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Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781481577748
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In one of Heinlein’s most controversial bestsellers, 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.

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  • “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

  • “A classic…If you want a great military adventure, this one’s for you.”

    All SciFi

  • “Heinlein’s genius is at its height in this timeless classic that is as meaningful today as when it was written...a fast-paced novel that never gets preachy. This is a definite must-have, must-read book.”

    SF Site

  • “Lloyd James is terrific as the narrator, able to infuse his voice with the wide-eyed innocence of Rico and the gruffness of Sgt. Zim. James’ is a voice you can count on, and this is an absolutely fabulous audiobook, and to my ears, the definitive version.”

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  • Winner of the 1960Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • One of Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dolph Flint | 7/16/2018

    " Robert A. Heinlein, known in his lifetime as the Dean of Science Fiction, is at his finest in this enthralling tale of warfare in the distant future. The action is seen through the eyes of Johhny Rico, a wealthy kid who comes to understand there's more to life than money. The story of how Juan Rico grows from a spoiled rich kid into a Mobile Infantry soldier leading the fight against the arachnid Bugs, told in the first person, is a captivating tale of development and transformation. The listener’s attention is grabbed in the first minute, and the interest never lags. Heinlein creates the ultimate tough guy, the toughest and most capable badass in fiction, in drill sergeant Charles Zim. Many other colorful and unforgettable characters are encountered in this epic story. Heinlein is the acknowledged and unchallenged master of character development, and this is the finest example of his craft. According to Wikipedia, this novel, which received a Hugo Award, is the only science fiction novel on the reading lists of four out of five of the United States military academies, as well as the official reading lists of the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps. It has been in continuous print since its first printing in 1959. This book gave rise to innumerable copycat stories. It is an original, unique, unprecedented masterpiece. It is the finest work of the finest author of science fiction ever. It is a must read for any SF fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Fischer | 4/16/2018

    " Not at all like the movie. This could almost be the story of any marine recruit. Very insightful, and Heinlein's ideas on society, political theory, war, morality and more are woven throughout. Thought provoking. Not the usual action/adventure sci-fi tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jianna | 2/20/2014

    " Interesting book though it has no apparent plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 2/16/2014

    " An interesting piece of military sci-fi, though the focus was more on the military and not enough on the sci-fi. Only about 20% of this book was action, and the rest was boot camp/training/philosophy of war/etc. Actually this book was a bit too self-serious and while I have to agree with pretty much every point it made, it felt a bit too preachy. This would be an interesting book for a Basic Military Strategy course but for rip-roaring action, check out the tongue-in-cheek movie adaptation instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 2/16/2014

    " This is an interesting book to read and good to juxtapose with the film version (which features opposing sentiments). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlos | 2/10/2014

    " great book talking about military, politics and society. This futuristic world is incredible but terrifying. Get involve into this book as i had. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crispin | 2/3/2014

    " Great read, amazingly ahead of its time. SO much you can take from this book... had a big influence upon me. Would recommend to most young teenage men :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luek | 1/31/2014

    " The only reason that this book is not a 4 star or higher is because Heinlein goes into exhaustive detail about the origins, structure, psychology and military Hierarchy of the Mobile Infantry. the story itself is fantastic and has a good blend of action, humor, and touching moments. THe downside is the narrative comes to a screeching halt whenever Heinlien goes on a tangent. So three stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasenka | 1/29/2014

    " I liked this book a lot, Johnnie's voice and his self-irony are fun to read. It really felt like being with him during the boot camp and the beginning of his soldier career. Storytelling of the book is great even if don't agree with everything. Some of the opinions are really controversial but it's good to be forced to think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christelle | 1/21/2014

    " Can't believe I've never read this. Really made me think about war and conflict and the moral position. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianosaurus | 1/11/2014

    " not better or worse, but very different from the film version. less action and more political talk and discussion of the validity of corporal punishment in modern society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 11/25/2013

    " One of my all-time favorite books period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 11/3/2013

    " as enjoyable a read now as when I first read it in my teens! Heinlein handled the ending poorly - it seems abrupt, as if he got to a publishers deadline and was tired. otherwise, an engrossing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 10/22/2013

    " A fascinating piece of military sci-fi - less about action and high-tech gadgets, more about politics and moral philosophy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wil | 9/15/2013

    " This book was to say the least great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 5/4/2013

    " no ending :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terence | 5/17/2012

    " Probably one of the best and most important sci fi book to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/15/2012

    " totally awesome - one of my faves of all time!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 10/18/2011

    " This was my first Heinlein book and was a great read. Heinlein has a great way of making the action come alive through his detailed descriptions. I'll definitely be reading more Heinlein books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 6/5/2011

    " The book is better than the movie, hands down. Lots of interesting philosophical ideas about duty, honor and what makes a person worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 5/23/2011

    " Nice read. Could have less political view and more action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Speedy | 5/19/2011

    " Gran libro de aventuras, pero también mucho seso político. La narrativa de Heinlein hace que vuelva a él por lo menos una vez al año, desde que lo compré por primera vez... hace como 18 años.
    Si bien es un facista, es un facista entretenido. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 5/17/2011

    " Reading this side by side with Johnny Got his Gun should be required of every high schooler. I should emphasize, the book bears no resemblance to the "film" of the same name, which is an abomination against all that is good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Madiebabii97 | 5/15/2011

    " I have to read this for science and let's just say I'm moving through this book VERY slowly. Very terrible and doesn't appeal to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/13/2011

    " Don't judge the book by its movie. Only the title is the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TikiPaws12 | 5/13/2011

    " I honestly don't remember much of the end. Although I do remember about the first half. I know some people are saying this is boring but it's really not. If you just have a set time that you will sit down and PAY ATTENTION TO DETAIL then it can be a really fun book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/11/2011

    " impressive description of a soldiers career and of fights. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mamasoo | 5/11/2011

    " I'm a Heinlein fan from way back and I enjoyed this book except for it's intensive military tone. It's just not me...more my husband's type of book.

    Otherwise, okay. Loved the movie, though! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/9/2011

    " I've rarely labeled books according to the gender of their audience, but Starship Troopers is a total guy's book---a military/space alien, there-you-are kind of story. I didn't fancy it. Men seem to enjoy it more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckinley | 5/4/2011

    " Liked this more than I thought I would (based on movie version). More about main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 5/2/2011

    " This is the one that hooked me on Heinlein. Much more exciting and imaginative than the movie. "

About the Author

Robert Anson Heinlein (1907–1988) was born in Missouri. He served five years in the US Navy and then attended graduate classes in mathematics and physics at UCLA. After a variety of jobs, he began to write science fiction in 1939. He is a four-time winner of the Hugo Award and a recipient of three Retro Hugos, and in 1975 he was named the first recipient of the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement. Several of his books were New York Times bestsellers, and his worldwide bestsellers have been translated into twenty-two languages. 

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.