A mature professional writer.
Interesting well developed story and characters.
After I got used to the narrator's intonation, I realized I think I could not have enjoyed the characters and humor as well if I had simply read the book. I will be dl'ing more stories by scalzi shortly.
Wow! This is a war novel, so it is not peaceful and cheery, but the themes and characters are so well-developed that it smacks of Heinlein with a bit more modern language. Although set in the distant future, all of the technology and characters are highly believable, which allows the listener to become part of the story as a spectator and witness to the events. I recommend this book to every sci-fi fan!
Great story with enough action and interesting characters, a few interesting science tidbits. Very well narrated. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.
Scalzi brings some really good concepts, and has a pretty good story thread, but...
He turns to "shmaltz" on every corner, too many things arrange themselves comfortably for his story, and oh-my-god the teenager-girl-book-like-sex scenes and romantic tensions. Och.
This is my second Scalzi book, btw, and it seems like "narrative comfortable coincidences and occurrences" are his thing.
Still, I wanted to know what happens next, and got myself to the end, I didn't suffer, but I did almost set the book aside a couple of times.
So, all in all, meh. Nice if you're s fan, but don't expect too much.
I love this book. I've read it and heard it numerous times and have often recommended the book to anyone who reads. Scalzi wrote a great story with Old Man's War and Wm Dufris did an awesome job of narrating it.
Because of this book I became a "Scalzi" fan. This is a great series. I've also enjoyed other Scalzi books, including Fuzzy Nation.
The book started a little slow but picked up quickly, and I was totally engrossed for the first few chapters. Then suddenly, it became a chore to listen to. The descriptions of the aliens was a total turn off. Some were described as a cross between a bear/giant flying squirrel and deer like. Not what I would imagine alien species would resemble. I lost confidence in the book at that point, and almost stopped listening. But the ending saved from total disaster.
The narrator does a good job in distinguishing each characters but he wasn't excellent.
The story wasn't the most original or unpredictable plot line, but was well written, and John Scalzi has a fantastic sense of humor. The book never slowed down in any part, and at times actually felt too brief. Old Man's War lightened up my commute, and actually caused me to laugh out loud several times on the train. Recommended for anyone that needs a short book to break up other series they may be going through.