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review 2016-06-25 16:30
Finally Available in Unabridged (Full Cast) Edition: Battlefield Earth | Review
Battlefield Earth - L. Ron Hubbard,Roddy McDowall

A sprawling SF saga that probably should have been a trilogy


As big as Star Wars. As desperate as Hunger Games.


On August 20, 1977, we sent a message into space.  Only recently did Voyager 1 go beyond the outer reaches of our solar system and into interstellar space.  On it was a map of Earth, our solar system and details of our planet–it was also printed on a plate of gold, one of the rarest metals in the galaxy.  And one day we got an answer…


A thousand years in the future, an alien empire has overrun the planet, and the human race has become an endangered species. Now all that stands between mankind and total extinction is a courageous young man determined to rally the scattered tribes of his species to take on the technologically advanced oppressors.


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Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard, read by a Full Cast, published by Galaxy Audio (2016) / Length: 47 hrs 32 min



I read this book way back "in the day" and, despite its length, even reread it once. I was very excited to see that there was an unabridged version. Something I learned in listening to it this time is that I apparently did a lot of skimming, particularly of the parts where the Psychlos were just interacting with each other.  I am giving the book a 4* rating; this is an average. There are parts that I love and would give 5 stars to, and one part that I really disliked and would give 0 stars to (see below).


I won't ever relisten to the whole thing from start to finish again, but I will bookmark my favorite parts and revisit them occasionally.

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