I'm going to keep this review short and sweet, I don't think I can do this work justice. You will laugh, cry and sigh with relief, in no particular order. Scalzi is an old favorite of mine, little fuzzy was my first encounter, and continues to amaze me with each additional book or read through. I can safely say that this book is meant for anyone who enjoys a good character driven story. Dufris does such an outstanding job with his narration and character "voices" that you can easily lose track of time and listen to half the book in one sitting without realizing it. I can't wait to get the next in the series.
I'm in the process of giving several different Science Fiction stories a try. So far this is #1 on the list. There are very few books I would read/listen to more than once. This is one I could listen to over and over. If you're into books with a great plot and where the author doesn't go off on 100 plus page long tangents describing how a character picks their boogers, this story is for you. A perfect blend of plot, character story, and action :)
Yes, despite being SF, I think this is a book that anyone could enjoy.
The book was great from start to finish, it never let up.
This was my first time listening to a book by William Dufris. His narration was excellent. I would definitely listen to books by him again.
Totally gripping story, fantastic narrator, and overall great book. I usually switch genres after I listen to a book, instead I'm looking for the sequel now!
It is in the upper 1/2 of books I've listened too. It didn't stretch my mind like "Calculating God". It is an easy read that has some real humor in it, but not too much just some accents.
The drill Sargent, he was classic.
When the drill Sargent thanks John Perry and then tells him what he is going to do to make his live miserable.
This was the first hard core military sci fi book I had read of Scalzi's. I liked his other books, which were sci fi, but not military in nature. It was far more fun than I expected - the narrator is great and the main character is extremely likable. I have gone on to read three other books in the series after this fine start.
This is my first experience with this author, and I'm not an experienced SF reader. Would I recommend? Very much, but with one caveat: One negative for me is the language. I'm not a prude, but I do think that the F word degrades us all, and I react every time I hear it. Fortunately, it's limited here to certain characters and certain kinds of scenes. Otherwise I probably wouldn't even be writing this review. The story moves at a perfect pace, and the mix of technology, governments, military strategies, relationship dynamics, etc. holds my attention like no other book in recent memory. If the rest of the series is anything like this, I'll be there for all of them. The -- I suppose necessary battle scenes are another exception for me. Yes I want them to be real, but thankfully they're a small percentage of the total experience.
The drill sargeant.
The drill sargeant, hands down. Almost the best part of this book for me is the quality of the narration. Here's the acid test for me: Hearing the phrase "he said" thirteen times in rapid succession and not being annoyed by it. He drops his voice so that it sounds like "grayed out text" each time. Very cool! Plus, this guy's portfolio of voices for different characters is the best I've heard.
I was skeptical at first just from title. But once this book got going I did not want it to end. Never but never judge a book by its cover. This will be the first of every John Scalzi books that I had and will read. Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!
Military fiction isn't my normal thing, but this is different. The human story around the life of the soldiers is compelling, funny and bittersweet. First rate story, first rate narration. Swear warning. But really, really great.