Aires male -- often butts head against reality
It takes a while to chew through through the rind of the author's set-up before savoring the tastier plot morsels later on. Once you've shucked the shell of introductory material, there is a fair amount of guesswork -- enough to keep you listening. Also, the narrator is good at distinguishing voices; I was never at a loss for who was speaking. All these positives outweigh the negatives of Norman Rockwell sentiment and corny repartee. Overall, soldiering through "Old Man's War" along with the characters is a worthwhile investment in time. The author succeeds in drawing us into his world and reflecting on his questions about humanity even if the answers are not surprising.
Maybe - depending on what you are expecting out of science fiction...
Great story with good imagination. However it suffers from poor execution. The characters were incredibly shallow. None of them longed for anything. You couldn't empathize with any of them. No emotional involvement is compelled. The dialogue was very mediocre and there wasn't much conflict. WORST OF ALL - the door is WIDE OPEN for some social commentary on war, whether the stance was going to be one of bleeding heart liberalism or of a Bush sympathizer. If you think you're going to get some thematic content regarding war - you're wrong. All of the known intelligent life in the universe is killing each other instead of learning from each other and, meh, no big deal. Not worth talking about.
The attempts of humor in the dialogue were pretty futile, and the performance made them worse.
Yes. It's shortfalls as a novel actually lend themselves to the story being reborn as a mega-budget action movie directed by Michael Bay (since his movies have no characters and awful story-telling). The alien races and action sequences would do nicely on the big screen.
If you're a classic sci-fi person, leave this book alone. You'll be severely disappointed. The story is entertaining, but it's not about much. But if you're into pop fantasy, you'll probably like it.
I read this one based on the reviews and was not disappointed. Even if you are not a SF fan you will probably like it and if you are a fan you should love it. Loaded with fun and action.
I don't give too many fives. But this one was great. The first third of the book was very interesting and relatively novel. The rest of the book, dealing with the war and the battles, was similar to a lot of other books. However, it was told well and the story was very engaging.
Love to read, mostly sci-fi. No spoilers ... ever. Seriously, people.
Neat concept of interstellar conquest and expansion. Only problem is that John tries to explain too much of the physics and science behind everything. Frankly, it's all not real, so why try to go to that depth of making me believe it is real? Just a lot of unnecessary words.
Performance was great. Always felt I was in the story.
Still, I'd recommend the book takes an interesting exessential spin. If you're into meaning of life, yadda-yadda-yadda, worth a read/listen.
I very much enjoy good, humorous science fiction novels.
I love this book! What a well written sci-fi novel! I love how John Scalzi's characters are always people who just make sense of everything around them as normal educated people should. I also love how well the universe is set - so well that I am now really sad that I can't be a part of it... This was the second John Scalzi novel I bought on Audible. I now have 7 of his novels and will be getting more in the coming months.
This is my third time listening to old man's war, because I enjoy John Scalzi's writing so much and thoroughly enjoy William Dufris' narration.
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.