I really enjoyed the beginning of this book and I think, perhaps I set my expectations too high based on the recommendations of this book from others and the potential hinted at in the beginning of the book.
I thought the book was going to lead into some great mystery/conspiracy about what was happening to the people leaving the planet, but then it turned into a vanilla space war book.
The characters were two dimensional stereotypes, and the dialogue was difficult to listen to at times. I appreciated the humor early in the book, but it got old and felt forced/unnatural as the book went on.
I just finished listening to the first half and do not feel a strong compulsion to finish.
I downloaded Redshirts, but have not listened to it yet.
An easy listen but a little too preachy and soapboxy
I would recommend with cautions about the style
Worth the time.
I didn't remember this book being so funny to read as it was listening to William Dufris reading it, as he was able to add enough of a special charm to his reading of the book that I actually liked listening to it more then I did reading it.
Its a Story about recruiting old people over 75 to fight in the war cause they have lived a long life and have the experience that comes with age. This audiobook has a lot of replay value as its Charm & Wit is top notch. This is the book that made me a big time John Scalzi fan.
Yes it was very good and not what i expected
They were all well written so its hard to pick
I was I bit happy and sad at the end cause it was over and yet not so much over for the some of the characters.
I loved the transisitions the main character goes through, maintaining his personality and outlook. There was very cleary a major metamorphasis of John Perry's character while he kept himself true to who he is as a person.
One of the most memorable moments was when John met Jane for the first time. It clearly showed how immaturity would rear its ugly head when a human mind has such very limited time to develop proper emotional responses to others and their actions. The nature of the super-charged brain that Jane possesses allows for quicker emotional development after their initial meeting.
The narrator maintains an aspect of John's old man voice through transitions while the 'new' John is thinking in reflection, and does a really good job of altering John's voice in portrayal of the various physical difficulties his character is put through.
I thought Old Man's War showed a greater range of scenes, surroundings and habitats complete in portrayal of settings than I have seen in John Scalzi's work, as well as the most well rounded depth of emotions experienced by his characters. I loved the book.
I often take 7 hour trips and these books make the time fly.
Well thought out
Kept my interest until the end. Great thought out and researched future science. A wonderfull story.
Best reader I've heard to date. Makes you belive this could happen.
If you like science fiction that could happen and a fun read, get this book!
I bought this book because I enjoyed Red Shirts and thought it might be as good. Now, it is good, but not in the same way. Red Shirts was definitely funny -- I laughed so hard my coworkers were worried about me -- and this one had its funny moments, but for the most part this book was just plain good science fiction.
I did think it was kind of a cheat that no one could explain how all the space travel really worked. Everyone kept saying "I just don't have the math" when it came down to trying to dig into the "skip drives" but I suppose sometimes an author has to cheat. The book wasn't about "skip drives" after all, but about soldiers.
And I do love stories about soldiers.
So, I enjoyed this book. It wasn't as "laugh out loud" funny as Red Shirts was, but it was definitely entertaining.
I enjoyed the book. It has an interesting viewpoint of the future, different from much that you see in other science fiction and I think more realistic. If we get to the stars it seems likely that there will be other races waiting for us, and survival of the fittest being what it is, they will probably be capable predators or defenders. From that point on the human race will survive or fail by our ability to adapt. This book expresses that viewpoint very clearly. I enjoyed the narrator and thought he did an excellent job.
Young again, hmmmm!?!
I've just discovered John Scalzi. I really liked Old Man's War. There is humor, drama, and good characters. The production was less than stellar. I'm not sure whether it was the narrator or the recording, but it was sometimes hard to understand. (It couldn't possibly be because my hearing might be going!!) Still, I replayed it until I heard the passage and kept on going. It was a good read.