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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

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  • Hugo Award, 1960

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Book is awesome. Narration was MIND-NUMBING

This story is Heinlein's finest. The story that is written, is unlike the horrible Hollywood production. The book is so good. The movie not so much.
I wanted to love listening to it, HOWEVER, the narrator was one of the worst I've heard one audible. He has no emotion whatsoever in his reading. He pauses where there shouldn't be a pause. When there are moments you know it would be intense, he still just dribbles on in his boring-nonemotional-monotone voice. I had to shut it off because its basically unlistenable. If I could get a refund for this audio book I would.
So with that said, buy the book and read it yourself, don't get this audio version.

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My favorite book ever

This is my favorite fiction book ever, and the only book that comes in a close second is Ender's Game. I loved "Starship Troopers" the first time that I read it at 13 years old, and I really loved listening to the audio recording 14 years later at 27. I drove around and wasted exhorbitant amounts of gas just so I could continue listening to it. It was nice. I reccommend this book to any person 13 years of age or above.

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A Science Fiction Classic

As other people have pointed out, the movie "based on" this book really wasn't. A few of the concepts made it into the movie, but only in passing. The real problem is that if you see the movie, you're expecting a sci-fi action movie of bugs and guns, and that's not what this book is.

This is a Heinlein novel, and he's doing here what he does best: take a concept, and explore it through fiction. Many people have assumed that Heinlein is a fascist because of the world he created here, but I don't think they got the point. Unlike many Heinlein novels, this is a book for adults, and it requires thinking about what's being said.

This only gets four stars because of the reading. I think Lloyd James does a pretty good job here, but the long pauses get annoying. I kept thinking I'd bumped my iPod. Still, I recommend it.

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Bad overdubs

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Recording was mostly good, except for occasional sentences or paragraphs that were overdubbed and sounded awful - muffled, and possibly even a different narrator.

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Well Aged Heinlein

I had not read Starship Troopers in many years. Many of Heinlein's books have not aged very well, but this has aged quite well. This book has quite a lot of moral philosophy and social commentary, and a bit of humor, science fiction and action adventure. The main character is well developed, and the events interesting and fun. I enjoyed this listen quite a bit. This has little in common with the very bad movie.

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My favorite Heilein Book

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This is just a great book. There are a lot of interesting points of view given and even if you don't agree with them they are still thought provoking ideas.

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Wonderful, but hold your fire on the narrator

I heartily agree with most of the comments above, but I'd disagree with the negative comments about the narrator. I've heard him read several things and he adapts himself - he's no raw youngster like Johnny Rico the supposed narrator, though he sounds exactly like one on this recording. So good was his reading of the book in this character that I really thought he was around 22. It was only when I heard him read other works that I realised how carefully he'd played the part, and that he is actually considerably older.

As for the book itself: wonderful. And the other comments are, IMHO, absolutely right - ie it knocks the film into a cocked hat. A very shallow cocked hat.

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5 Star Story 1 Star Interpretation. 3 Overall

I love the story. It's well worth reading the actual book. But I cannot recommend the narrator for this one. And I was especially disappointed because the same narrator did such a GREAT job reading The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. But for this book he had a very flat, unemotional voice. And he kept hesitating and pausing in the middle of reading when it was obviously uncalled for. It was almost like he was unsure of himself and kept pausing to figure out how to read the next part. It was very annoying. Read the book - it's full of great ideas. But don't listen to this one.

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Freedom, Power=Responsibility

A well written space war story told with realistic characters and plot. This is a story of a young man who discovers himself and his place in a free society during an alien race war. Great action and character development with moral lessons that still hit home in the present. Questions like: Should everyone vote even if they don't care? What is the price of freedom? Is our way to handle youth violence based on any reasonable philosophy? Read this to enjoy a good tale or read it to think about human societies? It's good both ways.

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Better than Verhoeven flick, but still a few bugs!

“To permit irresponsible authority is to sell disaster.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers

A two-act army hard SF. Act 1: basic training. Act 2: war (see Full Metal Jacket). Interspersed is a bit of libertarian philosophy and theories of citizenship. The movie was probably better at plot, the book is better in message. Sometimes I enjoy Heinlein and other times I just like his books. Not his worst and not his best. Hell. Looks like I might have just reviewed the damn book. I'll look over it tomorrow and see what else I was missing. I'm not sure I buy the pro-fascism arguments, but the book is definitely pro-military (this I respond a lot better to Joe Haldeman's book (The Forever War and even a bit of the sexism, but the book came out in 59/60. This isn't exactly a period KNOWN for me writing great feminist genre writing (see Ian Fleming and John D. MacDonald) It isn't a perfect book (thus the 4 stars), but if you are into Hard SciFi, you probably need to read it to gain insight into what came after. I'd still take PKD any day.

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  • Jabbawok
  • 08-24-08

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.

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  • roger
  • 04-04-12

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.

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  • Mr Happy
  • 11-13-08

Great Book

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.
Great book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-16-06

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.

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  • Paul
  • 09-24-07

Thoroughly enjoyed!

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!

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  • Andi
  • 06-03-15

Epic!

Starship Troopers is a true classic, an enjoyable, epic read or listen.
Highly recommend it!

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  • Paul Russell
  • 07-02-14

Great book l but rubbish narrator

love the book but unfortunately the narrator is complete rubbish & makes the audiobook sound absolutely boring.

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  • Mr
  • 03-12-13

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.

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  • Jernau Gurgeh
  • 12-06-07

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.

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  • Walter
  • 10-26-07

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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