"A vivid movie of the mind!" (AudioFile)
Publishers Weekly #1 Best Seller and Earphones Award Winner!
In response the Voyager launched in 1977, the alien Psychlos remorselessly wiped out the human race with a poisonous gas barrage, and ground and air bombings. They killed more than 99.9% of the people on Earth, not to mention their sadistic hunting sprees of humans for pure bloodthirsty pleasure for the ensuing 1,000 years. 3,000 Psychlos are now stationed on Earth, mining her remaining natural resources, and mankind is an endangered species.
Terl, the greedy and sadistic Psychlo Planetary Security Chief assigned to Earth, has a selfish plan for a future of abundance and prosperity. This plan requires enslaving humans to mine precious gold in the treacherous Rocky Mountains, and then wiping out all of the evidence, including all remaining human life.
Enslaved by Terl, Jonnie Goodboy Tyler must turn a small desperate band of the last survivors into a tightly coordinated rebel force.
Pitted against impossible odds, they must outsmart this cunning and vicious alien adversary that has conquered all opposition across the galaxy into total oblivion.
Is Jonnie's fight to save humanity from these gigantic, technologically superior, and cruel monsters a losing battle where humanity will become forever extinct in this high-stakes science fiction adventure?
Experience the unabridged audiobook in fully immersive HD sound of the story that changed the shape of science fiction forever. Performed by over 65 actors playing 198 characters with 150,000 sound effects.
When first published, Battlefield Earth dominated the best-seller lists for 32 weeks. A Random House Modern Readers Library Poll voted Battlefield Earthone of the Best 100 English language novels of the 20th century.
The great SF author Robert Heinlein called Battlefield Earth "a masterpiece."
By L. Ron Hubbard (author), narrated by Josh Clark and performed by Scott Menville, Fred Tatascoire, Stefan Rudnicki, Roy Abramsohn, Corey Burton, Nancy Cartwright, Bob Caso, R. F. Daley, Charles Davis, Neil Dickson, Ellen Dubin, Jim Meskimen, Tamra Meskimen, Michael Gough, Kaleo Griffith, Christina Huntington, Larrs Jackson, Don Leslie, Ralph Lister, Mark Mintz, Phil Nee, Joe Ochman, Mr. Phil Proctor, Enn Reitel, Patrick Renna, Alan Shearman, Thomas Silcott, Tadao Tomomatsu, Bob Walter, Matt Wolf, Robert Wu, Michael Yurchak, Gregory Lee Kenyon, Darren Richardson, Jason Wilburn, Rick Zieff and Roger Steffens.
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"The sheer scope of this production of the epic sci-fi adventure Battlefield Earth is breathtaking. Kudos not only to Galaxy Press, but in particular to production director Jim Meskimen, who had to invent recording techniques, and in fact, ways of being, to make this happen." (Stefan Rudnicki)
"A Movie in your 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)
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.
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!
My job involves long periods of travel to and from the far east, this series has made all that waiting and just sitting fly by and was so entertaining.
I love epics and this is by far the best of them all.
There are so many high points, battles won, people lost, funny and sad moments
I read the book over 25 years ago and was engrossed with it, to have the characters brought to life with individual voices improved the whole story immensely. It is a story to be lived rather than read.
When listening to such a well read and performed story its hard not to feel emotive when characters hit points in their lives, your there and sharing.
Its very rare an adaptation of a book performs so well, the film was terrible. This has been the the most pleasing audiobook i have had the pleasure of listening to, i think i may just go through it again
Just finished this great book.
Amazing story and brought to life with such a great cast and amazing music. For me it parallels what we need to do with this world and I think it strikes a chord in the heart of any sane man and probably deep down in the not so sane man that this is what we really want in life: a game where everyone wins, where we live with pride and honour and trust and live not just for ourselves but for others too. Where we work and earn a living and are in exchange with the world and thus have high morale.
I laughed out loud. I wept and sniggered to myself all the way through.
What a writer.
I salute you sir. Mr L Ron Hubbard.
Fantastic book! Thoroughly enjoyed this very well acted and entertaining rendition of Battlefield Earth. I first read BE many years ago and it was always one of my favourites. But brought to life by the cast made it a pleasure to travel, even when the London tube was packed! :)
"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.
"Best Audiobook Production I've ever listened to"
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!
I am enthralled by all the different voices and all the actors that appear in this book.
I was told this story was a classic and a must read, but I was mostly uninterested the last third of the book. Not sure I'd recommend it to someone in many circumstances.
"I was swayed by the reviews, but I don't get it..."
This is a young adult book. If your pre-teen or teenager is in the market for a Sci-Fi book, this will be a good book. But if you are looking for adult Sci-Fi, meaning it has an adult plot, adult characters, adult complexity, and isn't afraid of adult language this is going to be a waste of your time. I finished it only because by the time I realized that it was never going to mature, I was already too far in. It is sad to say, but I think the movie was actually better.
Yes, the other reviews telling you this isn't a Scientology bible are accurate. I couldn't sniff out any of that. This is simply one of the most bush-league and books I have ever listened to. And the 'science fiction' part of it may be the most disappointing... like how time reference is the same for all races, etc, etc. The ending of this thing is so disappointing, but it is in keeping with the entire thing.
The performance is cool. Sometimes the sounds between chapters was a bit much, but I thought the main narrator did a good job. And the multiple voice characters and subtle sound effects were well done. That is the saving grace of this purchase for me.
"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!
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!
"An audio book worthy of the best Sci-Fi story ever"
Battlefield Earth is the best Science Fiction story ever written. Period! I have read the book every year for 24 years since I first discovered it. And, now, this is no ordinary narrated audio version of the story - it is a virtual Theater of Sound! It is superlative quality - and fully enhances the experience of this most amazing book! The music is rich and intricate in tone and texture and fits the story like a glove in every scene. Of equal caliber are the sound effects - fully as good as a top-rate movie sound track. And the voice actors are total pro's! Every last one!This is a must for anyone who loves a great story. But, hold on to your seat - because the pace doesn't let up for 47 hours! Hands down the best product on the audio book market to date! Monumental accomplishment! Bravo!!! Very, very well done! Thank you Galaxy Press for caring enough to do this one right!
I love the quality and smooth operation of my Audible download and player. My first purchase from Audible - and it won't be my last.
"Game changer for the audiobook industry!"
The best production I have heard, particularly for such a classic story. I read this story originally in 1987 and thought it was loads of fun. I read it again in 2010 and decided that it was indeed the most epic sci-fi novel ever, since it encompass several universes significantly.
It is the best scientific treatment of teleportation I have ever found.
And the aliens are dope!
Finally, the production is unprecedented. The best I've ever heard, and I've listened to nearly 300 audiobooks. It's a game changer. The actors are great, the sound effects are perfect, Terl is totally sick!
Put it all together and it rocks like a hurricane on crack!
"not my cup of tea"
I love sci-fi flick, but I could only listen to half of this it's long winded and boring........ sorry......
"Great production wasted on a horrible story..."
A better, more engaging and thought out 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.
Disappointment and boredom
Excellently narrated and cast. Extremely well produced and just plain dumb.
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