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Battlefield Earth Audiobook

Battlefield Earth

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Publisher's Summary

"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.

©2016 Galaxy Audio (P)2016 Galaxy Audio

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    mr c w jubb 21/06/2016
    mr c w jubb 21/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "great audiobook"

    loved it
    excellent presentation
    i was a fan of the book
    now I'm a fan of the audio book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RGM9588 17/06/2016
    RGM9588 17/06/2016
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    "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!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Pike 21/09/2016
    Jim Pike 21/09/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "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

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    SHARON HOSKINS Rugby 26/03/2017
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    "A superb adventure"

    What an amazing story. Was quite long but I was sorry to reach the end. Author has a brilliant imagination. Brought out all kinds of emotions. For me the narrator was awesome and Charlie Davis who played Terl had a fab gravelly voice and played his character perfectly.

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    David M. 02/02/2017
    David M. 02/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Just when you think it's over ..."

    A story that rises above the simplistic genre - you don't have to be a 'fan' of sci-fi to enjoy this story. Enhanced by the quality of production, this really is entertaining .

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    N. Lyons United Kingdom 25/01/2017
    N. Lyons United Kingdom 25/01/2017
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    "Outstanding!"

    This is a long book but performed extremely well.

    By listening to this book, then watching the movie. The movie is so terrible thought out I just cant believe it

    Get this, you wont regret it.

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    Naboya 16/01/2017
    Naboya 16/01/2017 Member Since 2007
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    "Surreal"

    Sort of cavemen cowboys meet Celtic clansmen via an encounter with an alien force which now controls the earth As if that isn't bizarre enough, we go on to meet, among others, Vikings, African tribal people, and Buddhist monks! Despite the oddity of this, the full-cast performance turned this story into a soap opera which I was happy to return to day after day.

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    george hockey 26/12/2016
    george hockey 26/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "good story nicely narrated "

    good overall. good story. a bit predictable in places. hero Johnny to perfect to really relate to. good build up and action. wet uslless female roles. hideous Scottish accents, good for unintentional comedy value.

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    DAVID EELES 21/12/2016
    DAVID EELES 21/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow"

    I think this is the best book I have listened to thus far , kept me totally entertained and hooked from start to finish

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    The Trog Father 14/12/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Wished I never had to pause it"
    If you could sum up Battlefield Earth in three words, what would they be?

    Suspense Cliffhangers Action


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

    The view you finally get of the very first planetary attack in the book.


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

    Sure I wanted to, but 47 hours of book made it impossible.... Unfortunately


    Any additional comments?

    Really well thought out book and storyline. There's also no sudden new completely unexplained breakthroughs in technology at the end to save the day, as it feels has become all too common in the last few books I've listened to. Right from the start hints are left that get picked back up chapters and chapters later. Cliffhangers are left at the end of chapters, followed by a scene change to a parallel event that teases you with the answer to the cliffhanger till you return back to the original scean. It is a complete story that is coherent and consistent. This book is the best piece of fiction I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy. I can not recommend it enuf.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Joel D Offenberg
    27/06/16
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    "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.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Simphiwe
    24/07/16
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    "Excellent production"

    Wow what an adventure. Listening to the audiobook feels like I was watching the whole production.

    Touching and moving an exhilarating listen, all 47 hours of it. I was enthralled the whole way through. A very well done to the whole production crew.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Philip Edwards
    20/07/16
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    "Hands down great work"

    As a first time reader(listener) of L.Ron hubbards work this production with all its notable cast really sold the story for me. Which stand great on its own mind you. It has humor, suspense, sadness, and even packs in excitement to pound it out into a well rounded Science fiction story of epic proportions coming out to 45 hours. The only qualm I have is that Hubbard did not produce another work comparable to this one. Instead focusing his efforts into Scientology. Battle field earth in my must reads

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    06/06/16
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    "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.


    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    Salt Lake City, UT, United States
    07/06/16
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    "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!

    34 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • darko
    08/11/16
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    "Awesome job!"

    What can I say.. you took a magnificent book (old type) and made it into the movie I always had in my head.. thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing this masterpiece back!

    Awesome casting and nil changes to the original story.

    If you liked the book, spend your credit on this one as it'll remain in your library for all time!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • E. Mccloskey
    Westfield, NJ USA
    26/08/16
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Luis
    06/06/16
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    "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!

    27 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    07/06/16
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    "An audio book worthy of the best Sci-Fi story ever"
    What made the experience of listening to Battlefield Earth the most enjoyable?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Ferrando
    Ohio
    27/08/16
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    "Awesome"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this. Well worth my time to listen. Look forward to additional titles like this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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