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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

  • Hugo Award, 1960

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Timeless story

Beautifully written, powerful messages and great foresight. This is a classic story and should be mandatory reading even for people whom are not science fiction lovers.

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Terrible narrator

great book. love it but the narrator is abominable. he does no justice to this novel

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It's a Heinlein

They don't call him the dean of Sci-fi for nothing.
The reader did a good job as well.

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Quality Issue

The recording has some strange quality inconsistency when listening, it was kinda frustrating at times. No fault of the reader nor the story though.

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Recommended reading

Heinlein explored some interesting ideas about society in his vision of the future. These I found thought provoking. I would recommend this book.

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Audio cuts out

The audio at the beginning of each section was muffled, as though the speaker was facing away from the microphone. This would correct itself in a variable amount of time (3-10) seconds. It did not correspond with chapters, rather it seemed like page turns.

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  • Jack Bones
  • DC Metro Area (Northern Virginia)
  • 11-11-17

Amazing

An amazing story amazingly read. It was just as good as when I read it 20 years ago.

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  • T. J.
  • where ever the money is
  • 11-10-17

greatest book ever

The narrator's so so but the story is awesome. I've probably read the book 15 times so the characters all have a distinct sound to me. unfotthe narrator doesn't change tone to often to differentiate between characters. other than that it is an great story to hear.

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Bad reader/recording editor.

I love the story, I've read it before. Poor blending and editing of reader's voice.

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awesome book

from the beginning to the end, great and interesting read! once you start, there is no stopping!