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Starship Troopers

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Robert A. Heinlein

Narrated By: Lloyd James

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: September 2009

Duration: 9 hours 55 minutes

Summary:

In one of Heinlein's most controversial best-sellers, a recruit in a future world is sent through the toughest boot camp in the Universe to join the Terran Mobile Infantry in battle against mankind's most alarming enemy.

Juan Rico signed up with the Federal Reserve on a lark, but despite the hardships and rigorous training, he finds himself determined to make it as a cap trooper. In boot camp he learns how to become a soldier, but it is in war that he will learn why.

Many consider this Hugo Award-winning book to be Heinlein's best. Forget the battle scenes and the high-tech weapons; this is Heinlein in his element, talking people and politics.

"A book that continues to resonate and influence to this day, one whose popularity and luster hasn't been dimmed despite decades of imitations."-SF Reviews

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  • ICE

    Starship Troopers contains some great quotes and some very good, rousing dialogue between charactors Heinlein explores issues such as child-rearing and discipline, punishment, the franchise, rights and obligations, and other areas of government and the human experience.' I was not real excited with the reader, but overall a good listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Erik B

    Loved the book, but the narrator was lackluster. Better than some of the free books, but not by much. The content of the story, however, is solid, and everybody owes it to themselves to read this at least once.

  • Kenneth R

    Very authentic to what it means to serve in the military and very provocative concepts on who should have the right to vote.

  • Joshua J

    I’m new to audiobooks, this is only the 3rd that I’ve listened to. Compared to the other two this narrator was just awful. It was almost like listening to Ben Stein reading a book. There was patches of bad sound quality also

  • Jennifer Reed

    Great book. Fascinatingly relevant looking at the politics of the book to the politics of the last 50 years. Very deep and explorative into character. Couldn't recommend more. This is a must read!

  • Alex Mullin

    Excellent book, great ideas posed on citizenship, leadership and responsibility for self reflection and discussion!

  • David Peacock

    A true classic. Not the butured movie. This truly shows how Hollywood can take a great book and destroy it with a movie that is no where near the book.

  • Angelika Teal

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is a lot more like 'Enders Game' than the film version of 'Starship Troopers'. I enjoyed the philosophical meanderings about duty, citizenship and such, even though I did not agree to many of them like corporal punishment etc. Since I like military fiction and sci-fi, I was fascinated by the training routine and officer school tests described. What made me sad was the almost 'klingon-like' acceptance of death in battle. And even though some philosophical discussion are still current, it is important to keep in mind that it is decade old sci-fi and can seem a bit 'dated' to the younger generation. Absolutely highly recommend listening to this book.

  • Anonymous

    This book was a lot more preachy and boring than I remember it to be. There are many things about this book which are very interesting, but unfortunately there were an equal number of things which just dragged by. (3 1/2 stars)

  • Stuart Strahl

    It's a classic, an historic work. But the shape of the tale is bogglingly bizarre. Heinlein skips over Officer Candidate School, except to include a scene in one classroom of a teacher jawboning political theory. Poof, Juan is an officer, pause for an extended scene of jawboning about what it means to be an officer. Then a long, dramatic narrative of a battle is abruptly brought to an end, right at the climax, by falling rubble which makes the hero wake up in the hospital with everything okay. ?!!? The only question remaining is whether it is Fascist propaganda. Yes and no. No, Heinlein wasn't a Fascist, and he didn't see his book as Fascist. But the only thing that prevented his Terrans from being a Fascist state was that the Powerful were all kindly and fatherly. And THAT is the only thing this book has in common with his other classic, the Love-and-Peace bible "Stranger in a Strange Land."

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