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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

"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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  • georges
  • 09 10 2018

spectacular

great sci-fi. great interpretation. addictive to the end. a movie to ear really well done.

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  • Joel D Offenberg
  • 27 06 2016

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.

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  • E. Mccloskey
  • 26 08 2016

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.

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  • Corey Brown
  • 17 08 2016

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.

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  • Brian Zohner
  • 10 08 2016

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.

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  • MJS
  • 21 11 2016

Awesome audio / theatrical version!

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

This version is like listening to a movie with your eyes closed with the narrator simply describing the things you cannot see. You hear various actors performing the dialog as well as matching sound effects the whole way through that paint the image of what is going on in your mind's eye.

If you have heard this story before, I believe the version I heard was read by Roddy McDowall, this version will feel like you never heard the story before. Great presentation, sound effects, and voice actors.

I wish there were more audio books produced in this manner.

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

The overall presentation. All audio books should be like this.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

An entirely new experience. With the addition of multiple voice actors and all the appropriately used sound effects you are literally part of the story.

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

Um. No. Who has 47 hours straight to listen to anything.

Any additional comments?

Whether you liked the book or not or even if you have heard previous audio versions of this book, give the new version a shot.

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  • Thomas
  • 07 06 2016

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!

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  • Luis
  • 06 06 2016

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!

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  • Warren Tardif
  • 06 06 2016

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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  • supertoby
  • 28 07 2016

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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  • J Wagner
  • 17 08 2018

Good story. Terrible music.

Good story. Terrible music. Would be 5 stars without the overlong music and jarring music.

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  • Raymond Moffat
  • 17 06 2016

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!

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  • Jim Pike
  • 21 09 2016

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

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  • Marty
  • 29 10 2018

Great story, dodgy accents<br />

Fantastic story but the voice actor choices were strange. The Scottish accents were genuinely painful to listen to. For such a big production and extensive story there ought to have been a dialect coach/adviser. The main character sounds like a West Coast surfer, despite living 3000 years into the future. Now I don't expect them to invent an accent/dialect, but his voice was off-putting and it was hard to suspend my disbelief.

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  • Dave Kennedy
  • 17 10 2018

really good

It was very good I liked it so much I bought it 3 times now hardback book (a proper book), I never buy those anymore the film (not nearly as good), how do you compress many many hours into just a couple and finally the audible book. All bought several years apart. When I bought this I didn't know it was a whole act with music and all I just thought it was someone reading the book, but it's not it's like a play. Really good.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19 09 2018

Great story Battlefield Earth

I enjoyed this story. If you have the spare time it’s worth a listen. Brilliant from start to finish.

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  • T. D. Cooke
  • 18 09 2018

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
  • 04 09 2018

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
  • 03 09 2018

good listen

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17 08 2018

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
  • 05 08 2018

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.