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Battlefield Earth Paperback – Oct 1 1996

3.7 out of 5 stars 384 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1050 pages
  • Publisher: New Era Publications UK Ltd (Oct. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1870451309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870451307
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 4.6 x 10.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 384 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,574,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This title is now better remembered for being transformed into one of the worst B-movies in history. Don't blame the book, however, which is well regarded in sf circles. This 20th-anniversary edition offers the full text of the original. Galaxy Press, which launched this July, will reprint a number of Hubbard's books. If your existing copy looks as if it has been on the battlefield, this quality hardcover will make a nice replacement.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Think of the Star Wars sagas and Raiders of the Lost Ark, mix in the triumph of Rocky I, Rocky II and Rocky III and you have captured the exuberance, style and glory of Battlefield Earth." -Baltimore Evening Sun --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Audio CD
Did I like this story? Absolutely.

Am I a science-fiction fan? I can't say no to that one.

I've been listening to this audiobook and every time I sit down to listen, it is capturing. The fact that every character is played by a different actor puts into your mind a very clear picture as the story goes along. There are all sorts of sound effects that are not in usual audiobooks. This work on audio is a tour-de-force in presentation, professionalism, with a cast of voice talents like no other.
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Personally I think this book is trash and I'm a little conflicted about the purchase because at least some of my money is going to end up in Scientology's hands. What can I say though; it made the perfect gift for someone I consider hard to shop for.
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As my tagline states, I've read (several times actually) all 1066 pages (paperback) and have not cut corners by watching the movie. By the way, the movie was the worst screen adaptation that I've ever seen. The plot moves along well with a majority of action rather than character development. For instance, certain characters such as Chrissie and Pattie receive little or no attention. This is in contrast to how their plight supposedly motivated the Scots. I also feel that Terl was somewhat emasculated after having been portrayed as a great diabolical mind in the beginning chapters. At about the mid-point of the story everything was just falling into place for the "good" guys and the suspense I had come to expect was absent. However, after this short interlude, other factors presented themselves and the suspense came roaring back. Overall, I feel the writing is good, though not stellar. I find it interestingly to contemplate how the exact same plot would fair in the hands of another wordy author, say Robert Jordan. Jordan definitely develops his characters while retaining a good deal of action in some rather long works. That might be like wondering how a Norman Rockwell would look if done by Picasso. At any rate, I would recommend Battlefield Earth to those not intimidated by its length, the movie adaptation or it's authors eccentricities.
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I'm only half way through, damn this thing is long! I feel like I'm reading Star Wars. If you can get past the whole 'this guy was the inventor of Scientology' thing, then this book is a great sic-fi escape. It's pure fun and adventure! Also, it's over 1,000 pages so settle in for the long haul. If the 2nd half is even remotely as much fun as the first half then I'm in for a real treat!
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I enjoyed the style and premise of the book but eventually just put it down and stopped reading it for one simple reason:
The good guys always win, the bad guys always lose. This theme becomes so prevelent and predictable that the battles are literally the most boring parts of the book. All the bad guys get mowed down, one good guy gets shot in the arm, hooray for humanity, repeat for every fight. It's like every Stallone/Van Damme/Chuck Norris movie all rolled into one rather cheesy book. He did a lot of this in his Mission Earth books as well, but there it was intentional and funny, in Battlefield Earth it's serious to the point of just creating a ridiculous story.
Maybe 1 star isn't being completely fair overall, but this one aspect was enough to make me stop reading, so I figure it's justified.
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I do not believe that the main character in this book went from being a "dumb" human ruled by a mighty alien empire to a super sized intellect of unlimited abilities and craftiness and not only conquered the world form the aliens but the whole universe with his one puny mind and a bunch of other so called Neanderthal-like people. On the other hand I just have to read it again because it is so unbelievably unbelievable. Hah!
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By Cris on Feb. 21 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Juvenile plot, nonexistent character development, and horrid writing in general put this book firmly at the bottom of the sci fi trash heap.This book is dullsville. I am quite sure most homeless crackheads could churn out novels superior to Hubbard's mindless drivel.
If you are looking for great sci fi to read check out books by Frank Herbert, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven, Robert Heinlein, Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Robert Anton Wilson, Piers Anthony and Greg Bear.
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By A Customer on July 22 2001
Format: Paperback
I actually had an older version of this book before i bought the movie tie in. Unfortunaly at the time i wasn't really into Sci Fi books so i tossed it off after about a hundred pages. But when the movie came out I decided to read the book before going to see it.Unfortunaly someone must have sold the one i had since i couldn't find it, so i went down to wal-mart and bought the new version. Once I started reading I couldn't stop, it had a good story and the characters were fleshed out pretty good the action was well detailed. At times it kinda drags along with useless details such as the explanation of a persons lunch or some such nonsense but it's only for a few pages then it's back to the action. When I finished the book and rented the movie I was shocked at the lack of story and basically sense of it all. For instance in the book the planned raid in the dome didn't start for a year, in the movie it was maybe a month at the most. And the characters in the movie are nothing but stick figures. Hopefully if they decide to remake it their better off putting it on tv as a mini-series rather than a movie than that way they can put the whole story rather than just half of it, and for the love of god don't get either John Travolta or Roger Christanson involved.
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