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Publisher's Summary

Winner, 2017 APA Audie Awards - Excellence in Marketing

Earphones Award Winner

Best of 2016 Science Fiction Audiobook

In the year AD 3000, Earth is a barren wasteland, plundered of its natural resources by the millennium-long regime of taloned, gas-breathing, nine-foot alien conquerors from the planet Psychlo. Fewer than 35,000 humans survive in a handful of communities scattered across the face of a postapocalyptic Earth.

From a desolate village in the Rocky Mountains near what once was Denver, Colorado, a courageous young man named Jonnie Goodboy Tyler embarks on a hero's journey to challenge the fearful myths of his people.

Enslaved by the sadistic Terl, the Psychlo security chief of Earth, Jonnie and a small band of survivors pit their quest for freedom against Terl's ruthless ambition for personal wealth and power in a rebellion that erupts across the continents of Earth and the cosmic sprawl of the Psychlo empire, with the fate of the world, of mankind, and of the galaxies beyond in the balance.

Superlative quality - a new standard for all audiobooks.

Unlike any other audiobook ever produced. A fully immersive experience, this unabridged audiobook features more than 65 actors including Grammy Award-winning audiobook producer and narrator Stefan Rudnicki.

This state-of-the-art audio engineering has created a wholly cinematic soundtrack with:

  • 47½ hours of pulse-pounding drama and action professionally recorded with high-definition sound.
  • A gorgeous cinematic soundtrack with full orchestral compositions and more than 150,000 sound effects.
  • A cast of more than 65 actors - many of whom are celebrity voices from TV, films, and games - performing 198 characters.

Written with a phenomenal burst of creative energy in a sustained eight-month period in 1980, and first published in October 1982, Battlefield Earth became a breakaway New York Times and international best seller, hailed as one of the classic science fiction novels.

©2016 Galaxy Audio (P)2016 Galaxy Audio

Critic Reviews

"This epic sci-fi adventure is breathtaking." (Stefan Rudnicki)

"A vivid movie of the mind." (AudioFile)

"Pulse-pounding mile-a-minute sci-fi action adventure that does not stop. It is a masterpiece of popular adventure science-fiction." (Brandon Sanderson)

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Pulp Sci-Fi Done Right! More Like This!

The story is fun, simple and escapist pulp sci-fi...a bit old fashioned but enjoyable. But what makes this book worth it is the excellent performance and production values. I hope the producers can do this kind of thing more often.

The performance: Wonderfully done, with multiple voices (a necessity given the large cast of players) not only reading but performing the story. Music, sound effects, and a great cast make this not just an audiobook, but almost a play or an "audio-movie." Battlefield Earth is a fun book, but the brilliant rendering makes a 4-star story into a 5-star audiobook.

Say what you like about L. Ron Hubbard [and there is a lot to say], he could write fun stories of thrills, spills and derring-do with brave heroes who laugh in the face of danger, beautiful damsels in distress and evildoers who seem to be evil because evil is fun. Deep themes? Nope. Subtle messages? Nada. Thought provoking concepts about the present and future of humanity? None here. Adventure, action, rollicking fun!

That is not to say that the story is free of blemishes. The most grating is that the (human) characters are handled via ethnic stereotype (with attitudes that seemed more fitting to the 1930's than the 1980's publication date of the book or the 2010's date of this review).

Be warned: This audiobook clocks in at just under 48 hours [the original book was over 1000 pages]. There are about a dozen places where you figure the story is winding up only to find that you are getting swept along as it continues for many more hours.

Lastly: For those who worry that Battlefield Earth is some sort of propaganda or screed for Hubbard's Church of Scientology: it isn't. Yes, there are a few minor points in there aligned with Scientology's teachings, but they appear rather late and are incidental to the story.

Notes: There is a similar multi-voice production of Dune on Audible (Dune being a much richer and more complex source text than Battlefield Earth). And if you like Hubbard's pulp writing style, you might want to check out Ole Doc Methuselah.

39 of 45 people found this review helpful

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Audio book Battlefield Earth is spectacular!

What made the experience of listening to Battlefield Earth the most enjoyable?

Using Kindle on my android phone I can listen or read or do both at the same time. When I'm in the car or train or running I can listen and get all the amazing sound effects. Otherwise I can read -- much faster than the narration but I do miss the sound effects. It's my choice which way to go. Lately I've just been listening because it's much more entertaining. It's not just someone reading the text of the book. There all all kinds of sound effects too.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Battlefield Earth?

I don't want to give too much away. There are many memorable moments. One is Jonny and the Psychlo drone. Lots of suspense.

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

No.

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

No way! It has 47 hours of audio!

Any additional comments?

The Kindle audio version is the best of all worlds from a technical book aspect. You can listen as an audio book or just read the text. After experiencing the audio I don't think many people will opt for just reading. Of course, you can do both. Kindle audio follows the text word for word. It's amazing technology.

From a science fiction aspect, this book cannot be beat. Besides having a great story line (really bad villains and really good good guys) with the survival of humans on Earth at stake, the science in it is unassailable.

Note that the book is nothing like the movie which departed from the book in major ways and became a laughing stock because of unbelievable scenes. If the movie had stuck with the book's story line, it would have become a science fiction classic on the order of Star Wars. If you have seen the movie but not read the book, you have a treat in store for you with the audio book.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A Caveman, a Cannibal and a Nazi walk outside...

I'm honestly not sure what I think of this book, and I've had a ridiculous amount of time to think it over. It is almost fifty hours long, which translates into over a month of listening time on a commute.

Okay, let's start with the obvious bit. First off, it's fully cast and produced. That means tons of different voices, a soundtrack and cool sound effects that do a great job creating atmosphere. The voice actors are clearly putting a lot of heart into it, and the narrator does a terrific job. A lot of money went into this recreation by a lot of people who really respected the work and it shows.

Next comes the unpleasant part. The story is ridiculous. The naming conventions are awful (Psychlos? Johnny Goodboy Tyler? Snowl?) and jars you loose from any immersion. The forward provided by Hubbard indicates that he incorporated economics, culture, politics and art to make the environment more real, but it's pretty clear that the author's understanding of those subjects was pretty superficial. It's made worse by the fact that he devotes so much time to it. You will get huge chunks of time where you have a group of people discussing the mortgage arrangement of Earth (yes, that actually happens).

If you're interested how the book relates to the movie, I will tell you that the movie only covers the first third (or so) of this book. The book does clarify some of the plot holes (like why the Psychlos on Earth are so lax and incompetent), but it generally makes about as much sense as the movie does. The title of this review is actually a scene that occurs in the book, and when describing it to a friend he asked, "So what's the punchline?" The one problem is that, while you could laugh at the movie for its flaws, it would be much harder to laugh at if you needed to be subjected to fifty hours worth of it to complete the story. And at least in the movie you had a good amount of mindless action to keep you entertained. In the book, the action sequences are very brief or only told in abstract after the fact.

Granted, Hubbard wrote books in another time, the 1930's, and the audience expected different things from science fiction back then. Tragically, this book was written in the 80's, right in the middle of a science fiction revolution, so it is weirdly anachronistic. If this book was one third the length, I would recommend it to anyone who wants a creative adventure story you don't have to think that hard about. As it stands, I would only recommend it to people who really enjoy very old (note I didn't say classic) science fiction. Or can marathon the entire black and white Frankenstein movies in a day.

21 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Great production wasted on a horrible story...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better, more engaging and thought out story.

What was most disappointing about L. Ron Hubbard’s story?

Plot gimmicks, lack of editing, unbelievable story. Additionally, L. Ron Hubbard's baseless distaste for psychiatry and taxes are ridiculously forced into the story.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and boredom

Any additional comments?

Excellently narrated and cast. Extremely well produced and just plain dumb.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Completely ruins all other audiobooks!

The production quality of this book is completely ruining all other audiobooks I've listened to. And I've listened to a couple hundred at this point between Audible and other services.

A full cast of voice actors creates an engaging interaction between each of the characters. The music has an amazing way of installing a mood for what is happening. And the sound effects make you feel like you're listening to a movie in your ears.

It's like other audio books are a picture and this book is a fully produced movie. Sure, the other pictures are good, but nothing comes close to this level of production. I think it's setting the ground and raising the bar for all future audio production.

The story is amazing too! Starting with one person up in the mountains and then grows to a multi-galactic space opera. Very impressive!

37 of 49 people found this review helpful

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Shocked!

I am avid audiobook listener and, without sounding like a cliche, this is by far the beat audiobook I've had the pleasure to listen to. I am used to one voice, two max and a few sound effects. But this book has more than 50 voice actors, countless sound effects and high quality music I wouldn't mind buying by itself!

And what to say about the story. There is 3D and even 4D cinema, but I think Hubbard achieved a whole new "D" with this book. The depth of each character and the different story lines running are simply unique.

It is more than 40 hours of entertainment right and pure science fiction that will keep you on the edge of your sit to the very end!

I highly recommend it!

28 of 37 people found this review helpful

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Best Audiobook Production I've ever listened to

What did you love best about Battlefield Earth?

I just started listening to this new Battlefield Earth Audiobook. As a huge Audiobook enthusiast I can honestly say this is the best production I have ever heard. It is pretty remarkable what an amazing job they did at getting so many difference voices for the different characters, and the sound production behind is adding so many incredible sound effects. Its like listening to a movie!

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

I am enthralled by all the different voices and all the actors that appear in this book.

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great production value

I liked it at first. the end or last 2 thirds was a letdown. what a bummer, I wanted time like this book but it just would not let me. like the indigestion of the small grey man, I wanted some galactic species to end me.

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An audio book worthy of the best Sci-Fi story ever

What made the experience of listening to Battlefield Earth the most enjoyable?

Battlefield Earth is the best Science Fiction story ever written. Period! I have read the book every year for 24 years since I first discovered it. And, now, this is no ordinary narrated audio version of the story - it is a virtual Theater of Sound! It is superlative quality - and fully enhances the experience of this most amazing book! The music is rich and intricate in tone and texture and fits the story like a glove in every scene. Of equal caliber are the sound effects - fully as good as a top-rate movie sound track. And the voice actors are total pro's! Every last one!This is a must for anyone who loves a great story. But, hold on to your seat - because the pace doesn't let up for 47 hours! Hands down the best product on the audio book market to date! Monumental accomplishment! Bravo!!! Very, very well done! Thank you Galaxy Press for caring enough to do this one right!

Any additional comments?

I love the quality and smooth operation of my Audible download and player. My first purchase from Audible - and it won't be my last.

18 of 26 people found this review helpful

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WOW WOW WOW!!!


What a writer! What an epic story! And what a production!!!!

This is an-all-time classic narrated by an outstanding multicast with sound effects!!!

I was transported throughout the entire story and simply could not put it down!

I've seen it referred to as "a movie of the mind" and it really is that!

So worth the credit and more!



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  • Raymond Moffat
  • 06-17-16

Outstanding

I don't normally like dramatised audio books but this one is so good , I'm very pleased I took a chance!

If you read the book but hated the awful film version, rest assured, this audio version does justice to this Sci fi classic!

The performances are outstanding and is a must for any Sci fi fans library ! The story is brought to life by the fine performer's and you easily find yourself drawn into the world of L Ron Hubbard's classic!

At over 47 hours in length this is a mega offering from Audible but that time flies by as you are drawn into the narrative. There are no dull sluggish parts, so be prepared for the audio equivalent of a page turner!

I won't go into the story as I feel a short synopsis can't do this book justice, let me just say if you love Sci fi, you will be missing out on a true classic if you don't put this in your library!

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim Pike
  • 09-21-16

Awful, just awful..

I read this when it came out and thought it to be a long and undemanding pulp sci-fi novel harking back a way to the 50's golden age from whence the author emerged. Great for whiling away hours at sea without putting too much strain on the brain.

This 'production' tries to elevate it into something grand and wonderful and fails miserably.
I find it's always a good thing when reading vintage sci-fi to suspend cultural sensitivities in favour of the ones prevailing at the time of writing (sexism, implied homophobia etc) else you could never enjoy the Lensmen books for instance but this writing is riddled with every kind of predjudice and stereotype presented in a way in which it is difficult to get past.

The story itself is simple enough, an everyday tale of one man's crusade to throw off the burden of Alien parasites and remake the world in his own view (A Mary Sue if ever there was one) but the production is horrid. The voice acting isn't awful considering what the actors have to work with, that no character has more emotional depth than a puddle and dialogue which might just make it into the Beano on a slack week but it's the music which really puts the tin hat on it. I seem to recall that Hubbard wrote music to accompany the original novel. If this is it, then I pity anybody involved in its recording. It is hackneyed, stereotyped, has no sympathy with the story, seems bolted on where it can be fitted in, usually at the end of each chapter and became a real endurance test as the thing continued. I took to skipping past as much as I could. That the skip function on the Audible player would also miss out some of the story was often a bonus.

In all I persevered with this as long as I could. Why? I struggle to answer that even now.. I had to go away and read an Alastair Reynolds just to get my head back on straight.

I can't begin to think who might enjoy this and if you are tempted, read the book.

Caveat Emptor

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • T. D. Cooke
  • 09-18-18

Excellent Book Spoiled!!

This is one of the best sci fi books available however this version is ruined by unnecessary music and sound affects - An excellent book ruined, what a pity !!!!!

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  • Nic Bartie
  • 09-04-18

Next level audio, long but worth every minute.

I read this book over ten years ago and listening to it now was 10 times better. Can’t recommend it enough for true science fiction human storytelling. I hope to find another book with a production like this.

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  • S J HUTCHESON
  • 09-03-18

good listen

overall a great listen however you could argue it is a wee bit over long however

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-17-18

singularly the highest audio book production value

Just unreal level of quality. super old school pulp but really entertaining, never have I listened to a audio book that translated into a movie in the mind.

its pulp fiction so it's totally over the top but the voice actors, sound effects, music, etc is really the highest quality I think I've ever experienced. even if not a fan of L Ron Hubbard fiction it's worth a listen just as a fan of audio books

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-18

My First Book

This is my ever first audio book and I am hooked. I have always loved SiFi so I chose this one, I did not know the author. Instead of not being able to put it down I couldn't turn it off. I listen to it during quiet times at work ( I work nights ). I have already got several books on my wish list and can't wait to get them.
I'm only a third of the way through this book but I would highly recommend it.

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  • Tunde
  • 07-30-18

Wow

Very good listen. The story is quite long and it’s amazing the author kept interesting, kept you listening.
Not too keen on the background dramatization, I think it’s overdone.
Definitely worth your while.

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  • G. Inch
  • 06-18-18

Epic

A magnificent reproduction by an outstanding cast. Huge in scale and faithful to the novel. Highly recommended.

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  • R
  • 06-14-18

A Great Different Story

a beautiful and we narrated story that made it a good listen. The music and use of different people to narrate made the whole thing come to life. Enjoyed the multiple twists and turns.
on the down side, it was slightly longer in some place and could make do with extra description. Some technology seemed dated and just managed to get away with it. Still highly recommended.

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  • J.T
  • 07-02-16

Brilliant. Just brilliant!!!!

Absolutely gripping. The most entertained I have ever been!!! Found myself totally in the story, living and breathing it!

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  • Amsel Alston
  • 08-24-18

It Comes And Goes in Cycles

A very enjoyable story. It could have finished in multiple places, but didn't. It's a very formulaic story but it's enjoyable in that simplicity. The dramatisation was superb and really kept me listening. Certainly a book worth the listening to.

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  • Ben
  • 07-18-18

Epic story

An epic story. well written, well narrated. lots of quirky characters. A tail of banking

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  • richard
  • 04-23-18

Great presentation but let down by story

Sound affects etc are outstanding. Found it hard to continue half way through as story changed. picked up slightly at the end.

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  • Krackers
  • 04-19-18

Wow. What an absolutely epic Journey.

This wasn't just a tale, nor just a story. It's an absolutely epic Journey that never felt like it got old or stale. Very sad moment when I arrived at the end.

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  • P. F. Richards
  • 04-05-18

WHAT AN ADVENTURE

Having read the book many years ago, and loved it, and then been disappointed at the limited scope of the movie, this presentation is just as L.Ron says in his introduction - an epic of 'pure science fiction'. Tears and cheers along the way with a few WTF's thrown in but a great listen for those who loved the book - great work to all who persevered with the audio book production - thank you all.

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  • Richard Riles
  • 03-16-18

Disappointed

absolutel rubish a bad purchase and i would like to seen it back for a refund but I dont know how

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  • luke
  • 02-22-18

Great book great production

One of the best best books on here. It felt like listening to a movie and always had me guessing.

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  • Aiden
  • 06-08-17

Thoroughly enjoyable!

I truely enjoy sci-fi from the 30s to 50s, and this has that feel to it, but its on a much bigger scale. And the full cast production, and all the music and sound effects made it really feel alive.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-16

Oh my God what an AMAZING story. Wow

Couldn't stop listening. Mesmerized. Hopeful. Dreadful. Inspired. Amazing how it is also correlate to nowadays with today's problems of politics, psychiatrical suppression and clever ways to deal. All in a spectacular performance. Wow. Hugely recommended!