30-10
    Louis T. Heberlein Davis, CA USA 08-30-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Great book, bad audio version"

    Starship Troopers has always been one of my favorite books, and I've read it a number of times. This is far far different than the movie that came out. The story follows the young and privileged high school graduate Juan Rico who, almost on a whim, joins the military. When you are at peace joining the military seems more like an adventure, but then war breaks out. We follow Juan growing from a boy and into a man over the course of the war.

    The book is full of social ideas which some find appalling. Personally I didn't have any problems with them, but if your politics tends to lean way to the left, you may have issues.

    Several years ago I bought the audio CDs for about $60, but I never got past ripping the first CD because the reading was so bad -- monotone, slow, bad rhythm. I bought the audible version thinking (1) it might be better, and (2) at least I didn't need to spend the time ripping multiple CDs.

    Bad decision. It is still the same bad version. I can recommend the book. I cannot recommend the audio version. Hopefully Audible.com will commission a new audio version.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dana E. Warren Alberton, Montana USA 07-23-09
    Dana E. Warren Alberton, Montana USA 07-23-09 Member Since 2008

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    "boring reader"

    The boring voice ruined a good story.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Woodstock, GA, United States 08-21-07
    Andrew Woodstock, GA, United States 08-21-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Not as good as i remembered"

    I read this book as a teenager and then watch the movie in college and I like them both even though they aren't very well tied.

    But going back to listen to this book again didn't justify my 'love'

    I did like it but it wasn't as action packed as I remembered.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kev 01-08-05
    Kev 01-08-05
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    "Fun Old SciFi Yarn -- Odd Reader"

    It's been about twenty years since I read this nutty old Heinlein novel -- and it was dated THEN. But it was loads of fun revisiting this tuff little boot-camp-o-da-future tale and especially funny listening to Heinlein's nut-boy political rants. He's so fervid in his hard-selling of the Heinlein version of Libertarianism (Ayn Rand meets Hulk Hogan) that he almost has me buying it. Great entertainment.
    The reader has a very pleasing voice and does the various voice characterizations just right -- but, as other reviewers (pause) have pointed (pause) out, his (pause) unexpected, ungrammatical and (pause) mis(pause)placed (pause) pauses and (pause) weird emPHAsis slowly drive the listener mad -- but then maybe it's better to be out your freakin' mind to enjoy good ol' Heinlein to the fullest.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Matschull Ut, USA 08-19-03
    K. Matschull Ut, USA 08-19-03 Listener Since 2002

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    "Great"

    I enjoyed this story better than the movie. It gives more background and better insight into the main characters. A great tale.

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    Jamie Sydney, N/A, Australia 02-14-04
    Jamie Sydney, N/A, Australia 02-14-04
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    "Don't be misled"

    This is my first introduction to Heinlein and if this is typical then you can keep it. Longwinded and boring , terrible narration and far to much detail. I kept thinking maybe on the next CD is when the action will start . Alas it never did , at least I can use them for drink coasters.Maybe it's just me and I just don't get it ,but give me excitement and emotion every time.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Johnstown, PA, USA 06-01-05
    Aaron Johnstown, PA, USA 06-01-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Dull Narrator"

    This may be a terrific book, as I have enjoyed reading other works by the author. However, the narrator has such little vision and emotion, that the best I can do 20 minutes before falling asleep. I have tried it several times, but I am sadly defeated after getting through the first two hours.

    This is my 5th audible.com work of fiction, and the worst so far.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elton D Graff Albuquerque 07-13-04
    Elton D Graff Albuquerque 07-13-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Starship Troopers"

    This is by far the very worst READ I've EVER heard!!! Dry, Monotone, and chock full of pregnant pauses. This is a crime against this WONDERFUL classic. Llyod James should NEVER read to anyone AGAIN!!!

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    B. Gregg Spring Valley, Ohio United States 11-12-06
    B. Gregg Spring Valley, Ohio United States 11-12-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Yaaaawwwn"

    Oh, God is this stale. I know it was written in the 50's but come on. Am I supposed to believe that in the future the roughest, toughest badasses in the armed forces don't cuss.
    Anyway, this book comes off as a boring diary of a soldier from boot camp to leutenant. It's nothing like the movie and most of the characters from the movie barely appear in the book.
    I would normally say the book was better than the movie but this is a sad exception.

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 01-13-09
    Alan 01-13-09
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    "Didactic Nerdfest"

    "Starship Troopers" is an ill-conceived and poorly executed vehicle for promoting Heinlein's ideosyncratic philosophies about war, the nature of the state, the purpose and structure of the military, the maintenance of social order, and man's obligations to the state and military in a perfect society. In essence, the book is a long, boring essay on political philosophy masquerading as a science fiction novel.

    (I use the term "man's obligations" deliberately, since women, though not absent from "Starship Troopers," are kept out of harms way on tall pedestals and don't figure significantly in what little action takes place in the novel.)

    I understand some readers are still debating whether Heinlein reveals fascistic tendencies in "Starship Trooper," and whether Heinlein's smack-down of Marxism stands up to scrutiny. I won't take sides, since I believe none of the political and philosophical issues with which Heinlein plagues his readers in "Starship Trooper" have contemporary relevance.

    As for me, I think Heinlein wrote "Starship Troopers" in a fit of pique after seeing "Rebel Without a Cause." Clearly a proponent of the adage "spare the rod and spoil the child," Heinlein feared that the young generation of hoodlums, exemplified by James Dean's character in "Rebel" and reared according to the permissive tenets of Dr. Spock, would engender universal lawlessness and lead to a breakdown of civilization.

    Well, it didn't happen, did it?

    The only parts of "Starship Trooper" I found interesting were the all-too-scarce scenes in which the protagonist was actually engaged in military action against aliens.

    As for the rest of the book, it was as pompous and didactic as a late-night bull session among particularly nerdy freshmen guys seeking to display their erudition at, say, MIT or the University of Chicago circa 1960.










    7 of 60 people found this review helpful
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