I really like the audio edition, it's just that the writer's style of "he said, she said" can get a bit redundant.
This author knows how to tell a tale. There's plenty of action and comedy with just the right amount of mystery and drama. The main character is a charismatic old man who you just can't help but like. The story begins at the end of his life which I found to be an intriguing way to start a book. The way Scalzi describes the technology and products as if he was a door-to-door salesman from the 1950's is great! He's got a strange "up in space / down to earth" kind of writing style that I really enjoyed. This is a future that I wouldn't mind growing old in.
This is one of the better narrators that I've heard. His voice fits this series very well.
This book made me wonder what my grandparents were like when they were young. It brought back some great memories of them as well.
I consider Scalzi to be a great story teller. His books are always innovative & interesting. As a craftsman, I'm not a great fan. There are very few instances at which I find myself saying, "wow,that's just a beautiful sentence" I listen to Scalzi for the stories, not for the language. For example, there's Scalzi's annoying habit over over-using "he said, she said, John said, Mary said, etc., ad nauseum. In all fairness there's relatively little of that in this particular book. In "Redshirts", it drove me stark, raving mad. In "Agent to the Stars" it was merely annoying. In "Old Man's War" it was barely noticeable. Don't get me wrong, I loved this book & just downloaded the next 2 volumes in the series. It's not a classic military sci fi but it's damned good and I'm getting to be more & more of Scalzi fan with every book to which I listen. As for the narration, it was quite competent. The few mispronunciations I thought I heard were, in fact, not mispronunciations and I apologize to William Dufris for certain slanderous subvocalizations that I might have made during my listening to this book! He is, in fact, a very fine narrator.
Always on the look out for a great story that sweeps me into another world, time, or person. I hate being bored by literature.
A fun space romp (literally) mixed with military saga and a persistent and nagging question of what it means to be truly human.
I enjoyed this novel. Scalzi's writing here is superior to Red Shirts and Lock In. Old Man's War had a likeable protagonist and the pacing never dragged as happens in so many novels. Most of all, I enjoyed Scalzi's humor which complimented the solid sci-fi/action scenes. Don't be put off by the title as the book is far from being old and tired.