Didn't read the book. Just listened to it
It's sort of an amalgam of Cocoon, Avatar and Starship Troopers
Moved isn't really the word. I really liked the part where he was being transferred into his new body. The moment when he was in both places at once.
I also loved the Consu and their active role in the wheel of Samsara.
I could read a book about the Consu now.
I LOVED this book! It had it all: humor, action, geekiness, touching moments, and romance. So far, it's the best of Scalzi's books I've read, followed by Redshirts, Android's Dream, and Agent to the Stars.
Very well written dialogue with a lot of sly humor. The story was well set from the beginning and quite exciting. The middle was beefed up with some action and adventure, but towards the end I lost a little interest.
This was my first John Scalzi book so I had no preconceived notion of him or his writings. The story starts out with a very interesting premise, that being trading in your 75 year old body for a 25 year old body that is designed to fight aliens for good of the universe. The first 3-4 hours was very good. Once the transformation occurred, we’re treated to things that, as a Christian man, bothered me so much I had to stop. All of Scalzi’s characters revert to a free love philosophy be it Christian or non-Christian. We’re then pounded with numerous F bombs, blasphemies, and the author goes out of his way to condone same sex relationships. I could no longer in good conscience keep listening.
As far as narration goes, I was initially put off by William Dufris reading style. However, after an hour or so, I got used to it and was impressed with the number of voice characterizations he provided. He's very good.
This will be my last John Scalzi book.
I can't answer this based on my own reading of the book. ( I've only enjoyed the audiobooks) But as someone who got a perfect A in "Reading Literature and Interpreting The Arts", I would guess that it would be hard to improve on the audio versions.
The entire "Old Man's War" series has the finest ensemble of readers that I've heard since I started listening to audio books over twenty years ago.
I do understand that not everyone has the same taste for one voice or another, but all of the readers know how to perform with punctuation and emphasis that brings the emotional impact that Scalzi's well crafted story telling intended.
The plausability of the story and the likability of the main characters
Yes. But it's so good that it's worth savoring. Just like a good written book.
I was hooked in the first chapter and craving more by the last.
Thank God that John Scalzi is a young and very prolific visionary.
He has created a true Masterpiece.
Old Man's War has a really interesting premise that is expanded upon greatly. While some of the plot is predictable, I never felt cheated. Instead it felt like the natural reaction to the main characters situation based on his personality.
Very immersive with an excellent atmosphere.
The story and narration were fine; I was disappointed because I have become used to Wil Wheaton's AMAZING John Scalzi narrations. This narrator was fine; just not Wil Wheaton.
The narrator is aloof and reads with irony. It ruins it for me, I had to stop five minutes in. I'll be reading this one in paperback