This was the first Scalzi that I had ever read. If I were to try to throw together a recipe that would capture the essence of this book I would add;
<Stock> Futuristic military landscape from the 'The Forever War' (be sure to strain off the Vietnam melancholy)
<Meat> Camaraderie and reasonably well developed personal relationships between the main cast
<Spice> Witty dialogue that's sometimes al dente, but never uncooked.
Stew for multiple, distinct acts spanning the stages of our main characters life and serve with a side of fun fast paced alien warfare.
As you can guess I've been cooking while listening to this book but I hope this helps your decision
I was told about this book years ago, and I wish I read it then. I really like the world/universe created and the main character gives you no immediate reason to hate him.
The narrator for this fit really well with the main character. I enjoyed listening to him in real-time as well as at my usual 1.5x speed.
Keeping brief, this is a wonderful book with engaging characters you quickly become attached to, humor, emotion, love, and vivid action. I haven't enjoy a book like this in a long time. On to the second installment!
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.
The Old Man's War Series is some the best story telling ever written. This isn't just my opinion. This was chosen as "Book of the Decade"
Scalzi builds a future that is plausible and maybe even possible.
And he gives us characters that are fun to hear about.
John Scalzi will leave you wanting more and he delivers with several more that don't disappoint.
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.